Monthly Wrap Up | February 2015

Considering I’ve had a bit of a reading lull recently and have been finding it hard to finish books, I’m really chuffed with how many books I got through this month! The February half term definitely came in handy as I slowed through quite a few books! I’ve definitely got my reading mojo back and I couldn’t be happier! So here are the books that I read in February. As always, click the picture to read my review.

What I’ve Read

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond

By Referral Only by Lyla Payne

Texas Secrets by Jean Brashear

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

Currently Reading

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Make Me Up by Avery Flynn

So, Girl Online is still sat their on my currently reading list. I will finish it. It may take a while but I will get through that book! I’m really liking Make Me Up so far, in fact why don’t you check out my First Impression Friday review of it (shameless plug).

Since starting back after Christmas I’ve been enjoying the life of a trainee teacher. It’s been non-stop since January and I adored every single second in my class and am honestly gutted that I had to leave and re-join the world of uni students. So I’m adding my placement as my non-book favourite for the month.

So that’s February and all of the books that kept me company. Let me know in the comments which books you’ve been reading, I’d love to know!

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Mini Reviews | Texas Secrets | Neanderthal Seeks Human | Someone Else’s Fairytale

I’ve read three books this past week that didn’t hit the mark, I realised that I didn’t have enough to say about them for individual reviews, so I pulled them all together in one post! So here’s my thoughts on the three books that left me disappointed and still in need of my next good book fix!

This book was so underwhelming and disappointing. I expected so much more, I love me some Texas, the State’s in the name for crying out loud! I had such high expectations! It’s not that Texas Secrets was bad, just very disappointing.

Maddie is a top chef from New York City and Boone is born and bred Texan with a weird past, although even after reading I still don’t get why his past was such a mystery. Drama for dramas sake if you ask me. Obviously the two of them were going to fall for each other, there was no doubt. It just seemed to take SO LONG for it to happen. There’s only so much describing of hotness a girl can take before boredom sets in. I read this book pretty quickly, and honestly that wasn’t from enjoyment. I was having a bad with it and just wanted it to stop.

‘Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star’ by Jean Brashear
2 Stars

I enjoyed Neanderthal Seeks Human most of the time, but it was quite hard to connect to Janie. There’s no way to describe her narrative tone other than stiff. She clearly has a very unique and quirky character which I got and appreciated, I just think that writing could have been a lot less sterile. I thought that the writing was purely like this to fit in with Janie’s character, but then the prologue was in the POV of Quinn, and it was exactly the same. There needs to be variation! I want to know that I’m reading from a different characters POV, it should be reflected in the style of writing!
Aside from my issue with the tone and style of the writing I liked the story, it was slightly predictable but I could put up with it for a quick romantic read. I liked Quinn more when Janie was talking about him, although he did order for her quite a lot which is a big no-no. I’m quite capable of ordering my own food, thank you very much.
‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ by Penny Reid
3 Stars


Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

Someone Else’s Fairytale took me quite a while to finish, 20 days to be precise. It didn’t take that long because I wan’t enjoying, it’s because I got Red Queen and couldn’t stop myself from diving right in! (Find out what I thought of it in my review!)

Basically, Chloe is your average American student who’s been seriously injured as a child after her brother attempted to murder her, you know, just average stuff. Then there’s Jason, the hot movie star from the same town. Obviously he falls for her immediately and she turns him down because she’s not about that life. No problems with that, she doesn’t want the fame and crazy lifestyle, which I understand.

Problems started arising when she turned him down and friend zoned him, then immediately started going out with her best friend. She took this relationship pretty seriously, but from what I could tell it only lasted for a day (maybe more, I was reading this on the train at ridiculous o’clock in the morning). So why did she take it so bad? Get a grip and get your self a movie star!

She (eventually) did get herself a movie star, but honestly, the relationship moved very fast and quickly took a very unneeded turn for the worse.

‘Someone Else’s Fairytale’ by E. M. Tippetts
3 Stars

I think it’s pretty clear that I’ve had a run of bad luck with books recently, has anyone else been experiencing this, being let down by your books? I’d love to hear what you have to say, let me know in the comments!

First Impression Friday | Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a whole lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share with you my first impressions on a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E. M. Tippetts
I saw this book featured on a post listing loads of cheap Kindle books, I looked it up and sure enough it was free. That, and the Hollywood romance were all I needed to download it.
The book starts with Chloe and her two friends on their way to be extras on a Hollywood movie, set in their university campus. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the gorgeous Hollywood actor, also from the small town in Albuquerque, is going to fall for Chloe. 
I’m about a quarter through the book now and I’m unsure of whether or not I like Jason (said Hollywood actor). He seems a little too smooth and pushy. I don’t know how to explain it, to me something just seems off about him. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that Chloe isn’t into the Hollywood rich and famous scene.
As she so gracefully puts it, 
“I could see why millions of women found him dreamy. I just found him odd. He was too perfect looking.”
That, along with the rest of Chloe’s narrative has put me off him a little bit. But you never know, by the end of the book I might be singing his praises.
I don’t know about you, but if a gorgeous man, celebrity or not, started contacting me and getting his flirt on then I’d probably swoon a little, or maybe a lot. For Chloe there is no swooning. Not only is there no swooning on her part the dialogue is really dry, and not in a good way. There’s no humour or life, it’s dead.

I’m hoping that Someone Else’s Fairytale will pick up in the dialogue front, I’ll definitely keep reading it, and you never know, I may just end up falling for Jason after all!

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