I made the mistake of picking up A Game of Thrones this month, which has taken me literally all month to read. Longest. Book. Ever. Which meant the only books I read in October were these, but they were at least all really good books. (Pinching the 100 Word review idea from Carole)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Bitchy popular girl Sam dies and relives the same day over and over, discovering some hard truths and dark secrets as each day plays out slightly differently from the last. But can she break the cycle?
Ah, the old ‘Groundhog’ day routine. Love it. I’m a sucker for a love story in sci-fi dressing.
Oliver’s characters are fairly horrible, but in a well drawn way, and Sam’s development over the days feels natural. Repeated scenes manage never to be boring and the ending was a real surprise – very brave.
A really enjoyable book that I devoured in an evening.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
How to sum up this book in a succinct way, so as to leave room for some opinion… Er: Lots of people want the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. They can’t all have it.
But seriously, such a lot happens in this book, it’s actually quite hard to describe. The view point switches between about ten characters, some of whom move in the same circles, while some are so removed from the action, you wonder where they’re going to fit into the bigger picture.
War, death, politics and lots of (usually slightly dodgy) sex, this is truly epic fantasy.
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Evie is haunted by nightmares and hallucinations so strong, her mother sends her to a mental health clinic. Evie thinks things are getting better, but as soon as she’s back at school, things get bad again.
Then the world ends, and Evie realises her hallucinations were in fact visions. Can she survive Post Apocalyptia? Fortunately, she has sexy Jackson to help her…
Love a good post-apocalypse, me, and this doesn’t disappoint. Interesting premise, good characters and a bit of ‘will-they-won’t-they’ romance to boot. The perspective changes are initially jarring, but it comes full circle to a satisfying end. Fab read.
November Reading List
Some actual review books for November, so they’ll get a full review on the site (have rediscovered NetGalley, which has become much more user friendly since I last used it about two years ago, and now with the Kindle, I can read the books easier too!)
Lots of books this month, too, as after the epic slog that that A Game of Thrones, I need to catch up if I’m going to hit my Goodreads target for the year!
Diverse Energies, Short Story Collection (from NetGalley)
Dearly Beloved by Lia Habel (from NetGalley)
Unearthed by Rebecca Bloomer (from NetGalley)
And all the Stars by Andrea K. Host (from NetGalley)
Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
That’s a lot. But they are all fairly short (compared to GoT anyway) so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get through the lot. Wish me luck!