Nov 28, 2019

October Book Reviews

October was a HUGE reading month for me. The first part of 2019 was a struggle in terms of reading, but the second part is making up for it! I read 9 books in October, loved almost every one of them, and became so obsessed with a series that I couldn't do anything else for a good week lol

Let's chat about my October book reviews:

I started Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher at the end of September, but I didn't finish it until the 1st or 2nd day in October. I had never heard of this book and I had no idea that these two authors wrote it together. Apparently it came out in three parts online, but then they made the parts into a book? I ordered it on Amazon is all I know lol
You can definitely tell it wasn't written as a whole. The first part was brilliant and amazing-such a unique storyline. The second and especially third part felt different though-almost like the authors grew bored with the book and lost inspiration. It started out strong, but then quickly sizzled. 

Rating: 3 STARS

Oh goodness. Then we come to this series. I've had After sitting on my shelf for a good two or three years. I randomly saw it at Barnes and Noble and decided to try it. When I went to check out, a woman who works at the store and is always recommending books to me, said if I didn't like it I could bring it back and she would give me a refund. I told her I had heard a lot about it and she said she hated it. I was curious, but then got sidetracked by other books or life and never picked it up.
Then this summer, I realized there was a movie of the book that was about to come out, so I decided to read it. This was at the same time as I was unpacking books and moving into my house and I could not find it anywhere. I figured I had gotten rid of it, so I just forgot about it.
Then I found it a few months later and since I was needing something quick to read this month, so I picked it up. 

And I absolutely 100% hated it.

But I kept reading because I couldn't stop.

I have never read a book that I hated as much as this one, but that I was also so obsessed with it. It's over 500 pages, but I couldn't read it fast enough. Y'all, this series took over my life and I am not exaggerating lol. I did nothing outside of going to work and then coming home and reading until bedtime.  It consumed me. 

And then I kept reading the other books....

Rating: I'm so confused by this book. I mean, I couldn't put it down and it made me eventually read 1000+ pages, so you would think it would be 5 STARS for sure. BUT it's also one of the stupidest books I've ever read and I kind of want to give it 1 STAR??? So confusing. :/

I strategically ordered the second book when I was in the middle of the first so it would be here when I finished and I wouldn't have to wait. I purposely went home after school before going to my hair appointment so I could get it out of the mailbox and read while I was waiting. Book 2 ended up being my least favorite of the series, but that didn't stop me from devouring it HA!

Rating: 4 STARS

After finishing the 800 page 2nd book, I moved onto book 3 even though I seriously considered stopping after book 2 because I really didn't like it. I'm so happy I decided to stick with it because book 3 turned out to be my absolute favorite. 

Rating: 5 STARS

Book 4 was also wonderful and ended the series perfectly. It was my second favorite book of the series.

Rating: 5 STARS

Then there was this prequel/alternate POV story. I enjoyed it, but I skipped over some parts that really didn't have anything to do with the Tessa/Hardin storyline. I definitely think you need to read this after you finish the series-don't skip it! But don't read it before the series or it won't make sense. 

Rating: 4.5 STARS

After finishing the obsession of After, I knew I needed to read something I would 100% for sure love because it's very easy to fall into a reading slump after you finish a long series that you basically lived lol. I was lucky enough to get an arc of Lauren Layne's upcoming book, the third in the Central Park Pact series-Marriage on Madison Avenue. This one turned out to be my favorite in the series. It was SUCH a sweet love story between two friends that thought they could never be anything other than friends. I had been waiting for Audrey and Clarke's story, and I wasn't disappointed! I loved it! 
If you want to start this story-although any can be read as stand alones- the first is called Passion on Park Avenue and the second book is called Love on Lexington Lane

Rating: 5 STARS

Faker is a book that I've been waiting on since I first heard about it. I just love rom coms and with a cover like this one, I didn't think there was any way it could be bad. And it wasn't bad. But sadly it wasn't good either. The first half started off really strong and I thought it was going to be a 5 star book, but the second half-when the characters finally got together- ended up being so boring for me.  I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it and I was glad when I finished it and could move onto something else.

Rating: 3 STARS

Check out more of what I've read this year by clicking the 'books' tab above or any of the monthly links here:

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