As today is the last day of 2016, I thought I would share with you my top three books I have read this year, and the reviews that I wrote. Please note these do not include books I have received in exchange for reviews. These are books that I have either bought myself or borrowed from the library.
Number 3 – The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
The Fairytale World is on the brink of a war. The Masked Man is spreading fear across the kingdoms. Alex and Conner’s only way to defeat him is to use the Portal Potion to travel into Conner’s short stories to assemble an army to fight the Masked Man.
Who will they meet along the way? Will they be able to defeat the Masked Man?
I am a huge fan of this series and of Chris Colfer. I loved this book. The new characters we met from Conner’s stories were just as interesting as the ones from the Fairytale World and had a rich backstory. My favourite of Conner’s stories was The Ziblings. Alex and Conner both learnt that his stories had deeper meanings than what they saw on the surface.
As always, the ending was a cliffhanger, leaving it wide open for a sixth book (hopefully!!)
I gave this book 5/5 stars!
Number 2 – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Before I read this book, I had heard nothing but good things about this series, so I thought I’d give it a try myself. I was not disappointed!
Cinder is a mechanic living in New Beijing. She lives with her stepmother and her two stepsisters. Cinder is also a cyborg. Her youngest stepsister becomes suddenly ill, and Cinder is blamed for this by her stepmother and oldest stepsister. Alongside this, Earth is being threatened by Queen Levana of Luna, who has the ability to wage war on Earth if she wants to. Cinder’s life becomes entwined with Prince Kai and with the Queen, and Cinder does not know that she is more important than she realises.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a futuristic take on ‘Cinderella’. I could see some of the similarities between this book and the classic fairytale, such as Cinder being forced to work for her stepmother, and Cinder meeting the Prince. There is also a lot of new characters in this series, like Queen Levana and Doctor Erland, who is one of my favourite characters.
The story was fast paced and there was always something new happening with every turn of the page. There were a few twists and turns that I did not expect, and the ending was a cliffhanger. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series to see what happens.
I gave this book 4/5 stars!
Number 1 – Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
I borrowed this book from my local library, after reading the blurb online and thinking that it sounded interesting.
It is set in a world where girls are created to serve men. It is classed as disgusting if they are overweight. They are encouraged to not eat and they spent their free time on ePads. They are not even worthy to have a capital letter at the start of their name. The aim of freida’s time in School is to become a companion, and anything else is not worth thinking about. All of a sudden, her best friend of many year, isabel, starts ignoring her and gaining weight, and self-destructing in the final year. Can freida figure out how to save her best friend? Or will she betray her in order to achieve her dream of companionship?
This book was really powerful and thought provoking. So many girls nowadays feel like they have to be self-conscious of their appearance, their weight, and many girls feel the need to bully others for not looking ‘perfect’. This book is a glimpse into the world nowadays, and what the world could be like in the future.
I gave this book 5/5 stars!
If you have not read any of these, I highly encourage you to read them. Finally, I would like to wish everybody a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!