Welcome to October Rewind. Another month that I didn't get much reading done but I did discover some pretty interesting books.
Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.
NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.
* Interesting premise but started off sooo slow and boring. I had a difficult time getting interested in it until I was near chapter 16.* Gave it a 2/5 star rating on Goodreads
Three Chost Stories by Charles Dickens
Includes the following short stories:
1) The Signal-Man
2) The Haunted-House
3) The Trial for Murder
* I gave this a rating of 3/5 stars on Goodreads simply because I enjoyed "The Signal-Man" so much, in my opinion the others were lacking and not up to what I have always come to expect from Charles Dickens.*
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
*Holy Batman did I love this book!! It's such an addictive and creative story. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Enshadowed so I can find out what happens to Isobel and Varren.* I gave this a rating on 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch.
Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life.
Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along
* Beautifully written and heartbreaking. You will definitely need to keep a box of tissues near you will reading 34 Pieces of You. If you love books like Thirteen Reasons Why and If I Lie than you will love this book.* I gave it a rating of 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.
*Another book that had an interesting premise that I couldn't get into. I wanted to read this book in the month of October because it was listed in the Horror Genre and I wanted to read something creepy. Unfortunately, it wasn't scary at all, in fact it was more depressing than anything.* I gave this book a rating of 2/5 stars on Goodreads.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma - so she's been told - and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.
* Definitely original and a quick read. Part sci-fi, dystopian, and medical thriller all wrapped into one. The only thing that stopped me from giving it a 5 star rating was that it kind of seemed like it took awhile for the "real story" to start. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series eventually.* I gave this book a rating on 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Please leave comments or links below with all the great books that YOU discovered in the month of October.
Happy Reading :)