It’s that time again, my montly book update is here! I had a much slower reading month in July and read just five books. But I did manage to tick off a few books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages, like Sarah J Maas’ latest series and The Underground Railroad, so that’s pretty good. Read on to see what I read and what I thought of those five July reads…
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J Maas. So it’ll come as no surprise for you to discover that I adored the first book in her new series. A Court of Thorns and Roses has everything that her Throne of Glass series has – feisty heroines, intriguing love interests, dark secrets and creepy monsters all wrapped up in a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is a must-read. You will devour it in one sitting. I guarantee it.
There’s been an awful lot of buzz about this book over the last year, in fact it was one of the biggest fiction releases of last year. Which I found surprising as I didn’t really enjoy it. It felt overly long and like you didn’t quite get to know enough about all the characters. It’s the tale of one cul-de-sac in a small town in England back in the 70s and how everyone reacts when a woman goes missing one day. We discover the secrets and lies cloaking the road and follow two young girls as they try and solve the mysterious disappearance. It’s interesting but I’m not sure the hype is warranted.
One of Us is Lying is a really pacy read following five kids – the jock, the geek, the misfit, the bad boy and the queen bee – who all go into detention one afternoon and one of them dies. The rest of the kids are suspected in the mysterious death as they were int he room when it happens. The story is told from the perspective of all the kids, each one taking a chapter each, and as the story unfolds secrets are revealed, alliances changed and reality questioned. The twist is perhaps a little obvious but that doesn’t stop this book being a good read.
This book is incredible and 100% deserves all the praise that’s being sent its way. It tells the story of one girl’s experience as a slave in the southern states of America in 19th century and what happens when she decides to flee. So far it’s won or been nominated in every major book award. So it’s fair to say I expected a lot. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. This book is sensitively told, utterly fascinating and completely enthralling. From page one I was rooting for Cora and invested in her story. It’s storytelling at its best.
Imagine you were suddenly transported into your favourite book or film and became the heroine. Would you do what needed to be done to ensure the story ended how it needed. To ensure good trumps over evil? No matter what the cost? That’s the question Violet must ask herself as she’s transported into an alternate universe, that of her favourite book and film The Gallows Dance thanks to a freak accident while at ComicCon. Can she hold it together long enough to ensure the survival of herself and her friends? And what happens when she falls for the other guy and not the main hero?
The Fandom has such an interesting premise, and understandably one that’s gone down well with me and every other bookish person I know who’s read it. As for the storytelling, it’s brilliant. The world Day has created is immersive, the characters realistic and flawed and the storytelling it page-turning. I defy you not to be hooked on chapter one!
So there we go, my five July reads. Now, tell me, how was your reading month? What books did you love, which did you hate and have you read any of the books I read this month?