Here I am with my July Wrap-Up. This was a slow reading month for me. I started really good, great reading time, nice reads…I was just a happy bookworm with my books, but then I hit a ‘’reading slump’’ and my 10 book long Tbr went to the trash. Still, I think that 4 out of 10 was good, I have had months without reading a single book, so I’m not that upset. Hopefully, I can get back on track during August.
Let’s get started then:
Julia Williams has an ordinary life, which is nothing like the drama which her peers are going through.
In a month, she will have a long-awaited move to college, a new life, and new acquaintances.
One rainy day, out of habit, Julia decides to lock herself in the library and pick a new book for reading.
Unexpectedly, she discovers a diary on one of the top bookshelves of the library, which makes her go to her mother to get answers.
‘‘We get more sensitive over the years. Feeling get worse over the years, just over the time we learn to hide them.’’
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.
I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book! The concept of the story was something that really caught my attention while reading the synopsis, but I was really blown away once I started to actually read the book. It took a turn that I wasn’t really expecting, but this demonstrates how sometimes simple stories can be very touching and meaningful.
I actually did a full review, so you can check it out!
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, LGBT
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with laquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.”
Warning, be prepared to die out of cuteness and laugh really hard while reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I cannot even start with how much I enjoyed this book, from begging to end, I just couldn’t stop reading it. This was definitely one of my favorite favorite reads of the month.
I also did a full review, If you wanna check it out!
Genre: YA, Fantasy, LGBT
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
“I don’t want an easy life. I want a meaningful one.”
I really enjoyed this book. I was really craving a fantasy novel for along time now, and this is a very fantasy kind of book. At the begging, it was a little confusing and maybe a little slow, but the world was so rich that I was just fascinated with every single detail. Also, three words: Serious secondhand embarrassment. It was only one scene at the begging, but Gosh! I have still not fully recovered. Aside from that little detail, in general the book touches and explores some dark and strong themes, which I found made the story different to what I’m used to.
Lei, the main character, got on my nerves at some point, but I came to understand and really like her, as well as squeal excitedly with every cute romantic scene between her and Wren.
Hopefully, I’ll be working on a more detailed review soon.
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
THIS BOOK! Okey, it’s been a long time since I read sci-fi, but after this book I remember why I enjoyed this genre so much. This book was really good, from begging to end it got me hook. I don’t want to talk a lot about it because I’m already working on a more detailed review, but trust me, if you haven’t read it yet, please go READ this book.
My favorite reads of the month: Red Rising by Pierce Brown and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Hope you enjoy it! Have you read any of this books? How was your reading this month? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments.