Is it just me, or was August hella long this year? It felt like the weeks just went on and on! (I sound like such a drag right now – if I’m not complaining about the time going by fast, then I’m complaining about time going slow! *face palms forehead*)
Anyways, I thought since I skipped July’s monthly wrap up, I’d combine the two. I didn’t do much reading over the last two months, but I think this is because I read a few FANTASTIC ones that put me in slumps. It kind of felt like I was stuck in a loop: complete an earth shattering book, fall into a reading slump, and struggle to grab another book. You get the idea…
These are the books I managed to read during the months of July and August:
MORE THAN ENOUGH BY JAY McLEAN
It says a lot about a book if I can’t remember much about the story – and I am wracking my brain trying to remember a single thing about this one! More Than Enough is the fifth book in the More Than series by McLean, and to be honest, I am ready for some new characters and stories – because in all fairness her writing is pretty good. I need to mention that I read More Than Enough after some pretty intense fantasy books, so this might just be the reason for my disappointment. If you read this book, please drop me a comment and let me know what you thought of it!
SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO
If you read my review of Six of Crows then you will know that I absolutely adored everything about this book. The characters were wonderfully flawed, and always managed to keep me in suspense. Even the way they interacted with each other was nerve wracking, because I could never really predict what they were thinking or plotting. Don’t even get me started on the story line and the writing, because then this will turn out to be another review of this incredible piece of work by the ever talented Leigh Bardugo. This was definitely one of the books responsible for (one of) my slumps!
SAVING JUNE BY HANNAH HARRINGTON
It’s been a while since I read a contemporary YA fiction book that I really enjoyed, so it was lovely to be reminded once again why I love this genre. Saving June picks up after young Harper Scott’s older sister – June – committed suicide, and her divorcing parents want to split the ashes. During this immensely difficult time, Harper is struggling to work through the loss and find it hard to understand the life she suddenly finds herself living. Enter Jake Tolan – a boy with a bad attitude and an obsession with classical rock music. He is the complete opposite of June, yet Harper seems to find a connection between the unlikely pair, leading her to believe that he might know something more about her sister’s death. On a journey to come to terms with her new life, Harper, along with her best friend Laney, plans to set off on a road trip to California where they will scatter June’s ashes. And when Jake insists on joining them, Harper realizes that there is more to Jake than he lets on; and that he may just hold the power to turn her life upside down again.
If you love music, long road trips leading to unplanned destinations and some drama then this is a lovely book to get lost in for a few hours. I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.
STOLEN: A LETTER TO MY CAPTOR BY LUCY CHRISTOPHER
Stolen was quite a unique book. While reading, I was always feeling tense and nervous about where the story was headed – the author brilliantly relayed the emotions of the narrator so that the reader felt as unsettled as she was. This book is about sixteen year old Gemma, living her worst nightmare of being kidnapped and dragged all the way across the world to the brutal Australian Outback. The story is written in the format of a letter addressed to her captor, Ty, reflecting on the strange and disturbing months away from all she loves and cares for.
I don’t want to give too much away because I think not knowing made the reading experience all the more thrilling, but I will say that this book surprised me. I loved how gripping it was, and how the author focused on creating a realistic story line. It was easy to get sucked in and blindly accept the narrator’s emotions, so I loved that Lucy Christopher kept her cool and went for the cold hard truth instead. I highly recommend this book, and I may write a full review of it soon. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS BY JOHN BOYNE
This book has been on my TBR since high school! But for some reason I never got around to reading it, until this month when my husband’s cousin borrowed me his copy with a warning of heart break to follow. Because I wanted to return the book as soon as possible, I immediately started reading and I was instantly hooked.
I am not going to say anything more about this book right now, because I think this one deserves a full review. I gave The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas 5/5 stars on Goodreads
THE CURE BY J.R. KNIGHT
A few months ago I received an email from J.R. Knight – a dedicated and passionate author all the way from Melbourne, Australia – asking if I’d like to review his debut novella called The Cure. After reading the synopsis and learning more about Knight’s journey to becoming a published author, I was all too excited to take part; and so he very kindly mailed me a pre-released copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Cure is a scifi, dystopian novella set in the future on a planet called Metravā. Knight introduces the reader to a whole new world of genetically modified people being controlled in every aspect of their existence, showing us just how dreary things would be if everyone was exactly the same.
You can find my full review here. I gave The Cure 3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.
QUEEN OF SHADOWS BY SARAH J. MAAS
In my June Reads post you will have seen that I started reading the Throne of Glass series by SJM and I’ve been enjoying it so much. I picked up The Assassin’s Blade last month but it bored me to tears, so I ditched that book and picked up the sixth installment of this fantastic series. It took me some time to get into (I’m sensing this pattern lately with good books!), but once I got through the first few chapters I could not stop reading. I think I’ll dedicate a full post later this month, once Empire of Storms hit the shelves!