August Wrap-Up!

Hello and welcome to my slightly late August wrap-up!
This has been a pretty busy month for me, lots of working and my boyfriends birthday to contend with so I didn't read as much as I wanted, but I did read 2 out of the 3 of the books on my August TBR so that's a little success I can pat myself on the back for! 
But I'm afraid it wasn't a massively successful month reading wise, 2 of the books only garnered a 3 out of 5 from me, and that was me being a bit generous to be honest! 
Onto the wrap-up!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis - Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
I know tons of people love this book..but I really couldn't get into it.
I'm a big lover of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell so I was super excited to read this book, plus I've heard tons of hype about it, but it just left me a bit cold.
I gave it a generous 3 out of 5 stars, although I think if GoodReads allowed half ratings I'd have given it a 2.5.
I found Park to be a interesting character, he was quirky and seemed like a genuinely nice guy, but Eleanor kind of annoyed me! She was so closed off from Park, and I understand she had issues with her family but she was mean to Park a lot of the time which I felt was a bit uncalled for.
Maybe I just missed the point of the book but, without giving too much away, I expected a more shocking ending to the book than I got, it seemed to be building up to something and for me, it didn't deliver.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Synopsis - Lissa Dragomir is a mortal vampire. She must be protected at all times from the fiercest and most dangerous vampires of all - the ones who will never die.
Rose Hathaway is Lissa's best friend - and her bodyguard.
Now, after two years of illicit freedom, they've been dragged back inside the iron gates of St. Vladimir's Academy. The girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night-time rituals. But above all, they must neverlet their guard down, lest the immortal vampires take Lissa - forever . . .
I enjoyed this book more than Eleanor & Park but I felt at times the writing was a bit juvenile and the characters felt very teenage, which I know they are teenage but they sounded like the typical whiny American teenagers from cliched teen movies.
I enjoyed Dmitri very much though, he definitely saved the book for me and I am interested in that romance.
I would read the rest of the books but I'm not sure I'm in any hurry to buy the box set, but I will at some point.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis - Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
I really enjoyed this book, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because, despite being slightly longer than the average book I read, it kept me gripped all the way through.
I'll be honest, I preferred part 1 of the book to part 2, just because there's more suspense and you get to wonder what's happening and make your own guesses whereas in part 2 you know what's happened and it's still interesting but I preferred the mystery of part 1.
I can't really explain much about this book without giving it away, I will say that I'm very good at guessing twists (We Were Liars, I'm looking at you!!) but Gone Girl managed to evade me and I didn't guess the twist.

There we go! I'm hoping I will read more in September but you never can tell, depends if I'm in a reading mood or not so we shall see, same time next month! 


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