Monthly Wrap-Up (August)

So, this month did not go as planned (like, at all)

I had wanted to read at least 8 books, but only ended up getting to 5. Most of them I have already reviewed on here, so I am going to try out a new wrap-up style. Let me know how you guys like it!

THE WICKED KING
Thoughts: This was much faster paced than the cruel Prince, and probably my favorite book in the series
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★☆ 4/5
Pace: Fast
Intended audience: Young Adult
Content warnings: on page murder
Link to full review here

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING
Thoughts
: The ending to this one felt a little odd to me, but overall it was very enjoyable
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★☆ 4/5
Pace: Fast
Intended audience: Young Adult
Content warnings: murder
Link to full review here

SCARLET ODYSSEY
Thoughts
: I was absolutely in love with the fantasy world in this, and think it deserves way more hype!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4.5/5
Pace: Medium-Fast
Intended audience: Adult
Content warnings: murder, relationship between 17 and 21 year old (which I do not in any way condone), torture, rape, gore, definitely very graphic/grim at times
Link to full review here

THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS
Thoughts
: I really liked the plot line/themes of this one, but the romance wasn’t as present as I hoped it would be
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 3.5/5 (rounded up)
Pace: Fast
Intended audience: Adult/New Adult
Content warnings: relationship violence, murder, drug abuse, (I feel like I’m forgetting some but this is what I remember)
Link to full review here

TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY
Thoughts: Everything about this book was beautiful, from the writing, to the mythology, to cultural history which was also heartbreaking).
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 4.5/5 (rounded up)
Pace: Fast
Intended audience: Middle Grade, but all ages should read it
Content warnings: mentions of slavery
Link to full review here

So even though I didn’t read as much as I planned, I really liked everything (and I consider myself a tough reviewer so that’s saying something)
And here is a slightly less ambitious TBR for this month, as it is the first month of classes for me:

Hope you guys enjoyed this, and happy reading!

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July Wrap-up/August TBR

Wow, I can’t believe it is already August! This past month I made it a goal to read 1 book every 3 days, and succeeded (go me!) To avoid boring you all with my endless bookish musings, I have decided to talk about my top 5 July reads, and my top 3 anticipated reads of August!

Read in July

  1. Shadow and Bone

I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I knew everyone on twitter loved it, but was still wary (YA fantasy is always very hit or miss for me). The world building was incredible, and I can’t wait to see how the Darkling’s storyline plays out. Read my full review post here.

2. The Cruel Prince

This one came in at a very close second for me. It would have been first if the first half weren’t SO slow. However, the MC (Jude) is one of my favorite YA narrators of all time. It is also one of the few enemies-to-lovers romances that I actually find believable. Read my full review on Goodreads here.

3. Opium and Absinthe

I picked this book for our monthly book club, but devoured it in the first two days! Despite being really predictable, and having some frustrating characters, it was extremely magnetic; the writing style drew me in in a way that not many books do. (ARC from NetGalley). Read my full review on Goodreads here.

4. Coraline

I know, I’m pretty much the only adult on earth who hadn’t read and/or seen Coraline before this month. I also am in the minority who thinks the book was way creepier (and better) than the movie. However, I’m very glad I didn’t read it until now, because I’m sure my younger self would have been terrified. Read my full review on Goodreads here.

5. The Haunting of Tram Car 015

I honestly went into this book without any real expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. The best way I can think to describe it is vivid. Even though it was very short, every word counted, and I really felt like I was living the story. It was also cool reading about Cairo as a historical fantasy setting, and the different cultures within it. Full review to come shortly!

My other reads from July:

August TBR

  1. Ten Thousand Doors of January

I am SUPER excited for this, as it is the first physical book I have bought since about 2014. The description also gave me major Starless Sea vibes, which I loved, so fingers crossed!

2. The Hate U Give

I’m really late on this one, I know, and it has been on my list for a while. I want to continue my education on racism in America, and I know this is a very popular book on the subject! I firmly believe that we should all be educating ourselves and raising our voices to support the BLM movement.

3. The Wicked King

To be honest, I’m already half way through this one and I’m loving it. It definitely didn’t start as slow as The Cruel Prince, so I already have high hopes for the ending. Hopefully the end of the trilogy lives up to the hype as well!

Other books in my August TBR:

Happy reading!

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