Last Month in Books: November 2015

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November was a pretty busy month yet again. My mum came for a visit, as did my friend who lives in Germany, and of course…I began getting festive. None of this helped me get as much reading done as I’d have liked, but that’s life!

I also posted my least amount of posts in a month…oops! Must.Try.Harder!

November 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 10 (-15 from previous month)

Books Read: 4 (-3)
An English Ghost Story ~ Kim Newman
Behind Closed Doors ~ Elizabeth Haynes
The Winter Place ~ Alexander Yates
The Light that gets Lost ~ Natasha Carthew

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (2/4); Horror (1/4); Crime Fiction (1/4)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/4); Digital (3/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (1/4); Owned (1/4)

Most Surprising: An English Ghost Story
Most Disappointing: The Winter Place
Most Exciting: An English Ghost Story
Most Swoon-worthy: Nada! 😦
Most Beautifully Written: The Light that gets Lost

Reviews: 4 (-1)

    • An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman, 4/5 (View)
    • Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes, 5/5 (View)
    • The Winter Place by Alexander Yates 3/5 (View)
    • The Light that gets Lost by Natasha Carthew, 4/5 (View)

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That’s all from November!

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors of 2015 #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: The Top Ten New-to-me Authors of 2015.

I discovered lots of wonderful new authors in 2015, as well as reading some of my all-time favourites. It’s been a good year!

Here is my top ten books I read in 2015 by authors I’d never read before…some were completely new to me, and others I had been meaning to read for a long time!

  1. Benjamin Alire Saenz ~ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  2. Rosamund Lupton ~ The Quality of Silence
  3. Victoria Aveyard ~ Red Queen
  4. Erin Bowman ~ Vengeance Road
  5. Rachel Hawkins ~ Rebel Belle
  6. Joe Hill ~ Horns
  7. James Dawson ~ Cruel Summer
  8. Kim Newman ~ An English Ghost Story
  9. Alex Bell ~ Frozen Charlotte
  10. Natasha Carthew ~ The light that Gets Lost

The Light that Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew #BookReview #YA

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Title: The Light that gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Series: N/A
Format: Digital, 320 pages
Publication Details: November 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre(s): YA
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Purchase

A small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there’s no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he’s only small, he swears that he’ll get revenge one day.

Years later, Trey enters a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It’s packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey’s been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he’s he not here for saving: this is where he’ll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark.

Review

The Light that Gets Lost is a lot of things. It’s a little bit murder mystery, a little bit coming of age, and a whole lot of emotions.

Camp Kernow is supposed to be a place of salvation. It’s supposed to turn wayward boys into model citizens by teaching them a trade and hammering a work ethic into them. In reality, it’s far from it.

Trey will never forget witnessing his parents get murdered at an early age, and now he’s heading to camp Kernow which seems to be both a blessing and curse. A curse because the camp is not all it seems, and the boys and staff there are not exactly welcoming, and a blessing because despite all this, Trey begins to make friends, and not only that, but he believes this is the exact place where his parent’s killer can be found.

I found this book interesting on a lot of different levels. The story was new and quirky, and the writing was beautiful and like nothing I’d read before. I felt for Trey the whole way through and needed to know how his story would end.

I was also interested in the whole idea of the camp as a juvenile detention centre and whether its true purpose was for good or for evil – it posed a lot of questions!

I’m sort of at a loss at what else to say about The Light that gets Lost. As you can probably tell, it’s a really hard book to describe, so maybe you should just give a go to find out more!unicorn rating 4