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Book 99/100 - The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

This had caught my eye a load of times in the book shop because of the title and the pretty cover but it never seemed interesting enough to buy. I gave in because I wanted to read something fluffy over Christmas and it was pretty sweet.
This was a cute little book - easy to read and pretty inoffensive but also a little basic and predictable.
I did care for the characters and I easily got swept away with the whimsical world they lived in. It just wasn't exciting or particularly moving.
I bet it would be a fun movie though. That should happen. I guess it gets 7/10

Book 100/100 - Lola and the Boy Next Door

I had been wanting to read this for the longest time and it was the first thing I put on my brand new kindle.
Actually, Little Women was so I could see what it looked like, but this was the first thing I read and I really enjoyed it.

I could go on forever about Cricket Bell and how lovely and perfect and nerdy and devoted he was. I found him to be way more developed than Etienne (who, btw, I was super glad to see another glimpse of) and I became really invested in his happiness.

I liked Lola too although her voice was not as fun as Anna's. I found her flaws interesting and her insecurities felt real and understandable. Her Dads were awesome and I liked how her birth mom was dealt with. Actually, I would have liked to see a bit more of that.

The costume quirk felt forced at times, but I could go along with it. Not enough book heroines like fashion, imo, unless it's an obsession with big labels so I love to see it portrayed as acceptable and not have the character shamed for being 'shallow'

Overall, I really liked it even if I didn't quite 'get' the situation as much as I could have. Why was she so into Max? Why did Norah smell? What was the deal with Aleck? The moon thing was a little cliché

Perkins writing is really fun and shows flashes of really insight in places. I hope she continues to grow as an author because I think she could keep writing books I could love. I give this 8.5/10

winter's bone

Book 98/100 - Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell



Since I had seen the movie version of this book before I read it (and now know it's an extremely faithful adaptation) there were no surprises here for me.
It was still a really enjoyable read, though. I loved the writing -- it was really pretty and evocative and the there was this ever-present sense of bleakness on every page that made it so easy to picture the situation. Ree is a fantastic character and this is a book that I'm glad to have read. 8/10

death comes to pemberley

Book 97/100 - Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James



I really wanted to like this book. It was my first foray into P & P fic and since James is such a well received writer and this books seemed to be getting lots of good press, I really thought I would enjoy it.

I found it to be dull and the style just didn't do it for me. There was too much plodding and far too much dialogue/info dumping. Too much telling instead of showing. It worked neither as a mystery or as a continuation of the original novel. Some of the insights into the legal and social system at the time were interesting, as well as the occasional acidic comment, but for the most part is was just plain boring. It's also very expensive in every retailer I see it in, and definitely not worth the price.
I was really disappointed with the whole thing. idk what to give it. 5/10 because PD James still seems like an awesome lady.

Variant

Book 96/100 - Variant by Robison Wells

Continuing with my phase of books with lots of adventure and boy narrators comes Variant, a fun little book where out hero Benson is landed at a boarding school with no adult supervision. I've never read Lord of the Flies but I did assume this would be about the way minors conduct themselves without rules or boundaries.
There was certainly traces of that but the bulk of the focus was on the big mystery, the subsequent reveal and all the rules and shocks of the place.

I liked the book. It kept me hooked and surprised me A LOT and was pretty original. The writer (who, might I add, has a name too similar to his main character for my liking) did a good job of blending the creepy factor with the everyday life of the school. The writing was pretty flat but the some of the characters were easy to care about.

There were a few things that just didn't make sense to me (crazy plot aside) : the insta-love, the way they accepted the no sex rule, the silly names. I can deal with it because that's just the kind of book it is but it took away from getting immersed in the world imo.

Overall Variant is a quick, surprising and enjoyable read. It felt a little flat to me, particularly since I read it so soon after the perfect Chaos Walking trilogy, and I don't think it's the kind of thing that would hold up to a re-read. Take away the shocks and there's very little else to back it up. I guess it gets 7/10. I've given worse books that score

white cat

Book 95/100 - White Cat by Holly Black

For some reason, Holly Black has never been a writer that appealed to me. Her Spiderwick books seemed boring and I think her association with Cassandra Clare bugs me. Even the blurb for this book didn't excite me but I tried it based on some positive reviews.

It turned out to be really enjoyable. It's not particularly innovative or anything, but it is a fun, easy read. It didn't bug me at all.
There are a few places where it was, imo, under-written. Black could have amped up the tension and made the ~reveal parts more exciting. I also found it hard to like Cassel in places. His propensity towards cons and dishonestly just don't sit well with me.

The family dynamic and plotting and friends were interesting enough to get me to read all in one sitting and the little sting in the tail was delicious. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series. 7/10.

monsters of men

Book 94/100 - Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Fantastic end to a fantastic series. I just loved this book.

