Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Format read: Paperback


Rating: 5 out of 10

Plot: Lillia, Kat, and Mary decide to come together to plot revenge on those who have hurt them.  The girls agree to help each other get revenge on the one who has hurt them, but when their plots don’t go as planned, they must deal with the consequences of their actions.

Opinion: I’m conflicted with how to rate this book.  I think as far as YA books go, this was a pretty good one.  I thought the plot was engaging and unlike some of the other books in this genre, it kept me guessing right until the very end.  However, I thought the characters were a little cliche and stereotypical: there was the popular cheerleader, the bully quarterback, the bad girl, the shy new girl.  I think the book would’ve been better if the authors had taken the time to come up with original characters, and it was kind of annoying to read such cliched characters.  Overall, it’s a good example of the genre, but if you tend to read adult books, this may be a little disappointing.

Next book: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King


Update on Life

It’s been a few weeks since I posted my last review (prior to the one I just posted), and although I did have a hard time getting through the Gone Girl because I was bored with it, that’s not the only reason why it has taken me so long to get through it.  For the past year I have been doing substitute teaching and I have recently taken a long-term sub position.  What that means is I do all the duties of a full-time teacher, including lesson plans and grading.  I’m happy about the opportunity, but I’ve been so busy that days pass by without me reading a single page.  So until I can get myself situated, I probably won’t be doing many reviews because I won’t be reading many books.  I’ll update as I finish the books, but I am not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with my reading as much.

Also, I do the Goodreads reading challenge, and by finishing Gone Girl I have reached my goal of 45 books for the year.  I hope that I can make it to 50 books, but right now, that’s up in the air.  I’m just glad though that I got through my goal for the year.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Format read: Paperback


Rating: 4 out of 10

Plot: On the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick discovers that his wife is missing.  As the days go by, people begin to suspect that he is responsible for her disappearance.

Opinion: Since this is a suspense book, I don’t want to say too much to spoil it, but I was not that impressed with this book.  I figured out each of the twists before they happened, so it was difficult for me to keep reading through it when I already knew what was going to happen.  Also, I thought the epilogue-like ending was a cop-out and didn’t make much sense given the mood through the rest of the book.  Overall, I don’t think this book lives up to the hype that is surrounding it, and if you are at all good at figuring out plot twists in advance, don’t pick up this book.

Next book: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

October Wrap-Up

For the month of October, I read four books, which is about average for me.  It was a mixed month for me; I enjoyed half of the books I read and was disappointed with the other half.  My favorite book of the month was The Waste Lands by Stephen King, which I thought was very engaging; the only problem I had with this book is that it ended on a huge cliffhanger.  My least favorite book of the month was The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, which I thought had a good premise, but the author failed to provide enough details to make the story plausible.  These are the books I read with the ratings I gave them:

1. A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley (5 out of 10 stars)

2. The Age of MIracles by Karen Thompson Walker (4 out of 10 stars)

3. The Waste Lands by Stephen King (8 out of 10 stars)

4. Smaller Signs of the Day by Muhammad bin Biyyumi (7 out of 10 stars)