My Life in Books in 2015

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Rating System: 5= the best 1= the worst

  1. The Blood Vivicanti Part I Mary Paige – Becket This was a new genre of vampires, where they had stingers on their tongue. 4 out of 5.
  2. The Blood Vivicanti Part II Wyn – Becket This was a sequel to the first book, and you got to know some of the characters better. 4 out of 5.
  3. The Blood Vivicanti Part III Theo – Becket Theo was my fave character in this series, so getting to know him better was a pleasure. 4 out of 5.
  4. The Blood Vivicanti Part IV The Origin Blood – Becket I didn’t enjoy this part as much as the others. Actually I think it’s around this time that the series started to go downhill for me. 3 out of 5.
  5. The Blood Vivicanti Part V Lowen The Dark Man – Becket This is when the series started to get really sci-fi and I’m not a fan of that genre, really so I didn’t like it as much. 2 out of 5.
  6. The Blood Vivicanti Part VI The Locomotive Deadyards – Becket Despite this book being really short, it was just painful for me to get through. It went from sci-fi to steampunk and left me wondering WTF?! 1 out of 5.
  7. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn Camille Preaker, former cutter and now Chicago newspaper journalist goes back to her hometown to try to shed some light into the disappearance of a little girl. Highly twisted story, although I figured out who the killer was. 4 out of 5.
  8. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn A girl gets back in touch with her brother who had been accused of killing her mother and sisters after she encounters a group of people who think that he’s innocent. Very fast-paced. 4 out of 5.
  9. Pure Evil – Jesse Bastide Devon begins hearing the voice of an evil spirit, and chaos ensues. The story was told in a very Stephen King kind of way, but didn’t have an impactful ending. 3 out of 5.
  10. Evangeline – E.A. Gottschalk I really enjoyed this book about a girl with multiple personalities who seeks revenge on the men who have done her wrong. Extremely violent, but hilarious at times (I mean that in a good way!). 4 out of 5.
  11. Il Peccatore – Germano Dalcielo A monk finds a manuscript of an apostle that’s been hidden for 2,000 years. What’s written in this manuscript could radically change the image of Jesus and the power of the Catholic church. The author has a disclaimer that says if you’re Catholic not to read this book as you may be offended. I’m Catholic, but didn’t find the book offensive, but rather original and ballsy. Good job. 4 out of 5.
  12. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher A girl committs suicide and leaves behind audio tapes of reasons why she did what she did. It felt like the author read a manual about suicide and then made sure to put every tell-tale sign as a reason for his protagonist to kill herself. A bit dramatic and unrealistic at times. 3 out of 5.
  13. My Takeaway Vampire – Derek Haines A teen befriends Agatha, an ancient vampire at a fast food joint and his life takes a whole new twist. Entertaining. 3 out of 5.
  14. Supernova – Isabella Santacroce A heartbreaking story about Dorothy and her two friends that become teen prostitutes in Milan for a rich lady. Beautifully written, Dorothy’s realization of the adult world will break your heart. Must read. 5 out of 5.
  15. Sogno di Volare – Carlo Lucarelli This was part of the series of Almost Blue trilogy. Grazia Negro is back, and this time she’s got a new case dealing with a new serial killer who’s more violent and angrier than the ones she had in the past. Gripping. 5 out of 5.
  16. Girl On The Train – Paul Hawkins A recently divorced woman taking the train into London every day daydreams about the perfect couple she sees on their porch every morning. But then the woman goes missing and she becomes obsessed with finding out the reason behind it. Usually I don’t read bestsellers cause the more someone hypes up a book, the more I usually don’t like it. But this is the exception to my rule. This book deserved all the hype it got and more. One of my absolute favourite books of the year. 5 out of 5.
  17. The Doll – J.C. Martin The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist attraction in Mexico. When a mother and daughter return from their trip, strange things begin to happen. Is a ghost involved? I absolutely loved this story. Then again, one of my favourite horror movies is Dolls and Child’s Play. 5 out of 5.
  18. Under Your Skin – Sabine Durrant I got this book thinking it would be a fast-paced thriller as Girl On The Train. Boy was a I wrong! The protagonist was a total twat, and a lot of the book was spent having her do everyday boring things. The twist at the end wasn’t even worth the boredom I had to survive through to get to the end. 1 out of 5.
  19. Wreckage – Emily Bleeker Lillian is a liar. On the surface she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash, but the truth of what really happened on that island haunts her everyday life. A compelling read but weak ending. 4 out of 5.
  20. Horns – Joe Hill Ig Perrish wakes up one morning with one hell of a hangover and discovers to have grown horns on his head. These horns makes people become explicitly blunt and truthful, as he tries to figure out who truly raped and killed his girlfriend, despite the whole town thinking he’s the culprit. A truly wicked ride. Must-read. 5 out of 5.
