August Wrap Up

The Birthday Girl By Melissa De La Cruz

Upon completing this book my first thought was huh? what just happened? The fact that the ending left me with this was both nice and also frustrating. It’s frustrating because now I need to read more about this book or talk with others to process what happened, and it’s nice because it was all unexpected. 

Besides the ending something else that I found interesting about this book was how much the past and present not just contrast with each other but how important one is to the other. Without the past Ellie’s story would not have been the same and she would not have been the same person. I think if we didn’t see both stories we wouldn’t understand so many of her actions or her personality.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

I was a bit skeptical as I started this book because it took me a while to really get into it. When I was in the mood to read it I couldn’t put it down but other than those times I just couldn’t pick it up. Once I got to the part where things started happening though I couldn’t put it down and finished most of it in 1 day. I really enjoyed the mystery of the whole thing and finding out the company’s secrets. I also really enjoyed getting to see the story from three different perspectives. I felt bad for all of the characters even the bad guys.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

This was a really good coming of age story in which I loved all of the characters. I loved getting to know each of the characters and seeing their flaws. I thought it was great to see how the adults had flaws even if they wanted their children to be perfect and why they had set those expectations on their children. I also really liked the twist at the end because it was unexpected and something that I didn’t see coming.

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

I love the way that the author describes every scene and every item that you encounter, it made me feel like I was in the story. I loved the way the automatons interacted with the people and especially loved Eugene’s sarcasm and wit. It really added some light humor to a rather dire situation for our characters. 

Overall this book was a quick read with twists and turns and a great steampunk retelling of repunzal. I recommend this to you who love a great YA romance book or who like retellings of stories.

Best. State. Ever by Dave Berry

This book was something that I read for my local library’s bookclub and it’s not something I would normally read. It was a quick read that just gave me some insight into Florida and the weird things in that state. I had no idea that people’s impressions of Florida were so poor and that so many interesting things happened there. It was a nice quick read that I couldn’t put down because of how fascinated I was by the way it was written. Normally I’m not a fan of sarcasm and irony because I don’t get the humor but this author does a good job with it. This book had me laughing from start to end.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

From the start, I had guessed what had happened and so I was taking my time reading it and thought I wouldn’t actually enjoy this book because I had solved the mystery. I was still taken by surprise when things were all revealed though. Something I really enjoyed about this book was the character’s perspectives. I loved getting to hear from each of the suspects and their side of the story. I also loved watching as they developed on their own and in their relationships with each other.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

I don’t read adult fiction much because I never can follow the story line but I gave this a try since thrillers are right up my alley. I was very pleased with this book and the way that events slowly unfold through the whole story. I liked seeing this story told in different perspectives and all the twists and turns that the story took you through. I actually saw none of those things coming and I didn’t know who was behind anything until the characters in the book found out. I loved learning alongside them and actually felt bad when things happened to the characters. This book allowed me to grow emotionally attached to all of the characters because I as you read it’s like you are watching them. I liked it going back and forth from first perspective and third because I felt like I was the main character in this story and I was just hearing about the others from someone else.

I’m a Gay Wizard by V.S Santoni

I really wanted to love this book because it was LGBTQ+ but I just couldn’t. There were too many aspects that I just wasn’t a fan of. I didn’t really like how sudden Hunter and Johnny’s relationship shifts and suddenly Hunter is a completely different person. I really liked their dynamic in the beginning and was hoping that it would stay that way even after they started dating. It turned into more of a love story than anything else and that threw me off. I also wasn’t a big fan of the action scenes since they just kind of speed through those scenes and were filled more with Hunter and Johnny being in love over anything else. 

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