Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January Reviews and Notes

I read nine books in January, for a total of 2811 pages.

Six of the books were YA, five of the books were part of a series. Of the series books, one was the final book and three were the first.

Seven of the books were by new (to me) authors.

It's hard to name a favorite, because I enjoyed several of them a lot! I only rated one of them 5/5, but several others were close! I always have a hard time giving a perfect rating, even if I really love a book!

Here are my short reviews and ratings:

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead
I have enjoyed this series, and really like the characters. I think there is one more book coming out this year, to wrap it up. I will be sad to say goodbye to Georgina. I don't think this book was the strongest of the series, but I did enjoy it. Rated: 3.5/5

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
This was the first book in a YA series, and I enjoyed it. It was a nice mix of paranormal and contemporary. I admit that I found the 'love interest' to be a little predictable and too perfect. But otherwise I'm looking forward to continuing the series. Rated: 4/5

The Duff by Kody Kiplinger
This book took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it. I think it is a great book for teen girls. It was a bit more mature than a lot of other YA books, but I thought the message in it was really relevant for teen girls. I will definitely read more by this author! Rated: 5/5

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
This was a really short YA read, the first book in a series. I wasn't really sure what to expect, and it was a little...odd. But I thought it was interesting, and will read the next book. It was a very unique look at eating disorders. Rated: 3/5

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, and finally got it from the library. I really liked it, and am waiting for the next book to come in from the library now! I liked it more than I thought I would, and can't wait to find out what happens next! Rated: 4.5/5

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is one from my 'ten to read in 2011' list. Again, it's a book that I've been meaning to read for a very long time, and just always put it off. I was glad I finally went ahead with it. I knew the basic story-line, but still found it really depressing. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it though - I thought it was very good. Glad I finally got around to it! Rated 4/5

Love Drugged by James Klise
I grabbed this book at the library without knowing too much about it. I thought the basic idea of the story was good (gay teen trying to fit in and change who he really is), and think it's a good read for young adults. I did find the 'bad guy' to be a little too convenient (and evil) at times. But the idea was a good one. Rated: 3/5

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
This book caught me by surprise. I'd heard of it, but honestly didn't know much about it. I had read a short excerpt from the beginning of the book and knew immediately that I wanted to read it. It was a very interesting story! Rated: 4/5

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
This was the last book in a YA series. I wanted to like it more than I did. I enjoyed the first two books, and this one just seemed a little flat to me. I found myself just wanting to see how it ended, and not really caring too much about how it got there. Rated: 3/5