Saturday, 2 May 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up April 25th-May 1st

I got through six books this week. Well really five. Two of them were re-reads. Two were audios.

Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrea Portes ****
This one started off a little rough. Anika, the MC, was kind of hard to like. She's pretty much an asshole. But she had my laughing. Than I quickly came to realize how relatable she is. Anika embodies and showcases every insecurity a teenager has. Or at least I had. She did and said stupid things, even when she knew how wrong she was doing or saying those things. Being a douchebag is part of the being a teenager. Unfortunately. Anika had heart though. And she's a really clever girl. The story took a really horrific turn that I really was hoping wouldn't come to fruition. Even through some tears, the ending was uplifting. I thoroughly loved Portes' witty and sarcastic writing as well.

Black Iris by Leah Raeder *****
Black Iris was a very highly anticipated release for me. As dark as Unteachable was, I loved it. Black Iris is even darker. It's unapologetic and a complete mind fuck. I know this isn't going to be a book for everyone. But I honestly don't know the last time I've been so intrigued and completely on the edge of my seat. Black Iris is a dark, romantic thriller. It's all over the place. Laney, the MC, is ruthless, raw, complex and flawed. She states right away that she is not the heroine of the story. And that could not be truer. Talk about an unreliable narrator. Even though there was no way to guess where the story was going, I loved where Raeder took the story. She never held back. Her writing is hauntingly beautiful. And you can tell she is showing herself through her writing. I cannot recommend Black Iris enough if you want something so outside the box, screws with your mind, but also brings serious topics like bullying and sexuality into the forefront.

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling *****
Beautiful and inspiring. How can you not love anything that comes out of this women's mouth?

All Lined Up(Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack ****(re-read)
I was feeling a little slumpish. Which leads me to pick up an old favourite(these days is usually a NA). All Line Up fits the bill there. Plus the third book is out in a few weeks, wanted to refresh on the characters. I don't know if I've said it before, but Cora Carmack is the perfect place to start if you're looking to get into NA. It's light(or almost non-existent) on the sex, but that doesn't mean it's not sexy. Her characters are easy to love and so is her story telling. All Lined Up has a great story line. But it also has one of my favourite romance tropes, sports. I love when romance and sports collide. It's funny, I don't particularity like football, but make a movie, show or book with it and I'm sold. Anyways, loved getting back into Dallas and Carson's story again.

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham **
Ugh. This book is just about rich assholes. There were a few redeemable characters.But for the most part I spent the whole time rolling my eyes. The only reason I didn't DNF was because I listened to the audio and it wasn't very long. And I might have had a small hope that the characters would suddenly show some humanity and make a 180. Nope.

All Broke Down(Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack ****(re-read)
I couldn't just re-read All Lined Up and not All Broke Down. Especially because Silas. Sigh-las. My heart. There's just something about this hard faced(and body....mmm...) guy. He can come off as a dick and he likes the ladies, but Silas doesn't shy away from Dylan when he realizes that hey, maybe loving a girl isn't so bad. Obviously there's some drama, because it is a romance after all, but I don't find Carmack's books overly angsty. I'm just immediately pulled into a sweet romance with great characters and for the most part a light and fun read. Plus she created Silas. Did I mention how much Silas captured my heart?

What did you guys read this week?
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Happy reading!



  1. Black Iris definitely does not sound like a book for me but I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love when a book lives up to expectations. I have the first Cora Carmack and can't wait to start the series!

  2. I really need to read something by Cora, especially because you re-read!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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