Hi everyone!  

June was a really good reading month for me, I managed to read 10 book when I usually can’t do more than 5, so I’m pretty impress with myself. It helped that some of these books were amazing, I just couldn’t stop reading them.  I think The Hate U Give and The Secret History took me two days to finish,  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe one day, and Break Your Glass Slippers like one afternoon. I’m sure that some of these books have become part of my favorites of the year, and even reach my all time favorite list. 

Something new, was that two of the books were in e-book format, which I have been reluctant to try, since I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to concentrate and, in general, I always felt like it just wasn’t for me, but I was surprise on how much I enjoy it and how easy it was. I think opening myself to read more e-books is really going to improve my reading, and also my economy. So, in conclusion I need to learn to try more new things, maybe soon I’ll be listening to audiobooks, who knows?

Without further ado, let’s get started: 

1. Sherlock: Escándalo en Belgravia – Parte 1 by Jay (Illustrator), Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Manga, Mystery

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

The fourth installment of the critically acclaimed manga adaption of BBC Hit Sherlock introduces the femme fatale and the detective’s famous rival, Irene Adler!

Fresh from confronting Moriarty in the end of The Great Game, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) are called to save the royal family from blackmail at the hands of Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), a dominatrix known as “The Woman”. Adler pulls Sherlock into a complex web of mysteries involving the CIA and the MOD, with secrets that could threaten to threaten international security and topple the monarchy.

I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.

This is a manga based on the series of Sherlock form BBC. The drawing is beautiful, and if you love the series as I do then you definitely need to read it.  What more can I say?

2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil. 

Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.

This was one of my favorites reads of the month, probably the year. How is that took me so long to finally pick up this book? I’m currently working on a review, but in short words: This books was amazing. From the begging till the end I was hook. The writing was beautiful, the character were just perfect and all the referencias from Homer to Virgil were just so fitting with the story.  Also, Dark Academia vibes at a 100%.

3. Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Genre: Poetry, Feminism

Rating: 2.5/ 5

Goodreads Synopsis:

more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself

Amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.

Fairy godmother says you are limitless. You can have the lipstick. You can have the sword.

I think the message behind this book was very important and beautiful, also the whole aesthetic of the book was lovely, but in terms of poetry I wasn’t a fan. I think that I keep making the mistake of picking up this books expecting a more “classical” kind of poetry and that I’m still not used to these modern poetry formats. Don’t get me wrong, there were some beautiful phrases and quotes, and I know a lot of people have really liked it, but It wasn’t for me. 

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?.

This books was heartbreaking, honest and educating. Starr was an amazing character that has been through a lot since she was little kid and during the book we follow her journey till she finds her voice to fight the injustice and racism around her. And, the fact that Starr is based on real kids and real situations, it just makes it more powerful. I think this is one of those books that everyone needs to read, because it helps you to understand a situation that is happening in our world right now. It help you understand the powers of our voices. I highly recommend it!

5. Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness.

Where do I start with this book? Benjamin Alire Sáenz creates this wonderful coming of age story about two boys trying to find themselves and how they fit in the universe. The writing was different but I really enjoy it, short chapters and quick, don’t wasted time in description of the places or details, but letting the dialogue and short sentences do the work. And, I cannot even begging to explain how amazing were the characters, from Ari and Dante to his parents. I could spend hours talking about this book, so I’m actually working on a more deep review, coming soon.

6. The Beautiful  by Renée Ahdieh 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful

And the infinite captivates us because it allows us to believe all things are possible. That true love can last beyond time.

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t think it was my favorite by Renée Ahdieh, I still prefer The Wrath and The Dawn, but it was definitely better than Flame in The Mist. Like always, Renée’s writing was amazing, with some very interesting characters and, of course, having vampires in a 1870 New Orleans was a plus. My only big issue was that it had instalove and that is something that it always ends up frustrating me, and that probably influenced a lot my rating for this book. Still, that ending left me hooked and I really want to read the sequel soon.

7. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

Everyone wants the stars. Everyone wishes to grasp that which exists out of reach. To hold the extraordinary in their hands and keep the remarkable in their pockets.

This book was amazing, definitely one of my favorite reads of the month. I can understand why this books is not for everyone, but I personally fell in love with it. Erin Morgenstern managed to create another place that I wish could be real: The Starless Sea. The writing was beautiful, it did leaned more in the descriptive, but I think it was fitting to the story, the character were just great and if you enjoyed The Night Circus then I highly recommend this book.

I posted a more in deep review, if you’re interested.

8. The Dying Sun by L.J. Stanton (e-book)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3 / 5

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Dying Sun tells the story of an empire at the end of a dynasty, a world on the verge of a new age. Priestesses of the Old Gods have escaped their enchanted prison and seek royal aid in releasing their masters. The High Priest of the Akhenic Temple, faithful to the One God, denies the existence of other gods and demands a holy inquisition to destroy the Pantheon Cult; while a young Shah seeks to hold his empire together as rebellion threatens to crumble it.

They weren’t the first casualties of this war. They wouldn’t be the last.

(I was given an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

This is a fantasy story heavily inspired by the Middle East culture, with a very interesting magic system and deals with the issues of religion and fanaticism. The character were interesting and diverse, most of them seem morally gray which I really appreciate, since it reminded me a little of Game of Thrones, every character having their own agenda and motives. In general, I think the plot was slow, but if you don’t mind that, you enjoy fantasy and are hopping to feel strong emotions, then please look this book up.

9. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.

This book was an entreating and an easy read. It was fun reading about a young Bruce Wayne, way before Batman, but still getting small glimpses from what his future would be. Even though we got to see some sneak peaks from characters that would appear in a future Gotham, part of me was expecting a little more ‘’ general stuff’’ related to the actual Batman universe as we know, and maybe to see a lot more of the villains, but in general it wasn’t bad and I enjoyed myself. 

10. The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night (e-book)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Rating: 3.5 / 5

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever. 

Only in a most fearful situation will you know what magic you are truly capable of.

(I was given ay copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

I’m not gonna lie, I just finish reading this book a couple hours ago, so I’m still kind of processing it and working on a more detailed review. But, I will say that this book was an easy and enjoyable read, full of fantasy and adventure, and with a very interesting world-building. The ending was really good and got me hooked to keep reading the series. I’ll recommend this book, specially if you like books like Harry Potter and are looking for something similar.

My favorite reads of the month: The Secret History, The Starless Sea and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Hope you enjoy it! Have you read any of this books? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments.



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