What I read in August

aka it was a hard month, but it paid off.

 


I started off August with high hopes and free time, unfortunately, things slowed down towards the last two weeks and thus we have:

 

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I loved all of the soft, squishy feelings this book gave me. Peter was adorable in both the book and the movie (even though he pretended to be anything but), Lara Jean was adorably pure and gah. So cute.

(If overly cute, juvenile relationship ideals aren’t your thing, this book won’t be for you. Remember, our MC has never been in a relationship before this.)

 

 

 

Vicious

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Victoria is queen. This must be acknowledged. I also need to get Vengeful in my hands immediately. I don’t know why it took me this long to get to this one, but I regret that. Also, who’s really the bad guy here? This one leaves you twisted.

(It can leave you a bit confused with all the time hopping but..stick with it.)

 

 

The Lightning Thief

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I get why this is a favorite for so many people. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think twelve and thirteen-year-olds are in charge of saving the world. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think that twelve and thirteen-year-olds are mature enough to figure out the intricacies of the plot (i.e the double crossing). The adults are all stupid, but I like the friendship and the mythology. A lot.

(Give it a miss if you hate the chosen one who’s literally a child YA trope.)

 

 

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This one took a long time for me to warm up to, and I was thisclose to flouncing, but I stuck with it. And boy was it worth it. That last third of the book was intense. And that CLIFFHANGER?! So cruel.

(Have some patience with this one, as it takes a while before anything REAL happens. But when you get to the twist, they keep on coming.)

 

 

 

Goblet of Fire

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I mean, duh! Dark, moody, Dark Moody and so. much. action!

 



 

I didn’t realize that I had such highly rated reads until writing this post when my mood certainly wasn’t anything close to positive. I guess that is a testimony to how well these books worked as a form of escapism. Good on them.

 


What have you been reading?

 

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April/May Wrap Up – I can’t believe it!

aka I never thought this day would come again.

 


 

April

 

Monstress Vol. 1 – 3.5 stars

 

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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6.

 

At first I questioned why so many people recommended this one to me, it felt all over the place. Then, the action started, and little by little we got to see the rich mythology of the world. And it was worth it.

 

 

 

Truth: Part 1 (#4 Small Town Series) – 4 stars

 

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My thoughts on this one, and the series thus far, is here. I won’t put the synopsis and risk spoiling the series, but I will say that this one was my favortie of the lot.

 

 

 

May

 

Wicked River – 3.5 stars

 

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Poor decision after poor decision and even worse communication. I had really high hopes for this one, but it missed the mark. Not by too much though. Check my review: here!

 

 

 

 

Leah on the Offbeat – 5 stars

 

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Just like I knew it would be! This one really resonates with me on a level that no other book has before. It left me feeling seen. Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority on this one…butΒ  I’d still recommend it any day.

 

 

 

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper – 3 stars

 

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I’m not sure this one was for me. The mystery was mediocre at best, but the writing style saved it and the ending was fine. It’s left me unsure about going on to book two. Have you read it? Is it worth it?

 

 

 

Harry Potter #1 and #2 – 5 stars

 

Is this any question? I needed to reenter a world that has always been there for me, because it’s been a stressful month. Dobby is still my favorite, Lockhart is still an unfortunate idiot and Snape is just as frustrating as he’s always been.

 

 

 

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku – DNF (1 star)

 

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Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They’re young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They’re serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka’s a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!work.

 

Nope.

 

 

Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4)

 

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Woof! It’s been a while since I delved in this world and Lara Adrian’s steamy writing style. Rio has always been my broken little favorite and having this book follow his story was just what I’ve always wanted. Plus, learning about his childhood? How can I hug him irl? No summary because *spoilers*.

 


 

I surprised myself this time around! How has your mont of reading been?

 

Dee ^_^

Monday Reads

aka What I’m reading this week!

 

 


This one shouldn’t be too hard for those of you who are following my Goodreads updates, but, for those of you who only see these posts, this might be welcome information.

 

 

These week on ‘Dee Reads for Food’ we have:

 

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Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned . . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…

I really enjoyed Final Girls, especially Sager’s writing style, so this one was a no brainer. Getting approved for this ARC definitely made my day. Expected date of publication: July 12, 2018.

 

I’m also listening to the audiobook of

 

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I told you, I’m in the mood for rereads.

 


What are you reading this week?