3 Books I Read & Enjoyed In September

I’ve been having a bit of a restless spirit recently and no motivation to write some longer reviews. Also? I’ve been a reading machine lately (for ME) and the books to talk about have been piling up. So (non-spoilery) mini book talk time!! YAYS?

 

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Genre: Contemporary YA, Date Published: September 2, 2014
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* I received for review consideration from the publisher.

Girl Defective Simmone Howell
I LOVED this novel. There was just something so magical about it even though it was an “ordinary life” kind of story…if that makes sense? Another win for the Aussie YA authors for me! SO MUCH HEART in this book and I loved the quirkiness of the characters and just how CHARMING it was. My heart ached for Skylark’s broken little family and seriously loved that storyline so much — her dad who is a functioning alcoholic, her mom who abandoned them and her little brother who I’m pretty sure is supposed to have Asperger’s (I say this as someone who used to work with kids with it). And Skylark…her voice is endearing and I loved her so much. I loved her growth in the span of this novel! One thing I really loved is how ALIVE everything in this book felt — the record shop that her dad owned even when it was always half deserted, the music, the adventures Skylark and Gully had through the streets of her town as they chased their mystery they wanted to uncover. Girl Defective was a quiet gem about a girl trying to find her place in the world that tugged at my heart and made me smile right until the moment I closed its pages.

RATING: RATING-loved-it

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Genre: Adult Fiction Thriller Release Date: 2012
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

So I FINALLY read this one! FINALLY. I got scared of the hype, man! But I had been lucky enough to stay spoiler free so THAT was great. I only knew that it was twisted and crazy and lots of opinions of love AND hate for the end. And WELL it was definitely as twisty and messed up as everyone said. It took me a little bit to get completely absorbed in this crazy story but once I was it was just this maddening, furious reading experience. I loved how it all unraveled. I’ll say I completely guessed the big THING but it didn’t put a damper on the reading experience at ALL because I never knew what kind of shenanigans were going to be thrown out after that. I hated almost every character (except Go and the one police officer)…and I’m certain that was intended. I did NOT expect the ending. I’ll say that. I totally pictured it ending different but I will say I thought the ending was very fitting and I liked it. *shivers* MAN, this book was all sorts of messed up but I enjoyed this thrilling ride. Time to read or watch super happy and uncomplicated things next!!

RATING: RATING-reallyliked

 

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: September 9, 2014
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* I received this for review consideration.

Illusions of Fate Kierstan White

 

I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. It hadn’t stood out to me when I got it for review but Stephanie Perkins recommended it at her event that was near me so I picked it up. It’s a standalone fantasy novel and, even though I am SO series weary, I was honestly wishing it was a series because I genuinely enjoyed the characters and would love to see more of this world because the magic element and the royal blood line is something I’m sure could be explored more. The world-building was sparse but well set up– it’s a fictional land but it’s very much like our world and honestly the setting reminded me of London in a way and there is magic amongst the “real” world. I loved Jessamin — she’s so smart, sassy and easy to root for as she’s away from the underprivileged island she grew up on and is trying to go to school here where she’s an outcast basically. The romance between Jessamin and Finn is so cute and I LOVED their banter. Their predicament and taking down the baddie made me tear through this book!¬† If you are looking for a standalone YA fantasy that isn’t too terribly long, I absolutely recommend!

RATING: RATING-reallyliked

 

¬†Have you read any of these books? Whatta think if you have? I’d love to hear your perspective! If you haven’t, do they look like something you would be into?

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. I loved Gone Girl! My husband bought it for me a few Christmases ago (the year it came out), and I knew nothing about it. I often don’t like crime/mystery style novels, but I absolutely devoured this one. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m interested to see the movie, but also a little apprehensive.
    Have you read any of her other books?

    • YES same! I don’t read a ton of crime/mystery novels but this was so THRILLING. I’m in the same boat with the movie. I think I’ll probably wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it with Will!

      And I haven’t read any of her other books but I’ve heard they are SO good (but twisted haha)

  2. Yay! I’m adding two of those books, Girl Defective and Illusions of Fate, on goodreads!

  3. It really liked Illusions of Fate too! And I loved that it was a standalone even tho I could totally read more about the characters. I loved Jessamin and Finn. They were so cute! And wasn’t Eleanor the best??

    • YES Eleanor was so sassy and badass in her own way. I loved that about her. People totally underestimated her and wrote her off but she was SO SMART.

  4. I’m glad to hear you liked Illusions of Fate. It’s been on my radar since I heard what it’s about and I’m happy to see someone I trust liked it so that I know I’m going into something that will be worthwhile.

    • I hope you enjoy it! I’ve seen a few people lately really enjoying it so that made me happy!! I hadn’t really heard much about it though I know about her other books.

  5. I’ve really been meaning to read Gone Girl! Sounds creepy and I really want to see the movie too! I hadn’t heard of Girl Defective before, I’m gonna have to check that out!

    • Gone Girl was a little slow for me at first but then I TORE through it. I think I’m going to wait to see the movie until it comes out for dvd. And yes…take a look at Girl Defective! It was published last year in Australia first!

  6. Illusions of Fate sounds good! It’s a book I probably would have skipped, but so many people are giving it great reviews I just have to check it out now, along with the other 2 books you mentioned.

    • Yes! I really hadn’t thought much of it when I got for review but then Steph Perkins said something about it so I figured OH WHAT THE HELL. And it was SUCH a good surprise!

  7. I just started Gone Girl! The hype worried me too but with the movie coming out one of my friends convinced me to read it. I’m liking it so far. Glad to hear you enjoyed it and it lived up to the hype. I’ve heard the characters are terrible but I gotta say, I like that idea!

  8. Gone Girl was amazing both the movie and the book, the ending definitely made me upset.