Everything in this book was handled really well. It made for a fast, dizzying, intense read. It was full of action and adventure, all underlined by some authentic character development and touching relationships. It's so well crafted and well written so that even things that would normally annoy me seemed perfect for the book.

The introduction of a new pov - the Spackle 1017 from the previous book - added a new dimension that added so much depth to the story and the world.
The plotting was really fast-paced and full of twists and turns and tragedy. It was almost exhausting at times and I was turning the pages the whole time excited to see what would happen next. I think by doing this I may have missed some of the more subtle aspects of the characterisation and I'm sure I'll appreciate this more in a re-read. Mayor Prentiss, in particular, was interesting but hard to fathom out. And Miss Coyle.

As I write this, I'm struggling to remember the specifics of the plot. But it had that awesome quality where even when the things that were happening were sad and heartbreaking, it always felt right. The ending, in particular, was so fitting for the characters.

I still loved Viola and Todd. I really admire how Ness wrote both their povs and also their journey. No matter how dark their worlds became, I still rooted for them as individuals and as a couple. I knew, though, that if one died the other would be ok. They never stopped being sympathetic.
That's why, in the inevitable comparison to the hunger games, this series wins out. I stopped sympathising with Katniss somewhere in book two. I only ever pitied Peeta and hardly connected with Gale at all. I constantly remained sympathetic to Viola and Todd and therefore their journey was a lot more poignant to me.

I also have to commend how Ness made me feel for the horses (and the dog in book one) since I'm not an animal person and I never cared for fictional ones so strongly before.

I also really liked the 'one in particular' thing. And the implication that it was acceptable if they were the same sex.

Basically, I'm finding it hard to put into words how much love and admiration I have for this series. I'm so so glad I read it and I really wish more people would try it too! It's easy to give it 10/10 and I'm feeling like the next book I start just won't be as enjoyable.

the knife of never letting go

Book 92/100 - The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I only have good things to say about this book. It was so good that I powered through it in one sitting. Ness did a fantastic job of building the world. I loved the style, the fast pace and the way the characters were written. It was tense and exciting and full of surprises; those good kind of surprises that make perfect sense in the context of the story.

Overall, it's a well-crafted and thoughtful book perfect for young and old readers. A lot of YA book I read lately feel like they're designed to appeal to the older market, the twilight crowd. This book reads like it's aimed squarely for younger people and it's so well done that adults like it too. It balances shocking brutality with very subtle and thoughtful character actions perfectly. I have to give it 9/10.

I'm glad I bought the trilogy all at once and I can't wait to start the next installment.

the giver

Book 91/100 - The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have nothing negative to say about this book. It's perfect for younger readers (if my nephew hadn't decided that 'books are dumb' i'd be giving it to him) and as an adult, I found it enjoyable. The writing is clever, sparse and pretty powerful. A little rushed towards the end, but I can live with it.
I read some of Lowry's books when I was younger and I really wish this had been one of them. But still, I'm glad I read it now. I mean the YA book market is saturated with dystopian fiction so it made a nice change to read something older but more well crafted and far less melodramatic.

I liked it and I believed it and I almost cried at one point. It was definitely worth the read.10/10.

drink deep

Book 90/100 - Drink Deep by Chloe Neill



Hmmm. So when i began this series earlier this year, I really really liked it. I was happy to overlook the lame plot and basic writing and focus on how fun and hot it was. Merit was far from the best heroine but Ethan was super hot and the romance and UST was great.
Book Four was disappointing at the end, but I decided to reserve my judgement until this one.

And here's my opinion - it sucked. Hello Merit, where was your grief? Was she always this cold and annoying and sanctimonious. The mystery was completely obvious and that made the rest of the plot redundant filler. It was a given, imo, that Ethan would be back and I was waiting the whole time for that to happen.

But when it did, it was so lame. No fireworks or emotions. No sex scene. Let's face it, no-one's reading these books for the hard-hitting plots and innovative writing. The series is built on romance and sexual tension and by eliminating that from this book. Neill just alienated a whole lot of readers.

That Jonah guys sucks. dnw a love triangle. Ethan (who is so much like Eric Northman sometimes it's not even funny) deserves better than this mess. I'm bummed that a series I had such high hopes for got so bad so quickly. how is this going to keep going for five more books? 4/10.

daughter of smoke and bone

book 89/100 - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



This was everything I hoped it would be and more. Original and fun and captivating and damn near flawless. The writing was lovely and perfect and I cannot wait for more. I owe massive thanks to everyone who recommended because I'm not sure I would have picked it myself. It gets an easy and well deserved 10/10.

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