Gosh, June has been an incredible reading month for me! Yes, I’m still about 5 books behind schedule for my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I only managed to read a total of 6 books; but man the books were insanely good! I haven’t had such a good reading month in what feels like a very long while, so I’m sure you can understand my excitement with this post. These are the books I read during the month of June:
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS
I mentioned before that I was in a horrible reading slump, and I was trying so hard to get out of it and back to my books. ACOTAR yanked me back into reading like no other book, and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the thousands (if not, millions) of people out there who are in love with Sarah J. Maas’s stories. I wrote a full review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I still need to get my hands on A Court of Mist and Fury, but seeing as the third book is only due for release in 2017 I am in no rush.
THRONE OF GLASS BY SARAH J. MAAS
After reading ACOTAR I figured I might as well dive into the rest of The Queen‘s books and see what all the fuss is about. As it turns out, the hype and fandom surrounding this series is very much due because Throne of Glass is fantastic! It took me a while to really get into it and I found myself comparing it to ACOTAR a lot, but once I gave the book a real chance I could not put it down. I understand now why every single bookstagrammer has this series on their shelf, which is why I went right ahead and ordered myself one of the books too. Since the fifth book is due to be released this year, I am excited to be among those patiently waiting to grab it for my bookshelf.
WHEN WE COLLIDED BY EMERY LORD
After those heavy fantasy books I decided to read something in the contemporary fiction genre to give my mind and heart a little break. I picked up When We Collided and it really surprised me because it was not at all what I expected. I gave this book a 3/5 star rating on Goodreads, but looking back now I don’t feel that rating was entirely fair. When We Collided is a fast paced young adult book that focuses on mental disorders, teen issues and young love. It was quite an emotional read, which I wasn’t expecting; but it also had some light moments in between which balanced the story perfectly. This wasn’t my first book that focused on mental disorders, but it was certainly the best one. Connecting to the characters was easy, and understanding their troubles were made simple too, even though it was so complex and deep, and I think this is due to the fantastic writing technique. I highly recommend it!
IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING KAK BY TIM RICHMAN
Funny story: I was browsing through Exclusive Books (with absolutely NO intention of buying anything, just btw) and stumbled upon this little book in their “new releases” shelf. I picked it up because the title spoke to me, since I’m from Cape Town, and while reading little snippets I started laughing quite loudly right there, in front of the store like a lunatic… Of course, there was no way I was walking out of the shop without this book! Is it just me is not a usual read for me, so I think it says a lot that I bought it when there are sooo many other books out there that I am dying to get my hands on. It was hilarious, thought provoking and so completely relevant to South Africa today. Tim Richman takes on customer service, selfies, the Kardashians and what seems like everything in between; in a tell-it-like-it-is manner that was so delightfully brilliant even though it focused on some rather serious issues. I loved it! I felt less alone in my frustrations and grievances.
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT BY SARAH J. MAAS
Sarah J. Maas is just the ultimate. Every time I think she’s out done herself, she ends up surprising me all over again with her incredible imagination and bad ass characters that I am unable to get enough of. After completing ToG there was just no way that I was going to leave the series unfinished. Crown of Midnight was awesome! It had much more action, drama and supernatural elements compared to ToG and we see more of the hidden layers of the characters too. I kind of suspected the “twist” though, but even so I still felt this book kept me on my toes constantly and I was never bored.
HEIR OF FIRE BY SARAH J. MAAS
After the thrill ride called Crown of Midnight I needed to get my next fix of this series. I also made the mistake of reading some fandom on Pinterest and came across a few names that I wasn’t familiar with but knew these characters were going to make an appearance in this third installment. Heir of Fire wasn’t as fast paced as the second book and I found that it dragged quite a bit which was my only gripe with the story. I was always waiting for something to happen. And even though the ending was absolutely amazing and was the perfect setup for the next book, I still felt like it was too easy. Still, I am so excited to start Queen of Shadows!!