So, in July, I read 17 books. Which shocked me so much. I don’t know what happened. But I’m aiming to read five or six this month, and any more is a bonus.
1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments #3
With the threat of war ever growing and looming, some unlikely alliances are made and new relationships blossom, but will it all come crumbling down? City of Glass is the finale of part one of The Mortal Instruments Series, which I have been obsessed with for over a month. I’ve loved City of Bones and City of Ashes, and I’m sure I’ll love City of Glass just as much.
2. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Echo Ridge experienced its first tragic loss in 1995 when high-school senior Sarah Corcoran vanished while walking home from the library. Then five years ago, homecoming queen Lacey Kilduff was found dead in the aptly named Murderland Halloween park. Now, the killer claims to be back. A small town keeps losing its homecoming queens. Two murders, still unsolved. I am SO excited to read this! I loved One of Us is Lying so much last month (check out my blog post for more details), so when I saw the author had a second book out, I almost had a heart attack. I ordered it straight away and I will absolutely fly through it but I am so excited!
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – The Shatter Me Series #1
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever. I’m a sucker for a hyped book, especially if it’s dystopian or fantasy, so here I am. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I’m definitely looking forward to it.
4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle #1
Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble. But this is the year that everything changed for Blue. This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist. This is the year she will fall in love. This is another well hyped book in the bookish community, and so many people have said so many good things about this book and this series as a whole, so I’m really excited to pick it up.
(At the time of writing – Sunday the 4th – I’ve already read two of the books on this list and I’m half way through the third, so I’ll pick a couple more.)
5. Forget Me Not by A. M. Taylor
When Maddie met Nora, their friendship felt as easy as breathing. And when Nora disappeared, all the air went with her. Without her best friend, Maddie’s life becomes impossible. Ten years later, Nora is still missing and Maddie is still searching. People have been questioned. People have even been accused. But no one has managed to find Nora. Then, in the same spot where Nora went missing, the murdered body of Nora’s little sister is found. Convinced this is no coincidence, Maddie resolves to uncover the killer and find Nora – dead or alive. But will she be able to cope, when we learn what really happened to Nora…? I was browsing through books in the charity shop when I came across this, the spine looking splattered with blood intrigued me, and when I read the synopsis, I had to get it. It sounds angsty and mysterious and I’m really excited to read it as I’ve been getting really into murder/mystery books lately.
7. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices #1
When Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of demonhunters. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends. I’ve been obsessed with Cassandra Clare and the Shadowhunter world for over two months now, and I still can’t get enough of it. If you don’t already know, I’m reading all of Cassandra Clare’s books in publication order, and after City of Glass is Clockwork Angel. I don’t know how well I’m going to adjust to the new settings and new characters – specifically the lack of Magnus Bane, my favourite, who I’m guessing isn’t in the book because he’s based in New York – but I’m sure I’ll get used to it and love it as much as I’ve loved Cassie’s last three books I’ve read.
7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen yeers. Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her. Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love. I read The Sun is Also a Star and I really liked it… other than the love at first site – check out my review for more details – so I thought I might as well give her debut novel a go as well. I’m not really a fan of romance books. I’m all for romance in books, but when the relationship is the main focus on a book, not so much. Because of that, I’m not really going in with any expectations of loving it, and I’m just going to see where it takes me. From the synopsis, it doesn’t seem like a love at first sight type of story, because the girl has been locking herself away for so long, no one really sees her. But, overall, I’m optimistic.
I think I’m most excited for City of Glass, Two Can Keep a Secret, and Clockwork Angel, but I think I’ll like all of the books I/Siri have chosen (I count the number of unread books on my shelves and ask siri to pick a number, then read the corresponding book). Be sure to read my August Wrap up – posted 30th August – to hear all my thoughts on the books I’ve read.