July Wrap Up

I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things in regards to my reading. I had a really great reading month in July and I am really happy with what I chose to pick up! We have a mixture of new releases, romance, fantasy and a bit of historical fiction which was an interesting time for sure! I can’t wait to hopefully continue on with this bit of momentum I have and pick up some more good books!

In July I read:

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – ⭐️4/5 stars

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars

Survive the Night by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Project by Courtney Summers – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – ⭐️3/5 stars

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Survive the Night Review

*SPOILERS BELOW*

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk.

I sympathised with Charlie throughout the course of the book. I honestly can’t imagine what she has gone through, losing her parents and then having your best friend murdered. It is just so tragic and I can see why she would choose to flee and want to go back home to recuperate, especially after we find out she tried to kill herself. She just makes a few choices in this book that just didn’t sit right with me, and I get that she couldn’t really trust her own mind but there were I feel various times when she was with Josh that she could of escaped before her epiphany in the diner.

Of course we are immediately told to be untrusting of Josh and I for sure thought he was the killer. He really played on Charlie’s fragile state of mind in the car and really did a good job convincing her and the reader that he was the one who did it. The flashback as well I feel really reinforced the idea in my mind that he was the Campus Killer.

I know that grief takes many forms but I think that its quite despicable that Maddy’s family would blame Charlie and abuse her on the phone the way they did. Obviously given the twist where we find out who’s behind the whole hostage situation that Maddy’s family isn’t capable of making sound decisions. It was definitely surprising when we find out that Marge is in on the whole thing but then once she tells Charlie who she is I was more disgusted that she would stoop to that level. The fact that she would maim and torture a twenty year old girl in order to force her to conjure an image in her mind really displays just how far some people are willing to go to find the truth, especially when they have nothing left to lose.

The format of the book with the time being displayed as almost a countdown was a great way to keep me invested and eager to read on. There are several twists in the story that I didn’t see coming at all and happened at just the right intervals of the plot to keep the pace consistently fast. This was entertaining, gripping and had me on the edge of my seat throughout!

⭐️4/5 stars Riley Sager has done it again for me!

Books I read in One Sitting

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books I read in one sitting. Since I’m a pretty quick reader its quite easy for me to finish a book in one sitting, especially if its under 300 pages, so for today these were the first 10 books that came to mind when I went back through my recent reads.

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Foreboding Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is funny book titles. I couldn’t really come up with ten funny book titles so I decided to go in the opposite direction and pick out my top ten most foreboding book titles instead.

My Top Ten most foreboding book titles are:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Powers

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

No Exit by Taylor Adams

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite