August Wrap Up:
12. Wanted by Betsy Schow: My one big disappointment this month. I do have a full review of this which will be linked below. I really enjoyed the first book despite its few flaws but this was just not a good read. I didn't connect with the characters or the story and I got bored which is never great.
11. Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott: This was fast paced and enjoyable with a sweet romance. Again, full review linked below. This wasn't a perfect book and I did have a few issues but for the most part it was a lot of fun to read and I definitely recommend it.
10. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: This is one I enjoyed and was disappointed in for the very same reason. It's very reminiscent of Six of Crows. Obviously there is a Six of Crows shaped hole in my life at the moment so I was pretty excited about that aspect but equally it suffers in comparison - and the comparison is inevitable. As a fantasy story it works quite well and I did love the characters.
9. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang: I loved to hate the main characters of this. It was one of those times where them being massively unlikable actually made me like the book more. The mystery was also really good, I just wish there had been a little more historical atmosphere because that was something that was definitely lacking.
8. Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko: A thrilling adventure novel. The military aspect was intriguing although I don't have a huge amount of knowledge in that area. The romance was lacking a lot but the action itself was superb.
7. Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs: Really, really fun superhero/supervillain novel. Loved the whole concept and the characters were super entertaining and likable. I definitely want to read the sequel.
6. Invictus by Ryan Graudin: I got an ARC of this at YALC and I was OMG SO EXCITED about it - for good reason it turns out. This was excellent. I'm really bad at wrapping my head around time travel but Graudin did a good job of explaining it so that I never felt lost. I will have a post for this going up in September nearer the release date!
5. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee: All the fun of Buffy packaged into a book and featuring Chinese mythology. The romance was adorable but didn't overpower the book, the action was fun and I laughed out loud a few times which I rarely do.
4. Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter: The best depiction of social anxiety and selective mutism that I've ever read. Absolutely loved this, the main character was younger than I usually read but I loved her.
3. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes: I didn't know what to expect from this book so I was pleasantly surprised and blown away! All the POVs were excellent and engaging, the plot was so interesting and the writing was gorgeous. Definitely want to read The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly very soon.
2. The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi: Christine Nolfi is just one of the nicest authors and her books are incredible. If you like contemporary romance at all then I definitely recommend picking them up. This is the sequel/companion to Sweet Lake (also excellent) and I am very happy she sent me a copy for review! (review below).
1. Hunted by Meagan Spooner: Russian mythology combined with a Beauty and the Beast retelling from one of the authors of the Starbound trilogy was always going to be a book I had high expectations for and I am so, so glad it lived up to them. The writing was so beautiful! I need more from Meagan Spooner.
Reviews Posted This Month:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge: 173/250 - 69%
There are so many books releasing in September that I don't have even a hope of actually organising a TBR so I'll probably just pick up pre-orders as they come/read whatever grabs my interest.