Wrap Up

Wrap Up|May 2020

1. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco’s night bus—turns Beatrix’s world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive…and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists.
But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.

I buddy read this book with my friend and I had such a great time! I really, really enjoyed it and I’m thinking that it maybe, actually deserved a five stars? San Francisco is a place I love, so I adored reading about it. The cast of characters was also very strong and I was so intrigued by them. I recommend this one!

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

I read this for the first time since I was eleven and it was a very pleasant experience. I read it in preparation for the release of the prequel, which happened in May. I know it sounds odd, but I initially wasn’t enthusiastic about re-reading. Once I started though, I became slightly obsessed with that world again. It’s interesting to read it now that I’m older, especially as I have studied politics. I found myself intrigued by different parts of the book that I didn’t pay much heed to when I read it originally.

3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5/5 stars

The sequel to The Hunger Games and another re-read. Loved it!

4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5/5 stars

At eleven, whilst I enjoyed this book, I didn’t like it as much as the previous two. It’s still my least favourite but I find that I’m better equipped to appreciate it now. These books are so clever and that impressed me.

5. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the Jenn Bennett book for me. I’ve now read her entire repertoire and this was my least favourite. I didn’t agree with some of the actions and decisions the characters made. It was happened numerous times throughout the book, making it difficult to ignore and sadly, impacted my enjoyment.

6. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Rating: 2/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

Contemporary is a genre I read quickly and I needed that because I wanted to be ready to read, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as soon as it released. I found Just Friends on Scribd and decided to give it a go. It was okay. I wasn’t a massive fan of the writing style- it was a bit clunky, in my opinion. If you’re looking for an easy read though, this could be it.

7. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

I really liked this one! It was fun and I had a good time reading it. I usually dislike stories where the characters know each other online and then meet in person. It tends to be awkward and I feel tense because it generally is the lead up to an argument. This one however, was executed very well and I didn’t get that uncomfortable feeling.

8. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

I loved this. I think I’m going to make up a post specifically for this prequel to, The Hunger Games so I won’t talk about it much here. I’ll just say that I love what it added to the series and I found it just as mind-bogglingly clever as the original series.

9. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
So when she’s cast as Juliet (yes,
that Juliet) in her high school’s production, it’s a complete nightmare. Megan’s not an actress, and she’s used to being upstaged—both in and out of the theater. In fact, with her mom off in Texas and her dad remarried and on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan worries that, just like her exes, her family is moving on without her.

I didn’t love this as much as I loved, If I’m Being Honest, which I read last year but I still enjoyed it immensely! I read it in one day and I had a great time.


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