Thursday, February 18, 2016

January 2016 Wrap-Up.

So I've decided to no longer do book reviews for every single book I read. (As you can see by how well I've been updating!) Instead I will consolidate most reviews into end of the month wrap-ups, and only post individual reviews for some books.

So to kick it off, here is JANUARY 2016!

In January I read seven books, due to school taking up a lot of my time and the busy season starting at work.

Deep Time
Doctor Who: Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale (4)
This was the only book I gave a full review to (link is in the 4). I've read a lot of Star Wars books but this was my first Doctor Who book. I thought it was enjoyable and a quick read, but it definitely wasn't as good as watching the show.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (4)
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (4)

One day I was bored and flipping through Netflix and I found the Vampire Academy movie. I had the first book sitting on my shelf for a while, and I decided to just go for it. God that movie was terrible but I watched the whole thing. I then read the book which was better. I got pretty into it and ended up buying the next two books. I think I finished the second one in one day and started on the third. Then I made the mistake of spoiling the end of the third book for myself accidently, and completely lost interest in the series. Maybe one day I'll go back, but no time soon. As for a review, it's pretty much what you expect and nothing too extraordinary.

The Testing (The Testing, #1) The Testing Guide (The Testing, #0.5)
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (3.5)
The Testing Guide by Joelle Charbonneau (-)

I had tried to read The Testing last year and just could not get into it. When this year started I created a TBR jar where I wrote down all the books on my TBR shelf and put them ina jar. I then shook it up and pulled one out to choose a book. So far this is the only book I have used these means to choose and will most likely only do it in moment of terrible indecision. It was very Hunger Games/Divergent and followed the generic female lead dystopian evil government plot. Nothing about it was really interesting and I didn't care enough to continue the series. :/

The Beginning of Everything
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (3)
Cue my sudden need for contemporary, and this was the first book I chose. As my rating suggests I found it pretty 'meh'. As you can see, so far 2016 is a pretty meh year. Nothing much to say about this book.

Written in the Stars
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (3)
This was an incredibly stressful book and made me incredibly angry. Not at the book, necessarily, but at the subject matter and characters. Ninty percent of the people in the book are absolutely terrible. I ended up staying up until 5am finishing this, huddled in bed with the lights off so Joe could sleep. The ending made me even more angry, when I thought about all the girls that have to live this as their reality and don't have a prince charming to come to their rescue. Grrr I'm getting angry just thinking about this book.

That was my January. It was a rough month. So far February has been a bit better so we're getting there!