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September Book Reviews

My goal was three books a month, and I just squeaked out the 3rd book before the end of the month.  I started the month with a fluffy YA romance, tried reading This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, moved on to a vampire story, and finished with a YA fantasy.

book1I borrowed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E, Smith in e-book form from my public library after hearing some Booktubers talk about it. The story takes place within a 24-hour time period – that made it interesting and fast to read.

Seventeen-year-old Hadley gets stuck in the JFK airport en route to her father’s second wedding. She didn’t even want to go, so she is quite annoyed. While waiting for her flight she meets a British boy, Oliver. Oliver seems immediately drawn to Hadley. During their flight to London, seated next to each other they exchange stories and Oliver listens to Hadley explain all about her father leaving the family, creating a second life in London with a step-mother she hasn’t met.  Oliver listens and shares his own story about the relationship he had with his father. Hadley and Oliver seem to be hitting it off, but in the chaos of arriving in London they lose each other. This story is just as much about love as it is about forgiving, evolving, changes, hurt and happiness.

Characters – 4     Setting – 3     Plot- 4     Conflict/Purpose – 4     Resolution/Outcome – 4

I rated The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  4/5 stars.

book2I also borrowed The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black in e-book form from my public library. I can’t even remember the last vampire book I read, but this was a fresh take on the classic vampire story. The characters were well developed and likable. Each character had their own unique role and made the story come to life. The setting was quite unique. Half of the story followed the group of teenagers on their way to Coldtown and the second half was set in a Coldtown.

Coldtowns are areas separated from the outside world where vampires live, those infected are sent, and those wanting to become vampires go. The thought of having a separate town for vampires was pretty cool.  The first thought I had was The Walking Dead should have “Undead Towns”.

While the plot may have been a bit predictable it didn’t suck.  The conflicts were a bit all over the place and the story had several mini plots. Again, the ending was slightly predictable yet refreshing and believable. The most disappointing thing about this book is it’s a stand alone.

Characters – 5     Setting – 5     Plot- 3     Conflict/Purpose – 3     Resolution/Outcome – 4

I rated The Coldest Girl in Coldtown 4/5 stars.

book3After reading two e-books I was happy to receive my order from Book Outlet. I added 4 new books to my shelf and one of those was Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series. I also bought Scarlet (the 2nd in the series).

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is a cyborg, which is considered a “technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though.” Cinder is a great mechanic and well known in New Beijing for her abilities to fix things. One afternoon Prince Kai shows up at her shop and asks for her assistance.

While helping the prince and obeying her stepmother Cinder’s sister, Peony, develops letumosis, a plague that is rapidly spreading, killing off hundreds of people. Cinder is blamed and sent to be used as a research test subject. There the great Dr. Erland discovers Cinder’s secret. It’s a secret that will change everything, but even Cinder doesn’t know it.

Even though Cinder falls for the Prince she believes the prince would never accept her because she is cyborg. Instead she finds and repairs a gasoline vehicle – which becomes her ticket to freedom, or so she thinks.

Characters – 5     Setting – 4     Plot – 3     Conflict/Purpose – 4     Resolution/Outcome – 4

I rated Cinder 4/5 stars.

Although I did not read much in September, the quality was there. I hope to read three more books in October that are just as good!

xoxo Gwen

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