Well, this is going to be a short post. Not really sure what happened, but by the look of my reading log, August was a crap reading month for me. It’s surprising right now as I’m sitting down to write this post, and looking at my log, but in reality this is usually how I read. One month I’ll read handfuls of books, and the next I’ll barely read any or none at all. It’s like I’m an all or none kind of a reader.
So, I read three books in August, with the intention of reading a lot more. Granted I was in Scotland for a week and half. You might ask why I didn’t read anything during that time. I’ll answer that. I didn’t read because I was too busy. That’s not an excuse, we were legit busy from the time we woke up, until the time we went to bed. If I had an hour or so of downtime, I was usually too tired to want to pick up a book, so I’d just scroll through social media on my phone, or watch a movie.
Hopefully September will be a better reading month – so many books came out last month that now I should read them and not let them sit on my shelves unread for years. Right? I know that the moment Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, I’ll be dropping whatever I’m currently reading to read that, so I’m excited!
With that being said, let’s get into the three books I read in August.
Imposters (Uglies #5) – Scott Westerfeld – 3.5/5
ARC Finished – August 3, 2018
Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.
I have a full spoiler free review already posted for this book – here, so I won’t go into much detail here. It was fun being back in the Uglies world. I enjoyed this book and the ending left me dying for the next one. If you were a fan of Tally Youngblood and the Uglies world, then you’re definitely going to want to check this book out.
Though if you haven’t read the original series in a while, and if you’re like me and you don’t retain everything you’ve ever read, you might want to reread the original series, including Extras before reading Imposters.
The Natural History of Us – Rachel Harris – 4/5
Paperback Finished: August 6, 2018
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
I loved The Fine Art of Pretending and this book was no exception. I loved every minute of it. I don’t have a full review for this book up yet, but I do give my thoughts on it in my Beach Reads / July Wrap Up Pt. 2 post – here – where I talk about it briefly when my feelings were still strong. I loved this book, and if you haven’t checked it out or the first one, then you definitely should.
Give the Dark My Love – Beth Revis – 3.5/5
eARC Finished: August 25, 2018
When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.
All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.
Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.
I’ll have a full spoiler free review of this book going up closer to the release, but I enjoyed it overall. It was my first Beth Revis book, and I can tell why people love her as a writer. I thought the story was interesting and dark, but it did take a while to get into. Though, once I was into the book, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I’m definitely looking forward to the second one!
Well, that’s it for my August Wrap Up. It feels weird that there are only three books. Even though I know I didn’t read more than that, it feels like I did. Then again, I can’t believe it’s already September and I think my days, weeks and months are all starting to morph together.
I know one of these books just came out yesterday, and one has yet to come out, but are you looking forward to reading any of these books? If so which ones? And if you have already read any of these, did you have a favorite? Least favorite? Let me know!