June Wrap Up!

June Wrap Up!

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June was another great reading month and I managed a total of nineteen books! These past few months are definitely the most I’ve ever read in a month. I’d love to be able to continue this for the rest of the year but with lockdown restrictions being eased in July I doubt I’m going to make it through as many. I’m going to keep things short and sweet because there are so many to get through but full reviews will be available for them all!

Copy of book cover (66)1. The Donor – Clare Macintosh
This is one of the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads for 2020. It’s a creepy little story about a young girl who recieves a transplant, and the parent of the deceased donor who inserts herself into the life of the young girl and her family. It was a fast paced read with a fun twist at the end, but would have loved a longer story. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover2. The Curator – M W Craven
The third instalment in the Washington Poe series, this is rapidly becoming my favourite crime series of all time. Poe and Tilly are at it again, attempting to uncover the truth behind some gruesome murders in Cumbria. Despite being quite a thick book I completely devoured this, and I cannot wait for book four to come out. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (2)3. Wonderland – Juno Dawson
Wonderland is the third instalment in Juno Dawson’s London Trilogy. Despite all the books being linked you can read them as standalones and this was my first book by Juno Dawson. A bright and modern take on the tale of Alice in Wonderland, I really enjoyed this story of friendship, finding yourself and the underworld of excess (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (67)4. Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
I’ve made a deal with myself that I’m going to attempt to finish as many series/read as many sequels as possible for the rest of 2020 so I thought the Throne of Glass series would be a great place to start since I only ever read the first two. Fast paced and addictive, I had so much fun rereading this, I honestly have no idea why it has taken me so long to pick up the rest of the series.  (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-15T131539.2795. The Human Son – Adrian J Walker
This beautiful and moving tale follows a race of beings that have come to save the planet after the greed of humanity has almost destroyed it. After fixing all the problems humans have caused, they create a human in an experiment to see if they should be allowed to return to the planet. A really unique and inspiring read, I can’t wait to read more from this author (3.25/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T140551.5026. Little Creeping Things – Chelsea Ichaso
This was such a fast paced read that I ended up reading it pretty much in one sitting. The story of a young girl who jokingly plots the murder of her bully, and then the bully ends up dead. I guessed pretty early on who was behind it but it was still an incredibly gripping read. I also love that delightfully creepy cover. (3.75/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (65)7. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas
Continuing on with my reread I read Crown of Midnight and I’m so glad I decided to reread the first couple because I remembered pretty much nothing about this. I loved seeing the relationships between the main characters develop and I thought this was a really solid sequel – very much excited to pick up Heir of Fire. (5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (68)8. Darkness Rising – A A Dhand
Another of the 2020 Quick Reads, this is a prequel story in A A Dhand’s Detective Harry Virdee series. I saw the author speak at an event a number of years ago and always meant to pick up some of his books. I really enjoyed this fun and gritty little book and I’m definitely going to be trying a full length novel from this author. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (3)9. Midnight’s Twins – Holly Race
This beautifully written tale about twins that end up following in their mother’s footsteps to become knights of the dream world Annun, it was such a unique tale and I absolutely devoured this one. I loved seeing the relationship between Fern and Ollie change as learn to become knights and there was tons of action. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T141731.56410. Wilder Girls – Rory Power
This creepy story of a virus that plagues a school causing the girls to develop strange symptoms that destroy their bodies. I must admit that I had really high expectations for this book and while I did enjoy it, it wasn’t quite what I expected. A fascinating story and one loads of people will love. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (51)11. The Trials of Apollo: Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan
I took part in a readalong for this book and it was my first time reading a Rick Riordan book. It was such a fun read but I do kind of wish I had started with the Percy Jackson books instead. I’m definitely going to go back and read those first and then I’m going to continue on with the series. (3.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (35)12. The Falconer – Elizabeth May
This was one I pulled off my TBR at random and I’m so glad I did because I loved this so much. Steampunk Edinburgh, bad ass main character and monstrous creatures. I read the whole thing practically in one sitting and it was so much fun. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this up and I’ve already ordered the other two books in the trilogy. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (69)13. The Corset – Laura Purcell
I really loved The Silent Companions so I was really intrigued to pick up The Corset. This story was just as dark and eerie, and I absolutely adored it. The story of a young girl in prison for murder, she recounts her tale to a wealthy woman as their fates become intertwined. A brilliant tale and one of my favourites of the month. It was so cleverly executed, I didn’t want to put it down.  (4.5/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (70)14. Notting Hill Carnival – Candice Carty Williams
My third Quick Reads book, this isn’t the sort of thing I would normally read but I was intrigued and ended up really enjoying it. A West Side Story type tale in which a boy and girl from rival gangs fall in love. It was a really quick read but like the other two I would have loved a bit more. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (71)15. The Shamer’s Daughter – Lene Kaaberbol
This is another one that has been sitting on my TBR for some time and I’m so pleased that I finally picked it up. The beautifully written story of a world in which shamers can make people confess to their guilt and the story of a shamer’s daughter who is caught up in a plot to take over a town. It was fun and a great read if you’re looking for some light fantasy. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (38)16. The Girl From Widow Hills – Megan Miranda
A dark and twisty new book from Megan Miranda, this follows a girl who survived a horrific accident in which she was swept away during a storm and survived three days in the drainage system. Haunted by her past she changes her name and moves away, but the past doesn’t stay buried for long. Gripping and a great ending, this was such a good story. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (5)17. Call Me Joe – Martin Van Es & Andrew Crofts
This was a fascinating and thought provoking tale of an event in which the sun disappears for twelve minutes. After twelve minutes the sun returns and a man appears claiming to be the son of God, offering to help humanity make one last ditch effort to solve the problems that are destroying the plan. A really interesting read that I kept thinking about long after I’d finished reading. (4/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (72)18. The Last Human – Zack Jordan
This epic space opera follows Sarya, the last human in space. She’s also the thing the galaxy fears most. She has many questions about her past and why humans were deemed too dangerous, but has to contend with staying hidden at Watertower Station. When she encounters a bounty hunter events spiral out of control and Sarya ends up getting a lot more than she asked for. This one has plenty of action and is a really interesting read. (3/5 stars)

Copy of book cover (73)19. Elves War Fighting Manual – Den Patrick
I read the Orcs War Fighting Manual a few months back and decided it would be fun to pick up the next instalment. These are fun little fantasy books that recount the fighting styles of different races, they’re witty and quick little reads and I really enjoyed this one. I’m very intrigued to pick up the third and final book in the series, which focuses on the dwarves. (4/5 stars)

So those were the nineteen books I picked up in June. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought, as well as what your favourite read of June was!

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