August Wrap Up

This month I’ve read 8 books this month, which I’m really impressed with. There’s been a lot of ups, but a couple of downs as well. There’s 5 5 star books and I think there was 3 DNFs (Did Not Finish).

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments #3

I really liked it. A lot. Come to think of it, I think I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to after City of Ashes let me down a bit. I love the character building, and had a whole new love for Alec and Magnus as individuals, they’re definitely my favourite in the series so far. Simon, who has irritated me to no end in the first two books, didn’t annoy me senseless in this one, and I don’t know whether I’m relieved or not. I just love Cassandra Clare and her writing and I think I will for eternity. 5 stars, because it was a very satisfying conclusion.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

I have a whole post dedicated to this:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – The Shatter Me Series #1

I don’t have words really. I’m not sure how this book made me feel, how it made me feel this way, or anything. I am totally lost for words. I was completely absorbed in the story from page 1, and I didn’t even realise I was near the end until I finished it really. I was so utterly engrossed in this story and I don’t think that’s ever happened before. I hated who I was supposed to, loved who I was supposed to, everything. Tahereh Mafi had me wrapper around her little finger, and I don’t mind one bit. The choice to not have commas where there should have been commas was so genius: when Juliette was panicking and thoughts were racing through her head, the words were racing through mine. I truly felt like I was in her head, or I was in the predicament myself. This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year, and I will definitely be reading Destroy Me very soon. 5 stars, all the way.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle #1

I got about half way through this book and I thought to myself what am I doing? I wasn’t really enjoying it. I didn’t think the search for Glendower or the whole ley lines theory were interesting and they were the only things driving the plot forward. The only character I only really liked was Adam; Gansey was pretentious and annoying, Ronan was, well, just Ronan, I don’t know, and all I really knew about Blue was that she was sad she wasn’t psychic like the rest of her family and I just didn’t care for them. I think I’m going to try carry on reading it later in the month, or in a couple of months, but right now, I don’t really want to.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Red Goblin by Dan Slott

This book wasn’t on my TBR, but my dad bought it for us to read and it has Carnage in it, so, of course, I picked it up almost immediately. Basically all you need to know is that Norman Osborn, the human alter-ego of Green Goblin, steals the Carnage symbiote and binds himself to it to become stronger, creating Red Goblin. He has all of the strengths and none of the weaknesses of both entities, so he’s unstoppable, really. I really liked this. The sadistic side of Carnage mixed with the egotistical Green Goblin made it such a fun read, even though there was nothing fun about what he was doing. It was captivating and saw a whole range of heroes from the Spider-verse (including Miles Morales, who I love, because he’s so pure and innocent). Definitely 5 stars!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I wasn’t really expecting to like this book as much as I did, but when I think about it, I enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star a lot, just not the insta-love. I loved the multi-media incorporated within the story, and the ending was so lovely. I think that I thought it would be another insta-love story, but it wasn’t, the relationship grew and developed over the span of a couple of months, which is my favourite type of romance. My only issue was that I cried a lot, but that was mostly due to external circumstances, the book was like 95% happy and cute so I don’t know. I gave it 5 stars because it was a really easy and carefree read.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle #1

I’m going to listen to the rest of this book on audio just so I can finish it. After talking to a couple of people who’ve read the whole series, they’ve said that it picks up but not really until the third book and I really don’t think I can force my way through The Dream Thieves as well as The Raven Boys.

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet – The Divine Cities #1

Honestly, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was how long it took me to get through. Oh, and Shara being the biggest know-it-all grated on me quite a lot. The plot was intricate, all of the characters were really fleshed out. And Sigrud is the most adorable, gentle giant ever and everyone deserves a Sigrud. He got stuff done, but was still so wholesome. I cried at the ending, it was really nice, and so sad. The lack of romance was so refreshing. It’s so difficult trying not to say any spoilers because all of the plot twists and spoilers were my favourite moments! 5 stars. Give me the sequel.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle #1

I promise this is the last time you’ll see this book in this post, because I finished it. The ending low-key made me want to read book 2, but I’ll probably just pick up the audiobook for it. Near the end, things got intense, so I switched back to the physical copy to fully, like, appreciate it. Adam is my favourite, and will always be my favourite. What a precious little soul. I don’t know what to think about Ronan though. I gave it 3 stars, because the ending kind of saved it.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices #1

Honestly, what isn’t there to love about this book. I loathe Will, I don’t even care. He’s an awful person. He may be nice and cute with Tessa but I wouldn’t want someone who’s so awful to everyone else around him. Victorian London is my favourite thing, and Shadowhunters are my everything. Combine them, and you have Clockwork Angel. Jessamine also annoyed me to no end, and it hurt to have such a brat bare the same name as me, and drag the nice Jess’ of the world down. One of my new favourites, definitely a new favourite series. I’m so excited to get Clockwork Prince in the post in the next week. 5 stars, because Goodreads only goes up to 5.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows #1

I was so excited to read this book. I’d heard nothing but good things about it for months and when I saw it in my library I had to pick it up. But then I started reading it and I was so confused. I’ve never been so confused reading a book. In the first 10 pages so many unfamiliar terms were thrown at me and there was no explanation as to what it meant in the slightest. Being the first book in a series I expected at least SOMETHING to explain what the hell was going on and there wasn’t. After speaking to some other people who’d read and loved it, I found out that it was supposed to be written that way, and you learn what it all means as you carry on, but I think there’s a very specific way that needs to be done for me to enjoy it, and this just isn’t it. So, yeah, I stopped reading after literally 10 pages.

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

This was my next audio book after finishing The Raven Boys. And I was really enjoying it. But the first quarter of the book that I listened to was written in text/email format, which was quite difficult to listen to. So I decided I’m going to stop listening to the audio book, and pick up the physical book in a couple of months, when I’ve read more of the books I already own. But I really enjoyed what I did listen to, and I’m very excited to get the book.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – The Strange the Dreamer Series #1

This is my last book of the month, and I’ve not finished it at the time of posting, but I’m including it because I already love it, and I’m not even half way through. The writing is so lyrical and beautiful, and Lazlo is the most adorable, little bean ever and he needs protecting at all costs. The story is quite slow paced, but I knew that going in, and it’s a really nice break from all of the fast paced fantasy I’m used to reading. I can’t wait to read the rest of it and move onto Muse of Nightmares.

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