Hello, readers! It’s that time again where I’ll be reviewing the books I’ve read for the past month. I am, slightly proud, that I read 4 books last August. It’s not that big of a number but still good, yeah? I thank heavens for the presence of Book Of The Month, they have great titles each month and they honestly fill my bookshelf with amazing reads, in fact, 3 out of 4 books I’ve read were from them. So let’s get sorted…
Little And Lion by Brandy Colbert
Synopsis via Goodreads: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
Review: It’s refreshing to read Young Adult fiction where everyone – I mean book IG and book Twitter – could agree with. It’s a well-written YA with deeper themes like diversity and LGBT. It helps that the characters were relatable at some point but what really made me like this book was the portrayal of acceptance within the family. Little and Lion’s parents were amazing!!! It’s nice to show this side of the spectrum – where the people you love accept you for who you are.
I highly recommend it to everyone! Specially Ya readers, if there’s a book that has all the elements that you are looking for and arguing about, Little and Lion is the answer.
The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Synopsis via Goodreads: Imagine a place populated by criminals-people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime, or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.
For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.
Review: I read this book with my lovely bbs, Cici and Patience. We had really fun reading this and whilst we loved the backdrop and thought that the story has promise, we all agreed that it could have been more. It could have ended beautifully if it was written coherently. There were few holes that we thought weren’t necessary and there were so many POVs that we couldn’t keep track! Though, it was one of those books that I think could be perfectly made for the big screen.
You can still give it a try because it really has an interesting plot.
Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
Synopsis via Goodreads: We meet Greg—an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of Greg Junior, GJ, who has been missing for three weeks. GJ’s been an addict his whole adult life, disappearing for days at a time, but for some reason this absence feels different, and Greg has convinced himself that he’s the only one who can find his son. So he rents an RV and drives from his home in West Virginia to the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, the last place GJ was seen. As we travel down the streets of the bizarroland that is Florida, the urgency to find GJ slowly recedes into the background, and the truths about Greg’s mistakes—as a father, a husband, a man—are uncovered.
Review: This book started pretty great. I liked the beautiful prose and great character development, but somehow, it felt tiresome towards the end. Greg, the main character, was annoying, instead of rooting for him, I became detached. It was dragging me towards the end, but maybe that was the author’s way of letting me feel the life of Greg. But I have to commend Lindsay’s writing. It was an honest and raw attempt to one life’s flaws, no matter how mundane that may seem.
It wasn’t great but still a good read.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Synpsis via Goodreads: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real? Welcome to Weep.
Review: Okay, I am very hesitant to write this review because everyone seemed to love it. And don’t get me wrong, I did like the whole plot and what’s not to like – it’s about magic and old books and big libraries! I am not blaming the book at all. It’s just me, I think I read it at the wrong time where I’m into it at the moment. I’m such a downer 🙁 But Lazlo reminds me so much about the younger me, where I dreamed the impossible things. I know in my heart that I should love this book, I just need to be in the right mood and right mindset. But I do promise to give it a try again when I’m into fantasy all over again. For now, don’t hate and let me be. 😉
(No rating just yet)
There you have it, How about you? Hpw many books did you read this month? What was your favorite?