Tuesday 1 January 2019

A Wrap Up: December 2018 Part Two

Hi, and thanks for stopping by.

To begin with, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! I hope 2019 is such a special year for you all, full of happiness, hope & plenty of books. Today's post is wrapping up the last few books of 2018 - I hope you enjoy.

Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World
4 stars

I previously haven't been all that keen on Siobhan Vivian's writing, so this was a really pleasant surprise. The most commendable thing about this book, its unique plot aside, is Keeley; the protagonist at the centre of the story. She is, at times, difficult to stomach; a little selfish, a little annoying, a little naive. But these qualities, these flaws, just made her seem so real and believable to me and I really enjoyed following her journey and the reading experience in all.

Ally Carter’s I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
3 stars

I don't know, to me it felt kinda sad that a book supposedly all about these amazing young women who were trained spies at this incredible spy school, learning the craziest, coolest stuff, spent 80% of the time obsessing over the teenage boy character. Sure, that might be characteristic of some teenage girls, but I so didn't want this potentially cool plot to go that way.

Kody Keplinger’s The dUFF
2 stars

I really wasn't a fan of this one at all. There was basically no plot; Bianca went to school, went to Wesley's house to have sex with him then went home and so on and so forth for 300 odd pages. I rewatched the movie to see whether I was remembering it wrong (because I remembered it being kinda cute and harmless!) and yeah...they basically took the whole "DUFF" concept and the characters names and then wrote an entirely different story for the film. It's better than the book, as far as I'm concerned, even if Wesley does look about 28 in it. 

Saundra Mitchell’s All Out – An Anthology
3.5-4 stars

This anthology is a real work of art and I enjoyed the reading experience so much. It was amazing to have stories exploring being gay, being bi, being trans, being asexual and many other sexualities/identities all within the pages of one book. My favourite stories were Mackenzi Lee's Burnt Umber (4.5 stars) and Sara Farizan's The End of the World as We Know It (4.5 stars). 

Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend
3.5-4 stars

I love reading Kasie West's contemporary books; they have this weird quality of being such page-turners despite really being fairly predictable/slow-burning romances and not thrillers like you might expect a "more-ish" story to be. This book has quite a few really annoying characters in it, but there are also some real gems and it's worth persevering to get to all of that cuteness. 

So those are the last books I read in 2018! As always, let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment down below!!

Till next time



  1. I've heard a lot about The Fill-In Boyfriend, but I'm not sure if I should try it or not yet...