Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2021

August has been a very strange reading month for me. It started out really well, with me reading an entire graphic novel in one sitting. Which I know isn’t impressive, but I was happy to have one ‘book’ under my belt straight away. Unfortunately from that point onwards it just went downhill. 

In the end, I did manage to finish four books, but that was a huge struggle. I got bored of everything very quickly and just did not feel like reading. Anyway, enough of my whining let’s get on with the wrap-up. 

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise (Illustrations)

Read: 03/08/21 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*I was sent a copy of Cheer Up in exchange for an honest review.* 

Cheer Up was a super cute and fun graphic novel. I don’t usually read graphic novels, however, this looked too good not to. 

The art style was really good and was what first drew me in. I still don’t really know how to review these types of books (oops), but I’m hoping to do more in the future so maybe I will get better. Sorry!

Read my full review here

Goodreads synopsis: Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigours of squad training and amped-up social pressures (not to mention microaggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them. 

A Dance with the Fae Prince (Married to Magic #2) by Elise Kova

Read: 28/07/21 – 18/08/21

Rating: 4 out of 5.

*I was sent a copy of A Dance with the Fae Prince in exchange for an honest review*

Oh god did this book take me a while to get through. I don’t know what it is about Elise’s books that aren’t in the Air Awakens world, but I just don’t seem to connect with them straight away. Once I got into this I could not put it down, but it really was a shame that it took so long for that to happen. 

 As with all of Elise’s books, this has great world-building and a well thought out plot. I did guess the main ‘twist’ but I think you’re meant to as it is very heavily suggested throughout. If you are looking for a good fae book then I would definitely suggest this. 

Read my full review here 

Goodreads synopsis: Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidentally pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo 

Read: 11/08/21 – 31/08/21

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Leigh Bardugo you do like to break my heart. 

Although I didn’t enjoy Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows it is still up there with some of my favourite reads this year. 

I feel like with this book the pacing was much slower and it really did take me quite a while to get through it. Which partly my fault as I keep requesting too many arcs so I don’t have as much time for other books. 

I’m not going to say any more on this book as it is the second one and I don’t want to spoil anything. Plus everyone and their dog have read it at this point so you all know what happens. 

Goodreads synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

I also read a festive book in August, however, it is way too early to be talking about those so I won’t mention it here. 

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