There are still a couple days left of June, but I decided to do my Monthly Wrap up a bit early. I have done a lot of reading, 9 books in one month might not seem like a lot to those who basically blog and read for a living, but to me it is an achievement. Finding time to read with a one year old running around is hard, not to mention planning activities to keep his little mind occupied. I found the time to read, obviously, and 9 books are off my TBR shelf! Barely a dent, but I’ll take it.
The books I read for June are as follows:
The LUX Series by Jennifer Armentrout
This series contains five books: Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin, and Opposition.
Katy moves with her mom to a small town in Virginia. The people next door to her just happen to be aliens. Who knew?! She soon finds herself drawn into the alien world and fighting for alien justice after the entire LUX species comes to earth to try and take it over. Not on Daemon or Katy’s watch! It was really a great read, and this snap shot review really doesn’t do it justice. Even if you are not into paranormal romance, I think you would enjoy it!
Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.
As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?
I found Tenley and Haden’s story gut wrenching. It ended on such a sad note that I have got to read the second book. This is part of the reason why I hate romance series. Sometimes I would just prefer a stand alone novel so I don’t feel so heartbroken while waiting to get the second book.
Confess by Coleen Hoover
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
This is the first book of Hoover’s I have read. I absolutely loved it! It ended on a good note and I was satisfied when it was over. A great standalone if you’re looking for a book with a happy ending.
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
I discovered the Outlander series before I knew it was a TV show and I am so glad I did. It is an awesome series so far. Voyager was an excellently woven story about Jamie and Claire. I’m saving up for Drums of Autumn so I can discover what new adventures lay ahead!
Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen was not on my TBR list for June, but I squeezed it in anyway.
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
I was expecting more from this book. I was disappointed in it. It reminded me too much of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, but I intend on reading Glass Sword to see if the story takes on any more complexity or individuality.
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