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2015 1st Quarter Wrap Up: Part One

I haven’t been doing much reviewing so I thought I would do a quarterly wrap up that would give you some insight on the books I’ve read so far in 2015. There won’t be any spoilers so have fun exploring and deciding if you want to pick up any of these books.

Because I completed 27 books, I’m going to break this up into multiple posts.

See Me by Wendy Higgins was the first book I read in the new year. Honestly I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It wasn’t spectacular and the male lead’s name was McKale. Shortened to Kale. The world building was mediocre, and the characters often silly but it was good entertainment. Give it a try if you like character driven, light fantasy. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

Dubiosity by Christy Barritt has it’s own full length review which you can find here. This was a very exciting read for me personally, because it was my first ARC! This also was a big encourager for one of the genres I want to start reading agian.  4/5 stars


Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen also has it’s own full length review here. I really hope all you murder mystery fans give this one a shot. The characters in this book were compelling and not I hope to see another book in this universe.  4/5 stars


Golden Son by Pierce Brown. There are not words for all my feels. Golden Son took us to even more unexpected places. This might be my new favorite series, ever. Red Rising set the bar so high but this is a completely different level. You, you need to read this. This series will be best enjoyed if you don’t know too much about the plot before you being. 5/5 stars.


Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Honestly after all the good things I heard about this I was a little disappointed. Other than being separated from your loved ones, her time in jail didn’t seem that bad. Overall I was bored and I can’t understand why they made a TV show abou this. 3/5 stars


The Martian by Andy Wier should have been a disaster but it was success on every level. There was a great balance of dark humor, nerd talk, obstacles, and creative problem solving. The only thing that really stuck me as unbelievable was the lengths his government went to get him back, but really who I am to judge? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 4.5/5 stars


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was the first book my husband challenged me to read. It could have been edited down to three chapters but driving the points home it what makes material like this stick. It did help me a few desperate situations though and for that it gets 3.5/5 stars.


Jackaby by William Ritter is a paranormal mystery thriller with a good helping of Sherlock Holmes. I had very high expectations for this book, overall it was pleasing. I actually enjoyed the female MC which doesn’t happen too often and the mystery while unique did feel lacking toward the end. 3.5/4


Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I began this book in December by due to personal drama the library autoreturned it before I could finish it. I did finish it Feburary and was disappointed. I really loved the other three books in the series but this book felt so lacking plot wise. As always the characters and prose were gorgeous. 3.5/5 stars


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey was the most challenging read I’ve had in years. This book takes you places that scary, sad, and that are difficult to understand even though they are completely real. Maud had to be one of the most difficult characters to write and for the reader to truly connect with but Healey got you in the end and held the plot together with the smallest of strands. 4/5 stars.


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. So many times I almost gave up on this one. I don’t even know what exactly about it makes it so hard to complete. The story is compelling and the characters are great but it must be the pacing and the writing style. I would only recommend this to people that really enjoyed the Cuckoo’s Calling. 2.5/5 stars.


Pointe by Brandy Colbert was all over the place. It’s like the author decided she wanted to take on way too many topics for one book. In this book we have minimal ballet drama, boy drama, drug drama, under-aged drinking drama, eating disorder drama, friendship drama, school drama, and kidnapping drama. I didn’t like the main character and not (mostly) because she was edgy and devoid of morals. It was because she didn’t grow or thinks she needs to grow. It did compel me to keep reading though. 2/5 stars


The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin was the last book of the Mara Dyer trilogy. The most interesting parts for me were the back story set in India and England. Mara and Noah’s story was sort of boring despite the author’s attempt at drama. This is not a stand alone novel. 3/5 stars


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman was more of a character driven novel than a plot driven novel. I really enjoyed this novel because it didn’t spend too much time specifically world building, the world just sort of unfolded with the story. It isn’t too often I enjoy almost all the characters but I really did here. Seraphina was intelligent, courageous, and creative. I am excited to continue my journey. 4/5 stars.


So that covers about half of my reading in the first quarter. I bounced around so much from being ahead to falling behind and now, only 4 days into the second quarter I’m just a few books away from my half way goal. I am lacking in some of my categories for this year but am looking to turn that around this quarter. If you have any questions or want to share your own opinions that would make my day. For an up to date tracker of my reading you can visit the 2015 Reading Challenge page. I would love to discuss any books on that list with you.

Leave a comment below with your favorite book of 2015!!!

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