Wow, what a month!
I read eight books this month, putting me eight books ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge. This is great, as it’s a good fall back should I have another bad reading month like March or May.
Oh! I do have some big news as well! A publisher is interested in my book, which I have to finish writing by the end of July. I already have 56,000 words (which I wrote most of in the past month!) so I’m not worried about reaching my word count. I’ll keep you all updated on how that goes.
Now on to the haul!
- One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
- Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
- The Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
- Fairy Struck by Amy Sumida
- the Legacy of the Key by S.L. Morgan
Four of those listed were Kindle books I read on my phone. I’ve found it’s easier to read on my phone at work (I work at a hotel Front Desk). Anyway, on to the actual books read!
Books Read, June:
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (3.5/5) — Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about this book, so I’m going to split it up into some pros and cons.
Pros: great character building, good writing, clear and concise, good world-building too. I loved Min and Tack and Noah and all the places listed within the book. Everything felt real, from the lake to the small-town vibe to the descriptions of the ski resort and the trailer park. Good job there.
Cons: kinda-racist descriptions of POC. The author described a white scientist as just a scientist, but the black scientist got described as dark-skinned. Also, the build-up to the mystery’s conclusion was kind of “eh”. Very hunger games-esque (which joking about in your narrative does not excuse!) Also, I hated the ending. Hated it. It felt very out-of-character for Noah, and that was frustrating.
Overall, the writing was good and the mystery was delicious, but the ending kind of killed it for me. Not sure if I’ll read the sequel because I’m just mad now that I spent time on this.
The Anomaly by Michael Rutger (4/5) — This book was so good. The only reason it didn’t get five stars is because the ending was kind of weird; not bad, just strange, kind of out of left-field and not what I expected at all, but I loved all the characters and the writing, and I loved the dialogue too. Good, believable dialogue always makes me happy.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri (4/5) — This book was the good sappy romance that I needed. A perfect start to the summer, and I enjoyed sitting by the pool as I read it. Thank you, Ms. Perri, for destroying my heart and then putting it back together again. (Also, Cassidy is best girl, fight me.)
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (5/5) — When I first saw this book, I don’t know why, but I didn’t think I would like it. Well, I was wrong. The setting, the characters, the writing–it was all phenomenal. I loved every single Queen and every single side story, and somehow, thanks to Kendare Blake’s genius, I never got confused about any of the characters, their motivations, or their backstories. Everything was streamlined so well, ending in a climax that left me breathless for more.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (4/5) — Higher stakes, secrets unearthed, and violent queens? This book delivers. It was everything I wanted in the sequel (which I bought on my phone at work because I couldn’t stand waiting to go get the second one from my local Barnes & Noble). The only problem now is that I have to wait until September for the third one.
The Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega (4/5) — I thought the third book was the last in this series. Imagine my surprise upon walking into Barnes & Noble to see this book on display! Needless to say, I bought it immediately. I love absolutely every entry in this series so far. The first one will forever be my favorite, but every one after it has been so good too. I loved the change in scenery from this one–we’ve gone from Mississippi, to a boarding school, back to Mississippi, and now to Italy. It gave everything a fresh new feel to have it set in such a different place, and I liked Berkley too (though Sofia is the best, obviously.) Mara and Harper pissed me off, but I guess that was the point. Anyway, I hope this series continues for a while, because I buy every entry, and I will continue to follow everything Danielle Vega puts out because her writing is amazing and I love her.
Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake (4/5) — A nice little prequel to the series, detailing the Claiming of the Queens as well as the truth behind Mad Queen Elsabet, the last Oracle Queen of Fennbirn. A great little read for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (4/5) — The First in the Mercy Thompson series, Moon Called introduces us to Mercedes Thompson, a headstrong mechanic and Walker (or shape-shifter) who can turn into a coyote at will. This first book takes us through her adventures with werewolves, mostly, as well as a few vampires who crop up here and there. A great read for fans of supernatural settings!
And that’s it for June! Eight books read, and only eighteen more to go for my challenge! (Maybe I should have done more than fifty, but oh well. I was giving myself some leeway.)
See you in July!