Howdy and happy August!!
This is usually the part where I say “omg how is it August already?” or “wow time sure does fly when the world is on fireee” but I don’t have time for that because I read fifteen books in July! Fifteen!!!! I have never read this many books in one month in my life.
I’m shocked, shooketh and downright gobsmacked.
I was truly on a roll this month when it came to reading and I loved it but now it’s time to wrap all these bad boys up!
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Can you believe I only started this series back in February and this month I completed the third and final book! Who even am I? Have I been abducted by aliens and replaced with a clone? This is a genuine possibility because I never do that.
I was nervous for this finale because I’d heard mixed opinions on the conclusion of the story but overall I enjoyed it a lot more then I expected too. Adrian and Nova were a huge part of my love for this book because they own my heart forever and ever. I do think the last few chapters were a bit of a let down. Things seemed to be wrapped up really rather quite easily. I will say though … what was that epilogue!!! I have so many questions. Does this mean we’re getting another series or …. ????
I was meant to write a full review of this trilogy but I got distracted and never ended up doing that. Whether or not that draft will ever see the light of day is a mystery to all.
The entire Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It’s no secrete that Jennifer Lynn Barnes ownes my soul (and my wallet). I’m trash for more or less everything she writes, hence why I read six of her books this month. 😂
I’ve been wanting to re-read this series for a while. It was one of the first series that got me into YA that was more then just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson so it will always have a special place in my heart. I planned to read just the first book this month and work through the rest over the following months but that did not happen because I was having so much fun and so I just marathoned the lot.
This series is basically Criminal Minds but with angst ridden teenagers, the majority of whom have arsehole-ish tendencies. It’s a great time. You kind of need a certain level of suspension of belief because things can get cray-cray but if you can manage that you will hopefully enjoy this just as much as I did!
A biased opinion because this series is so near and dear but: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mayhem by Estelle Laure
I was part of the Blog Tour for this book and I only really had a very vague idea of the plot before reading so I didn’t really know what to expect.
I’ve since obviously read this book and I’m still not too sure what this book is about and here lies the problem. There’s a lot going on in this and all I really remember is “magic water” and “murder”.
Ultimately this book was kind of confusing and forgettable. It’s said to be inspired by “The Lost Boys” and “The Craft” and although I’ve never watched these movies I’ve heard there are a lot, probably too many, similaries so if you like those you might like this.
But sadly this book just wasn’t for me.⭐⭐.5
Deadly Little Scandlas by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
And here we go again with the queen that is Jennifer Lynn Barnes this time with the concluding novel to the Debutantes duology.
This two book series follows Sawyer Taft who agrees to become a Debutante in exchange for large sum of money off her well-to-do grandmother. She also hopes that by becoming part of this “high society” she’ll discover the man who impregnated her, at the time, teenage mother so many years ago. And just like that Sawyer is thrust into a world of southern belles and secretes and it’s magnificent.
There’s so much drama and action in this series and somehow this book turned things up a notch. I didn’t think that was possible. I feel like this series incorporates all the best bits of teen-drama shows and I could not stop reading. I’d love a third novel but I really don’t see that happening.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book was wildly popular (hah) in the blog-asphere upon it’s release back in 2017 so I was excited for this, especially because I heard it had lots of representation such as: an asian main character, bisexuality, anxiety, plus sized main character.
I was also really interested in the plot: three best friends, Charlie, Taylor and Jamie, attend Supercon. Charlie is there to promote her new film while Jamie helps Taylor meet her favourite author while feelings begin to bloom between the two.
Overall I thought this was a really solid read. Fun and quick which was just what I needed at the time. I really loved the friendship between the three characters, it was a constant throughout the book and never messed with for the sake of “entertainment”. I also really enjoyed the fandom and pop-culture aspects of this book which can be a bit hit or miss with me sometimes but the references where varied (I.E not always Harry Potter this, Harry Potter that) and worked well.
A solid read I’d definitely recommend ⭐⭐⭐.5
Darkling by Brooklyn Ray
I took part in this years Reading Rush and this was the first of five books I completed.
This is a short book, only around 130 pages but I really ended up liking it. It follows a witch called Ryder who has both fire magic and also he’s a necromancer and in order to gain control over his powers that have a habit of going hay-wire, he needs to complete the necromancer ritual.
