Hello! This is my wrap-up for June and July 2015 :) 

I've had a great time reading all these books, 17 in total. Not all were lighthearted but that is also what makes books exciting! 

 

His dark materials-Phillip Pullman

 

This trilogy is the absolute favorite of a good friend of mine. She praises it so much and this I had pretty high expectations. And I have to say I was a little disappointed. For me it was quite hard to get through even though it was really interesting and really well thought out. I understand the high praises for this and I did like it, but I might have to re-read before I can fully appreciate it. Favorite book of the three was the third one. 

Fav Character: Will

  

Gone-Micheal Grant

The first in a series of six books. Can't wait to get to the rest of the series. The first book was really compelling and I can't for the life of me imagine what will happens next. 

Fav Characters: Sam, Astrid, and Lana

 

The Bane Chronicles-Cassandra Clare

This was so much fun! It consist of ten short stories about Magnus Bane from TMI and TID. These stories take place all over the world and all through time. Long before either TMI or TID and also during these series. 

Fav (guest) Character: Alec (so cute)

 

Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda-Becky Albertalli

I enjoyed this so much! During the final part, I just could not stop smiling. This book really is a pick me up! Of course there is some drama but it is written in such a way that it is still lighthearted :) 

 

All the Bright Places-Jennifer Niven

This book spoke to all the feels. It was heart-wrenching and so beautiful but so so sad. I loved the two point of views and how they kind of mirrored development. Not a pick me up but sill a must-read.

 

The Mara Dyer trilogy-Michelle Hodkin

I don't think I've read many books with unreliable narrators and I always thought I would get confused because of it, but this was awesome. I think it helped that Mara knew that she didn't know for sure what was real and what was not. As the reader you are a bit confused but that's okay because the character is also confused. I love how Noah's character developed. I loved how Noah protected Mara, how he believed her even when she didn't completely believe herself. I love Noah. 

 

World After & End of Days-Susan Ee

The second and the last parts of the Angelfall series. I liked the first one the best and felt the ending was rushed and not completely believable. There is a lot that's unresolved about the world and it feels that there would be more consequences for certain action. The take on Beliel I found surprisingly interesting (but then I do love time travel or whatever this was). I really enjoyed this series but I do think it did not completely live up to potential.   

 

A Breath of Snow and Ashes-Diana Gabaldon

The sixth book in the Outlander series! And it was so much fun. Again. The previous volume was, in after thought, not that exciting. In this one, the time travel element is expanded and I loved it. Also the political stuff was kept to a minimum and we saw more from different perspectives. More of Jamie's thoughts and more of the Brianna/Roger dynamic. Diana Gabaldon also took some risks in bigger plot twists again, making this book so much more exciting than The Fiery Cross. :) 

 

An Ember in the Ashes-Sabaa Tahir

 

 

Precious Stone Trilogy-Kristen Gier

 

 

 

Since You've Been Gone-Morgan Matson

 

 

For August I will focus on rereading Harry Potter! 

 

Happy Reading!

-S