June Wrap-Up!

In the month of June I managed to read a total of 7 books which is a bit more than I usually manage so I am quite happy with that amount!  ᵔᴥᵔ

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The first book that I read was Winter, the fourth and final book of the Lunar Chronicles. After starting the series in 2015 I finally managed to convince myself to read the final book and I am so happy I did! The book was a whirlwind of so many emotions ranging from excitement to suspense to joy to fear to never-ending giggles. It was a pure delight to read, probably my second favourite book of the entire series! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect conclusion. (rating: ✿✿✿✿✿)

Image result for this song will save your lifeAfter the weight of Winter, I was in the mood for a contemporary and so I picked up This Song Will Save Your Life. Overall I thought it was an enjoyable read. The premise was really interesting and different from other contemporaries I read before. It follows our MC Elise who has a hard time making friends and when her latest attempt to recruit some fails she is moments away from giving up. Fortunately enough she happens to stumble upon a warehouse party in the dead of night and is introduced to a whole new world of friendship, romance and DJing. Elise is a very relatable character, while reading her narration I sometimes felt like I was reading my own thoughts from when I was 15/16 and insecure about myself. While the situations Elise found herself in were not very realistic I still think it was a good read!  (rating: ✿✿✿, trigger warnings: suicide, self harm, depression, bullying)

Image result for colleen hoover it ends with usNext I read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I have read a couple of Colleen Hoover books before when I was younger and I’ve always enjoyed her writing. I know some of her books are quite controversial, however I think It Ends With Us is one of her better if not best one. I believe this is a book you should go into without knowing much about because it packs much more of an impact. Just know it is a heart wrenching story of passionate romance, friendship and familial ties. It explores situations that are difficult to understand and even harder to accept. It is an incredibly raw and honest book. It was so emotional that I cried multiple times while reading it. It might not be for everyone, even I had some issues with it, however if you are thinking of reading any Colleen Hoover book let it be this one. (rating: ✿✿✿✿, trigger warnings contain spoilers so look them up at your own risk)

Image result for blue lily lily blueThen I finally managed to finish Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in the Raven Cycle. I started this book in 2015 (!!!!!) and have been reading it on and off for 3 years now. I don’t know what was wrong with me because there was certainly nothing wrong with the book. I would just always pick it up at busy points in my life which resulted in it getting neglected and put off countless times. I really do enjoy the Raven Cycle series however I feel like I didn’t like this book as much because it dragged on for so long (my fault entirely). However I also felt like not a lot happened in this book in general which was a bit of a letdown. I was considering not finishing the last book however seeing as there are no spoilerly plot summaries online, I might just have to go out and buy it! (rating: ✿✿✿)

Image result for on the fence bookNext I decided to read On the Fence. I know so many people who refer to Kasie West as the queen of contemporaries so I decided to give her books a chance…..big mistake. I had a lot of problems with On the Fence. The MC was very annoying, rude, defensive and entitled. For example when a friend’s grandma passes away in the middle of a soccer game her response is “Should we finish the game, then?” and “What should I understand about some lady dying of a disease she’d been fighting?” She feels that because she lost her mom at a young age it entitles her to be rude because she went through more grief. She’s also one of those girls that is “different” because she’s sporty and doesn’t wear makeup. When asked What do you mean by ‘normal’ girls? her response is Girls that aren’t into sports. Her idea of normals girls is those who are into “shopping or hair or whatever.” That annoyed me so much, like what era are you in? There are no limitations to what being a girl is, don’t put yourself and other girls in a box for goodness sake. Eventually she learns she can be BOTH sporty and wear dresses (shocker I know) however since she spends the the majority of the book being ignorant I found it hard to enjoy. (rating: ✿✿)

Image result for every heart a doorwayFinally I read two books in the Wayward Children companion series, Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. The first book is about children who have slipped through magical worlds through wardrobes and rabbit holes and eventually manage to come back to the real world. It deals with their efforts to adapt to their old life at a specialised boarding school while still longing for the worlds they left behind. The book turns very creepy very quick and is filled with mystery and suspense. There is great diversity in the characters which are all vibrant and unique. The writing is also exceptionally beautiful. The only flaw of the books is how short they are! I felt like the 170 pages could have easily been at least 300. I would have loved to read a more in depth exploration of the characters and the mystery involved. Thankfully as it is a companion series we get some character backstories in the later books! (rating: ✿✿✿✿.✿)

That is all for this post,

marades

7 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up!

  1. Aimee (Aimee, Always) says:

    I’ve been putting off Winter for so long, too. xD I’ve actually attempted to read the book 3 times already, and while I was never bored of it any of those times, I just couldn’t get into the groove. 😦 I’ve already tried once this year, so next year again, I guess. xD

    So sorry The Gentleman’s Guide was a fail for you! I think I’ll feel the same way–my expectations are SO high right now, and I don’t want to be disappointed.

    New blog follower. ♥

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    • Mara says:

      I think that happens to all of us! The more times you put it off, the harder it becomes to actually read it all the way through haha, but I’m certain that once you finish Winter you’ll be glad you didn’t give up on it!

      Oh I really hope you’re reading experience will be different! Honestly I think it all depends on personal preference! It seems like I’m the odd one out because I know so many people who adore A Gentleman’s Guide. I still think I’ll pick up the companion sequel because I loved the characters so much and my only issue was with the plot! 😀

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  2. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    Oh, I’m so happy you enjoyed It Ends With Us, it’s such a powerful and important book! And I definitely feel like The Gentleman’s Guide is a bit weak plot-wise, and also meanders, but the characters are so lovable, and the main reason I bumped up my rating.

    Lovely wrap-up, and I hope your July is even better! ❤ 🙂

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    • Mara says:

      Sorry for the late reply, I have no idea why but your comment ended up in spam!

      The characters and their antics and interactions are really what made The Gentleman’s Guide stand out to me. It’s such a shame the plot was a bit weak! But I’m really looking forward to reading the companion sequel because I loved Felicity and I feel like the book already has a more promising premise! Fingers crossed.

      Hope you have an amazing reading month too! ♥

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