June is officially my slowest reading month ever! I just finished FOUR books! FOUR!!! It’s quite ironic because I called it my “YA Month” – a supposedly easy month for me since YA is one of my favorite genres. But I guess I have an excuse – I was busy editing my new website and my life in general. 🙂
Anyway, although I only read a few books, I’m still happy to share my thoughts on reviews on them.
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
This is one of the most-hyped books in the bookstagram community. Most of them say that it’s a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling, but I’m not quite sure that’s true.
So it’s about a bad-ass woman (she’s 19) named Feyre who will eventually fall in love with the “beast” but there’s a curse. How to break it? What’s the magic word? (Hint: I knew the answer all along) Then there’s a beautiful villain with powers and of course don’t forget the men! Ohhhh yes, the brooding men that ladies will watch out for! Foreshadowing a love triangle or whatever… Then when you think it’s the end, you’ll remember that this is a series and there’s a sequel!
But the question: Did I like it? It has a slow start but I it became better halfway through… So it’s an OKAY book. Not great – but okay.
Now, please take note that I read the ‘Throne of Glass’ series up to the latest book, ‘Queen of Shadows’, books by the same author. That being said, I pretty much know the author’s style. And that’s the thing that irks me… It’s almost the same! Yeah sure, different character names and plot BUT the whole thing is similar to her other series that I keep on comparing the two. See, I am not saying that I don’t like her books. Why the heck should I buy them if I don’t?! Her books are okay. She needs some improvement in the character dev department but already good and enjoyable for most parts!
I did like ‘ToG’ despite the numerous bad reviews and bashes from outraged haters! The writing style isn’t so great, the development wasn’t grand or fast phased, but I enjoyed it. I think that’s what matters. BUT reading another series from her with similar theme isn’t doing good in my list! I hoped for something better, something that will prove all haters wrong! But I guess we’ll have to wait for that.
“What’s it like to go looking for your soul, only to learn you never had one to begin with?”
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Jazz has been shot and left to die in New York. His girlfriend, Connie, is in the clutches of Jazz’s monstrous father, Billy–the world’s most notorious serial killer. And his best friend, Howie, is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s new home.
Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy.
But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son? Who is the true monster?”
From New York City to the small town of Lobo’s Nod, the chase is on, and this time, Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter–while Billy Dent lurks in the shadows.
And beyond Billy? Something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.
This is not your typical Young Adult fiction. Heck, I don’t even know why it’s considered YA! (age-range of the main characters maybe but the theme is disturbing) BUT if you know me, I like YA and the “disturbing” part, so yep, this is my typical book!
‘Blood of my Blood’ is the chilling finale of I Hunt Killer trilogy. The whole plot revolves around Jazz, the son of the most notorious serial killer, Billy Dent. Growing up with a psychopath, Jazz tries to stir away from what he is “destined” to be – a killer just like his dad. Though he tries to have a normal life, he can’t escape from his father’s shadow. But the real questions are: Are you born a serial killer? Is it in your blood? What makes a killer? Nurture or nature?
The first two books were phenomenal but this conclusion… is TWISTED! IT IS HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST FINALES EVER!!! (Saying that from a POV of reader who loves trilogies/series) It was cold, bloody, gruesome and chaotic BECAUSE THAT CLIMAX was so unexpected that I just want to be friends with the author because how could he even think of that?!? Everything was well thought of – the characters were great, their development was how it’s supposed to be, the storyline kept on surprising me, the chapter breaks were even and… Just brilliant!
In other words: GO GET IT! But read at your own risk. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES TO ALL BRAVE AT HEART.
“With method and logic one can accomplish anything!”
Synopsis via Goodreads:
The very first collection of superb short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings…First there was the mystery of the film star and the diamond! then came the ‘suicide’ that was murder! the mystery of the absurdly chaep flat! a suspicious death in a locked gun-room! a million dollar bond robbery! the curse of a pharoah’s tomb! a jewel robbery by the sea! the abduction of a Prime Minister! the disappearance of a banker! a phone call from a dying man! and, finally, the mystery of the missing willl. What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliant deductive powers of Hercule Poirot!
It is this month’s book for @maidensofmurder.
The book is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie that, I think, is the most modest. Modest in a way that it fell short with the kind of cases that I’m used to. In other words, I wanted more murder! Nonetheless, how the stories were written in the most clever way possible! Of course, it’s Agatha Christie after all! There’s nothing to say really, because I will always be a fan.
My favorites are ‘The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim” . ‘The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan’ and ‘The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge’.
“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
‘Unravel Me’ is the sequel to ‘Shatter Me’ series. I read the first book last year but I never rushed to read the sequel because I didn’t really like it. Personally, I feel like the book wasn’t written well. However, I never give up on books so easily. I always give an author a second chance, and so I did.
Sadly, after reading the sequel, I wasn’t still impressed. The characters were annoying, specially the main character, Juliette. She was whining from the beginning ‘til the end! Thank heavens for the supporting character, Kenji, who made me finish the book. I was rolling my eyes every once in a while, because of the excessive use of metaphors!!!
I was on page 300+ when I finally enjoyed the Juliette-Warner banter but it only lasted for 50 pages. It started pretty weak, it has a very slow phased, the chapter breaks were messy (no cliffhanger), and the end was supposed to be her redemption but there was no impact! The best thing that I like about it, though, was Juliette’s love for books. Hahaha
I apologize if this sounded more of a rant than a review, it’s just that it wasn’t impressive and enjoyable at all. BUT honestly, this is still better than the first book! Ha!
Anyway, I don’t think I’ll read the last book. Maybe I’ll just the people who read it what the ending was. I’m giving this rating for the effort. 🙂
Overall, Blood of My Blood is my absolute favorite and I would highly recommend it to all! 😉
That’s it! How about you? How many books did you manage to read this month and what was your favorite? Tell me about it! 🙂