Monday, July 9, 2018

JUNE 2018 READS // mini reviews galore!


Hola, mis amigos! We're already neck-deep in the month of July (freaky), but I've been meaning to do a post in which I talk about the books I devoured in June. I have several reasons for this:

1) I read quite a lot of great books last month.

2) Everybody loves mini reviews.

3) BOOKS.

I don't have a whole lot of freedom, but I do have more freedom than I did. That's the beauty of summer! Also my vacation was pretty laid-back, meaning that I had a lot of time to read. #blessed <3

Onto the mini reviews, then!

1. In 27 Days by Alison Gervais

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Here's a bizarre truth: I read In 27 Days over the course of 2 days. (I'm a bit of a slower reader, okay?? I consider a whole novel in two days a pretty big accomplishment.) This story is just so beautiful, so meaningful, so HARD to put down. I fell deeply in love with the characters - they are precious smol beans with awesome depth and development. Especially Archer. <3 The suspense of it all made me constantly desperate to know what would happen next. The writing was wonderful (I pictured everything so vividly), and the setting made me feel cozy inside. Think autumn and coffeehouse. *heart eyes*

YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE.

~5/5 stars~

(Content advisory: a couple instances of an abbreviation for a cuss word and some passionate kissing. Don't believe there's much else of note...)



2. The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson



34094813Sometimes it's refreshing to step away from the familiar hefty novels and open up a short-and-sweet novella every once in a while, ya know what I'm saying?? The Girl Who Could See not only has an utterly GORGEOUS cover - the story inside is brilliant and inspiring, and I love the characters so much. <3

The thing about novellas is that their shortness, while refreshing, can make the story feel like it lacks a certain depth. I do wish some things could have been fleshed out more in this novella, but even so, it is a very well-rounded story with strong themes and 3-dimensional characters worth rooting for. Not to mention the absolutely GENIUS concepts of an "imaginary friend" who never left, and of being able to see two worlds at the same time!

~4/5 stars~

(Content advisory: Some violence and a semi-detailed kiss. That's about it, I think.)


3. Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz


103983I love the Alex Rider series because there's virtually no end to the explosive action, the villains are always really cool, and Alex himself is awesome.

At this point in the series, the characters aren't the most complex. Still, Skeleton Key is a fun, intense adventure that Horowitz clearly put a lot of planning and research into. His style, though simple, flows nicely and fits the action-packed nature of these stories like a charm. Though Alex would realistically be dead by now, the fact that he hasn't died yet makes him awesome. He's super smart and knows karate - and yet he's not perfect, which makes him feel real.

(Note: My first July read was Scorpia [Alex Rider book 5], and I just wanna say... The characters jump to a startling level of depth in that one - especially Alex, because we get into his backstory. I CAN'T WITH IT ALL. <3)

~4/5 stars~

(Content advisory: A couple minor curse words, violence [like explosions], people dying in less than pleasant ways - never detailed, I don't think - and some other minorly disturbing things.)


4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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An odd story, that's for sure! The stakes are high, and things get really bad before they ever get better, which makes for an engaging, nail-biting read. The weirdness rises to a slightly uncomfortable level, though, and the characters weren't my favorite (Charles Wallace especially irritated me). Even so, it's a meaningful little story! Really appreciated the Christian parallels and the use of Scripture. <3

I don't think I'll read the rest of the quintet, but I'm definitely going to watch the movie - as soon as I get around to it. And I don't care what anyone else says, I'm hoping to enjoy that movie. XD

Aunt Beast is wonderful, and Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit are a fun, interesting, very unique trio. I shall hold close fond memories of this book. And strange memories. :)))

~3/5 stars~

(Content advisory: Uhhhhhh, WEIRDNESS?? I can't think of anything, really. I'd recommend it for ages 12+, I think. Maybe even 11+.)


5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2767052I first read this book quite a few years ago, and last month I took the opportunity to reread it as an audiobook listen for my vacation road trip. And it was SO immersive. I mean, those hours on the road positively flew by.

This book is just AMAZING, okay?? The characters are complex and wonderful, the futuristic setting is genius, the plot is skillfully executed, and the writing style is great for audiobook. Just sayin'. ;)

THE HUNGER GAMES, AAAAAHHH. Sorry, I just love it. Best dystopian ever. <3

~5/5 stars~

(Content advisory: Rather violent/gruesome at times, so be ye warned. There's also some non-detailed kissing.)


6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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*deep breath* This. Was. Beautiful.

One of my favorite things about Stiefvater's writing is her style, especially the particular style she uses for The Scorpio Races. I could feel, see, taste, and smell all there was to sense on the island of Thisby. I'm tellin' ya, it's all in the details!

