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An odd collection of books // July Wrap Up

Hello 😊

I’m tired. I just finished a day shift and I’ve decided that I much prefer working 7pm til 1am. The day shift at a bar is so boring. Everyone’s down at the beach or the pool, not sipping pints in my bar.

To pass the time I read a couple chapters of The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead … and a Supernatural/911: Lonestar crossover fic I found last night on Tumblr πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Don’t judge me, it was a long 6 hours.

During this time of boredom I also remembered that I haven’t wrapped up the books I read in July yet so I’m going to do that now and then sprawl on my bed.

July was a really good month for me. I read 10 books in total and crossed a couple of ARCs off my list and even getting to a couple of books I’ve been dying to read!!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – I’ve had my eye on this book all year long whether it be online or sitting on my own shelf, but I forced myself to hold off because I wanted to wait until I had a decent amount of time to dedicate. Ironically, I picked this book up during a week that ended up being quite busy. Typical.

This book definitely lived up to the hype though. I loved everything about it from the characters, the setting of 1920’s Shanghai and the trope of friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers.

I’m glad I waited to read this and I’m dying for the sequel!!

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Jackson – This was the first of a fair few blog-tours I took part in recently.

This follows two main character, Reagan whose feeling pressure from her boyfriend to have sex for the first time and pressure from her dad to study accounting, and Guillermo, recently out of juvi and on probation.

I thought this book was really important, especially Guillermo’s character arc. We see him take accountability for his actions, face the consequences and take steps to making a better life for himself.

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan – I must have had a thing for Forbidden Love last month because this is the third book with that trope and the second Romeo & Juliet retelling, this one with a comic book shop setting.

That being said … I was taken by surprise at the angst πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It focuses a lot on mental health so Trigger Warning for: anxiety, panic disorders, depression, mentions of suicide.

I was also taken surprise by the amount of LGBT+ characters!! Ridley is bisexual, Jubilee is attracted to both genders but hasn’t yet found a label and she has a lesbian best friend and two mums. Unexpected LGBT+ representation is something that makes me happy.

Shade by Mere Joyce – The third book in this series was recently released so because I only remember that my ship from this book kiss in the second book, I need to go back and re-read

I really like this series for how unique the plot is. I’m a big fan of ghost stories, especially when the main character has the special ability to see ghosts. This takes that and gives it a twist as the main character Call goes to a summer camp where each person see’s a different type of ghost. Some see dog ghosts, some see ghosts of women who died in childbirth, or people who were murdered, etc.

I don’t know if I’d say I liked this as much as the first time I read it, but I still had a lot of fun and am excited to continue on.

The first two books in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead – After binging the Vampire Academy I’ve now moved onto the spinoff series.

Not gonna lie, I’m really not loving it as much as the original series. I don’t think it’s anywhere near as strong in terms of plot or characters.

I’m going to carry on with the series because I’m committed now and also because I want to see Adrian and Sydney play out, but it’s just really not giving me the same energy.

Offside by Avery Keelan – No shame, I read a book on Wattpad and I’m counting it towards my reading.

I had really low hopes for this story because I’m prejudiced against Wattpad books (even though I’ve read a couple of decent ones over the years). I wanted to read it because it was compared to Off Campus by Elle Kennedy and I needed some of that. I ended up really liking this one. It was so addictive, I could not get enough of it!!

Throttled by Lauren Asher – Continuing on with my need for some New Adult Sports Romance I read another book recommended to me from Tik-Tok. This one was all to do with Formula 1 racing with the main character tagging along with her brother as he competes in various Grand Prix’s.

I thought the first half of this was a bit boring but in the end I didn’t mind that because I liked how the romance played out. The conflict that keeps the couple apart happens before they’re even together instead of the typical storyline of date, break up, get back together. I also really liked that the main guy goes to therapy!

Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins – Here we have the second ARC for a blog tour I was apart of, this one featuring famous singers and actors fake-dating for publicity!! I went into this book with little to no expectations but ended up really enjoying it.

The reason for the fake dating was because the main character’s boyfriend publicly dumped her on live TV while she was receiving an award and the internet turned on her. I feel like if this happened IRL we’d all be on her side but, I digress.

My favourite things about this book were: the bed sharing scene, I think this book is worth the read just for this moment, and also how it focuses on the main character Natalie finding and re-claiming her Brazilian identity and culture and the discussion on how main stream fame caters to white Americans.

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – Me picking this up was very unexpected. It wasn’t on my written TBR or anything but towards the end of the month I got obsessed with murder, started re-watching Criminal Minds (for the millionth time) and picked up this book about murder!

I enjoyed the fact that it was set in the 1980s. When I think of real life serial killers I do think of the 1970s/1980s. This follows a US Marshall candidate called Travis, and Emma, the sole survivor of a prolific killer. They are recruited to work for the FBI and interview teenage offenders for their behavioural analysis unit but end up sucked into an ongoing case when one of the people they’re interviewing knows more then they should on an active killer.

This was a book I was very excited to read and had high expectations for. While I wasn’t obsessed with the ending I really loved everything else about it from the characters and how the book didn’t minimise their trauma, to the overall vibes of the book. I recommend checking this out if you don’t have time to binge-watch Criminal Minds.

So those were the books I read in July. I’m a bit late with this wrap up and I don’t actually really know why. Legit can barely remember anything I’ve done in recent weeks.

I’m really happy with my reading for July both in terms of quantity and quality. I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, as well as what you’ve been reading recently :))

Elli xx

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