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Spookathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

So it’s officially the end of Spookathon 2017, and I had a great time! Just setting my TBR and reading according to the challenges was really fun. It gives a sense of accomplishment when the challenges get completed! This year was my first time, and I set 4 books for the 5 challenges and managed to complete them all which I’m super happy with! It was quite helpful that I’m not working at the moment which helped in me completing 4 books in the week! Sbooktuber readathon is starting tomorrow (24th) and I’m so pumped for it, my TBR will come shortly too. Now let’s get into the books that I read!

 

1/ Stalking Jack the Ripper89608-stalkingjacktheripper_cover

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I read this to complete two challenges; read a book with a spooky word in the title (Ripper), and read a book with a spooky setting (Victorian  London whilst a serial killer is loose). I really enjoyed this book. The main character was amazing and strong, not letting her gender stop her from doing what she wants to do and not to be ‘caged’ by the female expectations and gender roles. The romance was so adorable and was such a joy to read, whilst trying to figure out who the murderer was. It wasn’t too difficult to figure out so won’t go as far as to call it a ‘mystery’, but the ‘how’ was what made the book work and I really, really liked it! Tempting to pick up the second book asap!

 

 

The Invisible Man2/ The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 144

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

I read this for the challenge of ‘Read a book with orange on the cover’. I really liked this book and quite enjoy H.G. Wells’ writing style (I read his other book The Time Machine earlier this month, and enjoyed that also) and can’t wait to pick up his other works. The story basically follows a man who develops an ‘invisibility’ serum and what he does with it. The story was short and sweet, and the main character was ‘questionable’ in some of his actions, and a few of them are things most of us would also try if we were invisible, but won’t admit it. Overall, it was a fun, enjoyable, quick read.

 

 

3/ Vassa In The NightVassa in the Night | Sarah Porter | Macmillan

Author: Sarah Porter

No of Pages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this for the challenge to read a book based on a childhood fear, and I struggled finding books for this, so I went for the fear of the dark or ‘nighttime’. This book was just so, SO weird. I spent most of the book trying to figure out what was actually happening and constantly was confused with the developments. It was an interesting retelling and Sarah Porter must have an incredible imagination to come up with that story! It ended in a bittersweet way which I enjoyed, and the deeper meaning/life lessons Vassa learned were very positive. So I cannot directly criticize the book, your enjoyment level will be parallel to how much ‘weirdness’ you can take in a book!

 

 

Atmospheric thriller The Sister by Louise Jensen - Jera's ...4/ The Sister

Author: Louise Jenson

No of Pages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This was read for the challenge to read a thriller. An enjoyable story, but I don’t think I can really call it a psychological thriller; the main character was quite unreliable and the ‘twist’ didn’t seem as much as a shock I was expecting. I still enjoyed the story and the development and it was very quick and fun. We follow Grace who is going through immense grief from losing her best friend, and struggles to keep her life together whilst things just continue getting worse for her. I really didn’t like Dan in how he treated Grace since the very beginning, either. The relationships were very unhealthy, those romantic, friendly, and family, so it was hard to find many of the characters likable.

 

So that concludes my Spookathon for 2017! Overall I enjoyed the books I read and happy to have gotten through the challenges. How did your Spookathon go? Did you finish the challenges? And have you found any new favourites? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!
Abbie xxxx

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