June 2017 Wrap Up!!

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In June my reading picked up a bit. While I didn’t read a huge number of books I was reading almost every single day and that makes me insanely happy because I was losing my love for reading for a while there. I am happy to say my reading love is back and full force! With that being said, I read three books this month and I purchased one. I completed three of the challenges for my 2017 challenge. I don’t have a book of the month this month because I didn’t have one that really stuck out more than the others. With that being said let’s jump into all the info!

 

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House of Furies (House of Furies, #1) Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) The Gilded Cage

 

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Royal Bastards

 

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5. A historical fiction
17. A book with illustrations
40. A book published in 2017

 

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May 2017 Wrap Up
House of Furies Review
Dreamfall Review
The Gilded Cage Review

 

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

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The Gilded CageDate Published: August 2, 2016

Published By:  Henry Holt & Co

Pages: 245

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/21/17-6/27/17

Rating: 3-star-rating

 

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Goodreads SynopsisAfter growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident.

A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?

 

My Thoughts: I was really excited for this book when it first came out but for whatever reason I never got around to picking it up until now. Sadly, it wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. The main character Katherine was probably my favorite part of the story. I liked that she didn’t just take the simple explanation for things and that she stood her ground and didn’t just lay down in the face of such a drastic life change. We didn’t really get to know any of the secondary characters. They were just kind of there and while that did add to the feel of Katherine feeling so isolated in England, it would have been nice to get to see if a tiny bit more of the other characters in the book. As for the story itself, there were a few things that happened that took me by surprise, but other than that it was kind of average. We got a satisfying ending, however, I would have liked an epilogue to see where things were a month or so after the events of the book. I will say that it was a fairly quick read. I was only reading this before I went to sleep and every time I picked it up I flew through the pages and it went by quickly. Overall, it was just kind of okay and not as good as I was hoping it would be.

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)Date Published: May 2, 2017

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 288

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/16/17-6/20/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

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Goodreads SynopsisCata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

 

My Thoughts: This was one of the books I was really looking forward to this year and it ended up being way better than I thought it was going to be. The concept was just done so well. I loved that we got three different points of view throughout the story. Cata and all of the other characters were great and they were all different. There was one nightmare that was so bad that it freaked me out like crazy. A few things happened that I wasn’t expecting to happen. One of those things I kind of figured out a few chapters before it happened, but it was still a little shocking. I was not a fan of how this ended on such a cliffhanger though! I had to go back and double check that it was in fact the ending because of how much of a cliffhanger it was. Needless to say I am beyond excited to find out how things go in the next book, once a sequel gets announced that is!

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

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House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)Date Published: May 30, 2017

Published By: HarperTeen

Pages: 416

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/7/17-6/16/17

Rating4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisAfter escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

 

My Thoughts: This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. It didn’t disappoint! I thought that this book was great. The characters were all so unique and I loved Lousia, our main character. It was cool to get to learn all these things that she has to learn and come to accept right along side of her. The story itself was good and interesting. I loved all the illustrations and images throughout the story. I wasn’t thrilled that it ended on a small cliffhanger but it makes me that much more excited for the next book in the series!

May 2017 Wrap Up!

May Wrap Up

May was a crazy month for me. I did more reading than I thought I was going to. I had major surgery on the 23rd so I haven’t been doing much of anything for the last week. The surgery was elective and I can talk more about what it was and why I made the decision to have the surgery in another post if you guys are interested in that! I managed to read five books this month and I purchased two. The two books from the first half of the year that I was most excited about came out this month. I completed a few of my reading challenges as well! So let’s just go ahead and get to what I managed to do this month!


 

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

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7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitles)

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2017
The Goodreads Tag
Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
My Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Covers
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Giant Days Volume One by John Allison
Things I Want More of in Books
Books That Would Make Good Event Themes
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Anticipated Releases: June 2017

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)Date Published: April 26, 2016

Published By: Scholastic Press

Pages: 439

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 5/12/17-5/29/17

Rating: 4-12-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisThe fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

My Thoughts: I thought that this was a great conclusion to the series. I don’t think I was as wowed by this as everyone else was. I feel that way about the whole series. It took me a while to get into it. I will admit I am completely in love with the couples in this series!!! If you have read this you will understand my love for chapter 33….. no words are needed! The was quite a lot of action in the last 20-25% of the story and I enjoyed that section the most. The writing in this book is gorgeous. I will say though that The Dream Thieves was my favorite book from the series! Also, this cover of this book is stunning!!! Let me know what you think about this book/series if you have read it!