So, it’s time to share my very first monthly wrap-up. From the outset I knew this was going to be a big one as I had little over half of my Summer vacation, but it was actually on my non-vacation days I devoured books like a crazy person. So brace yourselves because I freaking read 14 books this month. Are you ready to read what I though of every book?
Half Bad by Sally Green
I started the month off with this reread. I wanted to finish the series as a part of the series I need to finish, but needed to refresh my memory in order to read the other books. And thank God I did as I clearly didn’t remember a damn thing about the book. Green’s gritty, no-nonsense style of writing immediately gripped me and didn’t let me go. For a British book about witches, it’s unlike any other… British book about witches I’ve ever read. (Look at me, using words like a pro.) I’m not completely sold on the story yet, that will happen if I love the rest of the series, but I did like where it was going. Now I’m really curious to finish this series and see if I end up loving it.
Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
This book had crossed my path a couple of times, but I was never tempted enough to buy it. When I found it at my local library, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. In the end, I’m not utterly convinced that this is YA. This book reads either for a younger audience or reads like an early draft of a story. Everything goes super fast, the characters aren’t all that fleshed out and even though the plot is intriguing, it could have been way more developed. That being said, I did like the general idea and as a quick read it had it merits. Maybe I’m just really disappointed that this book didn’t have more flesh to its bones…
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Another reread to be able to finish a series. I ADORED this book when I first read it, and I honestly don’t know why I never finished the series. High time to fix that. This book might sound like a fantasy Shatter Me, but you should look passed it and read it anyway BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD. I’ve never read a book where the religion was so important and it was amazing to read. I loved every second and mind-fucky turn even when I was rereading it! There are so many that I still got blind-sided. I’m certain you’ll love it too!
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
Okay so even though the short description is right up my alley, this book was a TOTAL cover buy. (But my excuse was that this was a very important read in preparation for YALC OKAY.) I hadn’t yet read a book about a physical disability like this and I was curious to see how it would be done. Luckily, Joelson executes everything perfectly and I ended up LOVING this book to pieces. It’s so realistic and gritty, yet so hopeful at the same time. This book does what it needs to do: it makes you understand how someone who can’t move or speak, sees the world. Perfect!
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
A YALC book about Asperger’s Syndrome is bound to grab my attention and I didn’t hesitate to buy it. Unfortunately this was a “meh” book for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t particularly like it either. Lucas did an amazing job portraying Asperger’s and writing a realistic story, but something was missing somehow. I sort of like that the story is a snapshot of Grace’s life and not too crazy, but the story needed some extra pepper to make it a little more spicy. I just wasn’t THAT connected with Grace or her relationships. To be honest, at certain times I was more interested in her sister Leah. I’m torn.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This book stood on my bookshelf for years and a certain point you just have to pick it up or throw it out. So I decided to read it. Bracken took the story to places I never expected her to take it. The story could have stayed within the walls of the rehabilitation camp, talking about Ruby’s struggles to get out, but it goes so much further than that. No one can be trusted, everyone has secondary motives, things go bad at every turn and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. This was a perfect read for me and all I’m doing is wondering where the second book in this series is?
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
What I love about YALC is finally having an excuse to read books like these. It had caught my interest ages ago, but I needed an extra reason to pick it up. I thought it would be a soppy story about winning the lottery that gave the main character some small problems, but it is about so much more. Loss, love, finding who you are, growing up, making a difference it world… It warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eyes, and I never thought it would. It’s a typical Summer book, but with a little extra. Loved it!
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Okay first things first, that title is utterly ridiculous, but THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I loved the very contemporary story about being Internet famous, but I need to say that the only reason I bought this book was because it had asexual representation. I had never read a story with this and I was dying to do so! The rep was AH-MAZING and I loved our main character to pieces. This was another perfect Summer read and I’m definitely going to check out more books by this author. What a book guys, what a book.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
It may surprise you as this blog is so new and I haven’t written that many reviews yet, but I’ve been writing reviews for the blog section of another website for over two years now. Last month, I decided to use my powers for evil and shove one of my favorite books into the visitors’ faces. I freaking adore this book. It’s talks about a piece of history that isn’t all that know, it’s immersive, honest, funny and real, and does it all to the almost-lost art of letter writing. This was my FOURTH reread and I still love it to pieces. Isn’t that a testament on how good this book really is?
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
This is a sequel to the other Salisbury book you find in this post and just like to other one, this is a reread to finally finish the series. I have to say that I didn’t remember the first book when I read this one for the first time, so I didn’t “get” what was going on. This time around, I COMPLETELY understood the story. It’s not like I expected anything different, but Salisbury managed to take her world and her story, and elevate it that much higher. Religion is still important, but she makes it even better in this one. ON TO THE LAST BOOK IN THIS SERIES.
The Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
So now we get to the #24in48 readathon reads! I’m in a bookclub and this book is our August read. When I read the short description, I was sure that this book was going to be a read for me. Kids growing up, a rare illness and grief, yep sounds like a real Summer read to me! Unfortunately it didn’t end up being the book I wanted it to be. It wasn’t bad, but there were some problematic things and events that weren’t resolved. For example, self-harm is rarely something you SUDDENLY stop doing and it’s not a message I like to see in these kind of books. I’m disappointed, I really am.
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I was SO excited to start his book. The first book in this series was the first book my bookclub ever read and I reread it in preparation of reading this one. This sequel was even better than the first book! I’m absolutely not familiar with how politics in the United States work (I spend all my time figuring out how it works in Belgium), but even I could understand the story and, more importantly, the intrigue. This one radiates a true Veronica Mars vibe and as I’m a huge lover of that TV series, how could I not love this book?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I got this book exactly one year ago as an exclusive buy before it’s actual publication date. And it took me this long to finally read it… (Promising huh.) I picked it up a couple of times, but the story never hooked me. It ended up taking over 100 pages to finally fall into the story, but even then I wasn’t completely convinced. I did end up liking it though. (Didn’t expect that, now did ya?) This book is different, dark, gritty and a little disgusting at times, but I loved it. Kristoff created such an amazing world that I’m definitely continuing this series!
Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Who doesn’t love this graphic novel series? I mean seriously? It’s basically a raw kick-ass Romeo and Julliet story in space, but it’s definitely for.. euhm… more older readers. I’ve adored every installment before this one, but I have to say that this volume didn’t seem to be completely up to par. Even though a lot of things happened in hindsight, I still felt like not a lot happened. I am excited to continue though as the love of the other books is so big that it covers my feelings for this one.
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!