  21. Asylum – Madeleine Roux Chronicles the summer of a teen who stays in a dorm that used to be an Asylum. Of course strange incidents and mysterious deaths ensue. Creepy but could’ve been better. 3 out of 5.
  22. Butterface – Gwen Hayes Beth has a facial deformity that makes her think that no man could love her. So when the most popular boy in school falls for her, she does everything to resist him. Cute short read. 3 out of 5.
  23. Girl Over The Edge – Amy Kinzer Another story about slut shaming that leads to suicidal tendencies. An enjoyable, yet turbulent ride. 4 out of 5.
  24. Sacrificed: The Last Oracle – Emily Wibberely Clio tries to avenge the death of her sister, as she tries to come to terms with her new powers as an oracle. Action packed, although for being a historical novel there’s very little about history about ancient civilizations. 3 out of 5.
  25. Sanctum – Madeleine Roux Sequel to Asylum sees Dan, Abby, and Jordan return to Brookline Asylum. Again, strange things begin to happen as the three of them try to solve the new mystery surrounding the asylum. 3 out of 5.
  26. The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu Another teen book about slut shaming told in alternating points of views. Entertaining, and eye-opening as to how it’s so easy for a girl’s reputation to go downhill when she pisses off the wrong people in high school. 4 out of 5.
  27. The Scarlets – Madeleine Roux This was a book about a group discussed in Sanctum, The Scarlets, a secret society that brainwashed students to commit hideous crimes. This book had potential to be so much more if the author had actually focused on the cult rather than focus on the character’s issues with his sexuality. 2 out of 5.
  28. Weird War One – Mat Devine Leadsinger of Kill Hannah gives advice about love, self-esteem, friends, and work. Hilarious and inspirational at times. 5 out of 5.
  29. Twisted Wing – Ruth Newman Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics – and one serial killer. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient, student Olivia Coscadden, has the killer’s identity locked up in her memory. That within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Compelling, very fast-paced, and at times gives you the feeling that you’re truly experiencing the Cambridge student life. Although I figured out who the killer was before the grand reveal, I’m sure most readers will be surprised by the ending. 5 out of 5.
  30. The Giver – Lois Lowry This was a book my dad had bought me to read when I was 12. I never read it until now because I was convinced that the book wasn’t really for me. And I was right. Maybe futuristic societies that have a slight evil edge to them really isn’t my thing. Either way, I’m not compelled to read the sequels. 2 out of 5.
  31. The Good Girl – Mary Kubica Mia gets kidnapped and slowly begins to fall in love with her kidnapper. Classic Stockholm Syndrome. This book was painful to get through. A real drag. Many people seemed to have written awesome reviews for it, but it just didn’t work for me AT ALL. ½ star out of 5.
  32. The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. Told in alternating voices, this book will leave you rooting for the killer, because in such a twisted novel, sometimes the bad guy, is actually the good guy. 5 out of 5.
  33. Prince Lestat – Anne Rice Lestat is back! After almost a decade of not seeing the Brat Prince, it was refreshing to see him back in a new adventure. Too bad that this book focused more on the ten thousand other bloodsuckers around the world than focus on Lestat himself. Kudos for the most uninteresting vampires to finally be killed off. 3 out of 5.
  34. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous This book was toted as a true diary of an addict teen in the ’70’s. Finding parts of it unrealistic, I did some research and discovered that the author of the book was an older Mormon woman who made stuff up to scare teens away from drugs. Not sure if she accomplished that. 3 out of 5.
  35. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless. This story was INSANE in the best way possible. 5 out of 5.
  36. Werewolf – Ed & Lorraine Warren A British man is convinced of being a werewolf, and soon the two demonologists discover that he’s been possessed by the spirit of a wolf. Interesting but doubtful. 3 out of 5.
  37. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green Colin is obsessed with dating girls exclusively named Katherine, and they all end up dumping him. Nineteen times to be exact. So his bestfriend suggests a roadtrip where they learn more about themselves and love than they thought they would. A hilarious and heart-felt read. 4 out of 5.
  38. We Are Water – Wally Lamb Wally Lamb is one of those authors that excels in writing compelling family dramas. Beautifully written and utterly heart-breaking. Must-read. 5 out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you can suggest me some books for 2016!

Happy New Year, darklings. Let’s make it an awesome one.

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About azzurranox

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce. View all posts by azzurranox

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