My Summer Challenge: Did I complete it?

Chrissi’s Summer Challenge!


I work in a school, so I have a glorious six weeks off in the summer. Today I’m back to school. Sad face. Oh well, I can’t complain too much as I have completed my Summer Challenge! On 18th June, I picked 10 books on the top of my to be read pile as part of Top Ten Tuesday. I then decided, that I would actually endeavour to read these books!¬† So here are my thoughts on my favourites and unfortunately one DNF (Did Not Finish).

If you click on the book image, it’ll take you to the book’s Goodreads profile. Easier to add to your TBR list that way! ūüėČ If you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to my review (bar my DNF book).

10. Q- A Love Story- Evan Mandery

15729302Unfortunately this is the book that I didn’t finish. I recently read a review saying that you wouldn’t enjoy it if you weren’t into philosophy. Well, that doesn’t work for me. I studied philosophy at university and it is one of my biggest passions. For me, it was too slow and went off track. I’m sure others would enjoy it though which is why I decided to include it even though I don’t usually mention books that I DNF.

9. Grow Up– Ben Brooks

10830696There was nothing really wrong with this book, it just wasn’t as much my thing as the others on this list. It has extremely strong language and adult content so beware. I’d say 18+ only!

8. Beauty Queens– Libba Bray

9464733Again, there was nothing particularly wrong with this book. I’ve just read a lot of good books out of this list! This book is completely OTT and certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed it enough!

7. Why We Broke Up– Daniel Handler

10798418I think this is such a beautifully illustrated book. I didn’t really know much about it when I picked it up, but it was a pleasure to read! Not the most amazing story ever, but definitely likeable and very readable.

6. Attachments– Rainbow Rowell

8909152I found this book incredibly easy to read. I finished it on a train journey. It wasn’t quite Eleanor & Park for me, but it was still a decent read.

5. Under The Never Sky– Veronica Rossi

11594257I loved this book and I’m looking forward to checking out the sequel. This was one of the first of the books I read and I really expected it to be placed higher, but no.. I read much awesomeness.

4. The Beautiful and The Cursed– Page Morgan

15989598This is the last book I read out of the 10 I picked. I didn’t quite save the best until last, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin

8591107I completely fell in love with this book. I was so confused about what was going on, but that just added to the awesome. Oh yes.

2. Boundless– Cynthia Hand

13049981Argh! I wasn’t sure I was going to like Boundless that much since I wasn’t overly keen on Hallowed. I still like Hallowed, but it didn’t quite match up to Unearthly for me. I need not have feared, I really enjoyed Boundless. A great end to the series. (If you’re on the same ‘Team’ as me..)

1. Divergent– Veronica Roth

13335037I am SO in love with this book. The last 3 in this list were so hard to order, but Divergent just had to come out on top.

Have you read any on my list?  If so, what were your favourites?



How did I get it?:
I bought it!


The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California Рand so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

I’ve finally got around to finishing this series. This series was a surprise to me. I didn’t expect to enjoy Unearthly as much as I did, Hallowed was good, but not as good. Luckily I thoroughly enjoyed Boundless and I’m a very, very happy reader. I don’t intend to spoil the series for those that haven’t finished it.. but if you haven’t got around to finishing it (or starting it!)…do it soon!!

It is so hard to review this book without spoiling it,¬†because all I want to do is to discuss Clara’s choice. Does she go for Tucker or Christian? I was itching to know who she picked and I’m very happy with the¬†outcome. You’ll have to read the book to find out who¬†Clara picked.

The storyline was action packed and towards the end, very fast-paced. I was trying to read it slowly, because I really didn’t want it to end. It wasn’t easy to read slowly. I was sad not to read much about Tucker, but when he does appear in the story, it’s heart-breaking, so it’s probably best that there wasn’t too much of him. Christian has grown on me as a character throughout the series. I could really see the reasoning behind Clara ending up with any of them, but as I said, I’m happy with the choice she made.

Clara is still such a fabulous character. It’s so easy to¬†like her. She’s strong and so determined to do¬†what is right¬†both for herself and for those around her. I¬†still really like her friend Angela. I love how¬†her story progressed. So gripping! I also really liked Clara’s brother¬†Jeffrey. It was¬†good to read more about him and his story.

That’s all I’m going to say about the book, because I really don’t want to spoil it. I think it’s best to go into reading this book with as little information as possible.¬†Boundless is a action-packed, dramatic read. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic end to the trilogy. I only wish that there was another book/novella to find out what had happened to the guy Clara didn’t pick.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Reading next:

Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy- Elizabeth Kiem