September Wrap-Up

Instead of a Monday Edition of my #currentreads (mostly because my books are pretty much the same reads as my last posted one), I am going to do my September wrap-up. I had a very good month, finishing 10 books! Here are my ratings for each one, and all reviews were previously posted unless indicated otherwise.

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Scary Out There by Jonathan Maberry ~ 2/5⭐️

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer ~ 5/5⭐️

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ 4/5⭐️

Half-Blood (The Covenant, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout  ~ 4/5⭐️

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas ~ 5/5⭐️

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas ~ 5/5⭐️

The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich ~ 4/5⭐️

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse ~ 1/5⭐️

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron ~ 5/5⭐️ (Just realized that if somehow never posted a review of this one, so this should be up within the next few days!)

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig ~ 4/5⭐️

The Graveyard Apartment: A Novel by Mariko Koike ~ 3/5⭐️ (Review is not yet posted, but will be going up later today.)

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I would love to hear your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them, and let me know of any good ones you’ve finished or are reading!

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My (late) August Wrap-Up!

This is a few weeks late (as most of my posts seem to be of late…), but here is my August Wrap-up!

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I finished 6 books in the month of August).

Here are the ratings for the books I completed.

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by  Cassandra Clare ~ 5/5⭐️ *I was so happy to be able to read another book set in the Shadowhunters’ world, and this “new” set of characters were able to find a place in my heart so that I am dying to see more of them!!
What the Dead Want by Norah Olson ~ 1/5⭐️ *This was such a disappointment for me, considering how much I enjoy books of the supernatural variety, but unfortunately this one I just did not like.
November Rain (Bad Bloods, #1) by Shannon A. Thompson ~ 4/5⭐️ *I really liked this book and found it to be more original, plot-wise, then a lot of YA books I’ve read in recent years. I’ll have to make sure to read part 2 of Bad Bloods to see how this cliffhanger continues!
And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Keirsten White ~ 4/5⭐️ *This was such a cool book! Albeit, the first half was pretty slow for me, but the second blew my mind! The MC, Lada, is one of the more fascinating characters I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait to read more about her.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer ~ 4/5⭐️ *Yes, I boarded the Lunar Chronicles train a million years too late, but I’ve finally climbed aboard (yup, I’m really going with this train analogy) to find that I did like this book and will be sure to continue on with this series!
The Graces (The Graces, #1) by Laure Eve  ~ 2/5⭐️ *I really really disliked the MC, Rain, and if not for the fact that I feel like I have to see what happened after the cliffhanger that ended this book…I probably would not have given this 2 stars – and would not be subjecting myself to another book about her – but cliffhangers be getting the best of me at times.

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Would love to hear any thoughts if you’ve read any of these, and what books you’ve finished in the month of August that I should be sure to add to my TBR! (If I haven’t already, that is.)

 

My July Wrap-up

 

This is a few days late, but here is my July Wrap-up!

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I finished 7 books in the month of July (one managed to not make the picture 😬).

Here are the ratings for the books I completed.

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Dream On (The Silver Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier ~ 4/5⭐️ *I absolutely loved Gier’s Precious Stone trilogy, so it was a no-brainer that I’d have to read the Silver Trilogy. I am dying to read the last one, because I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS!!

Falling by Jane Green ~ 4/5⭐️ *I rarely read books from the Women’s Fiction category anymore, but Green has always been an author I’d liked from the genre. I liked this one a lot, and it’ll definitely surprise you, though I will only say that much, so you’ll have to find out what I’m talking about when you read it!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco ~ 4/5⭐️ *I really enjoyed Maniscalco’s writing! I love reading books based on the Ripper, and seeing how people incorporate the horror that he inflicted, but in a way that doesn’t make it out to be a B-movie slasher. This book was clever, and the strong heroine makes for an exciting read!

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige ~ 3/5⭐️ *I am sad to say that this book did not wow me in the way that Paige’s Dorothy series did. Stealing Snow bordered on ridiculous with the amount of love interests, and the fact that I almost couldn’t keep track of where the heck she was at the moment! But I can’t help but be interested in where this series is going, so I will definitely be reading the next book. (I plan on posting a review of this book closer to the release date.)

The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab ~ 4/5⭐️ *This was my first book from Schwab, and I’m sorry that I’m late to the party! I enjoyed this book, and since I will have a review going up tomorrow for it, I won’t be adding more thoughts on this one.

