Snapshot Reviews – January 2020

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Hello! Welcome to my new blog series: Snapshot Reviews. In which I give a short review of every book read in the previous month.

In the month of January I read 14 books in total, they will be reviewed in the order they were read, beginning January 3rd through until January 30th.

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Book 1:
Growing Things and Other Stories, by Paul Tremblay
Finished January 3rd 2020, rated 4 stars.

The atmosphere of this anthology is incredible, it was the perfect book to start my year. For a short story collection to really succeed in my opinion there needs to be killer settings. There isn’t a chance for characters to be fleshed out enough to form a deep connection with them, so it is left up to plot and intrigue. This collection DELIVERED, Paul Tremblay nailed the eery atmospheric story in his work. I would recommend this to people that want to try Horror but aren’t fully convinced they’ll enjoy the genre. A great taste test.

 

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Book 2:
Season of the Witch, by Sarah Rees Brennan
Finished January 5th 2020, rated 3 stars.

I am a huge fan of the Netflix series that this book was inspired by, it is set up to be a prequel to the tv series. I loved the characters in this, they felt authentic to their on-screen counterparts. However, the plot for me was quite forgettable. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for more Chilling Adventures content without being too concerned about what the book does as a whole.

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Review – Disney Princess A Treasury of Enchanting Tales

“The decisions she makes reflect her tenacity and compassion, as she bravely journeys to restore the heart of Te Fiti.”

– From Moana, Disney Enterprises

 

I was lucky enough to receive the absolutely gorgeous copy of Disney Princess A Treasury of Enchanting Tales from Scholastic AU for review.

This book is presented in a beautiful hardcover edition with metallic embellishments on the cover, as well as the hard sleeve it comes in.

It contains 12 tales based on twelve Disney princesses including Moana, Mulan, Jasmine, Merida, Aurora, Snow White, Pochahontas, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Tiana. This is the perfect addition to any Disney collecter’s bookshelves.

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A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

– Little Lovely Things

I had the pleasure of receiving this title from NetGalley through SOURCEBOOKS Landmark in exchange for my honest review. Little Lovely Things was published on the 2nd of April.

As per usual I have to put in a disclaimer to let you know that this review does contain thoughts and opinions that explore parts of this book considered spoilers. If you wish to avoid spoilers, I will post an abridged version of it on Goodreads.

This story follows Claire, the mother of two young girls who have gone missing along with the car they were in, after she makes an emergency pit stop at a gas station one morning.

My overall rating for Little Lovely Things is 2.5 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately I had a difficult time getting into this book and was delayed in finishing it, however I did pick up the audio edition on Scribd and ended up finishing the book in a day.

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“The clock is driving itself insane, going around in circles”

– Lorcán Black, A Lesson in Needle Work

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Rituals, released on the 31st of May this year, from NetGalley and the publisher April Gloaming Publishing in exchange for my honest review. 

I want to begin as always, by saying that this review may contain thoughts and opinions that could spoil the book for you. 

The blurb for this collection states that “Black’s poetry illuminates the wonder in all of us.”…”this collection fortifies our nature to hunt for a life worth living.” Which pretty much perfectly sums up how I felt about this work.

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“I Just hoped you would love me

in the way dry earth loves the rain”

– Courtney Peppernell, Pillow Thoughts III

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Pillow Thoughts III from NetGalley and the publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This poetry collection comes out on the 6th of August this year and is the third part to Courtney Peppernell’s Pillow Thoughts collections.

Alright friends, please bear with me here I have never written a critical review for poetry. It’s not like I’ve never read poetry before, I just feel as though it’s incredibly difficult to choose a rating on a collection of poems. For example, Pillow Thoughts III includes poems that I loved and related to 100% but it also included poems that I had absolutely no interest in.

So how do I rate the collection as a whole without it reflecting an opinion that doesn’t fully represent how I felt?

The answer, is to try my damn best at explaining my thoughts I guess. So please don’t take the star rating at face value. It really doesn’t represent how I feel about this collection, it is just a rough average of my ratings for each poem. Anyway, enough prattling on let us get to the juicy stuff.

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February always seems like a very slow reading month for me. I only managed to read a total of 5 books this month, but they have all been fantastic so that’s a plus!

I did however start 2 more books that will be finished in March (if all goes to plan), but before I get ahead of myself here are February’s reading stats.

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It’s almost the end of another month, wow this year is FLYING by!

I don’t know about all my fellow readers out there, but I found January to be a surprisingly productive month. I ticked off so many things from my ever-growing to do list, and I got a new job. Yay me!

I had a fairly good reading month too, coming in with 10 finished books and 3 current reads.

I thought I’d try out something like a wrap up, but with my reading statistics because I found that stuff really interesting and I’d like to keep it going so that I have some record to look back on this time next year.

SO! Without further ado here are my January reading stats:

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