My Summer Challenge: Did I complete it?

Chrissi’s Summer Challenge!

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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?

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Under The Never Sky

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.
DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

Thoughts:

I wanted to read Under The Never Sky because I had heard/seen so many people raving about it. I didn’t know a lot about it, just that it was supposed to be an incredible book. Having read it now, the only thing I would forewarn is that it has a pretty slow start, but if you can managed to stick with it, it is well worth the read.

I think the reason for it feeling so slow is because the reader is launched into a new world pretty much from the¬†beginning page¬†and it takes a while to make sense of that world. Once you get used to the new world, things start to click into place and begin to make much more sense. It is after the first 100 or so pages that I became gripped and couldn’t put the book down!

The story is narrated in alternate point of views from both the female protagonist Aria and the male protagonist Perry. I like reading books with this narrative as it makes you feel like you know the characters better.

Aria leaves her home and is forced into the outside. Aria’s home is futuristic.¬†When she leaves the safeness of her environment she has no idea how she’s going to survive. The outside is incredibly different compared to what she is used to, both the¬†outside environment and the people. She meets Perry, who is completely different to her. Aria relies on technology to survive whilst Perry relies on his senses and hunting.¬†The contrast between each other’s homes is¬†written¬†very well.

The action really started to pick up when Aria and Perry had met. It was intriguing to see from both narratives how they were adapting to their situation.¬†There is a lot of action in Under The Never Sky, but at times it does feel slow. I think this is because the characters spend a lot of time travelling. However, what we lose in plot development, we gain in character development. Aria and Perry’s relationship develops slowly, but realistically. You won’t find any Insta-love here.

I did thoroughly enjoy Under The Never Sky. I think this is mainly down to Veronica Rossi’s writing style. The world is so descriptive it is easy to imagine yourself there. That’s not to say that Under The Never Sky is a perfect read. It’s not. It was confusing at times, but intriguing enough and I think Veronica Rossi has created a very interesting¬†world with incredibly likeable and strong characters. I look forward to following their story.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Save Yourself- Kelly Braffet