I had a surprisingly productive month considering how busy my life has been. Now that my plans have subsided, I hope that I will have even more time to read and review. This is my first monthly summary, and I hope you enjoy it. I always welcome comments and constructive criticism, so please don’t hesitate. I have a good set of books to read this month, so I am eager and excited! So far I only have four books on my list for the month, but I will likely add more.
My Month in Titles and Covers:
The Stand by Stephen King: My Full Review
The Stand took me FOREVER to read; mostly because it was 1400 pages, partly because I didn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to. Stephen King does an excellent job at crafting a thorough, and well-developed story. His characters are as realistic as they are relatable, but reading the unabridged version was incredibly daunting.
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro: My Full Review
I absolutely ADORED the first book in this series (read my review of it here). Cavallaro took an old idea and created something entirely new. With complex characters and an engaging plot, The Last of August was probably my favorite book of the month to read.
Justin Trudeau: The Natural Heir by Huguette Young: My Full Review
Non-fiction is tricky to review, but this book was surprisingly entertaining. Cataloging the life of the current Canadian PM, this biography proved to be very insightful and informative.
Infinity Reborn by S. Harrison: My Full Review
This was an incredibly fun story. An excellent mix of sci-fi and reality that makes it seem almost possible. Filled with heartbreak and happiness alike (but mostly heartbreak), this conclusion to the trilogy is satisfying, fulfilling, and saddening all at the same time.
Journey to Nel Mezzo by Jennifer Sloane:
So I didn’t get a chance to write a full review of this book because I didn’t realize that Beyond Nel Mezzo was a sequel until after I had already requested it on NetGalley. So, essentially, I read Journey as quickly as I could to get Beyond finished and reviewed ASAP. That being said, Jennifer Sloane took a great idea for a story and turned it into reality. Her writing was delightful, filled with imagery that is so immersive, it’s ridiculous. This excellent Coming-of-Age tale starts off with an immature protagonist and ends with a well-developed, and relatable character.
Beyond Nel Mezzo by Jennifer Sloane: My Full Review
This second-installment was…interesting. The plot moved quickly, and it wasn’t boring, but I didn’t come away with any new feelings or epiphanies. Perhaps that’s because it’s a YA title, i.e. the lessons of the story were ones that I have already learned and therefore didn’t resonate with me. I found Celeste and Gabe’s relationship to be a bit toxic, but that could just be my cynicism talking. The final twist left me immensely irate, and therefore was effective, because it will definitely force me to read the next installment.
Cells Are the New Drugs by Robin L. Smith: My Full Review
I had my nerd glasses on throughout the entire course of this book. I had quite a bit of foundational knowledge on the topics covered in this book, but it left me feeling elated. It filled me with such hope, and a positive outlook, I nearly forgot that I’m a cynic.
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines:
All right, so I am a little over 100 pages into this book, and so far it’s proven to be incredibly exciting. Eli Teague is a relatable protagonist, and I can tell I’m going to enjoy his company. Harry is still a bit of an enigma, but I assume that will likely change soon.
Artemis by Andy Weir:
I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK. This is definitely my most anticipated read of the month, and the noise I made when I was accepted to receive an ARC of this book was inhuman. I absolutely LOVED Andy Weir’s first novel, The Martian, so when I saw that this was coming out I couldn’t hit “request” fast enough.
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia:
As a fan of the Dragon Age game franchise, this book was reminiscent of the culture of Orlaise, and so I read it and immediately requested it. A mixture of fantasy, and likely romance, I am looking forward to immersing myself in a new world.
The Prometheus Effect by David Fleming:
When I read the description of this book, it reminded me of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series. I adored the story and characters, so I was excited to request this one. I am hoping that the story proves to be immersive and entertaining.