Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books I have enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. The way you do this is go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads! (These books are from lowest-highest of my under 2000 ratings list)

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

This book came out last month and I wish I saw it around more in the blogosphere!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

I love Alison Rattle’s writing so much and this book is so wonderful. It’s a gripping mystery/thriller/period drama. I love it.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I love Alex’s books and this one really creeped me out!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

Another one from the very underrated Alison Rattle. Her books make you feel like you’re inside the story, feeling and experiencing the action. I highly recommend her books.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer for middle grade fiction. I love her books! I can easily see me using them in the classroom in the future!

Boy In The Tower- Polly H0-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book was a really interesting, unique read. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

This book has great ratings on Goodreads, but not nearly enough in my opinion. It’s such a gripping read, which I much preferred to Alice’s debut!

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I absolutely loved this memoir of Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder. It’s in the form of a graphic novel and I have to say, it completely blew me away.

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I do love this book and wish that more people had read it. I still think of it! It was different and gripping.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

I thought this was one of Cat Clarke’s best books. I found it to be utterly gripping and a real page turner.

Which books made it to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by later! 🙂

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we feel differently about after time has passed. This has been a tricky one, but good to look back and reflect.

(Images go to Goodreads!)

More of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

Initially, I gave this book 3 stars, but looking back on it, it should have been lower. I really didn’t enjoy it. It was such an interesting concept, but

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I don’t think this book added much to the story of Every Day. It would’ve been fine without it!

All The Rage- Courtney Summers

All the Rage

I should have rated this book higher. I absolutely adored it!

Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer

Here’s another book that I should have rated higher. I was so torn between it, as I absolutely hated the main character. However, this book still makes me think about it months on!

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I really enjoyed Of Scars and Stardust it was unique and an interesting reading experience! I should have rated it higher.

This Girl- Colleen Hoover

This Girl (Slammed, #3)

I initially really liked this book, but mainly because I was attached to the characters. It wasn’t really necessary to the series.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

This book still makes me think and question long after reading. It should have been a 5 star from me!

Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

I read Cruel Beauty on holiday last year and raced through it. I should have rated it higher!

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

This book just did not sit right with me, which was a shame as I loved the author’s debut.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

I was torn between reading this book or not, because I absolutely adored (and still adore) Me Before You. I wish I hadn’t read it as I don’t really think it was needed. I missed Will way too much!

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Characters That You’d Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten characters that you’d like to check in with. You know those characters who you want to continue learning about, the ones you might want to know how they got on next! A tricky topic, but it’s been fun to think about.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Pointe This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Theo from Pointe– I’d like to see how Theo is getting on. I simply adored this book. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but I connected so much to Theo and would like to see how she progresses next.

Layken and Will from the Slammed series– Even though This Girl wasn’t my favourite of the series, I felt I really knew the characters by the end of the series. I’d love to see what happened next to them.

Of Scars and Stardust The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Claire from Of Scars and Stardust– This book was so creepy and mysterious. I would love to get some answers to unanswered questions!

Grace from The Secret Hum of A Daisy– I would love to read about how Grace and her Grandmother’s relationship continued to grow.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2) The Girl Who Walked On Air

Lola from Lola and The Boy Next Door- Lola is my favourite characters out of the books. I’d love to know what happened next for her!

Louie from The Girl Who Walked On Air– Louie was such an adorable character! I’d love to read more of her adventures.

Open Road Summer Me Since You

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer- This is one of my favourite summer contemporaries. I’d love to catch up with the characters!

Rowan from Me Since You- This book packed a real emotional punch with me. It was completely unexpected. I’d want to know more about how she moves on.

Golden Boy Saving June

Max from Golden Boy- I simply adored Golden Boy. There are some amazing characters in this book, I found Max particularly inspiring.

Harper from Saving June- Harper grows so much in this book. I’d love to know more about her!

Which characters would you like to check up on? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Of Scars and Stardust

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Flux!

Synopsis:

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

Thoughts:

I have to admit to being immediately drawn to this book because of its title and beautiful cover. I was intrigued when I read the synopsis. When I started Of Scars and Stardust, I was immediately drawn into the story and raced through it.  There were parts of the story that I found incredibly frustrating and the ending wasn’t as rounded as I would have liked, but I still think Of Scars and Stardust is decent mystery/thriller that’s worth checking out!

Of Scars and Stardust is a very eerie mystery/thriller with quite an unreliable narrator. Claire’s sister mysteriously disappears not long after she was brutally attacked. Claire has to make a decision about whether to go back to her hometown or keep herself away. She needs to work out whether she’s going to face up to the memories of the night when her sister was attacked. Claire’s been told that her beliefs about what happened to her sister are delusions, but Claire’s not so sure…

I really liked Claire has a character, but I’m not so sure that I trusted her throughout. I felt for her when she discovered her sister and empathised when Claire suffered after the event. Throughout the story, I wasn’t sure if the wolves were real or not but I certainly felt Claire’s fear. The scenes were incredibly vivid.

I was impressed by this book, and I’d definitely read more from this author in the future. Of Scars and Stardust was a creepy, mysterious read!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A book that keeps you turning the pages, eager to find out what’s real and what’s not!