I’m getting closer and closer to present day reads! In this post I finally make it to 2020 and I’m excited to tell you all about the books I’ve been reading this year! But first I have a couple more to list from December 2019.
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: December 22nd, 2019
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
This was a really cute Christmas read! It had a lot of endearing family moments, and some very funny blind dates. The romance part was subtle and I actually really enjoyed that the family aspects were the main focus of this book. There was a lot of character development and growth even though it was a relatively short book. Overall, this was a very quick and fun read. I definitely will recommend it during Christmas time!
Death Note Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dates Read: December 25th & 29th, 2019
Vol. 1 – Boredom
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily, Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?
Vol. 2 – Confluence
Light thinks he’s put an end to his troubles with the FBI—by using the Death Note to kill off the FBI agents working the case in Japan! But one of the agents has a fiancée who used to work in the Bureau, and now she’s uncovered information that could lead to Light’s capture. To make matters worse, L has emerged from the shadows to work directly with the task force headed by Light’s father. With people pursuing him from every direction, will Light get caught in the conflux
I have been slowly getting into graphic novels, but Death Note is my first Manga series. I had heard lots of great things so I decided to give it a shot and was not disappointed! It takes a bit of getting used to learning to read in reverse, but the story was so worth it. You have a lot of morally gray characters, and it’s hard to decide who you want to succeed. I also really enjoy the thought process of our two main geniuses and how they basically dance around each other. Neither is necessarily smarter than the other and it’s a lot of fun to see them constantly trying to out do the other. I will definitely be continuing this manga series.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: December 30th, 2019
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
I really expected to love this, and I was a bit disappointed overall.
I listened to the audio book and I found it enjoyable due to the radio segments and actually getting to hear the stutter in Sadies voice. It really gave it an authenticity I may not have received had I physically read it. The idea of the story was intriguing, but I felt the execution was a bit flat. Sadie makes a lot of silly mistakes, and then other times acts like a total bad ass. It was a bit contradictory, but I get that she is supposed to be young and distraught.
The story did shine light on some very tough subjects and I like how the main character was attempting to deal with a lot of serious issues.
Also this one has a very open ending and as I have said many times before I don’t usually care for open endings. The ending seemed very abrupt and I was just very let down with how unresolved things seemed.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
2.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 1st, 2020
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.
One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.
Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
I didn’t really hate this, but I also didn’t enjoy it. My overall feeling was: Meh. The characters were cute and I like the many different representations, but the story just wasn’t for me. I felt confused half the time, and bored the other half. I thought witches and werewolves.. yes please. But it was just a way to quick story with not enough information for me. I’m sad I didn’t love it.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 1st, 2020
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
These stories were a lot of fun! I only found one out of the six stories to be a bit boring/confusing, but the rest were wonderfully done. The illustrations were beautiful and really added something to the stories. I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I really enjoyed being back in the grishaverse with these short stories! You do not need to read any of her other works to be able to read this. Even though it is set in the same universe, they do not necessarily connect to her other books. Highly recommend!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Date Read: January 5th, 2020
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
This was amazing. I have not read many super-hero type books and I loved the way this one was executed. There is a line and on one side is good, the other evil…right? Wrong! The line is blurred. Both sides think they are fighting for the greater good and as a reader you really don’t know who the real hero’s are. I love learning about the different super powers and the characters back stories. I’m excited to see where this leads in the next books.
Thanks for checking out another recent reads post! Just a couple more and we will be caught up to my present day reads! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!
Happy Reading 🖤