I’m a little behind on my bookreviews, but I did read! So I decided to give you a quick overview of book 9, 10 and 11, so I can hopefully continue with my reviews a bit more frequently after that 🙂
Book 9: Spells – Aprilynne Pike
Summary: Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger–and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.
When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?
Personal Opinion: I got Wings, the first book in the series from a friend for my birthday and really loved it. It was cute, wonderful and thrilling as well. This second book in the series was no less fun! I especially really enjoyed the descriptions of life in Avalon. It must be heaven! Although the author is not scared to fit in some questionmarks about racism and slavery. Avalon is not as perfect at you might think, but the way this world is described makes me want to go and look for it! lol.
Book 10: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Summary: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind. (source: Goodreads.com)
Personal Opinion: I read this book in 2 days. It was such a lovely read! I really liked how the reader gets to feel what it is like to have autism and how Christopher perceives the world. The story is so funny sometimes, even though Christopher literally says in the book that he doesn’t make jokes….I also cried while reading this book, it’s heartbreaking to see how Christopher’s world is falling apart, especially when it comes to his family. I really wanted to go up to him and try to make him feel loved without hugging (because obviously he does not like to be touched). It’s just a very interesting book! And I recommend it to everyone!!!
Book 11: This World We Live In – Susan Beth Pfeffer
It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. Miranda and her two brothers spend their days scavenging for food and household items, while their mother stays at home and desperately tries to hold on to the ordinary activities of their previous life. But they all know that nothing is truly normal in this surreal new world they live in.
The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever. (source: Goodreads.com)
Personal Opinion: I loved the first book in this series, I liked the second book, and this third one was ok, but I was expecting more of it. I was so excited to read this because the characters of the first and second book finally come together in this novel. I was expecting much more action and darkness. Of course the world is still in turmoil and life sucks in general, but it took AGES for the story to go somewhere. Because you already know about the tornade from the summary, you wait for it to come, but it’s not until the very last minute that it happens, which makes the ending feel very rushed to me. I also didn’t like the romance between Miranda and Alex. At first they hate each other and all of a sudden they love each other to death and don’t want to ever be apart from each other again? Nope, I just didn’t buy that at all…So it was a bit of a dissappointment in some ways, but it was still a nice read!