I thought last month was a bad reading month but OMG this month was worse!! I read 4 books. FOUR! Technically it was only 3 because one of them was only 90 pages long. To some people that's pretty good, but I normally read 8-10 books a month! It's too depressing. I blame uni.
Anyway, here's my short list. Don't read it all at once. Pace yourself.
1. Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren (4.5/5)
2. The Road that Leads to Us by Micaela Smeltzer (3/5)
3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (4/5)
4. Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon (3/5)
1. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub (6%)
2. Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke (28%)
Number of books read: 4
Physical Copies: 1
Average Rating: 3.62/ 5
Settling down for a 24-hour flight to Australia, Lucy finds a text message on her phone from a woman claiming to have slept with her boyfriend, James, four times in the past month.
Trapped above the Pacific, she questions everything about their relationship, but when she finally calls him, James reassures her that it was only his friend playing a joke. James is gorgeous and successful and Lucy adores him, yet at her best friend Molly’s wedding in Sydney, she finds herself having doubts and is keeping an eye on Molly's brother-in-law Nathan. Nathan is a happy-go-lucky surfer boy with no prospects, no place to live, and an almost-girlfriend in tow. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself caught between two distant continents and two very different men.
I have really mixed feelings about this book. Overall I enjoyed it, but there were too many things about it that pissed me off.
For starters, I liked the overall idea of the plot, but I feel like it was just taken too far. It was extremely repetitive throughout the whole book, especially with the whole romance and the "do I love James or do I love Nathan?". By the end of it I didn't even know what I thought to be honest. I feel like I've been manipulated or brainwashed in a way because [spoiler] every time James managed to convince Lucy he didn't cheat I believed him as well. Honestly, I still have no idea because his excuses seem pretty valid to me. And I don't know if it's just because I listened to it on Audible and the tone of the readers voice threw me off, but I quite liked James [end spoilers].
With the characters.. I don't really know. This is basically where I have the really mixed feelings because I didn't love any of the characters. Lucy I found to be quite annoying and hypocritical since she was doing the same thing her boyfriend was doing to her. So just no to that. The two love interests, well I don't know. I liked James (the original boyfriend) and I kind of felt sorry for him to have to put up with Lucy. But then there was Nathan and I did really like him, I just didn't like the whole situation. Although Lucy and Nathan had this "thing" they would do where they would tell each other really crappy jokes each time they spoke and sometimes they were ok, but for the most part they were just extremely cringe worthy.
My biggest complaint is the bloody chapters. They were so damn long!! One chapter was over an hour long which is absolutely ridiculous and it just made me angry. There were too many scenes in the one chapter that it just got a bit muddled.
Because I listened to the book on Audible I thought I'd give a little review of the audiobook itself. The reader was fine as the character of Lucy, but I feel this is one book that would have needed at least one other character. I just really don't like when women read men's parts or vice versa, it just didn't sound right. Add to the fact that they had a really bad Australian accent (sorry not sorry). It sounded more Kiwi than anything which was just annoying. I suppose a non-Australian listening to it wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but I could. I did have to speed up the reader's voice because it was a little bit too slow for me, but it's not a big issue.
So even though I didn't really have anything positive to say about this, I did enjoy reading it. It pissed me off at times, but by about the halfway mark I couldn't stop listening to it and I don't regret reading it. Having said that, it is definitely on my favourites, and I probably won't be reaching for another Paige Toon book any time soon...
Would I recommend? Maybe,,,
For fans of: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Audiobook, 10h32m
Genre: Chick Lit
Acquired from: Audible
Brie is the “biggest, cheesiest, sappiest romantic” who believes that everyone will find their perfect someone, so when Jacob, the love of Brie's life, tells her he doesn't love her anymore, the news breaks her heart,literally, and she dies. But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie revisits the living world to discover that her family has begun to unravel and her best friend has been keeping an intimate secret about her boyfriend. Somehow, Brie must handle all of this while navigating through the five steps of grief with the help of Patrick, her mysterious bomber-jacketed guide to the afterlife. But how is she supposed to face the Ever After with a broken heart and no one to call her own?
This is one of my favourite books and I realised I had never posted my review on my blog. So I’ve taken the review I wrote over on Goodreads about 2 years ago and I’m posting it here. After reading my own review I kind of feel like reading this again, so I may just do that soon, but probably not. Keep in mind this was one of my first ever reviews.. soo don't judge me.
Review: I really don't think I can say anything about this book right now without breaking down into tears. Seriously THE FEELS!!!
~FAST FORWARD 30 MINUTES~
Ok it's been half an hour and I finally feel emotionally ready to get into this. First of all, I have to say that this may be my favourite book of 2014... Overtaking Still Alice, I know hard to believe but true. I stumbled across this book got it purely because of the cover art, I know "don't judge a book by its cover" and all that jazz but seriously, have you seen the cover? Anyway, I didn't even know what it was about, hadn't read any reviews and had never heard of the author so I was pretty much going in blind. So when I read the first paragraph I was slightly taken aback.
So basically, this book is about a young girl who dies from a broken heart (which you would already know if you read the blurb unlike me). The book then takes you through her dealing with her death by splitting up the book in the 5 stages of grief. And honestly, I haven't read a book that's caused me to feel so many different emotions, in such a long time. It was so beautifully written that I felt every emotion Brie was going through, if she was happy I was happy, if she was angry, I was angry… you get the idea. The book goes through so many plot twists it's an endless amount of adrenaline and it will definitely keep you sitting on the edge of your seat (or bed or wherever you are while reading this) in suspense.
Another thing I have to mention - Patrick. From the first few pages he was in, I was obsessed. AmsterDAMN he was mighty fine.
I feel like this would make such an amazing movie. It has a little bit of everything and I think the supernatural elements would look amazing on the big screen. To sum it up, this is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys a bit of supernatural, romance, not sure what to call it but it's a pretty good all-rounder I reckon. I think if you liked Twilight and Divergent and books about the afterlife then this book is definitely for you. And even if you don't, you should read it anyway.
Would I recommend? Abso-freaking-lutely!
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Supernatural/Fantasy/I don't even know
Acquired from: The Book Depository
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