Fate of Flames (Effigies #1) by Sarah Raughley  ~ 4/5⭐️ *This was definitely an exciting read! I loved the concept of four “super” girls who each have the ability to fight the evil creatures plaguing the world, and I loved that they aren’t who you’d expect world saviors to be, but like anyone, they’re learning. 

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Girl in the Shadows (Girl on a Wire #2) by Gwenda Bond ~ 3/5⭐️ *I didn’t much care for the instalove in this book, and a lot of it stemmed from the fact that I didn’t trust the guy. It wasn’t necessarily because of him doing anything to warrant it, but because I think it’s ridiculous to be so ‘all-in’ with someone you barely know! I’m not sure when she even learned his last name…anyway, my hang ups may not be the same as yours, so you should still check this book out if you’re into books about circuses and magicians.

May Wrap-Up!


My May Wrap-up!

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I finished 10 books in the month of May (the two not pictured are e-books), which I think is a pretty good number if I may say so myself.

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell ~ 3/5⭐️

I enjoyed the horror aspect of this novel, but there were several things I just didn’t like. Check out my previous post for my review of this!

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by Cassandra Clare ~ 5/5⭐️

The third book of the TMI series has to be my absolute favorite. I loved Tessa, and couldn’t get enough of her world!

No Love Allowed (Dodge Cove #1) by Kate Evangelista ~ 3/5⭐️

I wanted to love this more than I did, but it had some shining moments, which is why u wasn’t completely stingy with my stars.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater ~ 5/5⭐️

I enjoyed learning more about Ronan, he is such a tough, secretive personality that you can’t help but be curious about him.

Dream House: A Novel by CutiePieMarzia by Marzia Bisognin ~ 2/5⭐️

I didn’t really like this one. The only reason I was generous enough to give it two stars was because I liked that though the author was a YouTuber, she came up with something original story. It was unfortunate that I didn’t like how it was written, and forced myself to finish this book.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw ~ 5/5⭐️

Loved this book! I really had fun reading this and enjoyed the humor in this.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare ~ 5/5⭐️

Okay, so even though Jace is a dork who needs saving every five minutes, I can’t help but to love these books, and enjoy reading them.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater ~ 5/5⭐️

This was the first book I’d read from Stiefvater (I know! I haven’t read her other series 😬) and I can’t believe I’d never read any before, because I loved the way she writes. She’s definitely very good at what she does!

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How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler ~ 4/5⭐️

What a book! The ending is well-worth reading this!

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon ~ 4/5⭐️

With this book, I found that I actually do enjoy mystery/thrillers, and am more open to checking out more books in the genre.

April Wrap-Up!

I finished eight books in April, which is more than I thought, considering how busy this month had been for me, so this was a nice surprise when I’d rounded them up.

The Memory of Light – Francisco X. Stork

~ 3.5/5⭐️ – I liked the real-life issues presented in this book, and how it didn’t turn mental illness into some kind of fluffy “find yourself” piece. The author drew on his own experience with depression, and you can tell that he knew what it felt alike.

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) – Richelle Mead

~ 3.75/5⭐️ – Admittedly not the best from Mead. We all expected a book like the Vampire Academy series, but VA this was not. Personally though, I still liked this book.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

~ 5/5⭐️ – Probably one of my favorites in the whole Shadowhunter series (I haven’t read Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) yet, so it doesn’t count). I really love Tessa a million times more than Clary, and I love her development.

What You Always Wanted (If Only … #8) – Kristin Rae

~ 5/5⭐️ – I just loved the flow of this book. This was such a cute story, and I loved the constant references to Gene Kelly, one of my favorite classic movie stars.

Curio (Curio #1)Evangeline Denmark

~ 4/5⭐️ – This was a cool, new concept for me. A curio cabinet with a world of porcelain and clockwork (not quite the clockwork in Clare’s series) people…what’s not to love?

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Alwyn Hamilton

~ 5/5⭐️ – I loved this book so much! The mash-up of middle-east meets western is such a clever mix. Hamilton wrote a really fun book, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) – Colleen Oakes

~ 2.5/5⭐️ – I wanted to love this so badly, because the concept of the origin of the Queen of Hearts, but this book was just annoying to me. I thought the future queen was awful, and I did try to give her the benefit of the doubt because of her own treatment, but she came across to me as cruel nonetheless.
Anna (The Starseed Series, #1) – Meghan Riley

~ 3.5/5⭐️ – A well-written book with small issues throughout, but this was still an interesting read for me, and I’m looking forward to getting answers in the next book of the series.