Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Your Next Favorite Book: March Reads

It's my favorite day of the month!! Sharing the books I read throughout really is one my favorite posts to type up.  I love getting to see what everyone else read and add some new books to my TBR list!



Here's what I read in March!


Goodreads Synopsis:  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever...


My thoughts:  Really really enjoyed the premise of this book.  I read it in a day.  I've also already read the second in the series and as soon as I get back to school, I'll be checking out the third from my school library.  Put these on your list, they're good!  Real good!




Goodreads Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


My thoughts:  I actually listening to this book on my drive home over spring break.  My expectations were really high with this one because everyone told me how good it was.  I really enjoyed it, a lot actually.  But I have to say I think I like the premise of the Infernal Devices just a tad more.  I'm also not sure if I will be reading any of the others.  I didn't really like that she made Clary and Jace fall for each other and then make them think they're brother and sister for an entire book. (I may or may not have gone and read all about books 2-3 when I got to the end of book one and was so disappointed).  That's just too weird.  And yes I realize they're not brother and sister but.....blegh.....just creeped me out.  So while I did enjoy the storyline a lot I'm not dying to read the rest of the series.  Plus I've heard that she should have stopped at book 3 rather than going to 6.  Maybe at some point I'll read the rest, but I have so many others on my list that I'm fine with the rest of the series taking a back seat.  





Goodreads Synopsis:   Please make a list of everything you consider essential to your life.
The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

Jane
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.



My thoughts:  This was a random find at Target with my friend Jenny.  She bought it and read it first and then passed it along to me.  It was.....weird.  But in a good way for me.  It kept me guessing the entire book and had me wondering if I would ever be able to live with basically nothing but the bare basics.  The answer is most likely a hard no.  But I it definitely stayed a thriller for me most of the book.  I read a few reviews that slightly compared it to 50 Shades of Grey, not so much for the sex but for the controlling and bizarre personality of one of the main characters.  It was a very weird book but I have to say I didn't hate it.  But it might not be everyones cup of tea.  Oh and apparently it's being made into a movie with Ron Howard as the director.  





Goodreads Synopsis:  An eccentric wallflower...

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger. 

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven...



My thoughts: Lisa Klyspas is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I've read just about every book she's written.  I loved getting to see some characters from her past novels, that's actually one of my favorite things that authors do in their books!  But I also think this is a great stand alone.  You could 100% enjoy the book without having read any of the others in the series.  If you're looking for an easy, fluffy, and cheesy romance, this is the book for you! 





Amazon Kindle Synopsis: One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the Prince Regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon’s heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title.

Whitworth relishes the idea of sending his younger sister Brooke to his enemy’s remote estate. He knows the Wolf will reject her as a bride, thereby losing his wealth and status. The Wolf, however, is determined to scare away the Whitworth chit. With dueling no longer an available means of destroying the man he abhors, he will be satisfied to see him lose his lands and title. But he hadn’t expected his enemy’s sister to be so resourceful or resilient.

Brooke Whitworth has been dreaming of her first season in London because she intends to win a husband who will take her far away from her unloving family. Instead, she is being sent to the Yorkshire moors to wed a mysterious nobleman whose family is cursed and who has thrice tried to kill her brother. But there’s no room in her heart for fear; this man is her means of escape. She will make him love her!



My thoughts: This wasn't my favorite of hers.  I honestly didn't even bother really finishing it.  I skimmed because I knew what was gonna happen and got kinda bored.  The premise caught my interest but sadly the book fell flat for me.  She has others that are much much better.

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Overall March was an ok reading month.  I was able to accomplish my 5 book goal for the month and I liked most of the books ok.  Nut my favorites were Uglies and Devil in Spring.

Off to get some more recommendations for my TBR at the Show Us Your Books Link up with Steph and Jana!

15 comments:

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

The Girl Before is in my pile of books right now - glad to hear that you liked it!

Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

I liked the first 3 Mortal Instruments books, but I thought she should have ended it there, and she totally could have. The 4-6 books I thought were awful and the 7th was ok. Honestly, I don't think you're missing anything by not continuing.

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

I remember seeing The Uglies in high school, but I never got around to reading them. I'd kind of forgotten, honestly! Glad that you enjoyed it. I love books that I can fly trough. I enjoyed The City of Bones, but it was kind of boring after seeing the movie first. I think that I will read the rest of the series someday, but am not in a rush. I agree about the Infernal Devices premise. Devil in Spring sounds fun. I'm always looking for fluff. hehe XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Brittany Pines said...

Uglies sounds interesting, kind of like Delirium.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

adding the uglies to my list.
as for the city of bones and all that jazz. i'm not kidding when i say i started that series 10 years ago lol. when it first came out. the first 3 really were amazing, and reading them in real time was fantastic. re-reading them so i could read 5 and 6 was a little harder, the brother and sister thing is a bit weird, and i'm sure even weirder once you know it's not true, but i thought it worked as i was reading it the first time. i still have the last book to get to before i start infernal devices. one day... but yes. book 3 ends like it was the end of the series, so book 4 is just so weird and odd and makes zero sense. the next book was pretty okay and i've heard the last one is really good. i'll let you know ;)
the girl before is on my kindle. one day haha!

Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

I need to read some Lisa Kleypas - I love that genre, especially Julia Quinn's books. :)

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Uglies is on my TBR from another SUYB day and I'm happy to hear another good review.

The Girl Before is in my Kindle. I need to get to it.

Tanya said...

I really enjoyed The Girl Before, especially how I kept having to revise my opinions of the characters. I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments but agree the latter books weren't as good. I read Infernal Devices afterwards, which I like quite a bit. I did not like her new series. It felt like a retread. Maybe she needs to explore other worlds? :D The Uglies is on my TBR and it's great to see another strong review for it.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I am waiting on The Girl Before from the library and it's taking an ETERNITY.

The Siberian American said...

I read the Uglies series while in high school and really enjoyed it! :) I really liked The Girl Before, too!

Nadine Lynn said...

I am a few chapters in to The Girl Before and enjoying it so far. Uglies sounds interesting.

Ashley Lillis said...

So I remember reading about The Uglies forever ago, but somehow it never got on my list. I think that it needs to go on my list! That's such a bummer that you didn't love the first Immortal Instruments book! It was weird that Jace and Clary were brother and sister, but the storyline definitely got better as the story went on. Although I have to admit that I like Tessa's character a lot more than I like Clary for some reason. I loved The Girl Before! It was definitely weird and twisted and I think that's why I loved it! Yes we need to meet for dinner soon!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I was never really interested in Cassie Clare's books. My sister read City of Bones a couple years ago and while she liked it enough, she thought she'd like it more if she'd read it at a younger age. Granted, I'm still really happy you liked the book for the most part! :)

-Lauren

Kristin said...

The Girl Before would definitely make a great movie.

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

The Girl Before sounds like a great read, will be adding that to my growing list of must reads!