Welcome back to another monthly wrap-up post! I think I got a decent amount of books read this July (even if it was all at the end of the month), and I even got my lowest star rating of the year 😦 I plan on reading around 6-7 books in August as well, if not more, because I’m participating in the Disney-a-thon on Twitter #TeamAladdin! Anyways, let’s get into it!
#1. The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno– 5/5 (Review to come)
I adored this book. I’m a sucker for a good road trip book, and this one had friendships, twin relationships, and romance; not to mention family drama, a slight amount of magic, and wonder. It was sweet and left me wanting friends and relationships and just the overall peace of the book that they had.
#2. Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5) by Tahereh Mafi– 4/5 (Review to come, eventually)
As I mentioned in my short Goodreads review, this was definitely a filler book, but it was enjoyable nonetheless! I just opened it up one afternoon and read it in a sitting. TBH, Juliette and Warner’s relationship is turning too cheesy for my tastes, but there were some good and Wholesome ™ moments!
My heart is yours. Please don’t ever give it back to me.Warner, Defy Me
#3. A Heart So Fierce & Broken (A Curse So Dark & Lonely, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer- 4/5 (Review to come closer to release date!)
Wow, this book took me in places I was not expecting! I loved how Grey centered it was, and that we got to learn more about the Syhl Shallow and it’s people! I also adored Grey’s newest friend 😉 I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling it, but it’s so good! I know the second book isn’t even out yet, but I need the third!
#4. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson– 3.5/5 (Possibly a review? I’m undecided if I want to write one or not.)
I recently won an arc of the final book in the follow up duology to this trilogy, and I wanted to try the series (again) to see if I liked it better this time. I am unsure. Lia was the best character in this book, and I kind of wish we hadn’t gotten Kaden and Rafe’s POV’s because They weren’t my favorite. I think it would have been better if we saw everything from Lia’s perspective, knowing there is both a prince and an assassin looking for her. Another thing that was confusing was the boys, Kaden and Rafe. It wasn’t until the plot twist about 3/4 in that I realized I had had the two mixed up in my mind the whole time, and looking at other people’s reviews, it looks like this wasn’t just me who had that issue. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it was a tad frustrating.
#5, #6, #7. Stalking Jack The Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper Quartet, #1, #2, #3) by Kerri Maniscalco- (SJTR)-4/5 (HPD)-3/5 (EFH)-2/5 (No review/s at this time)
I talked a bit about this book in my 2018 Reading Wrap-Up because that’s when I first read it, so my initial thoughts on the book will probably be more precise there. I decided to reread this book and continue the series in preparation for the finale to the series, Capturing The Devil, coming out this fall and was thinking of making a series of it, but as I continued reading the series, I disliked them more and more. It’s really unfortunate to dislike a series that everyone else adores, but I can’t help it. Maybe I’ll talk more about it one day, but right now, I don’t want to be attacked by fans so I’ll just leave it at this.
It’s completely fine if you like or even love the series! Good for you! It has it’s moments, and Thomas is pretty sweet (if not kind of a Will Herondale rip-off) I personally just don’t like how these books were written, plot wise. The first title makes sense. They are looking for Jack The Ripper. The second one, there are mentions of Dracula but that don’t actually hunt him. And Escaping From Houdini was just completely off. Houdini is there, but they are in no way escaping him. Mrs. Harvey is the best character in this series, and I will hear no slander against her.
And there you have it! I think 7 books is a fair amount of books for one month, especially considering they were all read within the last week of the month #oops
Did you get any reading done last month? What do you do when you read a series you don’t like? I want to know (that I’m not alone lolol)!