Monday, September 7, 2015

August Wrap Up!

In August, I read a total of 19 books including 1 short story collection, and 1 novella! I'm super proud of myself; I normally do not read this many books! Six of these were stories I read on Wattpad, you can check out my review of them here! I've read two others, and reviews will be posted for those later this month! August has been such a busy month with moving my sister into her dorms in college and starting school myself.

1.) The Future Collection by Beth Revis

I rarely read short stories, so when I picked up The Future Collection by Beth Revis, I didn't really know what to expect. There were some stories that I truly loved but others that left me a bit uncomfortable. Overall, I gave this one 3.75 Stars!

2.) Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin was awesome! I really started enjoying Armentrout's Lux series way more once I read Opal, the third in the series, and Origin did not disappoint! There was a great balance between action and cutesy moments, and I love how the story progressed! Some of the plot was predictable, so I gave it 3.9 Stars!

3.) No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

I really don't know what to say about this book. It was a really short and quick read, but I couldn't connect to the characters that much and the plot took some really weird turns at some times. However, the ending was really good and made up for a lot of the book. No Parking at the End Times was a solid 3 Star read!

4.) Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

I completely fangirled over Maybe Someday! It's by far my favorite book of this year. If you are looking for a new adult book, interested in a plot that has music, or just want a super fun and quick read, this is the one for you. Colleen Hoover has a massive fan base, but if you don't like some of her books or think they're too deep, then this would be the Hoover book I would recommend this one to you since it's more light than the others. You can find my review here! Obviously, I gave this one 5 Stars!

5.) The Journey of the Marked by Rebecca P. McCray

I received The Journey of the Marked in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy this novel. I got so confused when reading this and I felt like I was thrown into the world with no explanation and I just had to figure it out as I read. Just because I didn't like it though doesn't mean other people didn't! It actually has really high ratings on goodreads. This novel was just okay, and I gave it 2 Stars!

6.) Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

Deliverance was such a great conclusion! The trilogy totally blew my mind and definitely got better as it progressed. The characters grew so much and the world building was spectacular! If you're hesitant to read this one, I highly recommend it to you. You can check out my review of this epic conclusion here! I gave this final book 4.3 Stars and the series 4.2 Stars!

7.) The Beginning of Never by O.E. Boroni

The Beginning of Never surprised me. When I went into it, I was expecting a paranormal romance since it was marketed as 'Twilight meets Eleanor and Park', so I was completely thrown off when it was pure contemporary. Though it wasn't what I expected, The Beginning of Never kept me on my toes and kept me interested from beginning to end. I had a lot of problems with Nora as a character, but I enjoyed the book enough to read the next one as well. I was able to get this book through a group on goodreads, and I'm glad I got the chance. This debut novel was a solid read and was a 3 Star read for me. You can check out my full review here!

8.) Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Even after reading three more books once I read Maybe Someday, I still wanted to know more and get another taste of the magic I experienced when reading the Hoover novel. I picked up Maybe Not with high expectations, and it did not disappoint in any way whatsoever. This novella was so much fun to read and I gave it 4.6 Stars! I did a mini review of this and several other books here!

9.) Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition is another epic conclusion to a series that I read in August. The Lux series got better with every book and Opposition is by far my favorite. Yes, there was extreme amounts of cheesiness, but it just adds to the book. I've come to really care about the characters in the Lux series and was so happy with the way everything ended. You can check out my mini review at the link above as well! I gave Opposition 4 Stars!

10.) The Way to Never by O.E. Boroni

The Way to Never was exactly what I was hoping for. The sequel to the Beginning of Never was leagues better than its predecessor. If I thought that the first book had a cliffhanger ending, than this was the equivalent of a person hanging onto a cliff by a fingernail. I'm eagerly anticipating the concluding novel and gave this one a solid 4 Stars as well.

11.) Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

I was expecting to adore Sweet Evil; so many people love this series. Unfortunately, I just couldn't deal with this. Though the plot was really interesting, I could not handle Anna, the main character, at all. Not only that, but I did not like her love interest, Kai, in this book either. They're good together, but when they were apart I could not stand them. Though I ended up liking the next two novels in the trilogy way more, this one infuriated me to no end. I gave this one 2 Stars and based on the literal face palming I did while reading it, I am too generous.

12.) Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric by W. Jason Miller

This was the only book I disliked more than Sweet Evil. I read this for school and it is the only reason I finished reading it. Origins of the Dream is basically an extremely long essay. if I were to write a paper on the subject, I might look back on this book, but I still could not stand it. 1 Star.

13.) Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

I was so hesitant picking up Sweet Peril. Luckily, I liked it way more than the first book and actually gave it 3.25 Stars! Anna and Kai were much more likable as characters. The second half of the book was more enjoyable than the first for me, and really saved the book.

All in all, I had a great reading month. There were some that I didn't like that much, but there were some really stand out ones as well. As for the six books I did not mention, four of them can be found with the first link in this post! The two others will be reviewed in my next post along with another Wattpad read. 

Have any of you guys read these books? What did you think of them? What was your favorite book of August? Mine was for sure Maybe Someday. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

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