Here are the books that I read, started or finished in October:
I started and finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. I also finished The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice on the seventeenth. I started the Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons and Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.
My favourite book of the month was the Vampire Lestat and my least favourite was The Fifth Elephant.
From Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Cinder is a cool, futuristic retelling of the cinderella fairytale within the young adult genre. The world building is detailed and I thought that it was one of the highlights of the novel – you really get sucked into Cinder’s world. I really liked Cinder as a character – she was smart and funny and kind. The book itself is quite good and is action packed. The plot is a bit predictable, but overall it is good. I liked that the characters were not all carbon copies of each other. Without spoiling it, one character in particular was very questionable in his methods and whether it was right or wrong what he did. I would like to see more of that in the future.
The burgeoning relationship between Cinder and Kai was very fun to read. It was more realistic than most YA romances, in that they developed crushes on each other but weren’t sewn to each other’s side from the moment that they met. They were very cute and I couldn’t help but ‘ship’ them. I would give this book a seven out of ten, because it was an enjoyable book and I have already read the sequel, Scarlet. I can’t wait for the rest of this series to come out!