July Wrap-Up

It’s that time of the month!  Um, no not that time, the other one.  The end of the month wrap up!

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It also just so happens that today’s wrap up falls on Harry Potter’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Harry!

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And above, we see a slice of true artistry.  Now, on to the books.

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay

If you aren’t sure what Harry Potter is about, I cannot stress to you enough that you immediately close this page down, run to the nearest bookstore and devour it (through your eyeballs, not your mouth).  That is all.  But seriously, this illustrated version is so lovely that I was crying on the dedications page.  I kid you not.  Obviously, this got a 9 3/4 out of 5 stars.  (If that reference is really confusing, then seriously, why are you still reading this?!  Your FAVORITE BOOK EVER is waiting on you!)

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.  Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

I gave this book 2.5/5 Stars and I was super torn over it.  The first 2/3 was mostly a 4 star rating for me as the mystery was intriguing and I was getting some serious Pretty Little Liar vibes in the best possible way.  However, the ending was definitely a 1 star ending.  I don’t want to give away too much, but there are some issues surrounding mental illness that I though weren’t handled well.

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Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.  Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.  Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

2/5 Stars  I have no idea how I found this book or how it ended up on my Kindle, but I did and it was, so here we are.  I don’t want to say too much about this book because it’s super short (127 pages), but I was just not a huge fan of the writing and the multiple mistakes in the book (published only as an ebook) were distracting.  This is not to say the story was bad because I think it was a unique perspective and had potential with better editing.  However, the Goodreads reviews are overwhelmingly positive, so I am in the minority with this one.

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death…

I don’t know if it was me or the narrator or the story or what, but I had a hard time following this audiobook.  I couldn’t quite keep the characters straight and had to backtrack several times for the plot to make sense.  Overall, a solid 3/5 Stars for me even though I guessed the ending (I was a little excited because I didn’t think I would be right.  TBH with Christie, I usually never am, so it was pretty sweet.)

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Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Ah, Unbreakable.  Tied for least favorite book of the month.  I gave this a 1/5 Stars and the full review is here.

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

You do the same thing every day.  You know exactly where you’re going.  You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

3/5 Stars This book had a unique, if not very realistic premise.  I thought the writing was good and each character had a unique voice, but the “why part” of the thriller felt more than a little ridiculous and the big reveal was disappointing.  Overall, a fast and creepy read, but not very memorable.

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Because You Love To Hate Me by Ameriie, Various

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

3.2ish/5 Stars I took an average rating since I had some 4 and 5 star ratings of stories I really enjoyed (from Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Adam Silvera, and Nicola Yoon) and stories I didn’t like so much.  My full review is here.

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

1/5 Stars and my other least favorite book of the month.  For a book about a vampire, witch, psychic, and a murder mystery, this book was just really boring.  I can understand why readers loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels so much, but this one just wasn’t great.

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski 4.5/5 Stars

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 4/5 Stars

Find Her by Lisa Gardner 3.5/5 Stars

These are the books I read for the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 and the wrap-up can be found here with links to reviews.

Those are the eleven books I read in the month of July and for reading to the very end, I say

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