In the wake of BookExpo and BookCon weekend, I became a reading machine once again, kissing that 2017 reading slump goodbye. I ended up reading some really great books this month!
1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson (4.5/5)
I was so excited to read this book! I absolutely adore Morgan’s books, and this is her most recent release so naturally I had to get my hands on it away. I will admit, this one threw me a bit because I am used to there being an ever present romance in her books and in this one, there is really not. One thing I really liked about this book is that the writing style in terms of atmosphere was VERY on point. For example, if the scene was hectic, the writing made you feel that it was so, I quite enjoyed that. This was a lovely story about family and growing up with amazing characters that I thoroughly enjoyed.
2. Wildcard by Marie Lu (5/5)
This was one of my top two most anticipated books to grab at BookExpo and I was so excited that I did. Warcross was one of my favorite reads I got from BookExpo last year and I needed to know how the story concluded as soon as possible. I devoured this book simply to say. Like with book one, I was so engrossed in this story that I could not stop reading. In my opinion, Marie Lu writes some of the best action sequences in the business and this book was just another showcase of that. I felt that this book really shined in character elements where book one did in plot. I am sad to see this series go because it has so much potential to go on but I do understand ending it where she did. I would like a little bit of an epilogue though, especially with those last few lines!
3. Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (5/5)
Its no secret that the Shadowhunter world is my absolute favorite fictional world. I will read any content that comes out and that includes these new short stories leading up to Queen of Air and Darkness. I have threads on my twitter account of all my reactions while reading these (@ty_blackthorns) so I will not go into too deep of a review here. I will say that I adored learning more about Anna Lightwood. Ever since we learned about her years ago, she has been the character I wanted to know more about and this story was spectacular. Cecily and Gabriel as parents was fantastic as well. Looking forward to more!
4. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (4/5)
A huge thank you to Disney for approving me for this review copy on NetGalley.
This book was flat out entertaining.
Personally, it felt like a Lifetime movie to me. It was so dramatic and at times, ridiculous but so much fun. I was hooked from the first pages and I could not stop reading at any chance I could.
However, I did feel that the story felt like it dragged out some plot points for longer than it should have and just dropped some plot points that I would have liked to see more of. I felt that Campbell’s character was a bit confusing in the middle of the book as her actions and attitude kept completely changing. I also wish we could have gotten to see more of a positive relationship between the girls that wasn’t based on alibis.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this story. I thought the main core cast was very strong and I hear that there is a sequel to this that I am extremely excited to pick up. This book was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
5. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (5/5)
Full review to come for this masterpiece. I still cannot believe I read it in June. One of the favorites of the year definitely.
6. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (4.5/5)
This was the second of the two books I NEEDED to get at BookExpo this year and I devoured it as soon as I could. This is quite easily the fastest 400+ pages I have ever read, which was amazing for this story. The “meet-cute” synopsis and plot point could not be more perfect for the feeling of this book. I took off .5 stars because it was a little hard to get immersed in the story at the beginning but before I knew it, I was lost in it. This book just makes your heart happy and I am so thankful I got to read it early.
7. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (4/5)
This was more of a finishing of a book. I made it a goal to catch up on the Trials of Apollo series this month and I did! This particular book was not my favorite of the three that are currently out, but I much enjoyed the set up for the next books in the series. These characters are delightful and the overall plot is getting much more complex. I also enjoy the cameos and participation of old friends!
8. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan (5/5)
My favorite of the Apollo books so far, easy. The plot flowed nicely, the humor was amazing, the writing made me want to keep reading until I was done, I was crying at a certain part, just great. Jason and Piper were never my favorite characters in the Heroes of Olympus series but I was so happy to see them here! Grover as well! This series is going amazing places and I cannot wait to see where the homestretch takes us.
9. One Small Thing by Erin Watt (2.5/5)
Thank you to Harlequin Teen for proving me with an ARC of this book via Edelweiss.
I read this book in a matter of hours. It was highly addicting and made you want to keep reading, but that was about it. There was a lot of yelling in this story, no real evolution of the plot or relationships of the characters and honestly, it felt a bit unrealistic to me. I enjoyed the moral compass of the main character which is why I’m giving it 2.5 Stars. I wish we could have gotten more time with these relationships because everything just felt like it moved so quickly and the story needed to be told so it got pushed away.
10. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (4.5/5)
This was another BookExpo grab for me and I was so excited that I was able to get it. The synopsis is what really drew my attention right away, a girl who gets taken in by a boy with horror-filled tendencies and she’s the only one he really trusts and loves? Yes please. The setting and Kiersten White’s amazing writing made this book so much fun to read, the only criticism I have is that I felt that while reading, the story was skirting the surface of really going into the mind of Victor. We saw him through Elizabeth’s eyes which was interesting but it felt like it downplayed the severity of what Victor was doing. It might just be me, but I would have loved to see something from Victor’s point of view.
11. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (5/5)
New favorite series alert! This book was so much fun. I have the first three books all in ARC form from conventions and I decided to buckle down and read them all, and I flew through them although this was the only one I was able to finish before June ended. I adored the writing style in this, the atmosphere was excellent as were the main characters and their banter with each other. Audrey Rose and Thomas are the pair that you can read about solving murders and mysteries for a million books and never grow tired of it. Their relationship is one of the best parts of the book in my opinion. I love this series and I cannot wait for the fourth and final book in 2019!