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August Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In August:

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – ADULT PARANORMAL, HISTORICAL, HORROR – 5 STARS

I loved A Dowry of Blood, I loved the writing and the gothic setting of it. The writing and story were so captivating to read and I loved how this book is told in letter form from Constanta to her vampire creator. This book is filled with some beautifully poignant quotes.

Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 5 STARS

I loved Caliban’s War but I knew I would since it follows very close to the tv series of it and I loved that also. I loved reading from more povs in this book and I just really enjoy reading this series especially after watching the show because I can picture everything clearly in my head.

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer – YA FANTASY – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved how it’s about Cyrens (Sirens). The history of the Cyrens in this book was very interesting and I liked the descriptions of the setting. I also thought the trials were very exciting to read about.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I’ve been meaning to start this series since it came out years ago and I finally did in August, I don’t know why it took me so long since I ended up loving them. This series has all the markers of a great urban fantasy series, it has a badass heroine who helps people and along the way there is a slow burn romance. The world building is also fantastic and I loved the writing of it too. I really can’t wait to read more books in this series.

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Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections (The Guild Codex: Warped #2) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS
Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants (The Guild Codex: Warped #3) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I thought these two books were okay reads but I don’t seem to be clicking with the characters as much as the characters from the other Guild Codex series’. I like Kit’s laid back style but sometimes I find him a bit annoying and I don’t think Lienna is an interesting character at all. The storyline is entertaining and I do love the Guild Codex world and the glimpses of other characters within this series.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson Book Review

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Life’s A Beach Book Tag

Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

July Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in August?

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July Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In July:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Monstrous Design and I like the atmosphere of this series but I didn’t like how the characters were separated for most of this book, I felt that threw off the pacing of the story a bit so I like this book less than the first but I still found it to be an enjoyable read and I was intrigued by the plot of it.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved finding out all about this fictional band through an interview format and seeing how each member of the band had different experiences with their rise to fame and what they went through to get there. This is one of those books that is so uniquely told that the characters and the music feel so real that it makes you want to learn more about them but obviously you can’t because they are fictional.

The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I didn’t like the world building and I felt a bit confused as to the characters own thoughts of the world, it’s hard to pin point why exactly but the world and the way the characters described it just didn’t mesh with me. Despite that though I thought the storyline was entertaining.

Blood be Damned (Demons of New Chicago #3) by Kel Carpenter – 3 STARS

I like the relationships between the characters in this series. I like Piper and Natalie’s friendship and I like the romance between Piper and Ronan but I didn’t like the surprise near the end of this book. It’s a trope (I don’t know if you’d call it a trope but it is a sort of spoiler so I won’t say exactly what it is) that happens in a lot of books that don’t really need it and I felt this book didn’t really need it.

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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey – 5 STARS

I watched the tv series of The Expanse last year and loved it so much that I just had to read the books too. I loved Leviathan Wakes and I can now see how well the tv series was adapted, the overall world/universe is so intriguing and complex that it really sucks you in.

The Blood Is Love (Dark Eyes #2) by Karina Halle – 3 STARS

I thought this book was okay but I don’t think this sequel was much needed. I felt like the relationship that was established in the first book went back and forth on the same things that the characters had already discussed in the first book so it made the characters seem kind of annoying to me but I was still interested in the plot so it ended up being an okay read.

This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron – 3 STARS

I was very excited for this book to be released but I ended up being disappointed by it. I still enjoyed the book, it was atmospheric and intriguing and I liked the descriptions of the greenery and Briseis powers but I thought the plot was just too convenient and there was a lot of telling and not showing within the story.

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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells – 4 STARS

I’ve really enjoyed the first three books in The Murderbot Diaries series so far and I love reading about Murderbot, they are such a relatable character. I like that so far each book has had different characters interact with Murderbot but the overall plot is still all very much connected and very intriguing. I really like this series and can’t wait to read more of Murderbot.

Blog Posts I Did In July:

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown Book Review

June Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in July?

