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July Wrap Up | 2018

Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about the books I’ve read in the month of July!

Well, July was such a great reading month to me. I finished a total of 20 books, which I’m so proud and happy about. There were some that were very amazing and others that weren’t as much, but I was pretty impressed with the amount of books I read, so kudos to me.

If you want to know what book I read in July and what I thought about them, just keep reading!

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Glitter | Aprilynne Pike

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.25

My thoughts: I have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

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Shatter | Aprilynne Pike

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.25

My thoughts: Though I would say the first installment in this duology didn’t blew my mind, I was still interested to know what was going to happen in the sequel because I think it had a few interesting things and I wanted to know if there was going to be more information about some things that weren’t addressed in Glitter, and though there were some things that were improved in Shatter and I was pretty satisfied with how things summed up, there were some things that I didn’t particularly enjoyed and hoped to see different.

There were parts in Shatter where I completely disliked our protagonist, and that was nothing new because in Glitter she was kind of annoying, but I think in this particular book were so overdone and the main character was doing harmful and stupid things that I couldn’t look past them. She mostly was doing the exact opposite of what she was thinking, and that was so frustrating.

I wasn’t sold on the romance, either. There were parts I found a bit unnecessary, and frankly, I think Shatter was a bit too focused on the romance instead of the actual plot of the story, and since I wasn’t very fond of the main character or her love interest, I got a bit bored during those parts.

There was some information about the world building and the history of what happened before that made the whole picture a bit more realistic, but still there wasn’t much about the glitter or what was happening in the rest of the world, and I was expecting to see more about it in this installment.

However, it was very fast paced and I have to say that I really enjoyed reading from the point of view of the prince at the end of the story. I think it added a little bit more to the whole story, and I just wish I would have known more about him rather than our main character, because I think he was such an interesting morally grey individual.

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Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.

Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.

In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?

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Sweet Black Waves | Kristina Pérez

Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)

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My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click hereif you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

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Now If I Save You First | Ally Carter

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughts: Okay, I admit I went with pretty low expectations about this book, because though I was excited to pick it up, I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy it as much as I thought I would be when I first bought it, but I have to say it was a very fast paced and fun story.

The plot was pretty clichéd and tropey, but it was so interesting to follow and I did really enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Of course there were a few things that were a bit unrealistic, but I think it was such a fast and cool surviving story. I enjoyed that our main character was clever and was the one who was protecting the guy, for a change, and I have to say that I liked reading about them trying to survive in Alaska while trying to escape from the bad guys.

The ending was a bit anticlimactic for me, though. I think it was a bit rushed and too perfect for what was happening throughout the story. There were some things that didn’t make the most sense to me, and I would rather have seen something different, but overall it was such a fast paced and fun story that I can’t really complain, and if you’re looking for a great book to get you out of a reading slump, this would be a perfect choice.

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Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
nd not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25

My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click hereif you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

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The Window | Amelia Bronskill

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughts: I was so excited to pick up this book, because even though I hadn’t heard many people talking about this novel, the premise sounded super interest, and to be honest, I need more YA mysteries in my life. And though there were some parts that were actually pretty good and I had a good  time reading it, I had mixed feelings about the ending and some of the characters.

First of all, I was super excited to see that the author incorporated some diversity in the story, since it had a main character was in the autism spectrum (though it wasn’t really addressed I’m pretty sure she was because of some scenes I was reading). I cannot tell you if it was good representation or not, but I was happy to see that. I actually really enjoyed how much she loved her sister, and you could clearly see that throughout the story. Also I really enjoyed the female friendship, and though it wasn’t the main focus of the novel whatsoever, it was still nice to read about girls supporting girls.

The mystery was okay. The author did a really good job at building it up, and I was pretty intrigued to know what actually happened, but there wasn’t much information to the reader to piece everything together until the last 40-50 pages, and I was a bit disappointed when I finished the book because I was expecting it to be a bit different and more unique that what it ended up being. To be honest, it was a bit predictable, and I was hoping it would blew me away, which didn’t.

