Spoiler free as always!
In 2017 I have read 26 books, I am pretty proud of this considering I’m a very busy person. I am however disappointed in the content I have read. I feel like I was very generous with my ratings and reviews this past year, but looking back I wasn’t wowed by very many books. So picking favorites for the year wasn’t very hard. I only chose three and they are in no particular order. They are as follows; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Walled City by Ryan Graudin and Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I do have reviews up for all of these so here is a brief summary of my enjoyment of these three!
A Monster Calls was a short, quick but emotional read. This is one of my favorites for the year because of the fact that I felt all of the emotions with this story. I cried a lot within the limited number of pages and I haven’t cried over a book in roughly two years! Also the illustrations in the book are beautiful! Walled City is a dystopian and I love dystopian! But lately they haven’t been making the cut with me, all of the dystopians I have read have been lacking. Walled City was refreshing with several unique characters and a fascinating setting! Also the authors writing is gripping. Carve the Mark. This book caused so many problems within the book community, it is so controversial. I loved it. The author reached with this story and it was gripping. I also loved reading about how everyone was so overwhelmed and upset by this book. You know the book is good when it causes a lot hype over controversial topics. I am a big fan of Veronica Roth so this was a win for me!
2018 Reading Goal and Challenges!
Over the past few months I have noticed my reading tastes changing. I have been focused a lot on reading as many books as I can regardless of if I enjoy it. This year I want quality over quantity! I will set a goal of 18 books but I want to enjoy what I’m reading and I want the stories to stick with me. I’m not going to be so generous with ratings and reviews and if I am not enjoying it, it’s ok if I don’t finish the book.
But I am going to challenge myself while reading. Here is my short list of challenges:
Read a book with 500+ pages. Large books intimidate me but I really want to tackle this one! Read an award winning book, quality over quantity again. Read a classic, this will always be on the challenge because I forever skip it. Re-read a favorite, I want to avoid slumps because I had three this year and reading favorites again always helps with slumps. And finally finish two series! I love stand alones but I have so many unfinished series!! For additional challenges I have decided to try to read 5 books from my tbr shelf and 5 books from my kindle. As for my blog…I will try to post once a month and I would like to improve my content, advice welcome!
2017 was not a good Reading year for my but I am going to try to make 2018 better! Embrace slumps and changes in tastes and fears. It’s going to be positive. As always thank you for reading my rambles and until next time,
This book was kindly sent to me for review by the author. Thank you.
Broken Moon follows Naiya, a young girl with a mysterious future ahead of her. She and her two brother encounter some interesting new friends while on the run from the society they grew up in. This story reads very much like a dystopian novel with some science fiction aspects. I’ll begin with what I liked about this book.
It’s very fast paced. It took me three days to read, if I didn’t have to work it would be finished in a day. The characters are constantly moving and there are new characters being introduced all the time. I felt like I was reading loads within a relatively short period of time. Pacing is a big thing with me in books, if it’s too slow I will automatically DNF (did not finish) the book no matter how great if it’s too slow. There was a lot to take in!
But this is where I found a lot of issues for me in the book. Starting with there being so much to take. I like that there is so much going on within the story, but there are loose ends everywhere. Another topic or problem is introduced without one being finished. There also isn’t a lot of detail explaining the new topics so you are left a bit confused for a few chapters. I kept reading excited to find out what all these things the character were discovering were and how they were going to play into the plot and I didn’t get as much of that as I wanted. The copies of the people that are being made is very interesting and I can see how that may blend with the concept of Terminus which seems to be this dimension between life and death, but I wish there was more details so we can theorize where the plot is going, how a war is going to happen in a place like that and what our main characters have to do with all of it. Now obviously this is going to be a series, there is no way all those loose ends are just going to sit there without further explanation. That makes me happy.
Details. I wanted more details the entire time. I felt like everything was explained only to the bare minimum. Clues, new info the characters picked up, fight and chase scenes, the stand offs and even the setting. I’m a big setting person, I want to be submerged in the story with the characters and world building is how I do it. Basically all that was explained is that everything is metal and everything goes up. The rich live on the bottom the poor in the top. And the wall surrounding the city, I understand that’s a big thing with science fiction and dystopian novels. Being trapped in your city and encountering outsiders at some point. But there is so much more to be done with the dystopian concept. The idea of dystopian is a fallen utopian society. So why does every fallen society have to have this wall? It’s driving me crazy! I feel like it limits the story and makes it blend in with all the other books in the genre. Give me something that stands out.
Another thing that bothered me was there was very little character development. The only development was Naiya becoming aware of this power she possesses. Not growing into it, which I did like that the author didn’t rush that. But there was no personal development for Naiya. She already is the “perfect character” she doesn’t need to develop confidence or determinations because she has them already. Her only character flaw seemed to be that she has a strange crush on the main male character Enoch who is her adoptive brother. I was excited for this to be told from a sibling perspective so her crush kind of weirded me out for awhile but the love story was not the center focus of the story which is fantastic!
Overall I gave this book a 3/5 Stars. I enjoyed where the story is going and hold out hope for future books. I am curious to find out where all these loose ends will go and how the characters play into the strange ongoings.
As always, thank you for reading my rambles and until next time,