August Wrap Up ~ 2017

Annike: Hey guys, I’m so sorry that Zoe and I haven’t been very active on TwinTales this week or really very much in the last month. We are right in the middle of exams so have been really stressed for time and are mostly just putting up reviews and stuff to keep our content up. But I really do miss talking to all of you guys and reading your posts and everything so I promise after this week we will be back and ready to try out some new things. Today we just wanted to give you a quick sum up on our months – they weren’t too good considering all the work we have been doing but I guess it’s better than nothing πŸ™‚ Lets go!

Annike’s Books

  1. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland ~ 3 stars
  2. The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord ~ 5 stars
  3. Violent Ends by Shaun Hutchinson + 17 others ~ 3.5 stars
  4. The Lake House by Kate Morton ~ 4 stars

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Favourite Book: I am so embarrassed that I only read 4 books this month, that is literally like an all time low for several years! However, I did read some really different and really good novels. My favourite definitely has to be The Names they Gave us by Emory Lord. It was so diverse and beautiful in the plot and the writing. If you want to see my review on it I’ve linked it above and it is definitely a recommended novel for YA Contemporary lovers!

Least Favourite Book: This is another book that I reviewed and while the writing was really beautiful I just couldn’t connect well enough with Grace and found her so wrong for Henry. I did really like the diverse range of characters in this book though and while it did get my least favourite read for the month I definitely wouldn’t want you discounting it from TBR lists guys.

Favourite Premise: This definitely has to go to The Lake House by Kate Morton. I listened to this book as an audiobook and it went for over 20 hours but it was so good! The story is about the mystery of a young boy who went missing in the 1930’s but is set in the 200’s when a young detective comes across the case and is trying to solve the mystery. Such a good historical fiction read as well as mystery.

Other: I don’t really know how to categorise Violent Ends which is written by like 17 different YA authors. It was a really heartbreaking and very unique read that I enjoyed quite a lot. The book is split into 17 different perspectives that all entwined in some ways and while I really loved some – others fell a little short and made me get bored quite easily. In it’s totality, the book focuses on a shooting in a school and then explores a range of characters in the past and present who were either involved with the shooting or the shooter etc.

Zoe’s Books:

  1. If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz (3 stars)
  2. Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martin Bedford (2 stars)

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Favourite Book: Unfortunately I only got around to reading two books this month but I wouldn’t say I loved either of them. Out of the two I would have to say my favourite was If You’re Lucky by Yvonne Prinz. Both of the books I finished were mystery YA fiction which I hadn’t read in a while but I found If You’re Lucky a bit more engaging and became quite intrigued in the storyline and figuring out what had happened to Lucky throughout the story, however I did find this book rather hard to get through and I wasn’t able to really connect with any of the characters.

Least Favourite Book:Β From the two books I read Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martin Bedford was my least favourite. I found this book really hard to connect with and found both the main characters really peculiar so I ended up struggling to find their voice and perspective. I think the main thing this book had going for it was the plot as I found myself mildly intrigued in what was going to happen and I liked the idea that Gloria was re-telling the story.

Zoe: So that wraps this months read. Sorry we didn’t get around to reading a lot this month but hopefully September will be better. Thank you all so much for reading, if any of you have read any of these books make sure to let us know in the comments below. Have a good rest of the week and we will be back with another post soon. x

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