Overall, it was a solid read, and I really enjoyed our main character’s development and the relationships she formed throughout the story, but I was expecting it to be a bit more unique and surprising.

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Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.

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How to Make a Wish | Ashley Herring Blake

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25

My thoughts: I was so excited to read this book because I’d heard nothing but amazing things after it came out last year, and I have to say that I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and the characters.

How to Make a Wish was such a powerful and touching story. I adored the storyline, the characters and how this book dealt with more heavier topics such as alcoholism and grief. The characters were so well crafted, and their relationships were so realistic and well written. I have to say that there were times where I wasn’t the biggest fan of our main character, mainly because she did some things I didn’t totally agree with, but she had such a good evolution throughout the story, and sometimes the way she behaved was understandable to me.

And let me tell you, I adored the romance. Even though the book wasn’t a fluffy type of story whatsoever, the romance was adorable, and I was shipping our two characters from the very beginning. The way the interact with each other, and the huge support they were towards the other was so realistic to read, and not only that but also the interactions they had with the side characters and those friendships were very well done.

Overall, it was such a beautifully written story, and I knew I was going to like it after loving her other book Girl Made of Stars. Ashley Herring Blake is so good at writing very realistic relationships with relatable characters, and How to Make a Wish was no different.

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All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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Amid Stars and Darkness | Chani Lynn Feener

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

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The Way You Make Me Feel | Maurene Goo

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My thoughts: I was so pleasantly surprised with this book, because to be honest, I didn’t know I was going to enjoy it that much, but turns out it was a super cute summer story.

Let me start this review by saying that I adored the father figure in this novel. He was such a great dad that cared so much about her daughter and tried to support her and help her throughout the story, and I was just wishing I could have a dad like him in real life, because he was incredible. The relationship he had with her was so well written and very realistic, and to be honest, I adored the camaraderie they had and their interactions during the story.

Also I think this book had an amazing female friendship, that was so well written. The side characters were so good, and I really enjoyed how realistic and good it all was. Though our main character sometimes didn’t make the best choices, I still enjoyed her development and interactions with the other characters. Everything was done so smoothly and well that I honestly was super surprised.

Since it was a contemporary story, it was a very fast paced book to me and it took me a couple of hours to finish it. It was a super fan read, and I really enjoyed the character dynamics and the plot so much.

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Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 

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Dance of Thieves | Mary E. Pearson

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

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One Small Things | Erin Watt

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My thoughts: I was so excited to read this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and after loving their other book When It’s Real, I had such high expectations going into this one.

My main issue is that I feel I’ve read this book before. It wasn’t anything new, and there were some tropes and clichés I wasn’t the biggest fan of. There was a lot of unnecessary drama, till the point it was too much for my liking. I think our protagonist could have avoided some bad behaviors and that would have saved lots of dramatic scenes that didn’t add much to the story.

I enjoyed the relationship between our two main characters, and even though I feel the romance happened a bit too fast and it was a bit rushed, they had a good chemistry, and their evolution throughout the story was well done.

But man, I had a love-hate relationship with our main character. At times she was super annoying and I couldn’t stand her and all the stupid things she was doing, but at the same time there were times where I understood why she was being like that. But still, there was a big problem of miscommunication that could have saved a lot of things if done differently.

To be honest, even though I overall enjoyed the whole story, I was a bit disappointed with this book, because I was expecting so much more from it, and it didn’t fulfill those expectations.

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Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

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Fresh Ink | V.V. A.A.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughts: This anthology was such a great collection of short stories and overall I had a really great time reading it.

One of the main things I loved about this book was that each story had an incredible diverse cast of characters, and they all were quite complex ones, despite each story being quite short. I was so happy to see that in a YA book.