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June Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In June:

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

This book is a continuation to Jack and Jill’s story and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as previous books. I feel like The Moors wasn’t as atmospheric as it was previously but I did like seeing what had happened to Jack and Jill.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

I think I prefer the darker stories of this series like In An Absent Dream and Down Among the Sticks and Bones compared to the brighter whimsical stories like Beneath the Sugar Sky and this one. I enjoyed the writing of this book but the story with the unicorns just wasn’t as compelling to read.

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Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Brimstone Bound and thought it was a fun read. I liked the overall mystery and liked how the main character gets dragged into it but I also thought some of the story was predictable.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins (A Song of Wraiths and Ruins #1) by Roseanne A. Brown – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book and found the story and world so captivating that I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoyed the dual pov and seeing the different choices Karina and Malik both had to make. I loved the writing and how the magic was described, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ADULT CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL – 3 STARS

I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved the writing and the setting was described in such a great way that you could vividly picture the scene of 1950s to 1980s Malibu and I loved the focus on siblings but I just found this book to be a bit lacklustre, it felt like it was building up to an explosive moment that never really happened. I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they’ve all been so emotionally poignant but I just found that Malibu Rising lacked a bit of that complex emotion.

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Asterion (The Court of the Underworld #1) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought the world was interestingly set up it focuses on mythological figures (like Medusa and Hades and more) who rule the city in this book and a group of humans rebelling against them. I really liked the romance of this book and I thought the plot was interesting too.

Medusa (The Court of the Underworld #2) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I liked that Medusa was the main character of this one because I found her interesting in the first book. I also like the over arcing storyline that is still following on from the previous book.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book, I loved how the great libraries were described and how each book had their own personality and danger level. I liked the characters and thought they worked really well together which made their interactions interesting to read. I enjoyed the overall storyline and loved how this was a standalone fantasy.

Blog Posts I Did In June:

Most Anticipated Book Releases For July, August and September 2021

My Summer TBR 2021

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bookish Memory Check #1

May Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in June?

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May Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In May:

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Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I loved being back in this world again and reading about these characters. It was great to read from Julie’s pov and I was so very intrigued to find out what had happened to Julie and how she had changed. I loved the writing and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and just like with Slay the writing hooked me into the story immediately. I loved finding out about Alex and his relationship with his brother and how it developed more over the course of this book, I loved the focus on the brothers. This is such a moving story that is told in such an interesting way.

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Cold Iron Heart by Melissa Marr – 2 STARS

I was very excited to be back in the Wicked Lovely world again and I enjoyed that part of this book, the part of reintroducing to some of our past favourite characters in this prequel but I was disappointed in the actual plot of this book. I disliked the storyline with Thelma Foy, I found her character not very interesting and thought she and Irial had no chemistry. I still love the world of Wicked Lovely and the atmosphere it has.

Summer Bound (Wicked Lovely 5.2) by Melissa Marr – 3 STARS

This is a short story set after the events of the last Wicked Lovely book and I definitely think you should read Cold Iron Heart before reading this because it this short story revolves around what happened in that story. I liked this story better than Cold Iron Heart and I loved seeing where all the characters ended up after Wicked Lovely.

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Black Sunshine (Dark Eyes #1) by Karina Halle – 4 STARS

Black Sunshine is a dark vampire romance book and I really like it. I was instantly intrigued by the story from the start and I felt the book had a great atmospheric feel to it. I liked some of the side characters and I’m excited to read more about them in future books.

A Memory Called Empire (Teixacalaan #1) by Arkady Martine – 3 STARS

This is a sci-fi space opera that I thought was an okay read. It was slow and felt dense in the beginning and although it did perk up and I got more into the story as it went along, I still felt not very connected to the story or characters. The pacing also felt a little off to me but I still felt intrigued enough in the story to keep going.

Blog Posts I Did In May:

Underrated YA Fantasy Books

The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Quotes About Books

Most Recent Additions To My TBR

Books With Leaves and Branches On The Cover

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Guard You Heart by Sue Divin Book Review

Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong Book Review

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

April Wrap Up 2021

What did you read in May?

