Hello, bookish friends!
I hope you all are having a great summer so far and are conquering those TBRs!
I’m currently writing this blog post on my way to the beach for the week, and I’m really excited to have a break for a little bit. What are your summer plans?
I’ve been slowly but surely working on reading through the *billions* of books on my summer TBR...it’s easier said then done sometimes.
Especially when I’m juggling a job, working on my WIPs, taking bookstagram photos, and life in general. But, I am most definitely not complaining. I’m having an awesome summer and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Fun news: I was asked to be on the street team for Keena Roberts’ new book WILD LIFE! I’m so excited to help promote her book (which releases in November 2019)!
In more fun news: I accepted a full staff position at MuggleNet! For those of you who knew, I’ve been an intern there since March. I’m really happy to have joined the team as a Social Media coordinator! (What that means is that I help schedule and write some of the tweets for MuggleNet).
I thought I’d do some mini reviews of the books I’ve read so far, and list some of my favorite things about what I’ve been reading.
The first book I read this summer was ROSEBLOOD by A. G. Howard. It’s a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in modern-day! You can find my full review below. https://sadiebwriter.weebly.com/blog/roseblood-ya-book-review
Some of my favorites things were...
+The fact that the author made the Phantom an older man, and had the story focus on his adopted son Thorn.
+The author introduces an aspect of the Phantom of the Opera that I had never thought of before: he is a vampire. The reason he has lived so long and never died (and eventually outlived Christine) was that he was basically immortal. I loved this new reimagining of the Phantom!
+The ending was a plot-twist that I was not expecting and the writing style was lyrical and easy to read.
+If you are I hopeless romantic like I, you’ll highly enjoy the old-world French costumes, architecture, mannerisms, and references.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = 4 stars
The next thing I read this summer was A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin.
+I was worried at first, because I haven’t ever seen the TV show and I heard it could get a little *cough* rough at times. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying the book!
+I love the world building and just how detailed everything is. The scale reminds me of Lord of the Rings, but it’s also different enough to where I can enjoy reading it without making any comparisons.
+I also like the fact that Martin gives us so many POVs to follow. I ended up picking my favorite characters really early on in the book (Dany, Tyrion, Jon Snow, Ned Stark) and I’ve enjoyed reading more about them.
+(And I’m in House Stark, for those wondering. 😂)
*I would recommend that people ages 17+ read the books. There is quite a bit of violence and some sexuality, but not nearly as much as the show.*
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = 4 stars
The next book I read was TEETH IN THE MIST by Dawn Kurtigach. It was my first YA horror book, and I surprisingly really enjoyed it! You can find my full review below. https://sadiebwriter.weebly.com/blog/teeth-in-the-mist-ya-book-review
What I liked about the book was...
+Roan’s POV is told from third-person, and Zoey’s is told mainly from first-person, but through scenes that she’s recorded with her camera. I thought the stark contrast between the way that the two girls tell the story is very unique, and I personally haven’t seen it done before.
+Another really cool thing about TEETH IN THE MIST is that it incorporates the use of different text sizes, pictures, and word imagery.
+I love the psychological horror movie called The Village, and it gave me “Village” vibes because of the fact that nobody really knows what’s going on until we get toward the end of the book.
+Dawn Kurtagich does a great job at hooking the reader and keeping them hooked for the entirety of the story. There were so many plot twists and mysteries to solve that I found myself having to slow down so I didn’t read the book all in one sitting!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = 4.3 stars
I also read SONG OF THE ABYSS by Makiia Lucier! I really enjoyed this book, and you can find my original review here. https://sadiebwriter.weebly.com/blog/song-of-the-abyss-a-ya-book-review
Some of my favorite things were...
+Makiia Lucier’s new sequel focuses on the adventures of beginning navigator Reyna, who was a minor character in the first book. Reyna proves to be a delightful and powerful character to follow; her journey to solve a mystery that has taken control of the seas is very exciting!
+Reyna is one of my new favorite female main characters, because she is different from the rest of them. While she can fight very well, she shows her vulnerable side at times. She’s not hard and tough all the time, like many MCs are. She enjoys painting and navigating, as well as sailing. Plus, she’s excellent at solving riddles.
+You won’t be disappointed by all the rich detail, entertaining characters, and action-packed scenes!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ = 5 stars
I haven’t really read as much as I’d like too this summer, but I’ve been getting better at it! 😂
Right now, I’m currently reading A CLASH OF KINGS by George R. R. Martin and ROBBER GIRL by S. T. Gibson! I’m loving them both and I can’t wait to bring you reviews later next week.
Next up for the summer is THE PHANTOM FOREST by Liz Kerin, STAR WARS: CREATURES from Abrams Books, and KINGSBANE by Claire LeGrand! I’ll update y’all as I read them. 👍🏼
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