What I Read in September (I really need to stop reading young adult books)

By andhonestly - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I was struggling for energy this month, so I couldn't bothered to do anything more than zonk out in front of the laptop with Rick and Morty. Which explains why I read so little. Honestly, I still have a tiny remnant of a series hangover from July and I haven't found anything I've enjoyed as much since. My literature choices this month were a mite unsuccessful.

What I Read in September

What I Read in September

Hm. How to describe this book...

She is a 16 year old seductress, etching sadistic scenes of sexual torture in her notebook, much to the horror of her guardians. She sets her destructive sights on her English teacher and coaxes him into her world of falsities and control.

Our no-name protagonist is equal parts Humbert Humbert and Lolita. She exerts control over everyone and everything, is obsessed with violent sexual acts and her lover/English teacher, whom she paints as a willing victim. Innocents is written as a love letter after She tries to win him back, following a betrayal. Although this sounds interesting, Innocents was a let down.

The writing was too repetitive and flowery, there was no plot to speak of and the characters weren't developed enough for the reader to get a true understanding of who they are, or the reasons for their actions. The entire book drifted between uninteresting sex scenes, without purpose, and honestly, it was so boring. We had a few pointless concepts that led nowhere. The ending was the only part of this book that truly surprised and horrified me. If the entire book had been written as a sick and twisted dependency (rather than the main character constantly cooing about how manipulative and evil she is, while praising her lover as the true innocent with a heart of gold), as Coote tries to evoke, it would have been more successful. Unfortunately, it was lacking in every respect.

Rating: 2.5/5

What I Read in September

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives - Goodreads

I've been trying to read this book for months and recently, sick of it taunting me from my bedside table, I picked it back up. The reason that I couldn't be bothered to put the effort in was that, much like The Cement Garden from June's What I Read In, I didn't really care for it.

Ian McEwan is all about the preamble and this is evident in the fact that during the first 150 PAGES not much of note really happens. I was bored stiff. I didn't want to hear about Briony's pre-teen temperament or Emily's migraines. But then, once I hit the end of Part One, I realised that I needed all that information to truly understand the beginning of the actual story. Unlike other books (read: most books) I can't always see what direction Ian McEwan is taking me in and it's a massive relief. I've read a lot of predictable books over the last few years.

But the beginning of Part 2 bored me to tears and I put it down again for good. I can't finish this book. I just can't.

Rating: 2/5

What I Read in September
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world - Goodreads

On reading the blurb, I thought this sounded interesting. I did forget all about it for a year, to be completely honest. When I eventually picked it up, I read the first few intriguing pages and then, like Ron Swanson scenting his ex-wives, I knew it was coming.

The over-indulgent love story.

It started out full of promise and swiftly became predictable, boring and downright annoying. I couldn't possibly care less about floppy haired youths and burning teen lust. The concept, however, is brilliant and it could have been delved into further, taking a more scientific approach. It's strange in a few ways though. Mostly because it feels like the love story and the action are two separate plots that have been forced together, instead of running fluidly side by side. Like they don't belong together. The ending wasn't exactly a thrill either. I skimmed the last few chapters. I don't know what it is about it, but it's just so...blah.

Rating: 2/5

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody
What I Read in September
After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long - Goodreads

I'm all about giving a series a second chance. A lot them get better but some Crewel get a hell of a lot worse. And as Unremembered was a huge let down, I figured I couldn't be any more disappointed. 

So Sera and Zen have escaped the clutches of the evil scientists and are hiding out, Sera becomes swiftly obsessed with the sex and spends all her time thinking about how oh-so-different she is whilst making very little effort to blend in. About this time (10 pages in), I got incredibly annoyed and deleted the book from my Kindle.

Rating: 1/5

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  1. I struggle with finding interesting reads after the emotional rollercoaster that was the lunar chronicles too :( And a lot of YA books seem to do the same thing, either make it really convoluted, or just put in too much romance which then again makes it uninteresting (for me at least)..

    1. Yes! I get so tired of reading the same story with slightly different character names