June Reading Wrap Up

Target: 5

Read: 5

Phew! I can’t believe I actually managed to reach my monthly goal. I wish I’d read more though since five just seem like a really small number to me. However, as much as I want to say that I’ll read more next month that’s not going to be the case as I have some personal commitments to deal with. So for now, let’s talk about the books I read in the month of June. 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

This is book 2 in the Red Queen series and follows Mare Barrows as she tries to keep herself safe while trying to find others like her—red bloods with silver abilities. With Maven becoming King, Mare has little chance of standing up to him without an army of those just like her. 

I finally read the next part of this series and I’m glad I did. I especially enjoyed Cal’s role in the book and it made me love him all the more. The fact that he’s trained for war only added to his appeal. My hatred for Maven only increased as I progressed through the book and I applaud the author for making such realistic characters. 

If you haven’t read this book already, I urge you to give this series a try, though I’m sure most of you have already read it, but if you haven’t, then give it a shot because you’re not going to regret it. 

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is book 1 in the Debutantes series and follows Sawyer who lives with her mother and is estranged from the rest of her relatives, until her grandmother finds her and offers her to come and live with them as it might give Sawyer a chance to find her biological father along with money to pay for college. With a tight lipped mother, Sawyer has no choice but to accept the contract and so begins her story with three of her other cousins and together they work through secrets, lies and betrayals to find the truth about Sawyer and her father, and much, much more.

I really enjoyed this book and it was my favorite book of the month. This author has done a remarkable job in every aspect of the story. She has added the perfect blend of drama and comedy. I absolutely loved the relationship dynamics between Sawyer and each of her relatives. I would be writing in detail about everything I loved about this book in my review, but for now all I want to say is that go out and buy this book immediately. If you’re looking for a light, cozy mystery with a splash of comedy then this is a must read. 

Only When I Sleep by E. V. Lind

This is a standalone novel and follows the story of Beth and Ryan. Beth is on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend while Ryan is an injured war veteran who thinks that he doesn’t deserve anything good in life after what he went through. When he comes across Beth, he knows he wants nothing to do with her, but Ryan’s mother has other plans and urges Beth to come and live with them. Things take a turn for the crazy when Beth starts hearing things happening inside the house. With spirits roaming the house and her ex-boyfriend on the lookout for her, Beth and Ryan—with their hearts bringing them together—have no choice but to work together to survive the horrors that await them.

I did not find this book as interesting as I thought it would be. It read like a light horror and the events taking place were dull. This might be the author’s debut novel, I’m not sure, but I think there’s a lot of room for improvement in terms of writing style and plot. This book could’ve been a whole lot dramatic and packed with emotions but it really wasn’t. 

Though I was disappointed by this book, if you guys enjoy a light horror romance, then feel free to give this book a try. You never know, you might just like it. 

Zack by Cheyenne McCray

This is book 1 in the Armed and Dangerous series with the main characters being Sky and Zack. Sky and Zack used to be together when they were young but Zack broke up with her out of the blue and left. Ten years later he returns and he only has one thing on his mind and that is to make Sky his once again. Sky, on the other hand, hadn’t forgotten what Zack did to her and when he returns, she vows to not let her heart get broken by him again. But when their worlds collide in the form of an investigations, old passions ignite and Sky fears that she would be losing her heart to Zack again and this time there would be no coming back. 

I was looking to read an interesting romance but this did not cut it. The author seemed to put a little too much emphasis on a certain part of the woman’s body which kind of ruined things for me. Not to mention, that I felt bored through about seventy percent of the book. There are some steamy scenes, so if you guys are interested in reading those, then you guys can give this book a shot. For me, it wasn’t as interesting.

Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison 

This is book 2 in the Madison Avery series and follows Madison as she tries to change the system governing the laws of light and dark. By recruiting a bunch of rogue reapers, she thinks she can change the system but as she learns more about her new powers Madison realizes that things are not as simple as she thought they were and unless somebody supernatural comes and helps her she would cease to exist, and this time permanently. 