I loved essentially everything else about it too, but you can read all my rambly, fangirly thoughts in THIS Goodreads review of mine. XD

Gaaaaahhh, I LOVED IT. Sean is beautiful and amazing, and I love Puck too. And also adorable little Finn. And... I'll shut up now. XD

~4.5/5 stars~

(Content advisory: Some language [nothing super bad] and some rude comments. Also I guess there was a little bit of suggestiveness? Oh, and also those water horses are savage. So yeah.)


7. The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons

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I won't say much about this book right now, because a full review of it is coming to the blog very soon, but suffice it to say that I ABSOLUTELY FREAKING LOVED IT.

I loved the setting, the blatant themes, Sensei's wise words, the CHARACTERS <3333, the fast-moving plot. Also I got soooooo many feels from the different character relationships.

A heart-poundingly profound novel, The Blood Race definitely lived up to the hype for me. *nods*

~ 5/5 stars ~

(Content advisory: coming with the later review!)




8. Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

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Another epic installment to the Alex Rider series! I thought this one was especially creative, with the whole video game thing. Can't get specific because #spoilers. ;) It's the spark that sets up for the epic "different-ness" of the next book, Scorpia.

You see, this one is where Alex's mission(s) and Alex himself start to merge. If that makes any sense. It's hard to explain, and I don't want to spoil anything, so...

Also THE PLOT TWIST. You know that satisfying, jaw-dropping moment in a book when everything clicks into place, even if you didn't really notice there were that many pieces of the puzzle floating around? Eagle Strike has one of those moments. O_O

~4/5 stars~

(Content advisory: See my content advisory for Skeleton Key - it works for this one too!)



                                         9. Wonder by R.J. Palacio


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This is a sweet, moving story that delves deep into three big things: the power of family, the power of friendship, and the power of bullying.

The characters stole the show in this one. Some people don't like Auggie, but I love him. <3 I just want to huggle him forever. Also I admire Via, adore Jack (well, mostly), think Justin is pretty cute, and want to punch Julian in the face.

Wonder is full of sweet/funny moments that made me giggle (in the middle of the library at that), and also full of less-than-sweet moments that pricked my heart and made me want to cry.

It's a dark book, guys. But it is also hopeful, and it is extremely important. Highly recommended!

~4/5 stars~

(Content advisory: Some rude behavior [those bullies, urrrgh], and quite a few instances of God's name taken in vain. Also a tiny bit of non-detailed kissing.)

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So. Nine books. Nine books throughout the month of June. All I can say is... I'm thankful for the freedom of summer. I may not be completely free, but I'm more free, which is better than nothing. XD 

Since we're already in the thick of July, I'm curious - how are my fellow Camp NaNo-ers doing so far? I'm back to work on my fairy tale retelling WIP, and it's going swimmingly! I hope it's going well for you guys too. <3

What is your average number of books read per month?
What are some good books you've read in the past month or two?
Have you read any of my June 2018 reads, and if so, what did ya think? ;)
Talk to me!

The Lord's Truly,

27 comments:

  1. Wow - nine books?!

    Well....for camp, I think I bit off more than I can chew...I'll just leave it at that.

    I did (finally) pick up a book to read, I'll be reviewing it soon!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep. I'm kinda... startled.

      Ooooooh, well, I hope you're having fun anyway. <3

      AWESOME!! Can't wait for that review. :D

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  2. My average honestly changes so much based on the number of trips to the library, number of books bought, and whether I feel like reading or not. So I couldn’t say, honestly :P I will tell you that I’m speeding ahead this summer...I’ve had so much free time which equals TEN MILLION BOOKS.

    Camp? Oh, other than the torrents of weeping it’s going great...(my comic relief characters and I have been spending a bit of time together lately, so that’s been...well just say it’s been refreshing and leave it at that ;))

    Some of these BOOKS! I haven’t read Alex Rider, but I did enjoy the Scorpio Races, a lot. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Blood Race...*sigh* I’m going to skim through it a second time and see if that helps me gather my thoughts, most likely.

    Also, THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE. Aka the book that got me hooked on indie fiction. I love that thing so much. <3

    Awesome post! I hope you get a lot more reading in this summer!!! ^_^

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    1. HONESTLY SAME. I think for a while my average number of books per month was six, but now I don't even know. xD It varies.

      Yesssssss, summer = more reading!!!

      Virtual hugs and chocolate are coming your way! Also YAY FOR COMIC RELIEF CHARACTERS. <3

      Oh my goodness, The Scorpio Races was soooooooo good. SO GOOD. :D And ooh, interesting, can't wait to hear your thoughts. ;)

      Thanks! And same to you - may there be many more reads the rest of this glorious summer season! ^_^

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  3. THE BLOOD RACE!!! YAAAASSSSS
    THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE!!! YAASSSSSSSS!!!!

