August 2017 Wrap-up

After an amazing reading month in July, I started August in the same manner, but felt a reading slump coming on. I suddenly didn’t feel like reading, I couldn’t keep my attention on a story and it took me ages to finish a book. So this month I (only) read 9 books…

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey4 stars

Book Review of The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. CareyThis companion book is a prelude to The Girl with All the Gifts and God I was looking forward to reading it! Carey created the most amazing world and I wanted to get back to it asap. Due to travelling, it took me pretty long to read it, and that meant that it took me a while to get into the story and keep everything straight in my head. Aside from that, I also had some issues with the ending and the way this story fits with the story of the first book, but this book was still amazing! Definitely worth reading.

I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir4 stars

(Book Review of I am Traitor by Sif SigmarsdottirProof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) When a friend of mine scored this proof at YALC, I got intrigued by the cover and the short description. AND I FREAKING NEEDED TO GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT IMMEDIATELY. I instantly fell in love with the story, and how it makes you wonder what it means to be human. A stand-alone science-fiction novel where the main character isn’t the chosen one, is not something you find often and you should not pass up on it. Read my full review.

Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie3 stars

Book Review of Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzieI love a good thriller, so naturally I decided to attend the thriller talk at YALC in hopes of getting to know new books. This one immediately caught my attention as it sounded like a psychopath is running loose and I love me a good psychopath. Unfortunately I’m a bit disappointed in how the author handled the story and how the main character was portrayed. It wasn’t as thriller-y as it could have been and I ended up not being all that invested in who actually did it. That’s not really what you want in a thriller… but still, I loved the idea behind it.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan4 stars

Book Review of Moonrise by Sarah Crossen(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) So I grabbed this book at YALC basically because it was up for grabs and I liked the cover. When I learned it was written by Crossan, I got really excited. After her last book, I was really hoping that this one would be written in the same style, and I wasn’t disappointed. She really has a gift for writing captivating books in prose and she conveys this story perfectly. This book tore my heart out very slowly and I loved every second of it. A must-read!

Water in May by Ismée Amiel Williams3 stars

Book Review of Water in May by Ismée Williams(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) This is actually a proof that one of my friends scored at YALC, but gave to me after reading the short description. Teenage pregnancy where the baby has a heart defect? Yep, that’s something that I want to read! It took me a while to get into the story due to all the Dominican slang (and of course I discovered the guide only after finishing), but I loved reading about an ethnicity that’s not often represented. Even though I’m not completely a fan of all the messages in the story, I still enjoyed reading this one.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu5 stars

Book Review of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) When I saw that one of the publishers at YALC was giving away proofs of a feminist read, I immediately starting hunting for it. No need to read the short description, I want it immediately. If I needed confirmation of the fact that this book is for me, I already got it with the dedication. And it didn’t surprise me that the story turned out to be a perfect feminist power house! Can this immediately turn into obligatory reading at every high school please? EVERYONE needs to read this!

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager2 stars

Book Review of Editing Emma by Chloe SeagerWhen I saw this book at YALC and read the short description, it did interest me, but not enough to actually pick it up. It was only when the price dropped to £1 during the crazy sales at the end of the con, that I bought it. So I started this book already with mixed feelings and that’s basically also how I finished it. I understand why the story is generating a lot of love, but it didn’t click with me at all. I just wasn’t a girl like Emma, so her struggles didn’t resonate with me. I couldn’t understand how she was so dead-set on having a boyfriend and her search didn’t interest me at all. So all in all, not a book for me.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin5 stars

Book Review of Invictus by Ryan Graudin(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I freaking adored her last duology and had this book on my radar for ages. Somehow however, I didn’t think I would be into this sci-fi about time travelling, but oh boy, how wrong was I! (Somehow I thought it would be a bit The Time Traveler’s Wife-y.) Graudin wrote the most amazing stand-alone sci-fi with just the right amount of action, science and romance to keep me interested. Seriously, I feel like she writes her books especially for me, a not-so-girly girl with an appetite for blood and even though she’s not all that science-savvy herself, still loves realistic sci-fi’s. I was already hooked from the first chapter and loved this ride through history from beginning to end!

The House of Ash by Hope Cook3 stars

Book Review of The House of Ash by Hope Cook(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) Another proof of which I have no idea how it got into my possession, but but where the words “mental illness” immediately made me want to read it. The Gothic-feel of the story definitely spoke to me, but aside from that I did get annoyed with the very unlikable characters, the unrealistic plot and the slightly unrespectful way that mental illness is displayed. Somehow I did end up liking this book, but I can’t for the life of me explain how that happened. It’s just such an original read that I could look passed all my annoyances.

Talk to me

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!

Update September 15, 2017: The House of Ash now has a full review!

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