Reading Wrap Up, June 2016

readingwrapupI had another great reading month in June, with nine (almost ten) books finished, making my yearly total 55 so far. I’m well on my way to my goal of 100. Keep reading to see what I read, and what I thought.

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart – I finished this one on the first day of the month, and was really torn on how I felt about it. It required a lot of suspension of disbelief for me, but it was ultimately an intriguing story with a shocking twist. What got me was how everyone treated the MC, and I wonder how realistic it is for someone with TBI. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was really great. All in all, a good summer read.

Emmy & Oliver, by Robin Benway – Another one where I kind of had an issue with the parents. It was a cute story with a great premise, but the parent-daughter relationship was so weird and honestly kind of unbelievable. What parent would ground a child for getting into college? Why would someone with what seems like a good relationship with her mom be afraid to tell her she wants to surf? It’s not a bad thing. They were overprotective to the point where it felt like a parody. I also think that this one would have benefited from having Oliver’s POV. It bugged me that Emmy was always in the middle of things, but if she hadn’t been, we wouldn’t have had the story, so there’s that.

Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2), by Elise Kova – So it’s my goal to finish the four books in this series before the fifth one comes out next week, and I’m right on track. Read my Fire Falling post here.

Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3), by Elise Kova – I also read the third one this month and I think it’s my favorite so far. It is a wonderful midpoint to the series. Vhalla is irreversibly changed-for better of for worse. I’m excited to see what the last two books hold for her. Five stars for sure.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick – This is an important story, that touches on subjects that aren’t typically addressed, including male-on-male sexual abuse, and atheism. For me, Leonard Peacock was such an unlikeable character, and maybe that’s what the author wanted to create. But he was so condescending and self-important that I never really empathized with him at all.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, #2), by Rick Riordan – Another series that I’m determined to finish. I’ve been listening to the audiobooks and really enjoying them. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as book one, but I really liked a new character that was introduced and I hope to see more of him as the series progresses.

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, #3), by Rick Riordan – Now we’re talking. More new characters, more action, I can see where the author is leading us. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, #22), by Janet Evanovich – I really have read all 22 of these books, most of them when I was in college. Honestly, the books are probably overdone and predictable, but it was exactly what I needed. I read #21 in 2014, so I was overdue for my Evanovich fix. People criticize these books, but they’re fluff, with loveable, entertaining characters that I’m happy to revisit once every couple of years for a good laugh. I read in an interview that the author made the decision not to age Stephanie throughout the series, so it’s really interesting to see how she does it time and again while keeping Stephanie in this permanent limbo.

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1), by Amie Kaufman – This book was a pleasant surprise this month. I checked it out on a whim when I judged the book by its beautiful cover, and I’m glad I did. I also think I need to read more sci-fi. Some of it was confusing, but I’m used to that in sci-fi and am good at just reading through it. The characters and the romance drove this story for me. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

Like I said – great month! How about you? Have you read any of these? Leave me a note in the comments!

Make sure you come back on Wednesday for an exciting author feature. Until then! <3 Cassidy

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