Hey everyone! Today is my July Wrap Up and August TBR. I did pretty well this month, I read 9 books and 2 ARC samplers. Since there’s so much to talk about, let’s get right into it!
(Also trying very hard not to spoil anything!)
July Wrap Up
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
I enjoyed this one but I think it was only because I read the novel before this graphic novel. I didn’t feel it was nearly as strong as the actual novel, so I ended up being a little disappointed. Overall though it was a fun read and it got the general gist of the story.
Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter by Louise Pentland
While it was put together in a very nice way, this book had the same issues that Fleur de Force’s book, The Glam Guide had. Despite the great advice she gives on her channel, none of it made it into her book. It was very simple, very light, and very much meant for an extremely young audience. Still, it was very beautiful and would be perfect for a young teen to read.
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I had enjoyed the first book of the series but this one really dragged along for me. I think part of the reason I didn’t enjoy it as much is that I read the first book around two years ago, so it took awhile to remember who was who and what was going on. Even after that though I struggled to keep my attention on the book.
What I did like in the book was that she was making smarter decisions on ruling and accepting the people around her as her friends. I also really enjoyed the parts of the story of Lily, although they didn’t really seem to have much of a point to them besides explaining the Crossing. It is a much darker story than The Queen of the Tearling and deals with a lot of issues (self-harm, rape, etc.) so it didn’t shy away harsher elements.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Even though this is a middle grade book I picked it up from the library as I received a sampler of the second book in the series at Book Con and I wanted to read it. It was very cute and very easy to read. The book opens very nicely explaining Serafina’s life and helping the reader understand who she is very quickly. As it’s a shorter book than I’m used to reading so the plot moved quickly, Serafina sees the Man with the Black Cloak and sets out to stop him almost immediately. I’m excited to see what happens in the next book.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I really enjoyed this one! I really liked the new characters of Aedion, Manon, Rowan, and a lot of the characters that came with them. (I didn’t like Sorscha though.) I loved Celaena/Aelin so much in this book as well because of her abilities and her dedication to controlling them. Chaol and Dorian, however, were not quite as interesting although I’m excited to see what happens when everyone is in the same town.
Normally with this series each new book I read because my favorite of the series. Unfortunately I didn’t get that from this book, although I still liked it. Just not as much as it’s predecessors. I’m very happy I read The Assassin’s Blade before this one though, as there are many, many references in this book back to those stories.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This book started SO SLOW but it got much, much better as it went on. Not only was the story good, but the format was so unique and really helped me get into the spirit of the story. The two main characters are on different spaceships after their planet is attacked and we see not only their correspondence to each other, but other documents, virtual conversations, and plans. Everyone has a different agenda on how to proceed on these ships under the threat of attack and it’s really interesting to see how everything unravels. Because of the format you don’t get a lot of explanations, you have to read between the lines and use context clues to figure out the world but overall it’s a very fun read.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
This was a great comic! Unfortunately I really don’t enjoy comics that much so I didn’t rate it 5 stars but I thought it was pretty great. Kamala is a great character, challenging rules and statements that she doesn’t think are right and being such a diverse character. Kamala is Muslim, as are the people around her. I felt that the other characters were full of stereotypes, such as the brother that is extremely religious and yet judgmental, a “dumb” blonde who knows next to nothing of Muslim culture, and so on. Even so, Kamala forged ahead and gain the powers that made her into Ms. Marvel. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
I absolutely loved Queen of Shadows. Celaena, now only known as Aelin, is back and she prepares to take down the king with her friends. I loved most of the old characters, the only thing I didn’t agree with was the Aelin/Choal weirdness. (They did spend most of Heir of Fire wishing they could speak to each other didn’t they? Or am I just imagining that?) The new character of Elide was a little too cowardly for me but I didn’t hate her. Manon’s story was equally as interesting to me, if not more, in this book and Dorian’s portion of the story was gripping. Nesyrn, Lysandra, and Arobynn’s characters also made the story so much more enjoyable.
Now, this book did take a bit longer to get into. It did go slowly at first, but I also attribute part of that to the fact that I was still thinking about the book I read previously, which I loved even more, that I’ll talk about next.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Hands down my favorite book of the month, ACOMAF was amazing! I actually wasn’t really looking forward to this book. I had liked ACOTAR but the Throne of Glass series was grabbing more of my attention. After Heir of Fire I decided to take a break from Celaena’s story to get back to Feyre’s. In ACOTAR I had liked Tamlin a lot, but, like everyone else seems to have done, I hated him in ACOMAF because of his overbearing and controlling actions towards Feyre. Luckily Rhysand came in and got Feyre out of the Spring Court.
In ACOTAR the Spring Court was the only one we saw until the Feyre arrived Under the Mountain. However, comparing the Spring Court to the Night Court, Tamlin is much more a dictator while Rhysand has a council of his friends that he trusts around him to help him make decisions. Along the way Feyre gets to chose what happens to her and how she’ll proceed in the face of danger, something she would have not gotten with Tamlin. I loved the new characters at the Night Court and that Feyre still got to see her sisters in this book. The ending was amazing too and I can’t wait for the next book. Hurry up Sarah J. Maas and 2017! I need the next book!
Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer
October 25th, 2016
This sampler was really fun for me and I plan to read the full book when it’s released. In one of the scenes Tony reflects on his relationship with his father who wants Tony to focus on making weapons when Tony really just wants to make the world a better place. I’m excited to see how this continues.
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
July 12th, 2016
The sampler is very simple, pretty much just Serafina reflecting on the events of the previous book and how her life has changed since them. I’m excited to see what happens in this one though given the revelations at the end of the first book!
I read 6 of the 12 books on my July TBR so I think half of a very ambitious list is pretty good! I have another long list again that I don’t think I’ll finish but here they are.
Here’s the books I do want to read:
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (only read a bit more in July)
- La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (did not read any more but I need to finish this one at some point)
- Loving and Leaving Washington by John Yochelson (this book sits on my desk so I can read it when I get the chance – unfortunately we were busy in July so I didn’t get too far but it’s an ARC with a release in August so I really want to finish this one)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (did not start – from July TBR)
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (did not start – from July TBR)
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (did not start – from July TBR)
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (did not start – from July TBR)
- Hawkeye. My life as a weapon – by Matt Fraction
- Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
- Deadlly class. 1, 1987 Reagan youth by Rick Remender
- The gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
- Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (about half way done, I really should have finished it in July but I’ve been too busy to read this week)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (obviously!)
And that’s by July Wrap Up and August TBR! Let me know what books you’ve been enjoying in the comments!
Thanks for reading!