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August Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

I read 9 books in August, which I thought was quite good considering those 19 books in July made me quite exhausted.

In consideration to my TBR, I stuck to it in the beginning but then deviated (as always!). I did mainly keep to the plan (well done me) apart from Tempest and Slaughter and The Girl in the Storm which was both additions (🤨). I finished all the books I felt I had to “finish already”. I also finished a couple of series which I’m very pleased with.

All in all I’m happy with my reading month 😁

As a reminder:

  • 5 ivy leaves is an amazing book that stuck with me, surprised me, one I could stop thinking about, I got lost in, etc.
  • 4 ivy leaves is an enjoyable read something I really liked, but that’s it.
  • 3 ivy leaves are either a disappointing read, or the book is just OK.

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

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ARC – NetGalley

3 stars

The Story: Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two men show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war-ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival, she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

My Opinion: I wrote a full review here, but in short I enjoyed this book but felt it could have been so much better and bigger and bolder.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


Ebook – ReadHarder Challenge

5 leaves

The Story: True crime novel exploring the events around the Clutter’s murder in 1955 in Kansas. The book reimagines the perspectives of the family before they are murdered, the criminals and the investigators through the event.

My Opinion: I did a full review here. A truly fascinating account of a real-life murder and the hunt for the criminals. This was my first ever true crime novel and I thought I would start at the beginning of it all with In Cold Blood – the birth of the genre. I wasn’t disappointed! Truman’s ability to make you see two sides of a story without judging is amazing.

Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore


Ebook – Owned

4 stars

The Story: This is book 6 in the series and second to last. We follow the growing cast of the series fight of the Mogs around the Earth on the brings of invasion.

My Opinion: I really enjoyed this series and this book was no exception. The female characters are badass with emotions, Nine is funny as always, and Four is a great leader with both hardness and soft spots.

United as One by Pittacus Lore


Physical book – Library

4 stars

The Story: Final Showdown! No or never! The last one in the series and the cast is still fighting Mogs.

My Opinion: I found this to be a fitting end to the series. I truly enjoyed it and feel a bit sad that its over.

Series done ✅

Fire Study by Maria V Snyder


Ebook – owned

4 stars

The Story: Last book in the first trilogy. I won’t spoil the story or the plot for you.

My Opinion: I found the first half slow but it picked up in the second half. I had some issues feeling the tension and her reasons for some of her decisions and direction, but I did enjoy the story, the characters, the horses (😂), and the ending.

Series done ✅

 The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe


eBook – owned (will buy the physical copy)

4 stars

The story: A dystopian novel set in London with a dual perspective. One follows the fall of society and the rise of the new order, while the other is 90 years later within the new order as an uprising starts. Alice tries hard to create a solid core in the foundation of the new society whilst Carter fights to the position of ruler, age 15, with twins… 😳

My Opinions: I did a full review here. In short, I really enjoyed the change of scenery in a dystopian YA world, from America to London. It was refreshing.

 The Girl In The Storm by Ceri A Lowe


Ebook – Owned and ARC by NetGalley (+ physical book 😏)

4 stars

The Story: Book 2 in the Paradigm Trilogy. See book above for book 1 synopsis as I don’t want to spoil it 😊

My Opinion: I did a full review here. Now I might be a CoverHoe by I really like the covers on these books. Anyway, I enjoyed this book more than book 1, The Rising Storm. There were more emotion and connection for me toward the characters. There were more friction and action involving the characters and what is actually going on with the Industry. I can’t wait for book 3 which should be out in December 🤗

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce


Ebook – ARC

4 stars

The Story: Follows Arram and his two friends Varice and Ozorne as they start university and explore their magical abilities and the magical world away from their families.

My Opinion: I did a full review here. But in short, I really enjoyed this book. It was quite slow and focused more on learning magic than it did with the surrounding world and its problems. I will continue with this series and I will definitely check out her other books.

Evna by Siri Pettersen


Physical book – Owned

4 stars

The Story: This is the last in a series about parallel worlds and fantasy magic with humans, people with tales and the pale ones.

My Opinion: This was a good end to the series, but I did struggle with the will to read towards the end. I’m not sure what it was because when I did made myself read I got caught up in it and liked it. It was just an effort to make myself start.

Series done ✅

That’s it! Have you read any of these? What was your favourite book this month? Which book were you least impressed by this month?


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