Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my wrap up post and probably unsurprisingly, my August TBR completely went out the window this month. I read two books and then I just didn’t feel like reading the rest so I didn’t! I did, however, manage to read 7 books in total which is what I wanted to read! Here’s what I read:
Weregirl: Typhon by C.D. Bell: I feel like I read a completely different book to everyone else because they seemed to love this but I wasn’t that impressed. I thought the plot was really boring and not a lot was happening. I thought it was ridiculous how everyone just accepted this weird mutant creature who looked like Delphine but not Delphine. I could have a massive rant about this book but I’ll save it for the review. For now I’ll just say I felt disappointed with this considering it was the last book in the trilogy.
Frostblood by Elly Blake: This was another book that I wasn’t very impressed by. I felt like I’d read this same plot so many times before four or five years ago and this book brought nothing new to the table. The world is divided by ice and fire and a cruel Frostblood king rules over everyone while Firebloods are either dead or have been forced into hiding. But wait! All is not over! One sixteen or seventeen year old girl has the power to overthrow the king and save everyone from his reign of terror! She trains with a boy she hates and constantly argues with but they are slowly drawn to one another. Now you tell me if none of this plot doesn’t already sound familiar in hundreds of other YA books? At least in the other books I read I actually liked the characters. The characters in Frostblood aren’t very likeable and don’t do themselves any favours. I felt like this story had so much potential but instead the author decides to follow what many other authors have already done and it’s just very tiresome now.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust by James Lovegrove: I really enjoyed this, I liked the characters and the interactions between Sherlock and Watson. I thought the plot was interesting and I loved the twist with the magic. I love when crime thrillers bring in a supernatural aspect to the story. Towards the end I did start to lose interest though as I felt the plot was starting to drag and I just wanted it to end. But it was an enjoyable story and an unexpected one from James Lovegrove as the last Sherlock Holmes story I read from him I really didn’t like.
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas: I saw so many bad reviews for this on Goodreads and it made me so hesitant to read it! Such a shame if it’s putting other people off reading it as well because it was fantastic! I loved the story, the characters and the writing. It took me by complete surprise and it had so much action compared to the first two! One thing that did bother me was the repetition in the writing with the same words and phrases constantly being used. But I have heard Sarah loves using the same phrases in her other books so I wasn’t that surprised. If you’ve read the first two DC icons books, please read this one! You’ll love it!
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil and the Four by Sam Siciliano: This book took me by complete surprise mainly because Sherlock Holmes was completely different from what I was expecting. It was interesting seeing a different side to him and I really enjoyed the book because of that but I did miss the usual Sherlock. The story was interesting and was told from multiple perspectives but I felt like Sherlock wasn’t around much and I was disappointed by that. It was very compelling though and I was hooked from start to finish so I definitely enjoyed it!
Chasing the Dead by Tim Weaver: I’ve been wanting to read this for so long! I kept eyeing it up on my shelf and starting it but then putting it down. I finally decided to pick it up last weekend and I flew through it. I started it Saturday night and finished it Sunday night. It was such a rollercoaster! It was filled with lots of twists and turns, such a creative story just built off the back of one missing person! There was a lot of gruesome torture scenes which I was definitely not expecting and really heightened the urgency of the story. I didn’t even see the ending coming! I still can’t believe this was a debut, it was brilliant!
The Dead Tracks by Tim Weaver: I also managed to read the second book in this series and I loved it just as much as the first! I didn’t know this was the one where we are introduced to Healy! I really liked him in one of the later books I read but I didn’t know his backstory or who he was. This plot was very detailed and well developed. I loved how they were hunting a serial killer. It had lots of twists and some gruesome scenes like the first book. Thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the third book!
There we have it! I feel like I had a decent reading month but there was a lot of books I didn’t like as much as I wanted to. It definitely got better towards the end of the month, so at least I ended it on a positive note! What books did you read this month? Feel free to leave a comment below! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!