MONTHLY WRAP-UP: June 2018

June started out as a super productive reading month and ended with me in a slump, but I still had fun participating in readathons throughout. More about that later, though. Let’s dive in!


BOOKS

books started: 9
books completed: 6
re-reads: 5
new-to-me books: 4
new-to-me authors: 1
total pages read: 2,680

Betrayed (P.C. & Kristin Cast): ★★★☆☆
This is the second book in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series. I recently decided to revisit this series because I needed a mindless read to work through in my free time — this series is perfect for that — and I never actually finished the entire series. Several things about these books irritate me, namely the attitude of the protagonist (and her friends) and the fact that I sometimes grind my teeth at the chosen one trope, but I enjoy the friendships and most of the plot. As far as this installment in particular, the first half of the book seems to drag. The last half, however, picks up and is actually really interesting and dark, which I appreciate.

Chosen (P.C. & Kristin Cast): ☆☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series. I’ll write more next month after I finish this one, but I’m predicting another 3-star rating.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Maas): ★★★★★
This is the third book in the A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES series. As anyone who is familiar with this series knows, book 3.1 (a novella set after the events in book 3) came out in May. In preparation for that, I re-read the first three books. I’ll tell you right now, after re-reading this series multiple times, some of the cheesier moments will make you physically cringe, but that doesn’t diminish my love for this book. If I had to pick a favorite so far, it would probably still be the second book, ACOMAF, because I prefer Feyre’s introduction to her new court to all of the planning for war, which is what this book is about. That being said, my favorite scene in the series so far is in this book — the scene where all of the courts meet to create an alliance. Also, I get my Lucien back, whom I love and adore with every fibre of my being.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (Sarah J. Maas): ★★☆☆☆
I also finished book 3.1 this month, and it was extremely disappointing. It physically hurts me to rate a COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES book so low, but it took me for-fucking-ever to get through, even though it was only 229 pages. I didn’t even like the sneak peek at the end, which is what everyone was raving about. I think I’m just disappointed because I went into this with such a positive attitude even after seeing low ratings and really believed I would still love every second with Feyre — and, I mean, there were some redeeming scenes, like the scenes of her painting, but I was so bored overall that I had to literally force myself to read a couple chapters a day. The only saving graces (and the reason I gave it two stars instead of one) were Azriel, Elain, and my few precious moments with Lucien. Still, I’m looking forward to the next novel, which will hopefully grip me as much as the first three, since I do like Cassian quite a bit, and I’m sure Nesta will grow on me.

The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black): ★★★★☆
You can read my full review here.

Dungeons & Dragons, Player’s Handbook (James Wyatt, et al.): ☆☆☆☆☆
I was introduced to Dungeons & Dragons for the first time last year and have fallen head-over-heels in love with it. I’ve skimmed through the 5e handbook several times now, but since our first 5e game is officially about to start, I’m doing a careful read-through to see what all is different than 4e. I’m sure this will be a 5-star read, but I’ll talk more about it next month, or whenever I finish it.

Passenger (Alexandra Bracken): ★★★★★
This is the first book in the PASSENGER duology. You can read my full review here.

Wayfarer (Alexandra Bracken): ☆☆☆☆☆
This is the second and final book in the PASSENGER duology. I’ll write more next month after I finish this one, but I’m predicting another 5-star rating. I would have finished it this month, but reading this immediately after finishing Passenger put me in a reading slump. As beautiful as this series is, I’m actually not a fan of time-travel, so too much in a short span of time is probably what did me in.

Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard): ★★★★★
This is the first book in the RED QUEEN series. You can read my full review here.


BOOKS MENTIONED


PETS

Time for some exciting news! This month, I added a new animal to my ever-growing family. So, meet Shadow! He’s the sweetest thing, though at the moment, he and my other cat, Dash, are trying to establish a hierarchy, which means I’ve seen quite a few stare-downs, lots of hissing and growling, and one actual fight that had to be broken up. Introductions are fuuuuun, y’all. I’m sure I’ll have more updates as he grows more comfortable.

Shadow

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