My goal this year is to read 100 books, and with another great reading month under my belt, my total for 2016 so far is 75. I am right on track to finish on time. So what got me there this month? Keep reading to find out!
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare – I loved this! I wasn’t sure how I would feel, which might be why I put it off for a few months. I loved The Infernal Devices, but was just so-so on The Mortal Instruments. This one trumped them both. I think Clare has grown so much as a writer and I was completely engrossed in the story and the characters. I cannot wait for the rest of this series. It was my favorite read this month, by a landslide.
Partials (Partials Sequence #1) by Dan Wells – A YA dystopian/sci-fi set in 2076, we’re thrust into a world where 99.6% of the population has been wiped out by a virus called RM, and the only ones immune are the manufactured half-humans known as Partials, who are, of course, hostile towards humans who segregated and oppressed them after they fought for them in a war. The book is fast-paced and action-packed, but also delves into the science side of things, which a lot of YA books lack. If you like medical details, sci-fi and post-apocalyptic settings, this is the series for you.
A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe – I had the pleasure to read an advance copy of this book, and you can read my review HERE, and see my Writer Wednesday interview with the author HERE! tl;dr – Go read this book!
How to Love, by Katie Cotugno – The story of a rocky relationship between a girl named Reena and a bad boy named Sawyer. I read one review that said if you didn’t like Sawyer, you wouldn’t like this story. But I didn’t find that to be true. I didn’t like Sawyer, but I knew Sawyer. I had my own Sawyer – who hasn’t? That boy that’s so obviously bad for you, that has his own demons, that you know you shouldn’t want, but you do want anyway. It’s a very real story, if the characters/Sawyer isn’t particularly likeable.
The Fourth Piece (Order’s Last Play #1), by E. Ardell – My second indie book this month, I really enjoyed this YA sci-fi. Though I’m not a huge fan of detailed dream sequences (I guess they’re more psychic sequences in this story), I can forgive them here because of the fast-paced plot and the well-developed relationships between the brothers. Each boy has a distinct, authentic voice and I had no issues keeping them straight. I look forward to continuing this series!
Harry Potter & the Curse Child (Harry Potter #8) by J.K. Rowling et al. – What August reading list would be complete without this gem? I appreciate it for what it is – a script. I missed Rowling’s writing, but I love getting more of this world again, and I would love to see this play in action if it ever comes my way.
The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd – I met Megan and purchased this book based on hearing her talk about it. I loved the concept – humans as the endangered, enslaved species? A kick ass heroine and a hot alien? Yes, please! But the narrative fell a little short for me, maybe because of my high expectations. It was kind of slow and meandering instead of actually progressing. The world-building was top notch though, and the characters were well-developed. It was interesting to see how the situation the kids were in changed them and set them against one another. I’ll probably continue the series because I want to know what happens to the characters and the truth about the world that the author has constructed.
On the Other Side, by Nicole Aube – Orleans meets Divergent in this engaging and action-packed story. I’m surprised to read complaints about the first section, which was actually my favorite. It showed the world of a flooded and nearly uninhabitable New Orleans, separated from the rest of civilization, by, of course, a wall. I was so eager to learn what would happen to Hilaria and Anthony that I flew through it. Some plot points became confusing at times, but all in all it was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Who Do You Love, by Jennifer Weiner – Jennifer Weiner is like Sarah Dessen to me – I will read and enjoy pretty much anything she writes. Reading about Rachel and Andy as they come together and grow apart throughout their lives, I was just swept away. It’s a heartfelt and emotional story with, again, real, and not always likeable, characters. The story starts when they’re young and spans decades of their lives, but it was lovely, as I knew it would be.
Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts – Written in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, it’s the story of two sick teens leaning on each other and learning from one another as they battle terminal illnesses. I thought Mia was just awful, and this is one instance where her non-likeability was so severe and unnecessary that I couldn’t get past it to the reality of the story. Zac was fabulous, though, and carried the story for me. I was disappointed that so much focused on Mia at the end.
Have you read any of these before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!