January Wrap – Up

Hey guys!! I feel like January went really slowly… almost like it didn’t want to end AT ALL!!! Or is that just me? I have been ill for the most part of it, which is probably why it went so slowly for me! Anyway, because I was ill for the beginning of January (like couldn’t get out of bed ill), and I fell ill again, and my son was ill and my husband fell ill (with the man flu), I didn’t have such a great month reading. However, I did get through some books, and here they are…


The Accident Season by Moira Fowley – Doyle – 3/5 stars – This was my first read of 2017 and I was pretty disappointed…

Wanted by Betsy Schow – ARC , 5/5 Stars– This is by far one of my favourite series out there so far! This is the second book and I LOVED it

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars – This was my first time reading Clare and I had a ball!!

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars – Again, I had a great time reading this!

The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins – 5/5 Stars – I was sent a signed copy of both the first book in the series and this one as well… and ironically enough it got lost in the post. They had to send it again!!

Last Stand by Rachel. E. Carter, ARC – 5/5 stars – This was the final instalment in the series… and it was everything I wanted and so much more!!

Books Started:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I did start this book, and then I stopped about 1/4 of the way through to beta read something. When I came back to it, I found I was no longer in the right mood for it. I didn’t want to force myself to read through it when I was enjoying it because I know I won’t like it if I do! I will come back to this when the mood takes me 😀

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – I am currently reading this and, whilst I am enjoying myself, it hasn’t blown me away.

Book Haul:

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Illustrated Edition

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel – The author actually approached me with a review request for this one 🙂

Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Special Blog Posts:

Roseblood by A. G. Howard – Release Day Blitz

The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter – Cover Reveals

Goodreads Monday:

This is a weekly meme that I host on my blog, so I am going to add this section to my monthly wrap up!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – January 2nd

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – January 9th

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – January 16th

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach – January 23rd

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – January 30th

*phew* finally got to the end of this post!! Unfortunately I didn’t have a great reading month, but I am hoping the February will be better!!

How was January for you guys? Let me know in the comments!

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Published: August 18th 2015 by Corgi Children’s

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It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

This was one of the books that I purchased over the Christmas period – so I am considering it a gift because normally I wouldn’t splurge on that many books in one go… my husband still loves me 😛 I had heard a lot of great things about this book, so I was really looking forward to starting it. However, I didn’t love it. I really struggled to get through the book and it stuck me in a partial reading slump, if I am going to be completely honest. It was ok, but I had no issues putting it down in lieu of Gordon Ramsay instead.

I had real issues connecting with Cara – our MC. I found her to be a really bland kind of character and I wasn’t really fussed about whether or not she got through the Accident Season with bumps and scrapes or not. I struggled to stick with the book because I had such a hard time connecting with Cara – she was boring for me, which is a shame.

I did like Bea and Alice. I definitely found them to be more relatable despite Bea’s weirdness and Alice’s tendency to be closed off at times. As the book went along, I really enjoyed Alice’s growth. She still had her secrets, like all the characters do, but she was someone I cared about in the sense that, I didn’t want anything to happen to her! I also enjoyed the relationship between Bea and Alice and the way that it grew throughout the book.

I saw the plot twist coming from a mile off, which is probably why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I had already guessed what had happened, so that, by the time all the secrets came out, I knew already. I think this detracted from the book itself because it became predictable and I wanted a book where I had no idea what was going on.

I did like the weird imagery going on at some points. It did add a certain aspect to the book which made it interesting. It tied into Bea’s obsession with card reading and it worked in its own way.

All in all, there were good and bad points to this book, which is a shame because I really wanted to love it. I got bored watching the characters meander around for the most of the book and I enjoyed the ending where things got a little more interesting, despite the predictability of the book. I gave this book 3/5 stars.