I had another great reading month. Not only did I finish all three books on my TBR before the 21st, I also managed to read 6 extra books for a total of 9 books in December and a total of 46 books in 2020. My reading has become a bit faster since I adopted the 50 pages a day rule. It also helps that I have more reading time on the weekends. I think I’ll keep it up in 2020. Anyway, let’s get to the wrap up.
The first book I finished was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and I gave it 5/5 stars. I loved this book so much. I have never read a book with sex scenes and actually enjoyed them before this one. Plus, the action is so gory. Also Mia Corvere would make a great DND character. And you can actually build her as an Adventure League character.
Next was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and I also gave it 5/5 stars. This was a reread. Catching Fire is my favourite book of the Hunger Games trilogy. I love how it’s more about how Katniss feels about the games and the drama leading up to it.
The Toll by Neal Shusterman also got 5/5 stars. I think this was the perfect end to the trilogy and I am so happy I picked these books up. It’s so hard to sum up what I think of this series without spoiling things.
Children of Vengeance and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi received 3/5 stars. I found this book to be very disappointing. After watching a great friendship blossom between Zelie and Amari, I was sad to see them back at odds again. I didn’t like how either of the girls acted in this book. Plus, that ending was so anticlimactic. It could have been a much better story if it wasn’t completely fueled by revenge.
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 5/5 stars. This was a reread for me. I wanted to restart the trilogy again so I could read Otherlife. I actually enjoyed this more the second time around. It’s basically about a virtual reality game gone wrong. There’s human experimentation and evil corporations. It’s a very action packed and fun read that shows the truth of humanity and his bad we can really be. In a virtual world where nothing is illegal and there are places in that world designed for all human desires, what would you get up to?
OtherEarth by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 5/5 stars. Another reread and the sequel to Otherworld. I loved this better than the first book. I can’t really say much because this is a sequel, but I can say that the stakes are higher and a more deadly game is in development, but things are not what they seem. Luckily this time I own the last book and can continue my binge because that ending… OMG!
Otherlife by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 5/5 stars. This is the last book in the trilogy. I absolutely loved the ending to the series. And that’s all I can really say. This series kind of reminded me of Sword Art Online and it’s spinoff movie with the technology we get to see. Only difference is the Otherworld series is more about taking down the company while SAO is more about playing the games.
Heroes of Olympus: House of Hades by Rick Riordan 4/5 stars. This book was a bit dull for my taste. It lacked a lot of the action that was in the previous instalments. The character development was actually really good though with relationships growing stronger and one character admitting that he is gay. I really hope that is developed further later on as this particular character really needs some love. As usual, I listened to this one as I followed along in the physical book. It took a while for me to get used to the narrator. I prefer Joshua Swanson over Nick Chamian, but I think he will get better over time.
Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi 3/5 stars. This book was kind of interesting, and was pretty accurate with the source material for the mythos of Atalanta. Only change was the relationship she developed. The book does feature a f/f romance, however this relationship was very underdeveloped and kind of appeared out of nowhere, especially considering the hatred the two girls felt for each other at the beginning of the book. We don’t even get to see the girls start developing the feelings for each other, they just kind of go “oh, I like her now.” I liked the mythology, but not the relationship. I wish it had been developed more.
Since it is the end of the year, I’m not going to do a January wrap up. Instead, I’ll be posting my goals and yearly TBR in January next year. I hope you all had a good year and that you’re new year will be good as well.
Thank you for reading. Byes 👋