A Bookish Update: What Have I Been Reading These Past Months?

Hello, my fellow book dragons! I really haven’t posted on my blog this year as much as I’d hoped to. Well, that’s gonna change and I’m gonna get back to posting regularly.

I’m not gonna post the wrap ups I never posted for March, April, May, June, July AND August cause that’s waaaay too many books to write mini reviews for, but I will give yall a brief overview of what I’ve been reading and which books I enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy). I chose 3-4 books from each month for which to list what I liked/disliked about them. A mini, 4 month wrap up.

I’ll post a separate wrap up for July and August so this post isn’t ridiculously long.

So, here goes!

 

March Reads:

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Books read: 9

Diverse books read: 4 (Daughter of the Burning City, Radio Silence, Of Fire and Stars, Ash Princess)

Diversity Present: 

Nothing Left to Burnthe main characters 2 best girl friends are in a relationship, one of them is bisexual (main character is straight tho)

Radio Silenceblack female main character, Asian love interest and secondary characters, written by a black authors 

Of Fire and Starsf/f romance, a bisexual main character and a lesbian main character, written by a lesbian author 

Daughter of the Burning Citybisexual main character of color, demisexual/romantic love interest

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Lovewritten by an author of color

Like a River Gloriousnative american love interest

Mind Gamesblind main character, mentally ill main character 

Ash Princesspoc main character

Own Voices books read: 2 (Of Fire and Stars and Radio Silence

Longest read: Ash Princess (441 pages)

Shortest read: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love (257 pages)

Favorite read(s): Daughter of the Burning City, Like a River Glorious, Of Fire and Stars, Ash Princess

Least favorite read(s): Nothing Left to Burn

Middle Grade Read: 0

New Adult/Adult Read: 1 (Radio Silence) 

Ratings:

Nothing Left to Burn-2/5 Stars

Radio Silence-4.3/5 Stars

Of Fire and Stars-5/5 Stars

Daughter of the Burning City-5/5 Stars

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love-4/5 Stars

Like a River Glorious-5/5 Stars

Mind Games-4.3/5 Stars

Ash Princess-4.5/5 Stars

Crossing the Ice-4/5 Stars

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Pages: 384

Release Date: July 25th, 2017

 

Liked: Sorina is a bisexual female main character and Luca is a demisexual/demiromantic male love interest. I love the fact that Sorina has real live imaginary friends. It was darkly mysterious and enchanting. I love any book that has a magical circus in it, too.

Disliked: literally nothing! I loved everything about it from beginning to end.

 

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Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Pages: 308

Release Date: August 7th, 2014

 

Liked: I love sports romances, especially between rivals and where each character is involved in a sport, not just the guy. I loved that the love interest was shy and quiet, I find that adorable. I liked that it revolved so much around ice skating, because I love it as a sport.

Disliked: It felt like something was missing, maybe I was expecting a little more…heat, sexier scenes. I don’t know why. I’m not sure if this book is considered YA or NA but for some reason I expected steamier makeout scenes. Oh well!

 

 

 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Pages: 389

Release Date: November 22nd, 2016

 

Liked: there are two queer main characters: Dennaleia, who’s a lesbian, and Mare, who’s bisexual. It was magical, beautiful, suspenseful, heartbreaking love story full of suspense, politics and hate-to-love romance. I couldn’t put it down and I loved the way that the romance developed, and I loved many of the side characters as well. Especially Nils.

Disliked: that one death:(( (not of a queer character, don’t worry)

 

April Reads:

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Books read: 7

Diverse books reads: 1 (Song of the Current-biracial main character)

Diversity Present:

Song of the Currentbiracial main character, poc love interest

The Art of French Kissinga queer/multi-sexual Japanese love interest 

Own Voices books read: 0

Longest book read: Onyx and Ivory (512 pages)

Shortest book read: The Art of French Kissing (256 pages)

Favorite read(s): Sky in the Deep, Song of the Current, The Art of French Kissing, Beyond a Darkened Shore

Least favorite read(s): Sweet Black Waves

Middle Grade Read: 0

New Adult Read: 0

Ratings:

Sweet Black Waves-2.5/5 Stars

Onyx and Ivory-4.2/5 Stars

Sky in the Deep-4.5/5 Stars

Song of the Current-4.5/5 Stars

The Art of French Kissing-5/5 Stars

Beyond a Darkened Shore-4.5/5 Stars

 

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Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Rating: 3.8/5 stars

Pages: 340

Release Date: August 2015

Liked: The banter between Vhalla and Aldrik, Vhalla’s struggle to adjust to her newfound powers, the character development. I’m definitely intrigued enough by the characters that I’ll read the next book. The sexual tension between Vhalla and Aldrik is going to ignite at some point and I’m eager to see it happen.

