July Wrap Up

I’ve had a pretty great reading month in terms of quantity, the quality of the books were a little average though. There was a lot that I thought I would love that were just kind of ok. I participated in two readathons this month which went really well and I read a lot of books that have been on my radar now for a while so I am definitely satisfied with that!

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker⭐️3/5 stars

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski⭐️3/5 stars

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand⭐️4/5 stars

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 stars

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert⭐️5/5 stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides⭐️4/5 stars

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa⭐️4/5 stars

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️4/5 stars

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller⭐️5/5 stars

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed⭐️4/5 stars

The Night Country by Melissa Albert⭐️3/5 stars

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo⭐️3/5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn⭐️3/5 stars

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan⭐️2/5 stars

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ⭐️5/5 stars

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July Wrap Up

This month I was in the mood for a little steamy romance/smutty goodness, so I delved a little into that world and enjoyed what I encountered. I think because I was sick for the first few weeks of the month and I got into that weird little reading funk I didn’t want to have to focus too much on what I was reading and just picked something up that was easy and entertaining! Then in the last week of July the Reading Rush readathon was on and I managed to finish 7 books in that week. So overall July started off a little slumpy then as the month progressed I got my groove back and managed to have my best reading month so far this year… 21 books!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ⭐️5/5 stars

Romancing a Duke by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare⭐️3/5 stars

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland⭐️4/5 stars

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata⭐️5/5 stars

A Nordic King by Karina Halle⭐️4/5 stars

Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 Stars

Broken Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Reckless Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Hidden Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Birthday by Meredith Russo – ⭐️5/5 stars

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

War by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – ⭐️3/5 stars

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – ⭐️5/5 stars

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb⭐️4/5 stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton – ⭐️4/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️4/5 stars

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July Wrap Up

I thought since it was still early in the month I would wrap up all the books I read in July and give my thoughts and opinions as well as how I rated them. I completed 8 books in July, it was definitely my best reading month this year!

The first book in completed in July was A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. I don’t 515fKiq3e6L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_want to get too in depth in the plot of this book as it is the third book in the Ember in the Ashes series. I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation of the story from the second book and I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in YA Fantasy. Its very much based off of an ancient Roman inspired world and is very war driven, but the many twists and unpredictable turns that occur throughout this series really leaves you wanting to read more! ⭐️4/5 stars

The second, third and fourth books I completed was the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. Those being The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of EmbersUntitled-2 and The Bitter Kingdom another very popular YA Fantasy series. I loved how a multitude of characters arced throughout the series as it was very character driven, however, the magic system really felt lacking to me and I personally prefer more of a fantastical/supernatural fantasy story as opposed to the more religious based one that this was. This series follows Elisa who is the ‘chosen one’ as she was born with a god stone imbedded inside her stomach, which makes her a religious symbol in her country. As she is also a princess and the second born daughter of the king she is very much ostracised and is married off to a neighbouring king in a political marriage and that is where her story really takes off.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns ⭐️3/5, The Crown of Embers ⭐️3/5, The Bitter Kingdom ⭐️4/5

The fifth book I read in July was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ Reid. This story really took me by surprise. I had heard quite a lot of people talking about this book and I really went into it with quite high expectations and it completely surpassed them. I thought this book was fantastic! This story follows Evelyn Hugo a famous old Hollywood actress who is finally telling her life story to an unknown magazine reporter Monique. This book is very engaging and really keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story. Evelyn as a character is deeply flawed in all the right ways, she is ruthless, cunning, sweet, strong willed, compassionate and completely unforgettable. I highly, highly recommend this book and I think it will definitely blow you away. ⭐️4/5 stars

The sixth book I completed was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This book is 91FZ41RwZzLepic fantasy at its best! Completely convoluted and complex with an abundance of characters that help you delve into this immense fantasy world that Sanderson has created. The novel as a whole has really beautifully set up the world and established the whole magic system and the core set of characters but I still feel like we’ve only really scratched the surface and there is soooo much more that this series has to offer. Being the first book in a ten(?) book series it is a complete success and I absolutely cannot wait to continue on in this epic plot and see what will happen next! ⭐️5/5 stars

The seventh book I read was Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. This book is so much fun I finished it in I think one sitting. This story follows Mila Flores an amateur witch 35707056who has just found out that her best friend and two other girls from her school have died under suspicious circumstances. Mila refuses to believe that her friend had entered some form of suicide pact that all the adults are leading her to believe, so she takes matters into her own witchy hands and brings them back to life to find out who killed them and why. This story was very entertaining and fast paced and Mila’s commentary was very witty and funny and I really enjoyed her as a character. ⭐️4.5/5 stars

The eighth and final book I read in July was Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. The28114396
story follows Britta the daughter of the bounty hunter for the king who was just recently murdered. In order to save herself from starving she is forced to poach in the Ever Woods near her cottage and is caught by the royal guard and taken to prison. She is offered her freedom in exchange for hunting down her father’s alleged murderer who turns out to be his apprentice and her long time crush Cohen. I thought Ever the Hunted was very fast paced and action packed. I loved Britta as the main female protagonist, I just felt she was very strong and capable and being the best hunter in the kingdom now after her father’s passing really cemented a drive and fire in her to find Cohen and bring about some form of vengeance. ⭐️4/5 stars