Thursday 3 August 2017

July Wrap Up and August TBR

I had one hell of a reading month. I read all the books. Five of them were actually rereads, while I usually don't include rereads in my wrap up, I'm too proud of myself for these to not include them. I have reviews up for most of these, you can find my reviews here.

1. City of Bones

 I gave this book 4.5 stars. City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series, one of the original series's that I love. We go way back, I hadn't read this series since before the movie came out. It's been a while since I read the series, so I decided to do a reread this summer which is going pretty well. 

2. City of Vikings 

I gave this book 4 stars. I got an ARC of this through the author. I liked the story a lot, the premise was really intriguing. What pushed it down a star was my own inability to connect with the characters. I've seen other people reviews and they don't seem to have the same problem so I think it really is just a personal thing. Otherwise it was a good book.

3. City of Ashes 

I gave this book 4.5 stars. This book was way better than I remember it being. I did not like this book the first time I read it, well not that much anyway. Funny, i still gave it 5 stars back then despite not liking it that much. This second read made me truly appreciate the story, I loved it.

4. The Game Plan 

I gave this book 4 stars. The author somehow crafts the most hilarious characters and then puts them in the most ridiculous circumstances. i always really enjoy her novels. Amazing.

5. Double Dare 

I gave this book 3 stars. Not as good as some of the authors previous works, but still pretty enjoyable.

6. Jewel of Atlantis

I gave this book 4 stars. I will pretty much read anything Gena Showalter writes. I don't think there is anything else to say other than I enjoyed reading this book.

7. The Nymph King 

I gave this book 4 stars. I liked this book the best from this series. I don't know what it was about this book, but it was a solid A.

8. The Vampire’s Bride 

I gave this book 3 stars. Didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. It dragged a little bit, but it wasn't terrible. I liked the writing style enough that I didn't want to gauge my eyes out while reading it.

9. Mask of Shadows 

I gave this book 4.5 stars. I didn't really know what to expect from this story. It was action packed and Sal was such a relatable main character. I can't tell if it's more character driven or more plot driven.

10. The Amazon’s Curse 

I gave this book 3 stars. Just a little short story after the events of The Vampire's Bride. I feel like me not really liking either is because I don't really care for the Amazons. They're kind of annoying instead of having substance.

11. City of Glass 

I gave this book 5 stars. I can't say much considering this is the third book. It's great let's just leave it at that.

12. The Struggle 

I gave this book 4.5 stars. Felt more like a filler book between book 2 and book 4, but it was an enjoyable filler book. I don't mind, i just wish more had happened.

13. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts 

I gave this book 3.5 stars. Finally time travel shown in a way that isn't completely flawed. If you don't know what I'm talking about I mean that the one main issue with time travel is bacteria. If someone from our day were to travel back in time, they would unleash their modern day bacteria on the people of the passed and probably start a plague of some sort. While this series has a long way to go, it was still pretty good and I liked the characters. 

14. Daughter of Deep Silence 

I gave this book 5 stars. This book just came out of left field. I bought this book because it was like 6 dollars hardcover and it sounded okay. I read this book in maybe two sittings (I can't sit still for long) and I loved every moment of it. Must read.

15. Because of Lila 

I gave this book 2 stars. I was very enraged by this one. I had a very short rant like review that I didn't even bother posting on my blog because it wasn't that long, but if you want to read it I'll post it here and you can read it if you like, if not just skip to number 16.

This isn’t even a review, this is a rant. In the synopsis we are led to believe that two characters are going to be together and that just doesn’t happen. Well it does, but only for the first 3 or 4 chapters and then the story just goes in a completely different direction. Honestly, is the beginning and the rest of the novel even the same book? I loved the Rosemary Beach series and the Sea Breeze Series, but this spin off series just isn’t doing it for me. I feel like the author is basing our understanding of the characters’s dilemma’s off of our love of their parents. It isn’t working, I can’t be understanding of what these characters are doing no matter how much I love their parents. Also, you know how much I detest love triangles and this had a love triangle in it’s most atrocious form.

With all that said I didn’t completely hate it, I still love Abbi Glines’s writing style so no matter how angry I got at the characters I couldn’t stop reading, so it got two stars instead of one.

16. The Knocked Up Plan

 I gave this book 4 stars. I gave it four stars but as of right now I don't actually remember anything that happened. It was a good book from what I can recall though. There was no major flaw that made me hate it, so that's good.

17. Scandal Never Sleeps 

I gave this book 4.5 stars. Another latest obsession of mine. I just figured I would read a smutty romance just for fun, but then it got too real too quickly. There was this huge mystery element that three books in, still hasn't been solved and I'm hooked. it is so good.

18. City of Fallen Angels

I gave this book 4.5 stars. A bit slower than City of Glass, but this is the first book of the new story arc, so that is expected. 

19. Seduction in Session 

I gave this book 4 stars. Not as good as the first book as I found Lana to be a bit annoying at first, but it did grow on me after a bit of dragging.

20. City of Lost Souls 

I gave this book 5 stars. So technically I did finish this book in August, but I read most of it in July and I finished it before this wrap up was posted. So I'm counting it. This book is still my favorite of the series. It's weird how the pages go from 509 to 511.

Onto my August TBR!!! I feel like everyone is doing ARC August, and I guess I could do that, but I don't actually want to. I'm gonna stick with my regular routine of reading one smutty romance on my computer that I may or may not mention in my blog, one physical book, and one ARC at a time. I am a creature of habit.

1. City of Heavenly Fire and the Infernal Devices Trilogy

I just didn't feel like writing all the book titles out.

2. Rowan Wood Legends

I got the ARC for this from Netgalley and I am really excited.

3. Fallen Heir

I'm obsessed. This series is amazing.

That's it! What books do you guys plan to read in August?


  1. HOLY CRAP you've read sooooo much!


    1. They're really amazing. I get so much nostalgia reading them again.