June has been my best month for reviews yet! 14 total – that’s just over 3 per week. *phew!* As of right now, I have two reviews scheduled for next week – and then I’ll be caught up on all the books I’ve finished that I’m also planning to review. Next week is the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon, too, so I’ll have plenty more books read and ready to review soon! :D I’ve also read quite a few other books that I’m not planning to post a full review of, though, so I’m thinking about doing the occasional “un-review” (?) post just so I can talk about those briefly, too… We’ll see where that goes.
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I decided to slightly change the format of the Review Recap to make it easier on me every month: Just a straightforward list of all reviews, plus excerpts from my top five most popular reviews of the month – so be sure to check those out, if nothing else! ;)
The Eternity Cure, by Julie Kagawa – ★★★½
Outcast, by Adrienne Kress – ★★★
The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau – DNF (Q&A write-up!)
The Rules, by Stacey Kade – ★★★★
The Summer I Became a Nerd, by Leah Rae Miller – ★★★★
Spirit, by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★★½
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★½
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★½
One, by Leigh Ann Kopans – ★★★
Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★★!!!
*In the After (Review + GIVEAWAY), by Demetria Lunetta – ★★★★
Splintered, by A.G. Howard – ★★★★½
Being Henry David, by Cal Armistead – ★★★★½
Click the titles above to view my full review,
or read below for excerpts of the top 5 posts this month.
The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau – DNF Q&A
One of the main reasons I try and power through a book that I’m not enjoying is so that I can write an informed and thorough review. But there’s always that part of me that says, Why are you doing this?! You’re not enjoying it, and look at your TBR pile! So I’ll DNF the book, and consider that time pretty much wasted… But then I realized that I actually like reading people’s thoughts on books that they DNF’ed. Just like with negative reviews, I like finding out the reasons why someone disliked a book, so I can inform my own book-buying decisions. Continue reading →
In the After, by Demetria Lunetta (Review + GIVEAWAY!)
All in all, I really enjoyed In the After. The best parts, for me, were Amy and Baby, and their friendship and survival story in Part One. The middle was a little awkward with the time-jumps and so-so characters, but the ending totally paid off with twists and turns that made for an exciting conclusion. I would definitely recommend In the After to anyone who enjoys alien-invasion or “zombie books” (I’m not a zombie-book fan, but I think there are elements here that would appeal to those who are). And of course, anyone who enjoys a good post-apocalyptic, dystopian survival story. Continue reading →
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is probably my newest favorite author. In Shadow and Bone, she was able to craft a world that I found to be rich and totally engaging. Ravka is based on Russia. And while I don’t know a lot about the country or Russian society in general, I thought Leigh did an amazing job crafting a detailed fantasy-/alternate-history sort of world, without getting bogged down in any overly detailed descriptions or info-dumping about said world. Leigh’s writing is accessible and her descriptions are beautiful – just enough to let my imagination run wild with this world, and I loved it. Continue reading →
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss is definitely a book that fans of contemporary romance should check out (or maybe I’m the last one standing? Everyone has already read this, haven’t they? lol). But even if this genre isn’t normally your thing, I would highly recommend giving this a try anyway if you’re ever looking for a sweet, lighter story. The characters are great, the writing is engaging and often funny… It’s just a good book, which I think would appeal to many readers. Continue reading →
Outcast, by Adrienne Kress
I wish this book had been as awesome as the cover, to be completely honest. It was okay, and I enjoyed Riley’s narration and the other characters, but felt like there was a lack of substance that would’ve made the characters and emotional arcs really shine. I’d definitely recommend checking out this book if you’re looking for something different in the “angels” category, but only if you’re okay with a lighter read, with a rather simple resolution. Continue reading →