I thought this book would be just as good as the first one but I don’t know why I couldn’t get into it. It had everything, nice plot, action, adventure, drama, comedy, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. I’m sure you guys would enjoy reading this series if you haven’t already and I do recommend this book to everyone. 

May Reading Wrap Up

Target: 8

Read: 4

To say this was the worst reading month would be an understatement. I’m embarrassed to even talk about it because I read a total of four books. Only four! I wanted to read more, I really did but life had to get in the way and I do have other things that take up my time which made it difficult to focus on reading. So with the shortest wrap up of the year so far, here are the books I read in the month of May. 

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

This is book 1 in the series of the same name by Jay Kristoff and follows the long and sordid story of Gabriel de Leon as he is taken prisoner by the enemies. Story unfolds within a story as Gabriel is forced to recount his past—the events that made him who he was and in all of that the search for the Holy Grail. 

Let me be honest here. I’ve never felt overwhelmed by a book before, but this book made me feel exactly that. Not only due to its size but the amount of detail and description given as Gabriel recounts his past. There’s so much to the story that one can easily get lost in its depths. 

This book took me the majority of the month to read and finish, hence why I wasn’t able to meet my monthly goal. I often felt lost and kind of drifted off while reading this book because I felt there was just too much packed into it. However, one thing which I absolutely loved was the formatting of this book, and the story overall was really interesting and I would highly recommend it. 

Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters

This is book 1 in the Twisted Love series and follows Aubrey who is a counseling student in college and has suffered a huge loss in her life and is studying counseling in order to help people and stop history from repeating itself. Maxx comes with his own set of demons that he has no choice but to fight, but does his best to appear in control to the rest of the world. 

But when a chance encounter has lust and attraction bubbling to the surface between Aubrey and Maxx, there’s little anyone can do to come between them. Aubrey knows that having a relationship with Maxx is not a good idea but she is unable to control her heart’s desires. And Maxx… let’s just say when Maxx Demelo wants something, he damn well gets it. And right now he wants Aubrey Duncan. 

This book along with the others that A. Meredith Walters has written are exceptionally close to my heart simply because they tickle my thirst for psychology and all things related to it. And as someone who has worked with people suffering from addiction, this book really hit home. A. Meredith Walters has done an amazing job with fleshing out her characters and giving them flaws that one sees around them. I would highly recommend this book to everyone and all the books written by this author, as everybody needs to have a knowledge and understanding regarding mental health and issues. 

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

This story follows Jessica Miller who is going to her college reunion party with six other people who in college were inseparable. However, a murder and a false accusation forces the estranged group to come together and try to figure who among them is the murderer. 

Jessica Miller is out to prove that she had turned her life around and was now the best and most sought after person, however, with memories threatening to invade her perfect persona, Jessica might just realize she’s not as perfect as she led herself to believe.

My, oh my! This book was my absolute favorite of the month, so you’ll be seeing a review of it soon. But wow, this book was just stunning. From the plot, to the characters, to the pacing, everything was perfectly executed. The plot twist at the end and the way the writer keeps you guessing who the murderer is makes this an epic read. 

Head on to your local bookstores or to Amazon and purchase this book ASAP. Everyone needs to read this book. It’s that amazing! 

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

This is book 4 in the Artemis Fowl series and follows our group of fairies and trolls and other supernatural creatures along with our child mastermind Artemis Fowl, who is planning to steal a popular painting in order to become the youngest thief in the world. However, with supernatural enemies vying for revenge Artemis’ plans might just have to take a back seat as he fights for his life while trying to bring a criminal pixie to justice. 

I’ve already read the first three books in the series and this book was a re-read for me as I had not read the other books when I read this one the first time, so now I’m reading them all in order and plan to get to the rest of the books soon. 

Anyways, this book is just as interesting as the previous books. And I love just how smart Artemis is at such a young age. I wish I was that smart and analytical. I really enjoyed Holly’s character and how she and Artemis work together to bring Opal down. Everything was just fantastic and I know the rest of the books in the series would be just as exciting. 

So there we have it. These are the four books I read in the month of May. I really wish I could’ve read some more as I feel really disappointed in myself for not reaching the goal. However, I will try harder next month and hopefully will be able to read more. 

