The summer is coming to a close and Im not sure how I feel about that. It seems like I wait all year long for the hot temperatures and sunshine that summer brings, but then i’m taken over by my excitement for my favourite season – FALL! The leaves, sweaters, bon fires, the smells – ahhhhh I can’t wait! I also can’t wait for the routine of school to start because my reading took a hit this summer. Especially this month. I did manage to at least finish one book each week so that’s a plus! Here’s a look at the month of August:
STAR FALL by Melissa Landers <—– (Full review) 4.5 stars
Omg this series was so much fun!! It was exactly the series I needed for a summer read. Great characters, adventure, intrigue, politics, PIRATES, and so much more! I didn’t know what to expect with this series and put it off for so long, to which I now regret. This was just a blast! I can’t wait for more from this author!
NEVER NIGHT by Jay Kristoff <—– (Full review) 5 stars
SO FREAKING GOOD!!! I’ve been in a bit of a fantasy slump lately and this definitely broke that! This is a such a brutal and unforgiving story of a girl training to be an assassin for revenge. But the “school” she attends to train isn’t for everyone. Your training may mean your death. I’ve never read a book written by an author that was so unafraid to let his characters suffer!! And suffer they did! The sequel, Godsgrave, comes out in September and I can’t freaking wait!!
HOME GOING by Yaa Gyasi <—– (Full review) 3.5 stars
Such a beautiful story following multiple generations. We learn of their connections, their suffering, and other events that shaped the lives of the generations to follow. She is such a beautiful writer and captures so much emotion in such a small amount of pages. The downfall with this one was that there was just so many characters to follow in two different family trees and it got a little confusing. Also, because her writing was so captivating, I felt that the stories weren’t complete and I just wanted more!!
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid <—– (Full review) 4.5 stars
Well this one was just a pleasant surprise! I initially didn’t want to read this one at all but the reviews of many bloggers convinced me that this was a book not to be missed – and they were right! I ended up loving Evelyn Hugo as a person and was enthralled in her story of her life in Hollywood. I also enjoyed the sub plot of Monique, the interviewer, and their connections. The last 1/4 of this book was packed with action and emotion, and it felt like I was kicked in the chest a few times. If the cover doesn’t grab you (I’m not a fan of this cover at all!), the inside is more than worth it!
YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Mitali Perkins <—–(Full review) 4 stars
My first ARC read in August and it didn’t disappoint! What a beautiful and emotion filled story. Three generations of Indian women as they struggle to balance their Indian and American cultures. I expected this one to be interesting but I ended up enjoying it far more than I thought I would!! This one comes out on September 12th and I highly recommend it!!
There is my month at a glance. Not the best reading month but I still kept up with at least one a week and I can be proud of that! Next month is going to be I-N-S-A-N-E! So many books being released and I want to read them all. I’m going to attempt it though I doubt I will be successful because there are just so many. My TBR for September is posting tomorrow so check out my ambitious month!
Until next time, happy reading!