Hellooo, once again! I thought that my posts would look a lot better with a featured image, so I created one. I’m so excited to make these because they are super cute. Anyway, June has been such an excellent reading month for me. A month filled with so much adventure and romance. Here we go!
These are the books that I’ve gotten this month:
(Linked to Goodreads)
The Rose and the Dagger
The 8 books that I read in June are:
Stars Above – Rating: 3.5 Stars
I was so excited to read this when I got my hands on the book. When I found out that it came with an epilogue that I needed to read, I couldn’t wait until it arrived at the library. We go to see so much backstory with most of the characters that we know and love, right before they’re introduced. Because of this, the Lunar Chronicles world is greatly explored. My favourite stories would be Thorne’s story, Winter’s story, and the epilogue. In my opinion, any story involving Thorne will always be a great one. Winter’s story gave us insight to more about her character. Compared to the other characters, I think that Winter has the shortest amount of time in the book. With this short story, we get to see in greater detail as to what made her wanting to stop using her powers. I also loved how cute the epilogue was. Seeing the whole gang together one last time was the perfect way to end the series. It’s over and done, but I will always love the Lunar Chronicles.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Rating: 4 Stars
These two books made it possible for me to love Greek Mythology even more. With Greek Gods, I knew some of the stories going into the book, but the way that it’s told in Percy’s voice made it all the more entertaining. I’ve never laughed so much in a book before. This book showcases how awful and childish the gods and goddesses are, and I absolutely loved it. Greek Gods highlighted how much I already knew and educated me in how much I didn’t know. For example, I knew the highlights of the story of Persephone, but I didn’t know how much Zeus and Helios were involved. I think my favourite stories are the ones about the creation of the world, Aphrodite’s, Persephone’s, Artemis and Apollos’, and Hephaestus’. But now that I think of it, the whole book was amazing. The illustrations we extremely on point as well. That goes for both of the books.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes – Rating: 4.5 Stars
You can’t read one without the other, so right after I finished Greek Gods, I picked up Greek Heroes and loved it even more. Going into this book, there were some heroes that I didn’t know about. There were some names like Atalanta and Orpheus that were familiar, but I wasn’t entirely sure what their stories were about. If I had to choose between these two Percy Jackson books, I think that I liked Greek Heroes better. With this novel, the tales were abundant with adventure, love, survival, and quests rather than its counterpart about the Greek gods; this made it very interesting with each of the stories. My favourite of the 12 tales are Psyche, Otrera, Daedalus, Atalanta, some parts of Theseus, Cyrene, and Hercules’ story (even thought it was lengthy). Reading these in Percy’s voice once again, was an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a great time, I highly recommend these two books.
The Raven King – Rating: 4 Stars
The Raven King was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had no idea what to expect; the only thing I was sure about was that I was excited to see my favourite characters again. Going back into the world of ley lines, dead Welsh kings, and out of the ordinary powers took a little bit fully immerse myself in the strange atmosphere. The writing, as usual, was hypnotising. We had a lot of questions answered, but I felt like I didn’t get enough closure; I still had few unanswered questions that was floating around in my head. One of my favourite things about the series as a whole, is that the relationship between the Raven Boys and Blue is so strong. They care for one another so deeply and think of themselves as family. There is a new addition to the group, but I wish that he was introduced earlier in the series to make his transition into the gang smoother. I live for the character interactions. The friendship between Blue and Ronan was one of my favourite things to read; everything that came out of their mouths was pure gold. I think the only gripe that I have with this book is that it just ends. There is so much build up throughout the whole series and it ends just like that. I wanted so much more. I wanted to see more of Blue and Gansey interactions, Adam and Ronan together, and Noah in general. I love the series so much but I wish that we got more of a goodbye from everyone. The Raven King wasn’t the best finale that I’ve read, but it was still good. I’ll never forget the fantastic Raven Cycle.
Love & Gelato – Rating: 3 Stars
I thought that Love & Gelato was a great fluffy book to read to get out of my mythology kick. It was incredibly cute, and a quick read. That being said, I couldn’t connect with this novel very much. I thought the plot involving Lina’s mom’s journal about her time in Tuscany and the whole mystery behind it was very cool. One of the strongest points of this novel is the setting; you can perfectly visualise the endless scenery the author paints with her words. The characters felt relatable, but I didn’t care about them very much. I picked up on small hints of instalove. The romance felt bland; there was barely any chemistry between the two leads as lovers. I would have much rather have them as friends. Some of the side characters felt extremely flat, and a few were merely used as plot devices. All of that negativity aside, the book was still a cute read. Anyone looking for a fluffy contemporary should pick this book up.
Hamilton the Revolution – Rating: 5 Stars
My two favourite things coming together: Hamilton and books. The Hamiltome was a nice change in my reading pace. I absolutely love the musical, so I had to read this as soon as possible. Seeing how the play came together from the first idea all the way up to opening night was a journey in itself. The book was filled with all of the behind the scenes work, rough drafts, costume designs, and some scans from Lin’s notebooks. It really put in perspective how much time and effort it took just to start the development of the whole production. The annotations and footnotes of the song lyrics really made the book for me. While I loved seeing the behind the scenes pictures and cut songs from the musical, Lin’s annotations brought his thoughts and little comments out into the light and showed me what his thought process was like when he was writing. Just hearing Lin’s voice through the pages made me really happy. I feel like any big fans of the musical should give this book a read through just to appreciate it more.
The Fill-In Boyfriend – Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Fill-In Boyfriend was one of the fastest books I have read this month. It literally felt like I flew through the pages because of how quickly I was reading. This book was also an incredibly cute contemporary read and really enjoyed it. I am absolute trash for the ‘fake relationship’ trope so this book hooked me right from the get go. I thought that the characters were very real and relatable for the most part. I had some fluctuating good/not so good feelings towards Gia. She was shallow, selfish, and most of her thoughts and concerns revolved around boys. Some of the things she would say or do made me roll my eyes a great deal, but she really grew into a better person by the end. Bec was so incredibly real and straight to the point. I think she was my favourite character. I also really loved Fake Bradley ( I want to keep his name a mystery). I love it when characters have hobbies and other interests going for them outside of the main romance. Speaking of the romance, I could actually feel it coming through the pages. Gia and Fake Bradley had so much chemistry I was so here for it. The one thing that frustrated me the most was the miscommunication and lying that went down. So much could have been avoided if things were explained. I loved how entertaining this book was.
The Darkest Part of the Forest – Rating: 3 Stars
I think that The Darkest Part of the Forest is my first book in the fae genre. I typically don’t reach for fae books as often as other people, so I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. My favourite aspect about the book was that anything involving magic and all things unusual was the norm in the town of Fairfold. I am so used to seeing stories about outside world being clueless about the existence of other-worldly beings, that reading about a town that knows about fairy folklore and superstitions was very refreshing for me. I didn’t have an attachment to any of the characters, but the story was very interesting. When the plot got closer to the end, I never felt like the characters were in any danger. I don’t know, but I just found myself not caring as much as I normally do. And I hated feeling that way! I wanted to care, but there wasn’t much for me to grasp onto. There were some plot twists and character reveals that I greatly appreciated; they highlighted parts of the story and made it more interesting. This book was good, but not very memorable.
THANK YOU PHILIP FOR GETTING THIS BOOK ON MY BIRTHDAY. YOU’RE GREAT
And now for my July book haul
The local bookstore had a buy 3 for $10 deal on classics. The new covers were gorgeous and the deal for them was great, so why pass up the golden opportunity to score some great books?