April Reading Wrap Up

Target: 6

Read: 8

I did manage to reach my goal for the month of April and managed to read two more books on top of it, but only because my goal for the month was a lot smaller than it’s ever been, so it was easy for me to reach. Anyway, here’s my wrap up or the books I read in April. 

Fate’s Dice by V. Domino

This is book 1 in the Chicago’s Finest series by V. Domino, and follows our two main characters known as Dice and Leo who happens to be the Mafia Don of Chicago. Despite being a normal girl and coming from a somewhat normal background, Dice’s life takes a not-so-normal turn when she meets Leo who is robbing the cafe she works at. Things heat up between them in more ways than one, making Dice question whether Fate’s roll of dice would lead to her happily ever after or not.

Okay. Let me start by saying I did not like this book, like at all. I’ve read another book by this author previously and I did not enjoy that either, but this book was just too much for me. It was too fast-paced for me and not to mention the insta love that takes place between the  protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with fast paced stories and considering that this is a standalone as the other books in the series would be featuring different couples, I can understand why they both fall in love with each other so quickly, but even so, I did not enjoy the instant attraction and how the hero is just so perfect. I don’t like perfect characters, I think I’ve said that a little too much, but Leo was just too much for me and I just couldn’t stand him by the end of the book. 

I do love dark romance but this book did not reach the mark, so I didn’t enjoy reading this book and I’m just glad I was able to finish it and not DNF it even though I had to practically force myself to reach the end. 

But if you guys like stories where the characters fall in love in the first five chapters, then you guys can give this book a shot, but for me this was a big no and I’m not sure if I’ll be reading any more books by this author. 

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Black 

This is the book 1 in the series by the same name and follows Pip who is trying to solve the murder of Andie Bell, a girl who died five years ago due to mysterious circumstances. Though Andie’s boyfriend, Salil Singh had been labeled as the murderer, Pip doesn’t believe it and sets out to find the truth for herself with the help of Ravi Singh, who happens to be Sal’s brother. 

I had so much fun reading this book and I just couldn’t put it down. I loved how there are different formats in the book, which gives us a visual of how things are happening with Pip’s investigation. Even though, she’s doing all this for a school project, I can’t help but envy her because I would love to do something like this for my school project, but alas, cool stuff like this doesn’t happen in my life, so I have no choice but to live vicariously through books. 

Also, I loved the climax and the shocking turn of events that transpired in the novel. I always enjoy a good detective story and this really is one of the good ones out there. I highly recommend you check this book out if you haven’t already and I’m pretty sure that the rest of the books in the series will be just as amazing as this one. 

Night by Ellie Wiesel

This story follows our main character in the midst of Nazi rule and how he’s forced to watch his family and everybody else he knows be punished or killed in the most of brutal of ways right in front of his eyes. The book is a story told by the boy’s perspective about how the Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis and no matter how much time passes, the wounds of those injuries will just never heal. 

Let me tell you guys, this is not the first story I’ve read about the Nazi invasion and how the Jews suffered because of them; I’ve read a few before this one, but no matter how many books I read, it never gets any easier. The pain is always there, and it was there with this story as well. I nearly cried when I read about innocent children being burned alive and men being shot and beaten just for breathing. There was so much suffering and heartache in this story that I couldn’t help but send a prayer to those who lost their lives because they chose to follow a certain faith.

Do give this story a read whether you’re into non-fiction or not. I believe everybody needs to educate themselves on right and wrong and when you witness something wrong, then you’re able to stand up for what’s right. 

Killing November by Adriana Mather

Can I just say, Holy Sh*t! This book was epic!! I think it’s my favorite so far of the year and I can’t believe I took so long into reading this. I wish I’d read it sooner but then I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of reading it now, this book is that amazing!! 

This book follows November who is enrolled into Academy Absconditi under mysterious circumstances and forced to act and behave in a way that is completely opposite her. A place surrounded by secrets and where you die if you don’t fight for your survival, it’s a place most would dread but is a place that breeds that best of the Strategia. And November wants to find out why she’s here and most importantly, who wants to kill her? 

