We’re two and a halfish weeks into August and this post is now only going up. I fail.
How it is I only read 8 books in July? I feel like it was a lot more…okay, well technically I guess it’s 10, but you’ll have to wait for my Beach Reads Wrap Up post next week to find out what the other 2 are. I enjoyed all the books I read this past month, some more than others, and 7 out of the 10 are new favorites and everyone should read them.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/3/19) / GR
Find the heir, win the crown.
Find the heir, win the crown.
The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.
Loved this book so much. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but Brigid outdid herself and gives Grey the best story ever. There are a few new characters and one of them stole my heart. I won’t go into too much detail since I have a full review but know that you won’t want to miss this when it comes out January 2020.
Failed Future – Elise Kova
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/5/19) / GR
When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.
Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book.
Elise was super kind and gifted me an early copy of Failed Future (out now!) and I absolutely loved it and I’m certain it’s my new favorite in the series. I won’t go into too much detail, as I have a full review posted, but be prepared for so much to happen, but nothing will prepare you for the ending. I’m anxious for book 4 – Sovereign Sacrifice and I’m terrified.
There Will Come A Darkness – Katy Rose Pool
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / (ARC Finished 7/10/19) / GR
The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?
This. Book. Wow. I’d heard great things, and was super anticipating reading it, and it did not disappoint. At all. While, it took a little bit after the first line to really hook me, by the time I got invested in the story, I was up all night until I finished it, and I cannot wait for the next one. I have a full review posted for this book and you definitely want to check it out when it comes out in September 2019.
Allied – Amy Tintera
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (AB Finished 7/11/19) / GR
In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.
I finally finished the Ruined Trilogy and I loved it, definitely recommend that everyone read them – or listen to them, which is what I did. The audiobooks are fantastic, as is the story as a whole. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the ending might shock you a bit. Check them out if you haven’t already!
Sightwitch – Susan Dennard
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (HC Finished 7/12/19) / GR
Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead…
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
I read this because everyone, including the author says so, before going into Bloodwitch. While I enjoyed it, it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I’m glad I read it because I know things are going to pop up – including some characters and I’m really curious to see how the actions and consequences that happened in this book are going to play out in the next novels.
Becoming the Dark Prince – Kerri Maniscalco
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (eBook Finished 7/15/19) / GR
In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper’s endearing but troubled hero.
With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.
Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / (AB Finished 7/19/19) / GR
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains.
I’m so glad I read this book while the hype was still going on. I loved it, shocker, I know. I fell in love with the book, the characters, the world and could easily read an entire series set in it. I should have a review up of this book, hopefully soon. I’m a little behind on my reviews.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (PB+AB Finished 7/22/19) / GR
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
This was my Book Club’s pick, and I wasn’t a fan. Overall, I’ll concede that it wasn’t a bad story, but there were certain elements in it that infuriated me, and the ending annoyed me.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/24/19) / GR
The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue.
Since I have a full review posted on this book, I won’t take too much time talking about it. This book was disappointing. I didn’t realize it was a companion/sequel to her first book, and the story was just lacking. I wanted badly to love this book, but I didn’t.
QOTD: What was your favorite read of July?