December is the time for reflecting on the good and bad of the past year. I like to look back on the books I have read throughout the year and talk about the best and worst (In this case surprising.) These books were unexpectedly surprising in a good way or bad way. Some books I fell in love with, others, the opposite. (They will be burnt.)

So let’s talk about them, shall we?

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
Frozen Charlotte was loaned to me by a good friend who thought I would like it. She was wrong! OMG I loved it! I never expected to love it so much and finished it in one sitting.

I was captivated by the story and, of course, creeped out by the dolls. Alex Bell keeps things interesting by adding constant action and twists at unexpected places. Plus I can’t complain about the writing. I definitely recommend this book. 5/5

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Ah, I had such high hopes for this one. It sounded so good! But when I started it I just couldn’t wait to finish the book (which is a bad sign.)

But so help me, I was dying of boredom. It’s not that the story isn’t interesting, but it’s so slow. Slower than a boat at sea when there is no wind.

I didn’t enjoy reading this. It’s not all bad – there are some beautiful inspiring quotes in it – but I much prefer something more action-filled. This book could have been cut in half. 1/5

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Early this year I tried reading The Lunar Chronicles and lost all interest in her writing. I picked up Heartless thinking I should give her other writing a chance, and was amazed! Was this seriously the same author? I devoured the book and it quickly rose to becoming my favourite book of September and now holds a proud place on my bookself. 5/5

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
From the hype of TFIOS I was expecting so much more. It was mind numbingly boring and I kept forgetting what happened or skipping sections. Sure it had good plot points but I have never been a contemporary lover. (It needs some explosions or dragons.) 2/5

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I also had high hopes for this one (considering all the hype.) It just sounded so good! What surprised me was the confusion around all the different aspects. I quickly lost all interest in the book and only continued reading it to see if it got better. It didn’t. 1/5

Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
And lastly but definitely not least (not in the slightest), Forever Red had me shook. You would think, after hearing others talk about this book, that I would have surely expected to like it? Nope. I fell in love! I was addicted and heartbroken and this book was just. So. Good. 5/5