Though some of the novellas weren’t my favorite (one of them was a graphic novel and I’m not really into that), I have to say that I had a good time reading them. My favorite stories definitely were Jason Reynold’s, Nicola Yoon’s and Schuyler Bailar’s ones. They were so beautifully written, and not only they adressed very important topics but also they were so unique that I wanted a full book about each of them.

So to sum up my review, I think each novella was different in its own way, and just for the diversity I would highly recommend it.

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Careful–you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written–whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

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Damsel | Elana K. Arnold

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⭐️.25

My thoughtsI will write a review very soon with all my thoughts about this book, so stay tuned if you’re curious!

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The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers

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My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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From Twinkle, With Love | Sandhya Menon

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughts: This was my first Sandhya Menon I actually read, and I actually ended up really enjoying it, though I would say I had a few issues regarding our main character.

The plot of the story was super interesting and I had so much fun reading the book. I’m a very big fan of everything regarding film making, so the parts where they were making the film were so much fun to read.

However, I must admit that some of those scenes were a bit anticlimactic because of our main character’s behavior. Though she had a good development and at the end of the story I enjoyed reading from her perspective, she didn’t make the greatest choices throughout the story. She was quite mean and annoying and quite harmful with other characters, and I was not a fan of that. Also, she treated Sahil (my pure baby Sahil), quite bad and practically used him as a second option. I don’t know, that didn’t sit really well with me, and though things ended up okay between them, I couldn’t say I had a great time reading from her point of view.

Overall, it was a fast paced story perfect for summer, and I enjoyed everything related to film making, but the way Twinkle treated other people and her behavior sometimes was just not good, and I struggled to connect with her at times because of that.

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Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

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Menagerie | Rachel Vincent

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My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus big-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe | Lauren James

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25

My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….

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The Bird and The Blade | Megan Bannen

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⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

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Into the Drowning Deep | Mira Grant

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My thoughtsI have already posted a review of this book, so click here if you want to know more of what I thought about it!

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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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Since You’ve Been Gone | Morgan Matson

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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

My thoughts: This is one of those books that I wasn’t really interested in, but after hearing so many people raving about it and the other author’s books in general I got curious and decided to pick it up!

What peeked my interest was the plot, to be honest. I hadn’t read any book that was about a summer bucket list, and I was pretty excited to see how the author did those parts. And I have to say, that I really enjoyed those chapters. They were so fun and entertaining, and I was having such a great time reading those.

The main issue I had was with the characters and the pacing of the story. The main character wasn’t quite remarkable, and though the friendship aspect of the novel wasn’t bad by any means, I was left wanting to read more about the friendship, because throughout the whole book the missing friend was this “big mystery”, and I guess I was expecting to see more about them.

And like I said above, the pacing was a bit off to me. I felt it dragged in some parts, and there were some other things that were a bit unnecessary in my opinion. It was a very long book, and though I was liking the plot and what was happening, I have to say that I was bored during some other parts.

The romance wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite. I think I’ve read a ton of contemporary romances that I’ve become quite picky when it comes to romances I totally ship, and though I can tell that the interactions between our protagonist and the love interest were well written and it was a cute romance, I wasn’t crazy about it.

Overall, it was a very solid and entertaining read that was perfect for summer, and I was glad I decided to finally picked it up, but I had some issues with the pacing of the story and the characters, and I admit the ending felt a bit anticlimactic to me.

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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What books have you read this past month and which one was you favorite and least favorite book? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “July Wrap Up | 2018”

  1. Wow 20 books is amazing! Now I’m really interested to see how many I read! I really want to read Dance of Thieves but I saw someone say that it was a HUGE read and at the mo, with my large tbr, that frightens me!!!

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    1. I think that it depends on how much time you want to spend reading. Dance of Thieves had a slow pacing, and it took me a bit to be fully invested in the story, so if you’re looking for a quick read, I’d say choose another book (but it was so worth it and I loved it!).

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    1. I know! I’m so shocked by all the books I’ve read, haha. I hope you’ll enjoy Damsel; unfortunately for me I didn’t really liked it😪.

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