August Wrap Up!

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am doing my August wrap up. I read a total of 21 books this month! It’s been a while since I have read that many books in a month, I think.

I don’t have anything else to say so let’s just get into the books I read this month;

4.5 stars;

Ship of destiny by Robin Hobb

I think I have found a new favourite series! This was such a great conclusion to the trilogy. I definitely liked it a lot more than farseer trilogy as a whole. There are some characters in here that I love and some I hate, I’m not sure whether I like them more or whether I like fitz more🤔. As many people who know me know, I’m usually more of a character driven reader but the liveships and the world within the liveship traders really added to my enjoyment of this trilogy. Im going to take a little break from Hobb because these books take a lot out of you lol but, I can’t wait to get back into fitz’ world and start the tawny man trilogy!

Neverseen by Shannon Messenger

It’s really good to be back in this world again! I have missed all of these characters and there banter. Sophie is such an amazing protagonist and it’s nice to see her grow more and more throughout each book as she discovers the secrets of her past. I’m loving this series so far, I can’t wait to continue with this series!

Promise of blood by Brian McClellan

This is my introduction to flintlock fantasy and I really enjoyed it! I can definitely see the comparisons to Sharpe. The magic in this book was really fascinating to me, it’s very unique although, maybe to those who have read a lot of flintlock fantasy, it’s not so unique, I don’t know lol. Either way, I loved it. The high stakes and politics were also very well done but the characters were my favourite. I can’t wait to continue on with the series!

The meeting point by Olivia Lara

The synopsis for this one really caught my eye so I had to read it! The characters and setting were definitely my two favourite things about this book. I did like the romance as well, but the setting itself was so beautiful and I really want to visit Carmel-On-sea someday! This is such a fun and funny book and worth the read! If you want to read my full review click

4 stars;

The jewelled moth by Katherine Woodfine

This is the second book in the Sinclairs mystery series. I haven’t been so addicted to a middle grade murder mystery series in a long time. No middle grade series has me on the edge of my seat and although some things are predictable, I just love these characters and these mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment and I cannot wait to continue on with the series.

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler

The synopsis of this book immediately intrigued me and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. I love middle grades and this one didn’t disappoint me. I really liked twelve and the other characters, as well as the world. I really hope there is a book 2! Click here to see my full review.

Well met by Jen Deluca

I managed to get a copy of this for 99p on kindle a couple of months ago. I was a little apprehensive given all the hype that was/is surrounding this book. However, that worry was for nothing as I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, the romance, the Renaissance fair setting and will definitely be reading the next books in the series!

Garagantis by Thomas Taylor

This is the second book in the eerie-on-sea series. I loved book one which I read in June I think which, was also a book club pick.. I really love this series so far, it’s such a great middle grade series. It was nice to be back in this world with these characters again and I cannot wait to read book 3. Which, I think comes out next month!!

The lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Locke and Jean have a great friendship. Locke is a great character I can see why it is compared to six of crows Locke does remind me a bit of kaz brekker. The back and forth in between scenes that go back to past events are a bit jarring at first but, personally didn’t bother me after a while.

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

I have had this book on my shelves for about 6 months now and was so glad when it got picked as our book club pick for August! The ships were so fascinating to me and I really like the characters. This book series is a middle grade adventure that I cannot wait to continue!

The demon world by Sally Green

I liked that the stakes were raised in this one but the pacing felt a bit off. I still want to read the next book, still loved these characters and really liked the ending. I just didn’t like it as much as the first one. Hopefully book 3 is better!

Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

As usual, it was written beautifully. Monique was an interesting character although we didn’t really see her a lot. Evelyn is interesting, she knew what she wanted and she went out and got it and I liked that, as a character though, she made decisions that… irritated me to say the least lol. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a brilliant story teller and the revelation at the end shocked me! Some things really annoyed me but I did enjoy this book.

3.5 stars;

The Spanish love deception by Elena Armas

This was a really steamy romance read. Which, was exactly what I was looking for at the time. I know these types of reads aren’t for everyone but if you like a good steamy romance every now and then that’s fun as well as funny, I recommend checking this one out. It’s just a good time and there is nothing wrong with that. Personally, I really enjoyed it.

The deal of a lifetime by Fredrik Backman

I have an obsession with Backmans books at the moment, as well as his writing. Whilst this one was really short (65 pages), I still enjoyed it for what it was. It’s definitely not the best book by him that I have read but, I think that partly has to do with the length. His writing in this is still fantastic. I’m slowly running out of Backman books to read😬.

The unexpected inlander by Kellyn Thompson

This book was part of BBNYA and unfortunately it didn’t make it to round 2. I really wanted to read it though, so I bought a new copy for £1.66 From amazon which, is really cheap. Would I read the next book in this series? I would say yes, I’m intrigued enough to want to know what happens next.

The train to impossible places by P. G. Bell

Noly and I decided to buddy read this book together and it was so good! The setting of the train really captured my imagination, it felt really magical to me and was my favourite part of the book. I really liked the main character also as well as Wilmot and a few others, I’m intrigued to see what adventures they get up to next.

Wonderscape by Jennifer bell

I love books featuring any form of portal or time travel and this one didn’t let me down. The characters were really interesting, there are three main characters but, it is told from one perspective (Arthur), but I still felt like I knew the other characters well and I liked seeing their friendship develop over the course of the book. Really solid middle grade!

A beast so beautiful by Carlyle LaBuschagne

For the most part, I liked this book. I was slightly disappointed that i didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would but, it was still a good book and I’m intrigued to see where it will go in book 2. The characters were definitely he most compelling part of the story, in my opinion but the world itself was different to a lot of things I have read before and captured my attention as well. There were a few plot twists that caught me off guard, in a good way and also some moments that had me really angry lol. I think this is the first book in a series, so I’m interested to see where this goes.

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

This book really surprised me. I was expecting to like it, but not as much as I did. The magic was interesting as well as the world. The main character had excellent development as the book progressed and the ending left me wanting answers. I’m intrigued to see what happens in book 2!

Things my son needs to know about the world by Fredrik Backman

Another amazing Backman book. I don’t have kids so I do not pretend to understand what it’s like, but I still loved this book. My mum read sections of it and laughed out loud so I have it on good authority that’s it’s funny and accurate😂. Some parts reminded me of my brother when he was little lol. I really enjoyed this one.

Thirteen treasures by Michelle Harrison

I read this with Noly as a buddy read. Which really added to my enjoyment of this book. The mystery throughout this book is definitely what had me turning the pages, even though there were some things that annoyed me. I also liked all the creatures that appeared throughout this book. I’m not sure whether I will get to the next book in the series, but I am intrigued to see what happens next.

So, that is everything that I read in the month of August. Did you discover any new favourites in August? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!