I read quite a few books last month and was able to get through everything I wanted to read, minus one book. I read mainly fantasy and snuck in an audiobook. I enjoyed just about everything I read, thought there were 2-3 that just feel kind of short.
To make up for yesterday’s incredibly long post, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today.
Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) – Kathyrn Purdie
US Hardcover Finished: June 5, 2020
“[…] I’ll be honest, I wasn’t immediately hooked on this book. I kept finding things to occupy my time and procrastinate my reading. It probably wasn’t until the 20% mark that I actually hated to put it down. I was sucked into the world, the lore, the animosity between Bastien and Ailesse…I was so annoyed when I had to stop reading to go make dinner. Like, why couldn’t dinner just magically make itself so I could keep reading.”
More Than Maybe – Erin Hahn
eARC Finished: June 7, 2020
“[…] I don’t know…I’m so conflicted on my thoughts about this book. I did really enjoy it and thought it was cute, a fun read, definitely a book I’ll be pushing at my best friend who is a massive contemporary fan, and definitely a book I’ll be pre-ordering. But on the other hand, it didn’t meet my expectations, sadly, and annoyingly, I can’t quite decipher why. So, I’ll leave it at this as to not ramble on – if you enjoyed, You’d Be Mine, pick this book up. If you’re a fan of contemporaries, pick this book up. If you’re a Brigid Kemmerer contemporary fan, pick this book up.”
Winter (Evermore Academy #1) – Audrey Grey
eBook Finished: June 8, 2020
“[…]I have no idea what to expect next for Summer. But I’m ready for a second year at Evermore, with her, the Winter Prince and Summer’s friends and drunk pixie. If you’re looking for a new story that feels like a favorite, you’re going to want to pick this book up. If you like books set in a school, you’re going to want to pick this book up. If you love Feyre and Rhys as much as I do, let me introduce you to Summer and the Winter Prince (he has a name, but you’ll have to read to find out what it is). Winter is already out, so you have no excuse to not go and buy it. You have time to catch up before Spring is released. Also, make sure you check out Audrey’s other books – they don’t disappoint either. “
The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2) – Kalyn Josephson
eARC Finished: June 9, 2020
“[…] I liked Thia’s journey, the ups and downs, and learning to trust herself. I liked how even when all hope seemed lost, she stood up for herself, for her people and fought back. She made herself be heard. I freaking love Res and want a giant bird that acts like a mix of a cat and a dog. I loved Ericen and their back and forth. That boy has a mind that goes straight to innuendo at every chance. It’s hysterical.
I loved the new friendships and bonds made along the way. Really the whole cast of this book is wonderful.”
The Green Door (The Eternal Artifacts #1) – Heather Kindt
eARC Finished: June 10, 2020
“[…] So, if you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable, low-pressure, portal fantasy meets Redwall, then give this a chance. Just turn your brain off for 300ish pages and read. Don’t try to be too critical. I’m definitely looking forward to reading book 2 when it comes out. I’m hooked enough to want to know what happens next. This book is out today, so there’s no wait!”
Opal (Lux #3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout / US Paperback Finished: June 14, 2020
“[…] Daemon and Katy are kind of ridiculous. Shit, I would have given anything for a hot alien to move in next door! But they’re teens! Okay, yeah, they might have alien powers, but come on LOL.
And I love Katy because she’s basically self-aware enough to realize that they are in fact just kids, trying to take on a government organization and what hope could they possibly have.
The way JLA writes her characters is one of my favorite things. They feel so real, so grounded, and often come across as pretty self-aware. They understand that the deck is stacked against them, but who cares? They also tend to be sassy af, and I enjoy that a lot.”
Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) – Laura Sebastian
US Hardcover Finished: June 16, 2020
“[…] I honestly don’t know what to say. This series could have been epic, but it fell so short. For how long this book was (and felt) nothing memorable happened. It’s been 2 hours since I finished reading it, and I only remember the ending. Not because it was memorable, but because it’s what I read last. The plot…or again, lack thereof, just didn’t work for me. I think my biggest complaint has got to be the pacing. If it had been quicker, I think I would have enjoyed the book overall, even if the end had left things to be desired. It was basically the slowest final confrontation you could have, without there even really being a confrontation. The stakes were sky high, but when it came down to it, they may have well be a two-inch twig stuck in the dirt.”
By Dark Deeds (Blade and Rose #2) – Miranda Honfleur
US Paperback Finished: June 20, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review TK / GR
“[…] Honestly, I forgot how good of a writer and storyteller Miranda is. It’s been a while since I read Blade and Rose but was able to pick this up with no problem. This is a very long book, a lot happens, but it didn’t feel unnecessarily long. Despite its size, it flows nicely and you’re left anticipating and anxiously waiting for Rielle and Jon to meet again, but the fact that they both have to face the things they’ve had to do for survival, leaves you breathless and hoping for the best.”
The Awakened (The Awakened Trilogy #1) – Amanda Carol
eBook Finished: June 22, 2020
“[…] This book made my Supernatural (the show), Greek Mythology and paranormal loving heart so happy. If you liked Vampire Diaries, Supernatural or The Oringinals, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It also gave me The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout vibes. That’s one of my favorite series, so I’m not complaining. I inhaled this book and I’m definitely going to be finishing the series. It’s a bit cheesy, but I happen to love cheese. You get sucked in, and the next thing you know is, you’ve finished book 1 and need book 2.”
Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) – Janella Angeles
eARC Finished: June 23, 2020
“[…] I enjoyed the slow buildup of the plot. Glorian is this mysterious place, surrounded by a mysterious wood. There almost seems to be this glazed, willful ignorance to the past, the history of the city. Clearly something happened, but what? So many moving game pieces, but what’s the game? I was never bored reading this book. All the questions, all the unknowns, Kallia trying to navigate what is essentially, a boy’s club, while running from her past…I found myself pleasantly confused in the best way possible. I kept reading because I wanted to know. I needed to know. Then you get to the end, those last couple scenes and so much is happening, some questions are answered, but a bunch of new ones need to be asked. The Epilogue hooks you and really makes you hate that book 2 isn’t already out, because again, I have questions and I want answers!”
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) – Danielle L. Jensen
Audiobook Finished: June 24, 2020
“[…] The world Danielle has created is stunning, diverse and so vivid. It comes to life in your mind, and honestly – despite the war – sounds like a magical place. It’s so fantastical and intricate and unique. I highly recommend picking up The Bridge Kingdom and The Traitor Queen. You’re seriously missing out. If you’re a fan of enemies to lovers, high fantasy and just a completely fantastic read with a fantastic cast, then you don’t want to miss this book – this series. I promise you.”
The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle Duology #1) – A.J. Varna
eARC Finished: June 29, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review TK / GR
“[…] This book just read so strangely. It was like the author was trying to portray sophisticated intelligence though her writing, but it just came across as super stiff and formal. The characters felt a little shallow and weren’t really likeable. It also felt like the book was trying to be a few different kinds of books at one time. A lot was going on, but it was like I wasn’t remembering what was happening from one chapter to the next. I do think that the ending was interesting, but everything prior to it was just meh. I can’t fathom what a second book could contain as the story seemed to wrap up. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t impressed.”
What books did you read and love, or not love in June? Let me know in the comments!