What I Read Last Month; June

Hello.

Can you believe that I haven’t updated this blog of mine for a month? I’m starting to get scared that I’d abandon it. But as of few hours ago, I think it’s safe to say that I’m still very much interested in blogging and I won’t stop anytime soon. Phewww.

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Anyway, I’m a little gutted that I couldn’t go to this year’s YALC, but let’s not dwell on the past *wipes tears away*.  As I mentioned in my previous post of What I Read Last Month, I’ve read two YA horror books earlier last month, and yes I’m excited to write the reviews!

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

We’re waiting for you to come and play.

Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.” – Goodreads

Oh man, this book was quite a read. I remember reading it from evening to night, and morning to evening the next day. I couldn’t put it down except when I really had to. You know that feeling when you just wanted to know what happened but at the same time dreading to get through it? I mean, dolls are creepy. Creepy. Like, really creepy. This book would have you engrossed in it from the very first page, and I’m not exaggerating it, but prepare to have slightly messed up mind – for at least few days.

Physical wise, I absolutely love the cover. This is the first book I’ve read by Alex Bell and I have to say, I like her writing. I can’t wait for the prequel, which is going to come out in September.

I’d rate it: 5/5 (Highly recommended)

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172 Hours On The Moon

There’s a reason we never went back to the moon.

It was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime. Mia, Antoine and Midori had a different reasons to NASA’s competition for a seat on the first shuttle to go to the moon in over forty years.

But while they all wanted to escape earth, they never realized there might not be a chance to come home.” – The back of the book

Ok, I first read this book back in 2013, and I gave it another read last month after I read Frozen Charlotte.

Honestly, this book is a hit or a miss. You’d either love it or hate it. And I loved it. The beginning was rather slow though, but once things were picked up, I just couldn’t put the book down. It was very suspense and the ending was bound to make you uneasy in your bed at night. I hope it’d do you as it did to me.

The writing is good. For once, I was hoping for no romance though. I don’t know, but the romance put me off a bit. And uh, I also don’t like Mia and Antoine that much. Nevertheless, I’d tell people to give this book a read. See how you like it.

I’d rate it: 3.8/5

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Miss Seeton: Picture by Heron Carvic

When retired art teacher Miss Seeton witnesses a real-life street stabbing one night, all she can recall is a shadowy figure.

How was she to know that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts he in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen Village, she’s fated to be a sitting duck…for murder most foul.” – The back of the book

People might never know this but I’m a fan of crime stories. I have quite a dramatic imagination though, so I often avoid the extra details of the gruesome stuff but I used to read James Patterson’s books.

Anyway, I didn’t know that this book was first published over almost five decades ago. No wonder the writing’s quite pristine. I have to admit that I had trouble understanding some of the sentences, I had to read them twice. And it has only 214 pages, but it took me longer than I’d expected to finish it.

Other than that, the plot is really good. The characters are humorous.

I’d rate it: 3.5/5 (only because the writing is not my cup of tea)

Have you read any of these books? If you haven’t, do you think you would read any of these three books based on my reviews?

Thank you for reading.
May you have happy thought always,
Ain

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