Didn’t like:  The book definitely could’ve undergone another round of editing, and the plot didn’t really seem to go anywhere. I wasn’t completely “wow’d” and my high expectations were a little let down.

 

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The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R Shrum

Rating: 5/5 stars

Pages: 256

Release Date: June 2018

 

Liked: A COOKING SUMMER SCHOOL, hate-to-love romance, a Japanese and multisexual love interest, hilarity and heartache and friendship.

Disliked: ONLY THAT IT HAD TO END.

 

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 352

Release Date: April 2018

Liked: The amazing characterization, the raw emotion the relationships made me feel, the brutal action and violence scenes, the captivating storytelling.

Disliked: The character’s appearances weren’t really described so I had no idea how to picture them, aside from Eelyn, since she’s on the cover. And they felt a liiiiittle bit distant because of that. Just a little.

 

 

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Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

Rating: 2.5 stars

Pages: 448

Release Date: June 2018

 

 

Liked: The two main characters and their enemies to lovers romance, the family dynamics, the complicated relationship between Iseult and her cousin.

Disliked: That baffling, godawful, what-the-fuck ending. I’m seriously still mad about it. Apparently this is the first in a trilogy so it MIGHT be redeemable but I don’t know if I even want to continue the series after this ending. I’m that mad. Also, Iseult’s cousin, the princess, really got on my nerves. I empathized with her a lot but her bratty behavior and naive attitude made me want to scream.

May Reads:

 

 

 

Books read: 12

Diverse books read: 9

Own Voices books read: 5 (Winterspell, Empress of a Thousand Skies, Timekeeper Emergency Contact, and Furyborn)

Diversity Present: 

Winterspell-bisexual main character

Beneath the Haunting Sea-main character of color

Empress of a Thousand Skies-main characters of color

Heart of Iron-2 gay main characters and a m/m romance, black female main character 

Timekeeper-own voices queer main character (main character is a gay boy, author is a bisexual woman)

Under Rose Tainted Skies-main character with OCD

Emergency Contact-female Asian main character, love interest/POV character with anxiety

Furyborn-2 bisexual main characters (Rielle and Eliana)

Ever the Brave-not diverse but written by an author of color (Hawaiian Native, I think) 

Longest book read: Furyborn (501 pages)

Shortest book read: Nothing but Sky (284 pages)

Favorite read(s): Ever the Brave, Wandering Star, Furyborn, Letting Go of Gravity, Timekeeper, Winterspell, Heart of Iron (that’s a lot, I KNOW)

Least favorite read(s): I didn’t really strongly dislike any books I read this month but I guess my least favorite would be Beneath the Haunting Sea, just because I didn’t feel all that connected to the characters and the story was really slow at times and I didn’t really care for the romance or feel too invested in the story.

Middle Grade Read: 0

New Adult/Adult Read: 0

Ratings:

Winterspell-5/5 Stars

Beneath the Haunting Sea-4/5 Stars

Empress of a Thousand Skies-4/5 Stars

Heart of Iron-4.5/5 Stars

Nothing but Sky-4/5 Stars

Timekeeper-4.5/5 Stars

Under Rose Tainted Skies-4.5/5 Stars

Emergency Contact-4/5 Stars

Letting Go of Gravity-5/5 Stars

Furyborn-5/5 Stars

Wandering Star-4.5/5 Stars

Ever the Brave-4.5/5 Stars

 

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Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Rating: 4.5 stars

Release Date: December 2017

Pages: 464

 

 

Liked: I love love LOVED the first book of this series, Ever the Hunted, and I couldn’t wait for more Cohen and Britta in book 2. They are one of my new favorite book couples. Their relationship is just so sweet and pure and adorable. I love it. I love prince Aodren’s character and I loved the introduction of his POV and I was satisfied with how everything worked out in the end

Disliked: Ever the Brave brought a lot of complications to Britta and Cohen’s tenuous new relationship and there were a lot of obstacles that came between them. And I get it. The author wanted to test their love for one another. While I appreciated the authors intentions, I also strongly disliked that Britta was given a second potential love interest as one of those obstacles. It just seemed uncessary and took away from the relationship dynamic between Britta and Cohen that I’d loved in book two, and left less room for swoony, heartfelt moments between the two of them. And that made me sad cause I was really looking forward to that. The magic of Britta and Cohens romance that I love in the first book felt a bit brushed a side and I was disappointed. BUT I still love this series and this world and these characters, and Britta and Cohen are still my absolute favorite couple. That didn’t change, even with all the complications they faced. I can’t wait to read my ARC of book 3 (That I got at Yallwest!!) Once a King, which is prince Aodren’s very own (love) story. I love Erin’s writing and storytelling and I need more asap!

