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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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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?

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February Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In February:

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Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1) by Sandy Williams – REREAD – 4 STARS
Shades of Honor (Anomaly #2) by Sandy Williams – REREAD – 5 STARS
Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams – 4 STARS

I read the first two books in this trilogy years ago and loved them but it had been quite a while since I first read them so I decided to reread them before I read the third and final book in the trilogy that released last month. I enjoyed my reread of them and I also really enjoyed Shades of Allegiance. I love the relationship between Ash and Rykas and how it grew over the books.

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – 4 STARS

The premise and story of The Midnight Library was very intriguing and I loved the overall themes of the book. I didn’t feel as emotionally attached to the characters or story as I expected to be but I did enjoy reading this book.


Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May – 4 STARS

This was a fun space adventure story and I liked reading it. I liked the characters and thought their back stories were very intriguing and I liked how they all ended up together.


Venandi by K.C. Luck – 4 STARS

Venandi is a short paranormal romance about a famous movie director who is secretly a vampire. She’s contracted to making a vampire thriller movie and ends up feeling a growing attraction to the main female lead in the movie. I liked this short story and I liked the chemistry between Saxon and Faye, I wish the book was slightly longer so we could read more scenes with the characters. I really liked the back story of Saxon and how she came to be a vampire.

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Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

It took me a while to warm up to the story in this book since it starts off with Mera (the mc), a wolf shifter who has been abused most of her life by her pack and we’re told how much she is taunted and hurt by them every day and how she wants to run away from them. I do feel like the beginning is the weakest part of the book but it definitely gets a lot better as it goes on especially when the Shadow Beast was introduced and we get to see Mera finding out more about the world in this book.


I Had That Same Dream Again: The Complete Manga Collection by Yoru Sumino and illustrated by Izumi Kirihara – 3 STARS

I liked this story and thought the overall themes of ‘what is happiness’ were great and I loved how Nanoka (the mc) was trying to figure it out. It took me a while before I felt emotionally invested in the story, it wasn’t really until the last parts of the book that I began I feel for the main character.

 

Blog Posts I Did In February:


My Favourite Book Couple Part 2

Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko Book Review

Book Characters That Made Me Laugh

Books Written Before I Was Born

Julie and the Phantoms Bookish Tag

Purple Books

Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1) by Sandy Williams Book Review

Shades of Honor (Anomaly #2) by Sandy Williams Book Review

January Wrap Up 2021

 

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

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December Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In December:

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The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I’ve been disappointed in the recent BDB books and I felt the same with this book. I’ve originally given it a 3 star but the more I think about it the more it feels like a 2 star read to me. I was a bit bored by the overall story and didn’t really care for the main couple or think they had much chemistry.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s one of my favourites of the year. I loved the writing and the cosy winter feels it had. I really liked Freya and loved reading about her finding her place in the world.

Protecting Her Mate (The Nightstar Shifters #2) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

I thought this was an okay read but I think I liked the first book in this series slightly more than this one. I thought the couple had more chemistry in the first book, which is most likely true because Marley and Zara were best friends but in this book Robin and Heather meet for the first time and since it’s a short book the relationship doesn’t feel as developed as the first book. I also prefer the overall story of the first book too but like I said, this was still an okay read for me.

Blog Posts I Did In December:

Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited For

My Winter TBR 2020

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood Book Review

Wintry Book Titles

Tis the Season Book Tag

Cosy Christmas Book Tag

November 2020 Wrap Up

What books did you read in December?

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August Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In August:

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The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought it was cute and fun with Saoirse and Ruby talking about films and likening their romance to scenes from films. I also liked that it wasn’t only fun and cute but that it had a deeper more complex storyline under it with the main character dealing with her mother having early onset dementia and her fears that she might get it too.

Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik – 5 STARS

I’ve really liked the Consortium Rebellion trilogy and I think my favourite of the trilogy would have to be this book. It follows Catarina, the youngest member of the von Hasenberg High House, and I really liked her character. I also liked the romance and how it starts off as an act but then develops into more. I’m sad this trilogy is over because I really wanted to read more about the characters of these books.

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – 5 STARS

I loved Cinderella Is Dead, it puts a very original twist on an old classic. The book is thought provoking and I loved how it made me think about the original Cinderella story. I loved the themes and messages of this book and I liked how Sophia wasn’t afraid to stand up and make a change. You can find my full review of it here.

I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness by Yuki Fumino – 4 STARS

I really like this manga and I love how the relationship between the characters is developing. I love their interactions between each other and how different they are from each other. I liked finding out more of what Taichi wants to do in his life and I can’t wait to continue on with the series.

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Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer – 4.5 STARS

Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer – 4.5 STARS

Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer – 4.5 STARS

I thought I’d talk about this trilogy overall instead of individually since I read them all back to back. I loved this trilogy and I can’t believe how quickly I flew through these books especially since two of them are over 500 pages. I was so immersed into the superhero world of the Renegades and I thought the storyline was very captivating. I loved all the talk of different super powers and really liked how the plot progressed with each book. This trilogy definitely surprised me as I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, I’m glad I read it.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn Book Review

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron Book Review

Summer Vibes Book Tag

Books With Colours in the Titles

Books That Should Be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

Catching Up On Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Series

I read a lot of great books in August, all of them were either a four or a five star and I’m very happy about that. What books did you read in August?