It’s time for my June Wrap-Up. I didn’t read much this month, which sucks, but the few books I did read I thoroughly enjoyed and I would suggest you check them out!
Four was the magic number this month. All were fantasy ranging from Pirates to a Kingdom where blood held time and currency, to an Empire that is breaking apart and it’s all anyone can do to stop it.
Let’s get into the Wrap-Up!
- Everless – Sara Holland – 4.5
Audiobook Finished: June 11, 2018
I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, and I think a huge part of my love and my rating for this book is due to the narrator for the Audible audiobook. I think I would have enjoyed it regardless, but it was a very good audiobook and it left me dying for Evermore!
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
- Heart of the Empire: The Broken Lands Book 1 – Carrie Summers – 4.5
Audiobook Finished: June 14, 2018
I bought the physical book a while ago, and read the first six chapters upon pulling it out of the Amazon box it came in. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it. So, when I found out that they were available on Audible, I bought the first one, and started listening to it. I fell in love with it, and Carrie Summer’s writing, so much so that I went on Amazon and looked up her other work, and basically all her books are currently sitting in my cart waiting for me to purchase them.
An ancient rift. A failing seal. A fading hope for humankind.
Savra is a runaway with forbidden magic. Kostan is a reluctant ruler shouldered with a war-torn empire. Though fate has placed them on opposite sides of the war, the only hope for the empire lies with them uniting their people to confront the looming darkness.
Tangled fates. Epic stakes. Join thousands who have entered the Broken Lands.
- Daughter of the Siren Queen – Tricia Levenseller – 4.5
Audiobook Finished: June 15, 2018
I knew that I would be listening to this one, the minute I finished Daughter of the Pirate King and this duology has definitely become a new favorite! I’m trying to get everyone I know to read them! I’m sad that there aren’t more books, because I could read about Alosa and Riden all day. This book put me in such a book hangover, that I ended up listening to music for the rest of the day instead of reading something else.
Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.
When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.
- Rise of the Storm: The Broken Lands Book 2 – Carrie Summers – 4. 5
Audiobook Finished: June 25, 2018
Yep, I bought book 2 and I really cannot wait to get book 3 in the mail and start it – I NEED to know how it all ends! This second installment picks up right where book 1 leaves off, and delves further into the world and the characters until you reach the end and are left sitting on the edge of your seat, because shit just got real.
Two prophecies. Two heroes. Only one can be right.
Kostan sits upon a splintering throne. Savra huddles in a makeshift cell, awaiting the judgment of those she betrayed. The land grows dark with the blood of Prov and Atal alike.
But beyond the human struggles, a graver threat looms. Aided by the rogue mage, Havialo, the Breaking strains at the bones of the Empire. As the land shatters, a dark tide rises.
Two prophecies offer slim hopes for humanity. One names Savra as the Empire’s savior. The other envisions Kostan leading the war against the darkness. Both can’t be right. But if the coming war decides who survives, humanity may find it has murdered its last hope.
I’m now 29 books into the year. It feels like it should be more, but I’ve been keeping track in my journal, and it’s not. I’m just glad I’ve enjoyed the majority of everything I have read!