 

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Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 320

Release Date: December 2015

Liked: The. Romance. I definitely know who’s team I’m on. I also just genuinely loved this book a lot more than the first one. The characters were more developed, as was the plot.

Disliked: THE FATE OF A CERTAIN CHARACTER THAT BROKE MY HEART. Also, Ro being sooooooo indecisive about who she wanted to be with. Cmon girl, it’s obvious who you really love! I also really liked that aspect of the romance though because it lends more romantic suspense. Can’t wait to see where it goes in book 3!

 

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 400

Release Date: March 2018

 

 

Liked: Asian representation, talk of sexual assault and consent, a shy tattooed love interest. Witty, relatable, honest, realistic text messaging (no typing like: “wut r u doing” or usage of shortened words that no one actually uses while texting).

Disliked: I wasn’t all that satisfied with how Sam and Penny’s relationship progressed. I felt like we didnt get enough, somehow. And I felt unsatisfied with the ending, though I can’t really pinpoint why.

 

 

 

 

June Reads:

Books read: 10

Diverse books read: 3 (The Kiss Quotient, Not Even Bones and The Imposter Queen)

Diversity Present:

The Kiss Quotientown voices autistic female main character, own voices Vietnamese love interest

Revenge and the Wildmain character with a prosthetic arm, scarred love interest, native american best friend and side characters 

The Imposter Queenbisexual main character (m/f romance)

Extraordinary Meansgay side character, Indian side character

Not Even Bonesmain character of color

Something Strange and Deadlyblack and Chinese supporting characters

Own voices books read: 1 (The Kiss Quotient)

Longest book read: The Imposter Queen (415 pages)

Shortest book read: How to Breathe Underwater (304 pages)

Favorite read(s): The Kiss Quotient, Revenge and the Wild, The Impostor Queen, Extraordinary Means, Something Strange and Deadly, Not Even Bones

Least favorite read(s): none of them, really

Middle Grade Read: 0

New Adult/Adult Read: 1 (The Kiss Quotient)

Ratings:

The Kiss Quotient5/5 Stars

Revenge and the Wild4.8/5 Stars

The Imposter Queen5/5 Stars

Extraordinary Means4.5/5 Stars

How to Breathe Underwater4.5/5 Stars

The Supervillian and Me4.5/5 Stars

Cruel Beauty4.3/5 Stars

City of a Thousand Dolls4/5 Stars

Not Even Bones-4.5/5 Stars

Something Strange and Deadly5/5 Stars

 

 

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 384

Release Date: February 2016

Liked: WESTERN SETTING. STEAMPUNK. CANNIBALS. So many things I love in one book. A scarred but sexy love interest. Second chance friends-to-lovers romance. Some very morally grey characters. A main character with a terrifying past that left her without an arm. Mystery! Suspense! Creepiness!

Disliked: Maybe a liiiiiiittle more kissing? Some things felt unresolved. But to be honest I hardly care cause I loved everything else about this book. A brilliant new favorite.

 

 

 

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 432

Release Date: January 2016

 

 

 

Liked: the fact that Ellie was not, in fact, the chosen one. Talk about taking a trope and turning it on it’s head!

Disliked: SPOILERS. Proceed with caution.

 

The ending??? Ellie and Oskar?? The fact that a certain someone said if they were to be together it wouldn’t end well and the fact that even thought they love each other, it was clear they wouldn’t end up together?? WHY WHY WHY. Their story is NOT over. There’s a sort of sequel but it follows entirely new characters and a new storyline but all I want is to know what happens next for Elli and Oskar?? THAT’S ALL I CARE ABOUT I DON’T WANNA READ ABOUT NEW CHARACTERS YET.

Update: I wrote the above before finding out something devastating about the end of this series. The third book combines Ellie’s POV and the POV of a new main character introduced in book 2, which i was initially ecstatic to hear, but after looking into it more I found out some awful spoilers that broke my heart and made me not want to continue the series. I’m super disappointed:(. The Imposter Queen will always be a favorite but I’m super sad about how the series ends, but I’m gonna pretend the last book doesn’t exist!

 

 

 

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pages: 368

Release Date: February 2016

 

 

Liked: Very unique setting and concept. TALKING CATS. Main character with an unknown past. Murder-mystery. Very resourceful and smart main character with great friendships.

Disliked: The whole time I was reading this book, I thought it was a two book series. I thought there was a sequel. Maybe that’s part of the reason I was a bit disappointed with the ending, I thought there was gonna be more. But still, it felt like too much was left open and not resolved. So I’m sad about that. Also, it was very slow at times. But I do look forward to reading the authors other books!

 

 

 

 

And that’s it for now(:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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