Welcome to my final wrap-up of 2017, and most likely my last post of the year. Let’s make it a good one, shall we…
Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo🌟🌟🌟
It’s been a bumpy ride for me with this trilogy, and if I’m honest (which of course, I am) it doesn’t compare to the Six of Crows duology. That’s all well and good, but I did enjoy this final instalment, and felt that it was a decent ending to the trilogy, not perfect, but okay. I wanted more of the Darkling (don’t I always) and more of Nikolai, though that problem had been solved. When I started this series I was three years younger, so that might have something to do with it, but I find Alina a little dull, and she is the sole perspective. Still, onwards and upwards… time for a Six of Crows re-read?
Release by Patrick Ness 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
because there is a world I am going to use to describe this book, and I never like to use it, but Patrick Ness’ Release was perfect. I don’t want to give you the usual plot summary because, believe me, you don’t need one. Just know that it takes place over the course of one day, one unremarkably remarkable day, and I wish I’d had the time to read it in one day. Our main character, Adam, starts the book as a pencil outline and slowly, section by section, Ness begins to fill him in. Without a doubt Release is a masterclass in characterisation, in storytelling, and my favourite Ness book to date.
*Side Note: Release was my 100th read of the year, thus completing my GoodReads challenge, and I could not have picked a better book*
Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James 🌟🌟🌟
I was in the mood for a cheesy, christmassy, rom-com type book, which isn’t something I usually read. Luckily Amazon has a ton of super cheap ones available to choose from for my kindle. We follow Kirsty as she returns home, to her family pub for one final Christmas before the place is sold. Unfortunately, the dialogue was so stilted that once I picked up on it, I just couldn’t get past it, and knew that it wasn’t going to be getting a high rating. The plot was fine, the descriptions were good, especially anything food-related, but that dialogue was just bad. Don’t get me wrong this book served it’s purpose, and I can see myself re-reading it another Christmas, but that dialogue haunts me.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassie Clare 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A lot of people love this series and I am definitely one of them, so there’s probably very little I can say that would really add to the discussion, that you haven’t heard before. Clockwork Angel works so well because, amongst other things, it’s a fantastic combination of genres. It works as a historical fiction novel, as it’s set in Victorian London, and an urban fantasy novel, as it follows a race of demon-slaying warriors with angel blood. All this means is that I have no shame in recommending it to anyone, and everyone, and please, even if you didn’t like The Mortal Instruments, give this one a shot.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Regardless of the writing The Language of Thorns HAS to be the most beautiful book of the year. Each page of each story is illustrated in colour, which build up to produce the final image, and I can’t imagine anything more perfect for this collection of graishaverse-fairytales. I have long since loved Leigh’s writing and nothing has changed for me, because I instantly fell in love with these stories. Of course, as with any short story collection, there were stories I loved more than others, and one that I really just didn’t like at all, but overall they were fantastic. Is it time for a Six of Crows re-read?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling 🌟🌟🌟🌟
We all love Harry Potter, right? And a lot of people tend to pick up some Potter around the holidays, just like I have. So, it’s probably no surprise that I’m going to sit here and tell you (again) how much a love Harry Potter. But it’s true. One thing that I really noticed this time around (maybe in comparison to The Last Jedi which I saw yesterday) was how great the pacing is in this book. Rowling balances the excitement of Hogwarts day to day, with the Philosopher’s Stone storyline excellently. Also, I loved reading from the house edition (with some help from audible) with it’s extra little tidbits at the beginning and the end.
The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft 🌟🌟🌟
I so wanted to fall for this cute contemporary, but that really wasn’t the case. The Little Village Christmas follows Alexia, though sometimes it follows Ben, an interior decorator who was converting the old pub into a community cafe when their funds are stolen. Despite having Christmas in the title, it doesn’t necessarily take place over Christmas, not until the final few chapters, so this ended up feeling more like a book with Christmas in it, rather than a Christmas book. Also, the structure seemed all over the place, as though it just needed one extra round of revisions, just to straighten the plot, and the POVs out a little. All in all it was okay, but I’m not sure that I would read it again.
More Than This by Patrick Ness 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was the second time reading this book, and part of my (somewhat) unsuccessful Ness-vermber readathon. Although I have very fond memories of reading this book, I have to admit that I really struggled to get through it. More Than This is a YA, sci-fi about a boy called Seth, who drowns and then wakes up in an unfamiliar world completely alone. The first half of the book really dragged for me, maybe because I couldn’t help but compare it to Release, as there are some similar themes, which is probably why it took me so long to read. Happily More Than This was redeemed by the second half, especially the themes that are brought to the forefront in the final few chapters, and I remember why I loved it so much the first time around.
I have to admit that I’m super happy with everything I managed to read this month! December isn’t usually a very good reading month, but after the disastrous November I feel I really managed to pull it back.
My favourite was, of course, Release, and I can’t wait to read it again, and again, and again. What was your favourite book you read in December?
Thanks for reading!