Wrapping Up June ’18 – A Very Hectic Month

EDIT: It’s a good thing I pre-scheduled this post to go out today, because I am currently tucked up in bed with a fever and the start of a chest infection. I haven’t even been able to read or do anything but try and sleep, which sucks and I’m just hoping I feel better soon.

I felt that June was a busy month, not just because I was busy reading some great books, but also the fact that I started writing a new story that seems to have taken over my life. Trying to squeeze everything in is a challenge, especially when my boyfriend and I are watching a TV show that’s on every night at 9 (it’s Love Island for anyone intrigued) and it’s made me realise that losing an hour really does make a difference.

At the beginning of the month I set myself a target of reading 6 books, but unfortunately I only managed 5. I am totally putting the blame on my writing for that as there were some times when I wrote in the evening instead of reading. I also slacked a little on writing reviews, so there are a couple that haven’t been written yet but I’ll get around to them soon.

Books I Read…

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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The first book I read in June was Empire of Storms, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series and boy was it a big read. With over 600 pages and a small font, it took me a while to make my way through this book. Not to mention the fact that there is so much to take in, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it and that’s evident in my very long review, which you can read here. I’ve heard that the next book, Tower of Dawn, is only about Chaol and what he was up to during the events of Empire of Storm, so I am really excited to read the final instalment, Kingdom of Ash, when it comes out in October.

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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In June I picked up the next couple of books in the Falling Kingdoms series and flew through them. I love everything about this series and the characters, especially Cleo and Magnus, with the latter growing on me within this book. There was plot twist after plot twist, and we got to see sides of characters that we hadn’t seen before. While it was a little slow in the beginning, it really took off in the second half. As the series goes on more perspectives are added, such as Amara and Nic, which adds another dimension to the series. Overall, I really enjoyed Frozen Tides and ended up giving it 4 stars.

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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As soon as I finished the previous book I dived straight into Crystal Storm and loved every second of it. So much happened and I still can’t get over the ending. There were some very interesting revelations regarding some characters, Jonas being one of them and I have a feeling he will play a big part in the final book. I also enjoyed finding out more about the Sanctuary and what Lucia’s role is in saving it. Of course, there is a lot of betrayal, as there always is in these books, and so many shocking events that take place at the end. I wish I had the sixth book but I’m just going to have to wait patiently and read what I already have. A five star read for me!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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This book…Words cannot describe how incredible this book is and how worthy it is of being a sequel to Scythe, which is probably my favourite read of the year so far. This series has one of the most intriguing worlds that I’ve ever read and we learn so much more in Thunderhead, especially about the all-powerful Thunderhead which watches over the population. I won’t say too much because I wrote a very long review, but the last 50 pages absolutely blew my mind and I am still reeling after having finished it over a week ago. You can check out my review for this 5 star read here.

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This was a last minute buy on my Kindle, mainly because I couldn’t stop seeing people raving about this series and I felt like I was missing out. A Ember in the Ashes was such a great read and very different from other books I have read. I love the Roman influence with the brutal Empire, the terrifying Commandant and the way the Scholars are ruled by them with force. I’m not gonna lie, there are some tough scenes in this book with children dying, slaves being whipped and gruesome injuries, but the characters are incredible. There are two perspectives, Laia and Elias, and I can’t decide who I like more. I really enjoyed the journey that these two took and how their paths crossed eventually. I have yet to write a review, but you can expect to see it very soon!

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While I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, I’m still happy with all these books as they were four stars and above! I feel like 5 is a good number to predict in a month, especially with all my other hobbies, and any more books is just a bonus!

What is the best book that you read in the month of June?

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Date: 23rd May 2013

Publisher: Hodder

I remember hearing about this book when it was only available as an e-book, and I was absolutely against getting an e-reader, so I never read it. Then, a couple years ago I found it in Waterstones as a paperback and was so excited to finally read it. But I never did, until I picked it up at the end of November (it took me so long to read as I was reading a few at the same time). I wish I had read it sooner because it was great. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but it was fun, fast paced and entertaining (everything a book should be).

Penryn and her family are hiding and on the run from the angels that invaded their world. It has been six weeks since they began to destroy everything that they know and supplies are running low. It’s not just the street gangs that come out in the day that you have to worry about, it’s the angels that prowl the night sky. While on the run, Penryn’s little sister is taken by one of the angels and flown away. Penryn has to find her and to do that she must work with her enemy; the angel known as Raffe, who she saved from being killed by his own kind. They have to work together to survive and find their way to Penryn’s sister before it’s too late.

I had been so used to reading third person novels that it was quite a change to read in first person. It definitely took some getting used to and I had to remind myself that it was the mind of a 17 year old girl, so there wasn’t the descriptive elements that I was used to. That being said, Susan Ee created a book that was fast paced and full of action. We are thrown right into the thick of it and we never slow down. The scenes where they had to fight their way out, or seek out supplies to survive, gave the book a sense of realism. I found this book so easy to read, which I think is something we need from time to time.

As for the characters, I loved them, especially Penryn. She was such a kick-ass character who was strong, selfless, witty and always ready for a fight. There were situations where she had to be strong where others would fail and she was smart, always thinking out of the box. It was refreshing to read from a characters perspective that wasn’t always fawning over a boy and complaining about their life. Speaking of the boy, Raffe was just as good a character as Penryn. He was complicated and mysterious, but that obviously comes with being an angel. When the two were together I couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with them. It seemed so natural and that was one of the best things about this book.

Not only are the main characters amazing, the supporting characters aren’t so bad either. Especially Penryn’s mum who is a little bit crazy (we all need that sometimes though). Then again, if I saw some of the things that happened in this book, I’d go a little crazy, too. I can’t mention others as it would give away the plot, however, everyone had a role to play and were there for a reason.

When I finally put down the other books and focused on Angelfall, I flew through it. There was so much action, especially towards the end of the novel and it was heart pounding. There were some shocks along the way that surprised me and I can honestly say I am already looking forward to the next book. Knowing that it is a trilogy is even better because I love it when books have a definitive beginning, middle and end.

Overall, this was a great book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don’t even have anything remotely bad to say about this book and I know that if I had read it when I was younger, I would have adored it even more! I am going to give Angelfall 4 stars.

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