Hello Fellow Readers,

How did your summer go?

I know you are thinking and screaming the same, but… where did the summer go? Time flies so fast. While I was busy working freelance, and my contract is now sadly over (sigh), August was my best reading month so far. I can’t believe I read 14 books. LOL! I actually said out loud the F word while checking and counting my reading pile. Well done to me (clap clap clap)!! It also was the month with higher ratings.

So, last month I read:

  • The Lady Alchemist – Samantha Vitale (3/5 stars)
  • Shileded – KayLynn Flanders (5/5 stars)
  • Forest of Souls – Lori M. Lee (DNF’ed)
  • The Burning Kingdoms – Sally Green (5/5 stars)
  • Crave – Tracy Wolff (5/5 stars)
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (2/5 stars)
  • The Everlasting Rose – Dhonielle Clayton (DNF’ed)
  • Dark Triumph – Robin LaFevers (5/5 stars)
  • Twisted Fates – Danielle Rollins (5/5 stars)
  • Gideon The Ninth (DNF’ed)
  • Now I Rise – Kristine White (5/5 stars)
  • Bright We Burn – Kristine White (4/5 stars)
  • Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko (5/5 stars)
  • War Storm – Victoria Aveyard (1/5 stars)

I had three DNF’ed which I count as read, because I abandoned the ship halfway.

I got Forest of Souls via FairyLoot, but unfortunately, I reached a point when I realised I couldn’t care less about the main character and I left. Same for Gideon The Ninth. I know this book has lots of good reviews and a massive fandom, but I didn’t really get what I was reading and why. So I gave up this one as well. The Everlasting Rose, tough, it was really sad to let it go. The Everlasting Rose is the sequel of The Belles, which I absolutely loved. It’s a story about this dystopian world, where everybody is obsessed by beauty and fashion trends, and there are these girls, the Belles, who have magic powers and they can change your face according to certain beauty standards. I had lots of expectations about this one but I was missing the magic of the first book, in the sense that there was literally no use of magic from the main character, Camellia. It was really slow and I had to let it go. Life is too short and there are too many books out there I want to read. I am so sorry!!

I read three ARCS this month. The Burning Kingdoms by Sally Green – which was the ending of one of my favourite series ever, The Smoke Thieves, and I will try to write a post about this series separately because it deserves it.  And Crave by Tracy Wolf, I still can’t believe I love it so much. 

And finally, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I know I am in the minority here, but, hear me out.

This was one of my most awaited reads of the year, and I understand the writer put in so much work for this story and I respect that. But I am afraid it was a disappointing read. I gave it a try because V.E. Schwab built high expectations and hype around this title over the years. To be honest, I almost DNF’ed this book.

I found it incredibly slow-paced. With all the flashback from both Addie and Henry aside, I felt the plot was almost non-existent. I honestly thought that Henry was a way more intriguing character than Addie, almost overshadowing her. All the big revelations are left to an inconclusive, rather sappy and ambiguous ending. Luc/devil character is the most underdeveloped and confusing character of this novel, and important details of his relationship with Addie are untold until the very end (last 20%), and it just made the story more frustrating.

The writing is still exceptional, I won’t argue against that. I can’t help but say I was expecting so much more from this story though, mostly from the ending. It felt to me this story is more of an outline, or a script for a movie than a novel. 2 stars/5.

Moving on from my honest and unpopular opinion, I finished three series! YESSS!

  • The Smoke Thieves
  • The Conqueror’s Saga
  • Red Queen

The last book of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, War Storm, was sitting on my pile of TBR for a while, gathering dust. I really enjoyed the first book. The second book was meh, but I continued to read, I thought that, you know, it was just the middle book, building up for something bigger. Boy, I was so stupid. The third book was one of the most boring and absurd things I read. And please don’t ask me why, I ended up buying a signed personalised limited edition of the fourth book which I couldn’t bring myself to read. I made it a 2020 reading goal and I finally finished this series. What the actual f***? I knew it was going to be bad but… so s**t? 600+ more page for that inexplicable, useless, unjustified, crappy ending? Four books for what?? I should add one more star to this review. One for Aveyard for all the unnecessary Iris’s chapters/fillers and one for me, for completing this series.

But now I can start three new series without feeling guilty to my TBR! And sorry for the swearing.

My favourite read of this month is definitely Shielded, I couldn’t put it down. But Raybearer was closed to the first spot as well. I will post a better review soon.

What did I watch?

I gave another chance to The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. When it first came out, me and my hubby watched the first two episodes. We loved the soundtrack but the pace was quite slow so we didn’t continue it. We decided to give it another go and in the end we almost binge watched season 2. Gosh, I am so hooked now. I can’t wait to see Season 3.

And I think I will close this post here, I think I have annoyed you enough with my nonsense. Thanks for reading!

Talk with you soon!