December 2017 Wrap-Up ~ What I read in December

Hello peaches!

I know it’s almost end of January, but your girl was super busy. I also knew I had a lot of books to talk about in this wrap-up so I kept on putting it off! December was a great reading month for me because I was off a lot and had more time to read.

I read a total of 14 books in December which is unheard of for me ūüėĪūüėĪūüėĪ. I read a mix of 1 star and 5 star rated books. I will talk about these books in the order in which I finished reading them:

272845951. A Christmas Homecoming (Bar V5 Dude Ranch #5) by Melissa McClone. Because I am a fan of reading romance, I picked this book on my kindle. I wanted something fluffy and easy to get me into some holiday mood and give some swoon. Wrong. This 2 star book has not met my expectations. The relationship between this billionaire who was Ellie’s brother’s best friend was so ridiculous and poorly managed I couldn’t even… I read a lot of romance books in my life since these are my secret pleasure, however this one hit sank pretty fast. There is no character development, the plot didn’t make sense and neah…

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2. Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe saved me from the pit of despair I was falling with previous book. I wrote a full review for this book here.

 

4-star-rating

3. Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber was a sweet enemies to lovers story. I really liked how it was written and the development on the characters in the story. I do not fare well with insta-love so I really appreciated that their romance took time to develop. It was one of my favourite strictly-romance books of 2017.

3-5-stars

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4. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie was a re-read for me. I read it when I was in highschool, about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it even more now. I really enjoyed the crisp writing and the matter of fact discussions, and the fact that we were trying to solve the story along with Poirot as he was sharing information with other characters.

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IMG_20171216_171258_740.jpg5. The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli. I kind of stopped midway thinking that I knew where it was going and was about to put it aside when I decided to pick it up and it was amazing! I was so happy that I continued. The story started quite slow, however I ate the pages until the end. The characters were either really likeable or really hate-able with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. This book was featured in the Fairyloor November box.
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6.¬†Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security #1)by Anna Hackett. This was another quick romance read. It was enjoyable to read, there was some plot in there and the characters were pleasant. What I did not understand, was where the mystical oasis was coming from? It was all too strange and the motivations of the bad guy were… well… bad.
two-star-rating
img_20171226_160203_647.jpg7.¬†Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Holy guacamole, this book is absolutely incredible! Everything in this book is one of my top reads of 2017 and with a good reason: interesting storytelling, great characters, good plot (which makes sense), and insane chemistry between these characters. I read this book in 2 days (would’ve read it in one, but sometimes I have to adult…). Pick it up and read it, you’ll not be sorry!
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8.¬†Christmas Magic: All I Want for Christmas / This Magic Moment by Nora Roberts. I actually didn’t realise that this book actually had two stories in it. I read this first one and it was like… Meh!, so didn’t continue with the other ones. It was entertaining, but besides that it felt flat and rushed to me. Didn’t appreciate the different POV’s either.
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341532949.¬†Princess Dracula (Princess Dracula #1) by John Patrick Kennedy. This book was such a cover buy! I was really intrigued by the story and I was convinced it was going one way… but it went a different way. It was a very disappointing read for me. I am not sure if I will read the other ones yet, although I have an e-ARC of book 4. This made my list of most surprising book of 2017 (and not for good reasons); more details here.
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10.¬†American Gods (American Gods) by Neil Gaiman on audiobook did not impress me. I think I DNF’ed it at 60-70% because I couldn’t cope with the story anymore. It confused the hell out of me, but I stuck to it because I really liked the narration! The voices were beautiful and Neil himself narrates bits of it, so it was brilliant, but I had to drop it. I just couldn’t…
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11.¬†Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1¬†by J.K. Rowling saved the day! I never read this book, only saw the movies, so I am really happy that I manged to pick it up at Christmas and read it. It was fantastic. ‘Nuff said!
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12. I listened the audiobook of The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and I really enjoyed it. The story was really good and enjoyable, the characters were well rounded, and the plot was interesting. The main character, Isabella, was a little annoying at times, but overall I did enjoy being in her head.

 

4-star-rating
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13. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness tore my heart. This book was incredibly well-written and a roller-coaster of feelings. I was in tears by the end. Totally recommend it!
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635959914. Secret Lives (Darke Academy #1) by Gabriella Poole. This book was extremely meh! I¬†2ebc88321c0ebc1e6d970cf13293c485really hated the main character and was fed up with her wanting to poke her nose into other people’s business because “knowledge is power”. Wtf? Cassie was a scholarship girl, however she did nothing to prove that she was actually great at something. What she did, was eavesdrop, meddle into other people’s business and drool over beautiful boys. No, just no.
1 star
That’s all for now! Please let me know if you’ve read any of these books and how you felt about them.
QUESTION: do you have a TBR, or do you read books as the mood takes you?
Xoxo
Jane
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