The wind is howling, leaves are turning that gorgeous shade of orange as they float down to the frosted ground, and your coat and tartan scarf have been taken out of the wardrobe and dusted off. We all know what this means, it’s autumn.
I had so much fun collating my top 7 Books on my summer TBR pile a couple of months ago and I was surprised by how well my reading went. I have always been a mood reader and I was unsure how I would get on with a list, (in fact, I thought I’d end up going totally off-script and not read anything I expected to) but I READ ALL THE THINGS GUYS, AND IT WAS SO SATISFYING. I really enjoyed changing up how I picked my reads, so I thought I would give it a go for Autumn too! As noted previously, my reading tastes definitely change with the seasons, so you’ll find a lot of fantasy novels on this list!
So without further ado, here are 6 books I’d like to get to this Autumn (AKA, the books I’m getting crazy grabby hands for!)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book that’s been on my to-read list since before it was even published. Reading the blurb, it felt like it was written for me. Every sentence had me doing a little fist pump and a not entirely dignified flail. Plus, Patrick Ness is a wizard with words so you, know, IT HAD TO BE GOOD RIGHT?
The thing is, once I actually got my hands on the book, I started to feel dread that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, so it became a kind of ritual when picking my next read to go along my bookshelf, give the gorgeous cover a little stroke, and then move on, picking something else. Well this summer, I thought, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I WILL BE A STRONG BOOKWORM. So I gave myself a little pep talk and opened the first page, and well. I’m so glad I did because it lived up to ALL the expectations.
So let’s get some blurb up in hither and we’ll talk about 5 reasons I gave The Rest of Us Just Live Here 5 stars!
Overall Impression: A self-indulgent exploration of the well-known Dracula mystery in which the vampire has become oddly obsessed with hunting librarians.
The Historian has sat on my shelf unread for over seven years. Yeah, that’s pretty shameful! I picked up my battered copy for a whole 20p at a hospital book sale, unable to resist the fancy swirling writing and menacing blood droplets on its cover. Having been struck down with a seriously evil case of tonsillitis this week, and having already binge watched all of the Outlander Season 2 TV series, I decided it was time to pick up this neglected tome of a book and show it some love.
The best way I can sum up this novel is that it was a good, entertaining book…until suddenly it wasn’t.
To you my perceptive reader, I bequeath my history…
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor.’ Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.
Well, I have finally done it! I’ve managed to power through the end of the House of Night series and wow, it has been a struggle. When this series begun I really enjoyed it, but the combination of the writing going downhill and being dragged out, plus myself getting older and gaining more knowledge about writing and what makes a good story, on top of the YA genre making serious leaps and bound in the past few years, this series no longer stacks up for me. Still, after so long and committing to reading so many of the books I couldn’t abandon the series halfway and felt compelled to finish it, even though I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. So, here are my thoughts on the final novella and novel!
Overall Impression: A somewhat enjoyable novella that provides some interesting back story into how vampires came to be.
Kalona’s Fall is the final House of Night novella and tells the story of Kalona, who is a fallen immortal tempted by darkness (basically an angel but he is never referred to in this way) that aids Neferet the main antagonist in the House of Night series in her quest to rule over others and gain power.
The writing in this novella is bad – but that is no surprise, because all of the writing in the House of Night novels makes me want to grab a red marker pen and scribble like a mad woman, but in Kalona’s Fall the Casts’ tendency to show rather than tell actually worked in their favour. As the novella focuses on how the Goddess Nyx, Earth, and its creatures came to be, the telling aspect actually gave the story an oddly historical/biblical feel, and at times reminded me of the story of Adam and Eve because of the matter of fact way things came into being despite it seeming incomprehensible. Continue reading
Overall Impression: A book that focuses in painful detail on everything except the actual plot.
Revealed by P.C. and Kristin Cast is the mind numbing penultimate book in the House of Night series which follows a group of teenage fledgling vampires in their fight against darkness and a petty evil priestess named Neferet. No matter how positive I try to be about reading each book in this series, the enthusiasm is soon zapped by the sheer ridiculousness and lack of plot. Reading The House of Night series is kind of like suffering though a long distance race with a sprained ankle, every step is painful and jars your entire body, yet you’re still determined to make it to the finish line, exhausted, fed up, and never willing to do it again!
While I could sit here trying to type up a balanced review of Revealed like I normally would, instead, for fear of repeating myself, I’m just going to state plainly five reasons why the 11th book in this series did not work. Oh, and there be GIFS. 😉
So here we are with more House of Night spinoff novellas, yaaayyyy! (Can you feel the excitement emanating off me?) Actually, that’s a bit harsh. After reading Dragon’s Oath and finding myself pleasantly surprised, I was feeling somewhat positive as I approached Lenobia’s Vow and Neferet’s Curse. Unfortunately, my interest soon took a nosedive when I realised novellas two and three were not as well thought out as novella one, nor as entertaining.
Want to find out why? Stick with me and find out. 🙂
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Overall Impression: An uninspiring combination of bad accents and one-dimensional characters.
Before becoming Zoey’s favourite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress, Lenobia was just a normal 16-year-old girl – but with enough problems to last a lifetime.
In 1788, Lenobia’s mother placed her on a ship bound for New Orleans. An evil bishop, skilled in Dark magic, is making the same journey. His appetite for beautiful young women forces Lenobia to remain hidden, but she secretly visits the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his horses capture her attention.
Can they make it to the New World before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts her life at risk?
My biggest complaint about the first novella Dragon’s Oath was the writing, and I have to say, I think this improved in Lenobia’s Vow. Continue reading
Hello guys, today is a Bookaholic first! I’m going to attempt to write two book reviews in one post. I have no idea how this is going to go but I figured it was worth a try. Lately I’ve made it my mission to finish off the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. The story follows Zoey Redbird, a fledgling vampire who with the help of her friends is battling against an evil priestess named Neferet. I used to love this series when I was younger but the authors have continued to drag it out and the plots have become increasingly thin, not to mention bizarre. Since I have similar things to say about Destined (book 9) and Hidden (book 10) and the storylines are almost exactly the same, I figured I may as well review them together!
Side Note: Since these books are nearing the end of the series this post will, naturally, contain spoilers from the previous books.
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Overall Impression: Adverbs gone wild with a side of moody teenagers and uber weird mythology.
Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is.
But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens its precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…
Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Continue reading