Everything about this book was perfect. The plot, the characters, the pacing, the writing style, everything was spot on. I loved every word, swooned over every sentence and devoured every paragraph. I never wanted this book to end; I wish it would go on forever, but there is a sequel so I’m glad I’ll get to read more of November and Ash. 

Dark academia is a genre I’ve been wanting to get into for a while now and this book was the perfect starter as I believe this book falls under the same genre. And I can’t wait to read more books in this genre. And I just want to thank Adriana Mather for writing this book and sharing this gift with us. 

Lock In by John Scalzi 

Sci-Fi is not a genre I like to read, mainly because I’m not a crazy fan of technology and artificial intelligence. I prefer humans to robots and always will. So this is book 1 in the series of the same name and follows what seems to be a pandemic in the future where patients of Haden’s Syndrome experience Lock In, where the body is completely paralyzed, leaving you with nothing but an active brain. Bring in the technology and you have machines with the minds of humans. 

The story follows Chris Shane who suffered from Haden’s Syndrome and now manages his life via a threep and is an FBI agent assigned to a case which initially appears to be full of confusion and holes. With a partner who spends half her time drinking and sleeping around, the two embark on the task to solve the murder. 

I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get into this story simply because me and technology don’t get along very well. And there was so much technical vocabulary used that it nearly made my head spin. However, as the story progressed I started to understand how the world and the people living in it worked and by the end I really enjoyed it. The ending and the climax was amazing. The way the writer provided us with the information as the protagonist figured out who the killer was, was just fascinating. 

So even though it’s not a genre that I normally reach for, I recommend you guys to check out this book and give it a read. It’s really interesting. And I will definitely be reading the next books in the series.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This is book 1 in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and though I was excited to finally get into this book, I realized it kind of fell short of my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book, I just expected more from it.

The story follows Sophronia—a young girl of fourteen—as she is recruited to a finishing school after her mother gets tired of her and her troublesome ways and decides that a finishing school would be perfect for Sophronia and teach her to act like a proper lady. However, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is no ordinary finishing school and teaches you much more than dancing and fixing your posture. Supernatural creatures lurk in the midst of the academy along with a prototype that threatens the lives of everyone present in the school, making our curious main character eager to know about it and put a stop to the attacks from the enemy. 

My excitement over reading this book was at an all time high, however, it diminished as I continued reading the book. I expected more action and drama from this book but it only involved the search for a prototype. I get that it’s the first book in the series and there’s probably more action and drama in the upcoming books, but I just wished the author added a little more spice into the book. However, I still really enjoyed this book and loved the fact that such a finishing school exists—even if it’s fiction—and would highly recommend you all to read this book if you haven’t already. 

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

This is book 1 in The Singing Hills Cycle series by Nghi Vo and follows the story of an empress who has a knack for fortunes as she tells her tale to her handmaiden, Rabbit. The story is short, not like your typical 300-400 page fantasy novel, and is packed with a tale few can tell. 

Okay, I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really understand what happened in this book. Perhaps I was distracted by the ten thousand things around me or I am just not smart enough to understand the complexity of this book, but it was difficult for me to follow along. However, one thing I did enjoy was reading about the empress’ love for fortunes and every time there was a mention of fortune, my eyes would perk up and I would want to know just how they read fortunes back in the day. 

This book may have flew over my head but that does not mean it’ll fly over yours, so do give this book a read if you’re looking to read a short fantasy book or just find this book interesting. 

Wandering Star by Romina Russell 

This is book 2 in the Zodiac series by Romina Russell and follows Rhoma Grace as she continues her journey of finding the thirteenth constellation and battling a new set of enemies, all the while doing her best to maintain the harmony between the twelve house and taking on the grand task of uniting the zodiac. 

I really enjoyed book 1 in this series and I really enjoyed this book as well. There was a right amount of tension and action along with the plot twist and the climax, it was all incredibly spot on. I enjoyed everything about this book, even the parts that were hard to read, like the torture and destruction that takes place, but it was worth it. I recommend everyone to read this book, so they can experience the roller coaster which I experienced at the hands of this book. 

So these are the eight books I read in the month of April. I wish I could’ve read more, but this was all I could manage. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what do you think about them.