This is my first Monthly Wrap Up; I said a couple of weeks ago that I was changing the boring and short weekly updates to monthly ones because I will probably have read a bit more by that stage, turns out that ins’t true but I still prefer this method. Also if there’s anything you want a more in-depth review of just ask because I it’s highly likely I will do it. Without further ado, I will cease rambling and proceed.
What I read:
The first thing I read or to be more accurate finished was Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris. I think I have mentioned this is multiple posts because this sat on my TBR for a very long time and it proceeded to sit half read for a very long time until I decided I had to finish it or it would never be done. It was this book I talked about in My Last Weekly Update; it goes into better detail of the book if you don’t know what it’s about. Once I got into it I did really enjoy it, it took some time because I had seen the TV show first I knew what was coming and it made it very monotonous to read at times. Overall I rated it 4 stars because I love the series and it was purely my boredom that made it such a challenge to read.
Next I read Obscured by C.M Boers because it was sent to me. I have an entire post dedicated to this book so if your interested I would read that because it sums it up much better there. But overall I rated it 3.75 stars because of its uncertain writing style and basicness at the beginning of the novel. The incredible plot idea made up for it in great volumes and I am going to continue with this series.
I then read Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan. I absolutely adored this series as a whole and it couldn’t have ended a better way in my opinion. I was on the edge of my seat throughout all three books and it has jumped to top five favourite series of all time and I am planning to do a dedicated post to the entire series in the coming weeks.
The Goodreads description for the first novel describes it pretty incredibly so here it
Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.
But all that changes when the Lynburns return.
The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
If that hasn’t grabbed you then we have highly opposing reading habits. I was drawn in so easily and enjoyed every word. It was humorous while remaining serious when needs be and I can’t explain how much I loved it. (But I will try too when I write the series review) If you hadn’t guessed this book gets a 5 stars out of 5. Who doesn’t love being called a Dream Canoe?
The final book I read this month was Soul Mates (Soul Mates #1) by L.A Weatherly. I hauled the second and third in the series a couple of weeks ago and plan to read them in the coming days. This was a confusing one for me because on one hand I adored this book. It was incredible on almost every account; writing style, characters and plot. Especially plot. Which it is why i say with such regret that it could have been so much more. This book or shall I say novella, is 80 pages long. I felt like I hadn’t actually read anything. It took me half and hour to read this and I just wish with all my heart it was longer because everything else about it was just incredible. It felt rushed and I am genuinely infuriated by this. The blurb caught me in an instant;
Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart – not even time. Iris and Nate have dreamed of each other all of their lives. When they meet by chance in an abandoned house, they discover that their dreams were more than fantasy – they are soul mates, destined to be together. But someone or something is watching them, determined to tear them apart. Will Iris and Nate’s love be strong enough to survive the test of time?
and I bought it without looking any further, it wasn’t until it arrived I saw how short it was and was filled with sadness because it had so much potential if only it had been completed to a novel length, 200 pages even. The characters and their back story could have been developed much further, their conversations could have been experienced by the reader and not just told about and the climax could have been delayed as it was fast pace but maybe too fast paced to be logical to the story line. It was disappointing for me as a budding writer to see such a great plot idea going to waste.
Overall I give it three stars cause in concept I loved everything about it; in practice it lacked something I can’t place
I am ashamed to say that I am still reading New Moon (Twilight #2) and I am still listening to Oblivion (Lux series #1.5) as an audio book and Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) and am no further in any of them since the last time I wrote about them.
I started Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) straight after finishing the first novel and I am currently 66% of the way through and I have come to a similar cross-roads that I experienced with book 1 but not as badly; so I can probably overcome it this coming month.
I also started to re-read The Boy Who Sneaks Through My Bedroom Window because I have read all fantasy novels this month and I was craving a bit of contemporary romance and as you probably know, I absolutely love this book; I rant about how realistic it is and how much I love it QUITE a lot.
Finally after returning from the Edinburgh Book Festival last Friday I started reading Recruit (CHERUB #1) by Robert Muchamore. So far I am really enjoying it and I am only 100 pages in.
So, that’s it for the month of August. I know I didn’t read much but I started a lot so I will probably have quite a few for next months update. My September TBR will be up next Wednesday probably and until then have a good week.
Thanks and Happy Reading,