August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

I’ve had such a busy August, since I flew out to spend some time with my family, but I was still able to read ten things and I’m halfway through an eleventh! And most of those were really good reads that I’m so happy I finally got around to. I was participating in ARC August this month, so I spent the majority of my reading time focusing on ARCs, especially with so many amazing books coming out this September. Out of the ten things I read, six of those were ARCs!

Also, my birthday was four days ago!:

I had such an amazing day! I just wanted to say thank you for everyone that reached out to me to wish me a happy birthday! I appreciate each and every one of you and I’m so blessed to have you guys read my book reviews!

I’ve also been participating in #TheReadingQuest since August 13th, so this is my character so far!:

The Reading Quest is going on until September 10th! I will be sure to do an individual wrap up with everything I read while participating in the readathon, but I’m super happy with my progress so far!

Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in depth review of each book and see the individual trigger warnings.

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald – ★★★★
This debut novel blew me away. This releases October 3rd for us Americans, and I completely recommend picking this up with my whole heart. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and we follow a bounty hunter that gets wrapped up in something much bigger than he imagined. This was phenomenal and the writing was so very lyrical. I could have highlighted this whole book.

Vein Of Love (Blackest Gold #1) by R. Scarlett – ★★
I didn’t love this, but it has so much potential. This is a story that takes place in our world, but demons live among us. The two main characters are forced to interact, once an ancient family pact has promised them to be married. I originally picked this up because it was a wattpad story, written by an amazingly sweet author who has taken the Instagram world by storm! And even though I didn’t fall in love with this, I completely plan on picking up the next book in the series, just because the author has made that positive of an impact on me.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – ★★★★★
This is the first book in an own voices Muslim Fantasy series, that walks the line between Young Adult and Adult. I loved this. It was unique and beautiful and has so many good messages. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2017, and I can’t recommend this enough when it releases this November 14th.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin – ★★★★
This was a buddy read with Petrik that was very polarizing for us! I really enjoyed this one, but I still didn’t think it was quite as good as The Fifth Season. It was still super enjoyable, and helped make this series one of my favorites of all time.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – ★★★
This is a debut novel that is also a very reminiscent loose fairytale mashup retelling of Snow White and Frozen. It also has a f/f romance, but the relationship was not as predominant as I wish it was. This story still has a lot of very important and good feministic discussions, but I just wish it didn’t read so young. This releases September 5th, 2017 and this was also was a buddy read with Destiny!

Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas – ★★★★
Guys, all I’ve wanted to read this summer is NA romance. This book totally didn’t disappoint, and if anything, just made me crave it even more. Also, Penelope Douglas is becoming one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve been reading a book of hers every month and I am finding myself just falling more and more in love with her writing and her characters. Bully is a hate to love romance, between two neighbors finishing their last year of high school.

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin – ★★★★★
The best series finale in existence. I also buddy read this with Mary & Petrik and we all ended up giving this a perfect five star rating! Seriously, this series has such amazing representation and the story mirrors the world we are living in today. Please, go give The Fifth Season a try, and get ready to read one of the most unique and powerful series of all time.

Raven’s Mark: (The Raven Queen’s Harem #1) by Angel Lawson – ★★
This was for sure the worst book I read this month. I only picked this up for #TheReadingQuest readathon, and I needed something for the mythology quest. The mythology behind this book is based on The Morrígan from Irish mythology. Morrígan is said to be a phantom-like banshee queen that is associated with anything war. This book is basically setting up for the rest of the series that is going to star a reverse harem. Unfortunately, this book just really didn’t work for me.

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – ★★★★★
A F/F murder mystery set in a Broadway theater. Have I sold you yet? I buddy read this with Elise and we both really enjoyed it. This was such a switch up from all the fantasy I’ve been reading all year, and I was so thankful to have received this ARC. Like, please, give me all the stories that star girls loving girls. This releases October 10th, 2017!

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1) by Linsey Miller – ★★
I was instantly drawn to this because this book stars a gender fluid main character. After I heard that, I couldn’t resist requesting an ARC. I liked this okay, I guess, but I was very far from loving this. This story is about a thief, that enrolls in a tournament to be one of the Queen’s assassins. I mean, that is a super cool premise, but unfortunately this tournament, where they are all trying to kill each other constantly, was just really dragged out and made for a boring read. Yet, I do have very high hopes that the next book in this series will be much better.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – N/A
This is a buddy read with Mary! ❤ I am more than halfway through and really enjoying this. I hope to continue to love it, and I hope to hear from more Latinx reviewers before release date! This will for sure be the first thing I finish in September!

August was a very busy month for me! Yet, I was still impressed with what I was able to read, mostly in the beginning weeks of the month! I’m still going to be in Michigan with my family for another two weeks, so I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to accomplish in that time, but I hope you all had an amazing August and have an even more amazing September!

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27 thoughts on “August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

  1. Love seeing Penelope Douglas on your list. Her books are truly amazing. Not everyone is a 5 star for me, but they all somehow touch me in a unique and strong way. Have you read Punk 57 yet??? That book was really hard for me to rate because it felt very authentic, almost too authentic for me. I can’t wait to read HIDEAWAY, it’s hopefully being released this month.

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    1. I have read Punk 57 and I looooooved it! And yeah, I’m more excited than words can express about Hideaway! It feels so good to gush with a fellow fan! Normally people just comment on the Fantasy I read, but I could rave about Penelope Douglas all day! 💖

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      1. She is pretty cool!!! And I get it:D I have the problem that I mostly read romance but have a love for Fantasy as well with some suspense and YA thrown in. It’s hard to find readers that cover all of those genres. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Mogsy! Ahhh, I loved The City of Brass so much! I hope you enjoy it, too! I’m patiently waiting for that review from you now, haha! Happy September, love! ❤️


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