Bookish

Hey my name is Lauren and I love books! Reading is my life and I love sharing my opinion on the books I've read. I also vlog on youtube. My best friend Emily and I have our own channel where we do book reviews, monthly wrap ups and tbrs, and book hauls. Check us out at http://www.youtube.com/user/emilyandlaurensbooks

 

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Currently Reading: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I'm about 150 pages into the first book in the Lux series so far. 

This book is about a girl named Katy who moves to a small town with her mom and becomes friends with her neighbours, Dee and Daemon, who are twins. She starts falling for Daemon and soon discovers that he and his sister are actually aliens. 

I was really anxious to get this book because I had heard a lot of good things about it. I started it on Friday night and so far, I'm really enjoying it,. It actually reminds me a lot of Twilight. I will probably finish this book either tomorrow or Tuesday and I already own the second book, Onyx. Hopefully I can read Onyx before the end of March, but I also have one more book from my TBR list to finish before April, so we'll see what happens. 

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale Review

No One Else Can Have You - Kathleen  Hale

I honestly loved this book! It had exactly the right amount of humour and suspense in it. This story follows a girl named Kippy, who lives in a small town where nothing ever happens until her best friend, Ruth, is brutally murdered. Kippy believes the town's police aren't doing enough to solve the murder, so she teams up with Ruth's older brother to find the murderer. 

There were parts in this book when I literally was laughing out loud. I never suspected how it would end and I loved the ending! It surprised me and totally delivered with suspense. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. I think it's one of the best YA mystery books I've ever read. 

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher Review

The Killing Woods - Lucy Christopher

This novel is told in the dual perspective of Emily and Damon. Emily's father is on trial for murder after returning from the woods y their home with the body of a young. Everyone believe's Emily's father is guilty because he was a soldier and suffers from PTSD. Therefore, he does not remember anything about the night he brought home the body. Emily is convinced her father is innocent, so she starts looking for clues as to what really happened that night in the woods. Damon was the boyfriend of the murdered girl. Just like Emily's father, he struggles with not being able to remember what happened the night his girlfriend was killed. As the story goes on, Damon starts remembering more and more of what happened that night. 

The book was well-written and I enjoyed the story, but I gave it 3/5 because it wasn't very original and it was honestly quite predictable. I doubt I would ever read it again, although I would like to see it made into a movie. I think it would be really interesting to watch. 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty Review

The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty

I love watching horror movies and reading horror novels, so I obviously wanted to read this classic. The exorcist, for those of you who don't already know, is the story of a twelve year old girl named Regan who becomes possessed by a demon. The book also follows a young Priest, Damien Karras, who is struggling with his faith. Chris MacNeil, Regan's mother, seeks Damien's help in exorcising the demon from Regan. 

While the book had it's creepy moments, I expected a lot more of it. I only gave this book 3/5 stars because I was disappointed with how slow the story moved and the lack of truly terrifying scenes. I have yet to see the movie, but I'm hoping it will be scarier than the book. 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine Review

Defiance (The Courier's Daughter, #1) - C.J. Redwine

Defiance is a YA fantasy novel about a sixteen year old girl named Rachel. In Rachel's world, there are a couple of major cities all run by powerful leaders. Anyone who does not live in one of the cities, lives in the Wasteland, which is the forest area in between cities that is filled with dangers. Rachel lives in one of the cities with her father, who then goes missing in the Wastelands. After he disappears, Rachel must be appointed with a new guardian. Her father left his young, nineteen year old apprentice, Logan, as Rachel's protector, who Rachel does not get along with very well at first. Rachel is convinced that her father is alive and decides she can't leave him out in the Wastelands alone much longer, so she decides to come up with a plan to escape the city and go after her father, but she needs Logan's help.

I really loved the world C.J. Redwine created in this series because it really seems like it's taking place in the past in the way that the cities and the city laws are very old-fashioned, so I really enjoyed that. It seemed almost like biblical times, except with a bit more technology. I also really enjoyed the budding romance between Logan and Rachel. I don't enjoy books where the romance is very sudden and this was not like that at all. The romantic feelings each character felt were very obvious, but the plot focused more on the action and mystery through most of the story, which I enjoyed. I also found that Rachel was one of the few female characters in a YA book that did not annoy me at times. She was a very strong and smart character and I really enjoyed reading about her. 

I gave this book 4/5 stars. I thought it was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA fantasies.