    You read a lot! I need to step up my reading game honestly. XD Awesome reviews!!

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    1. DKFLFJESDLKVJRILDJ!!!!!! The Blood Race!!!!

      SO MUCH YES.

      Yup, June 2018 was the MONTH OF READING for me. XD Thanks, girl!

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  4. The Girl Who Could See. Seriously, that book is amazing!!! (It's also taught me that novellas are epic.)

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    1. Yes, it was really good!!!

      Novellas ARE epic, let's face the facts. :D

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  5. Soo many books! I need them all, great reviews.

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    1. #SHOOK.

      Yes, you doooooo.

      Thank you so much, Skye!

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  6. I watched the movie Wonder. I think that book is the same...
    I brought 11 books for our trip but I'm not sure if I'll get them all read! :D
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Yes, there's a book-to-movie adaptation! And I so wanna read it, meep!

      Hey, better safe than sorry, amiright?? :D

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  7. Nine books in a month?! That's impressive.

    I need to read these books! They sound great!

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    1. I had a lot of time to read last month, and it was so nice!!

      Yessss, look into them! I had a good time reading them! xD

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  8. Your Friendly Neighborhood INFPJuly 10, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    I actually read The Girl Who Could See about a week ago (and loved it) but haven’t read any of the other books. Also, this last month I finally read A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes!! It’s officially one of my favorite books.

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    1. The Girl Who Could See was so epic!

      I NEED A TIME TO DIE. I WANT IT SO BAD. It sounds so wonderful! *cries in a corner because #NEED*

      Thank you for commenting!

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  9. Ahhh A Wrinkle in Time is one of my forever favorites and The Blood Race is super good too! Great reviews!

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    1. A Wrinkle in Time is so much fun! And yessssss, The Blood Race!

      Thanks so much, Hannah! <3

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  10. I’m SO LATE to this post because #hiatus (shhhh, I was never here), but I had to comment solely for two reasons:
    1. I keep hearing about The Scorpio Races and how EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT but I’ve never heard what the content is in it. Thank you Lila!!
    2. We both read The Blood Race at the same time! I thought it was really good (mostly).

    Anyways, that’s my two cents! (Yeah, this is my first time actually commenting, so....yeah.) See you at that Blood Race book review!

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    1. YAAAAAAY, Nicole!! I've seen you around a lot of my friends' blogs, so naturally I'm thrilled to see your commment. ^_^

      The Scorpio Races is SO GOOD!! And you're very welcome - I'm glad I could be of help. :D

      Really??!! *high-five* That's so cool - I REALLY loved The Blood Race. :)))

      Yep, see ya then! xD And thank you for commenting, Nicole!

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    2. Haha, same here!! You’re EVERYWHERE, it seems! :)

      *adds yet another book to TBR pile*

      *high-five back* I agree! I’m actually reading it a second time just so I can place what I’m actually feeling.

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  11. I'm really torn over Maggie Stiefvater's books because I've heard that some of them aren't so great content-wise? But there seems to be a lot of people who really liked 'The Scorpio Races' so I DON'T KNOW. </3

    I might pick it up eventually and give it a shot. :P

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    1. I know what you're saying. I'm not going to read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (at least not now - maybe later in life :P) because yes, the content is pretty iffy there, I've heard. But I DEFINITELY recommend trying out The Scorpio Races - it's not squeaky clean, but it's MOSTLY clean! At least in my opinion. :D I loved it so much. <3

      Thank you for commenting, Jane! <3 <3

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  12. I loved both Wonder and the Hunger Games!

    I think I might need to add The Blood Race to my TBR pile--I've been hearing good things about it.

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    1. They are SUCH good books! I felt so many emotions during Wonder, and The Hunger Games is just so intense and engaging! :D

      I would recommend it! The Blood Race is a new favorite, gaaaahhh!!!

      Thank you for commenting, Kara! :)))

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  13. Ahh that's great you got so many books read in June!! WOOO!! And I love The Scorpio Races so so much. It's my favourite thing.😍😍Also Wonder is so amazing and The Hunger Games! And I haven't read A Wrinkle In Time in YEARS but I remember thinking it was definitely weird...but in a good way haha.

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    1. It makes my slow reader self so happy, tbh!! :D

      The Scorpio Races, YESSSSSSS! And Wonder. And The Hunger Games. So many wonderful books, oh my goodness!

      It was so weird. O_o I enjoyed reading it, but it was definitely an odd one!

      Squeeeeee, thank you for commenting, Cait!!! *is thrilled* :D

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