Trigger Warnings for: Scenes of bloodletting, consuming blood, erotic bloody scenes. Death (and resurrection) of a main character and animal/pet. Explicit sexual content. Depiction of anxiety. I have no problems with any of this but I really appreciated the fact this is included at the bottom of the synopsis on Goodreads.
The main character is actually Transgender which was great to see and there are various other LGBT+ characters throughout.
This was a pretty odd but easy read with great witchy themes. ⭐⭐⭐.5
The Fixer by Jennfier Lynn Barnes
And here with my sixth and final JLB book of the month😂
While The Naturals is “Criminal Minds but make it YA” this is essentially “Scandal but make it YA” and I’m a sucker for it.
This book follows Tess who moves to live with her sister in DC. Little does she know, her sister is one of the most notorious and infamous Fixers in the city, she’s the one powerful people turn to when they need something kept “hush hush” and this gives Tess a certain level of notoriety of her own at her new elite school and pretty soon she’s getting wrapped up in the crazy world of politics and power.
I really, really enjoyed this. Tess espeically was fiery and sarcastic. I do have to say that I see a romance being set up and I don’t know if I’m a fan. I low-key ship her with another character but I’ll wait and see what happens in the sequel before complaining too much.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Mainly people have raved about this book but I didn’t believe them. I was like “nah you said that about Fangirl and I was unimpressed” but oh my god! I was so wrong! This book is a hell of a lot of fun. So much fun infact that I read his 500+ page book in 2 days. I could not be stopped.
Simon “the worst Chosen One to ever be chosen” Snow and Baz “a Tory vampire” Pitch are the ultimate definition of “and they were roommates” + “hate to love” tropes and I am here for it!!!
I had such a good time with this book that I ordered the sequel, Wayward Son, the next day and intend to read it this month.
I also need to point out that I would die a hundred times over for Penelope Bunce. I love her. She could kill me and I’d thank her.
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
To quote my Goodreads review of this book: *chefs kisses*. That’s the extent of my thoughts and opinions on this book.
Hah. Kidding. I could probably talk for hours about my love for this book and these characters if you let me. Sadly I don’t have time for that so I’ll just leave you with this:
If you appreciate you’re own happiness then go read this book. It’s got classic romcom themes and moments but it’s a healthy f/f romance. It’s set in Ireland which is great. The bromance had me laughing and the discussions of dementia had me crying. It also explored a step-parent/child relationship which I always enjoy and appreciate.
Please go and read this. Pleaseee. And then come back and tell me what you thought of it!
Shades of Love by Catarine Hancock
I’ve been trying to read more poetry recently but I genuinely don’t know where to start so I’ve been requesting new poetry releases from Netgalley and kind of exploring what I like from there.
This collection is all about past loves and I loved it. They were so beautifully written and so heartfelt. I’m definitely interested in reading more of Hancocks work.
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Where do I even start with this book? It was so impactful and important and this is the start of me recommending it for a long time to come.
This book is set at a school where the girlfriend of one of the most popular guys shows up to school with a black eye and accuses him of hitting her, thus setting in motion a wave of events. Some people are rallying behind him, some are demanding his expulsion.
It really takes a look at how women are treated and how domestic abuse is handled. It also talks a lot about mental health and eating disorders so Trigger Warnings for: domestic abuse, eating disorder, bulimea, self-harm, cutting, panic attacks.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Teherah Mafi
I have had this on my shelf for what feels like a life-time so I’m thrilled to have finally gotten around to reading it!
This book is set in 2002 (my birth year lol) and follows a Muslim-American girl called Shirin who is tired of being stereotyped. At her new school she meets Ocean and he is the first person in a long while able to get around the walls she’s built up which is terrifying and exhilarating all at once.
It was absolutely heart-breaking to read about the racism that Shirin encountered in this novel following the 9/11 attacks, even more heart-breaking knowing actual human beings experienced and lived through this.
I don’t really know how to rate this so I’m going to give it a 👍And so that was the longest wrap-up I’ve ever done. Wow my arms are tired from typing lol.
If you’ve stuck around till the end I’d love to know what you’ve been reading recently and if you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know what you thought. Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!!