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Today we are discussing the books I shamefully bought in 2019, but did not read, and why I never got around to reading them!
I won’t beat around the bush, or waste any more of your time, we can just get started!
1. Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Published: July 26th 2018
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 3.84 / 5
Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.
Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.
But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.
Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?
Honestly, I started to read this but it was a mixture between a terrible eyesore font and dreadful dialogue. I just couldn’t do it. I managed to get through three chapters before I just had to stop.
Not only that, but the change between character movement is just so rigid. I cannot describe it, so I’ll quote it.
‘The crowd applauded. Mama Tessaro’s eyes lit with hope. Nomi’s face fell.’
This is on page 2.
Sure, perhaps it’s just a slow start, the author is just getting into it, or perhaps it’s how the character sees the world. So we will skip through a few pages- ‘Serina pulled off her clothes and pull on one of the threadbare nightgowns from one Nomi’s bag. Then she sank onto the handmaiden’s cot. “I can’t believe this happened.” “If you can’t bear it go home,” Naomi said.”‘ Context helps but not much, not much at all.
To sum it up:
I haven’t properly read it, but I would guess it would be a 2/5 novel, for me personally. One day I will read it, or perhaps I’ll give it a crack sometime soon. Maybe tomorrow. Shoot, I think I’ve convinced myself to read it.
2. Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus (UK)
Published: March 10th 2016
Genre: Mystery; Fiction; Thriller; Suspense; Adult; Thriller > Mystery Thriller; Thriller > Psychological Thriller; Mystery > Crime; Contemporary; Art; Adult
Goodreads Rating: 3.50 / 5
A brilliantly twisting psychological thriller by the author of Before We Met
When the brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered Oxford garden, Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, knows it wasn’t an accident.
Rowan’s pursuit of the truth takes her into every corner of her old friend’s life, from Bohemian east London to the professional art world in which Marianne made her name. The deeper she goes, the more she is convinced that something is terribly wrong. Is someone breaking in to Marianne’s house? Who is the man who watches at night? And what is the involvement of Michael Cory, the intense American painter with at least one other dead woman in his past?
To be honest, this one is going to be a pretty short reason. I bought it because I wanted to buy a book, not because it looks particularly interesting to me. So to sum it up, I didn’t like the look of the book, so I never ended up reading it. Big oops?
Okay, in my defence I did make a crack at it. I picked it up, I opened the cover, and I put it down because I got distracted. We all have our moments- don’t judge me! I will get around to reading it, I swear!
3. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: October 14th 2014
Genre: Young Adult; Mystery; Contemporary; Thriller; Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.64 / 5
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.
I actually really liked the look of this novel, and I have this thing where if I really want to read something I’ll put it facing myself on my shelf. So cover outwards. And it sat like that for ages. Want to know why? I put it on the bottom shelf with my other dark/action novels. I was a fool. And by the time I remembered it or wanted to read it, I had several other books I needed/wanted to read.
To be honest, this is one of those books that I buy well in advance, where it sits on my shelf for months- maybe even a year or two just waiting. And when I run out of books and I get the tingling in my fingers to read, I pick it up and read it in a sitting. Let’s be real, we all have those type of books on our shelves. Right…?
4. Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: February 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance; Mystery; Thriller; Realistic; Suspense; Fiction; Young Adult > Teen; Mystery > Crime
Goodreads Rating: 3.47 / 5
Gloria is tired of her ordinary life. She barely recognizes the free-spirited girl she used to be in the unadventurous teenager she has become. So when a mysterious boy bent on breaking the rules strolls into her classroom, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell.
Uman is funny, confident and smart. He does whatever he likes and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. The only people for him are the mad ones, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn. He is everything Gloria wishes to be. He can whisk her away from the life she loathes and show her a more daring, more exciting one, in which the only limits are the boundaries of her own boldness.
But Uman in not all he seems and by the time she learns the truth about him, she is a long way from home and everyone wants to know, Where’s Gloria?
Yikes, okay let’s be clear, I bought several of these books together. Actually, I bought these last three books together- all for like $13 AU. So super cheap. Three for the price of one.
I was so excited to read them and then my partner got me a book on kindle and I totally forgot about these books. Well, not entirely but I put them off to the side. This book here was a tough buy.
The blurb sounded very interesting but the cover made me want to throw it out.
I am a woman of vanity, I totally judge a book by its cover! It is so hard not to. For me, it shows me what the author is made of if they have a creative mind. It lures me in.
This cover definitely did not lure me in, the only reason I picked it up was because it had a pretty little sticker that said $3 on it. Let’s be real here, and then the blurb sounded interesting. That was about it!
Thank you all for reading, I do hope you guys enjoyed. I don’t have much to say down here but that I am an embrassment to my wallet, and to my fellow readers. I buy but I don’t read. Shame on me! I promise this year I am stepping up my game, I am not buying a book that I am not set on reading!
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