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April Wrap Up 2021

What I Read in April:

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS

Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors so it’s no surprise that I ended up loving ACOSF. I loved Nesta’s story and I was so invested in her story and her recovery, this book has many emotional moments and I loved reading about these characters and world again.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this short story and I liked how it told the story within another story. It did take me a while to get into the book at the beginning but I enjoyed it once I did and I liked the last section of the book.

Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland – 3 STARS

I liked the set up of the world in Havenfall with the different worlds being connected by this Inn but I thought the overall story and characters were a bit predictable. I still did enjoy the book and I wish there was more exploration of the different worlds within it.

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS

I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one even more. I feel like you see the relationships between the characters really grow and develop in this book and I really enjoyed reading about all of them. It felt like the stakes were raised with both the plot and the characters interactions with each other. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

Reborn was a really good conclusion to Mera and Shadow’s story and I enjoyed reading about their adventures in this book. It did take me a while to get into this book because of where Reclaimed (book 2) leaves off but I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the spin off books set in this world.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – 2 STARS

I was really disappointed in this book, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought she was very selfish. I know that is a point the book tries to make with fame changing a person but I didn’t really care for her character before she got ‘famous’. I also didn’t really like the plot and thought it was a bit random, it reminded me of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which is another book I disliked.

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Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Wicked Deal (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #2) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Darkest Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

I originally wanted to read Darkest Moon first but even though I think it could be read first it is part of the larger Shadow Guild series so I decided to read the first few books in that series first. I liked all these books but I don’t feel fully connected to the story yet. I did like the description of the Guild City, it felt like a cosy setting with the way all the guilds were in one place. I also enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books and thought they were enjoyable reads.

Dark Horse (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane – 3 STARS

Dark Horse is a reverse harem paranormal book about Fury, a demon, tasked in the afterlife to go back to earth and help sort out three powerful supernatural beings who might end the world. I thought this was a fun read and I’m interested to see where the story goes. There were a few times in the book where Fury was passed around for the guys to ‘mind for her safety’ and that kind of threw me off.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune Book Review

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Colourful Book Covers

Non-Human Main Characters

March Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in April?

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March Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In March:

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Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve – 5 STARS

I loved Reclaimed, I loved the chemistry and banter between Shadow and Mera and I loved that this book focused on the shadow realm instead of on Mera’s pack. I really enjoyed reading about Mera in this book and loved how open her personality is, I can’t wait for the next book.

Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin – 3 STARS – {I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher}

Guard Your Heart is set in modern day Northern Ireland and is a YA contemporary that focuses on the political history of Northern Ireland and shows the effects of it on two teenagers from opposite sides who start up a friendship with each other. I liked the first half of Guard Your Heart but I felt the second half was a bit rushed and had some drama that wasn’t really needed in the story.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – 5 STARS

The House in the Cerulean Sea was just as wonderful as all the hype said it was. I loved this book, I loved how it gradually built up this beautiful story that not only had interesting characters but also amazing themes and messages to it. I loved the writing and think it’s a great story for all ages.

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The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 3 STARS

I’ve been a bit disappointed with this series so far. I love the overall Shadowhunter world and I love Magnus and Alec but this book and the first book in the series felt boring to me. They don’t really feel like a full story, more like short stories and they don’t feel that important to the overall Shadowhunter chronicles. Saying that, I still love the characters and their interactions so that’s why I’ve given it a 3 star.

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – 2 STARS

I was intrigued by this book in the beginning but I gradually grew a bit bored of it and felt like nothing really happened in it. I don’t think this is a bad book, I just didn’t connect with it.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

Easter Readathon TBR 2021

Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams Book Review

Venandi by K.C. Luck Book Review

Books On My Spring TBR 2021

New Beginnings

Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

February Wrap Up 2021

My March Bookstagram Pictures (KylasLibrary):

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What books did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?