It’s that time again! Another month has been and gone, so it’s time for a reading wrap-up!
I managed to read 8 books in June made up of 5 physical books and 3 audio books! But it was a really good reading month as there were loads of 4 and 5 Star reads!
So let’s get to them!
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
This was a nice sequel to Renegades, we got a little further on with the story and I was never bored. But this is definitely a ‘middle of the series’ book – ya know where it’s just trying to give you just enough to keep you going but it doesn’t wanna smash a big reveal? Yeah. That’s Archememies! I enjoyed it, it’s a big book but it didn’t put me off and it never dragged, and [spoiler alert] – they finally kissed! I waited forever in this bok and all of Renegades for it!
It’s a 4 Star rating from me!
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Wow, what a read! It’s so rare that a sequel is just as good as its predecessor! But this took the story already laid out for us in Furyborn and built on it expertly! It was a phenomenal read! The characters are fleshed out, the story (despite us knowing the ending) is still thrilling. It also got me thirsty as fuck! I mean, PHEW this is a sexy book! I’m beyond excited for the third and final installment! I’m a big fan of Legrand and her writing!!
It’s a 5 Star read!
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Yay! Another theme park novel! This is completely charming, and so cute. It’s a bit of fluff and exactly what I needed at the time! There was a fair bit of depth in the story, which isn’t usually the case for contemporary YA. And also, the character’s actually grew in a contemporary YA! Go figure! I really enjoyed it, but the cover bothers me – I mean, it’s GORGEOUS but Nick, the diving pirate (don’t ask) describes himself as ‘a dumb blonde who jumps off stuff for a living’ is shown as brunette on the cover! HOW do you get that wrong? Urgh!
But all in all, 4 Stars!
A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Oh my gosh this book! Some of you know the story of how I got this (The Boof searched an entire YA section with very little to go on to find it for me) so it already meant so much to me, but now I am SO angry with myself for not reading this sooner!
It was sat on my TBR for too long! The only saving grace is that I have less time to wait until the sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, which comes out in January 20202 which is still too long!
But my gosh, this book has re-ignited my love of re-tellings! This is a retelling done SO right! It’s a Beauty and the Beast re-telling – which for me is dangerous territory – but my gosh did this blow me away!
The characters are absolutely incredible, I love them all and the story is completely blowing my mind! I need more of it in my life! I knew very, very little about it going in, and I think that did me the world of good – so I’m gonna leave it there in case you don’t know much about it either! Just…read it!
5 Stars! Duh!
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
I’d seen this all over Instagram because Titan books are pretty good at getting their titles all over my feed, so naturally I caved and bought it.
The premise was actually really intriguing –I liked the whole, demon/witchy vibes going on in a teen horror kind of thing, and the first half is absolutely incredible! I loved where it was going, and the characters were great, the family histories were intriguing and then…it fell flat.
I didn’t think the big reveal was worth it, the characters kinda shifted gear in a bad way, the whole thing kinda just…fell flat I guess. I dunno, I was just underwhelmed by the ending and the whole second half really. Which is a shame, because the first half is great, and Isaac is bae, but it just ended up as, meh.
3 Stars unfortunately.
The Fall of Candy Corn by Debbie Viguié
This is the second in a series (one from each season) and The Summer of Cotton Candy was very cute! Plus, it was a theme park themed book! So yay! Naturally this is set back at The Zone, the fictional theme park, but something was missing here this time.
It just felt like the charm was turned down a bit. Maybe the novelty has worn off for me? Because I know it’s for a much younger age range than what I am, this is very much the Young in Young Adult. I’ll see if the charm has been lost for the series or if this was a bump in the road when I read the winter one, but for now, this was very middle of the road, despite being set in Halloween and autumn time!
3 Stars – an average read.
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
Well, this surprised the hell out of me! No pun intended! I’ve read/listened to one of Shaun David Hutchinson’s other books, The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried and hated it; I gave it a 1 Star review and rating.
But this was great! Not 5 Stars, but pretty good! There’s no real explanation behind why the apocalypse is actually happening, and if it’s actually an apocalypse, we’re left to make up our own minds on that, which is cool. But the characters were likable this time, there was actually a story and I really enjoyed it!
4 Stars! A massive improvement!
Wildcard by Marie Lu
This was no better or worse than Warcross but the focus has definitely shifted in Wildcard. I’m not saying that’s better or worse, it’s just different.
The focus is off of the game itself and on a new conspiracy that runs deeper than our hero, Emika Chen, knows. I still love Emika, and I’m so grateful that the references to her rainbow hair have taken a back seat in Wildcard – I mean, it was constant in Warcross, it was as if it was her whole personality. But it’s only referenced twice (I think) in Wildcard and Emika actually has more of a personality.
I could have done without the romance, it just doesn’t do it for me and I’ve no reason to be invested in it. But overall the story was pretty good – nothing outstanding but it wasn’t a disappointment. So that’s nice.
3 Stars from me.
And that’s it! That was my reading wrap-up for June! I’ve also done a video on this if you’d prefer to watch it when it’s out! Click here to visit my YouTube channel!
Let’s hope next month’s wrap-up is just as good!
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