June 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing my June wrap-up. I’ve been in a fantasy mood recently so I read a lot of fantasy books this month. Also, if you weren’t aware, one of my reading goals this year is to read all of my Illumicrate books so you’ll see a couple of those on the list. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg: I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book ever since Sasha first announced she was working on it. I was a bit hesitant going into it after how much I disliked Zenith, but I was curious to see how she’d do on her own and it did sound interesting. I needn’t have worried because I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m glad Sasha took her time with it. It was easy to see how much research she had done and it didn’t feel rushed at all. It ends on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger and now I’m going to be impatiently waiting for the second book!

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell: I had no idea I needed this sequel until I read it. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than the first book! It was so interesting finding out what happened to all the characters after the truama they suffered when they were children. Henry, in particular, is such a fascinating character. I found him really disturbing but, at the same time, I found it really interesting being inside his head and seeing how he views the world. It was so hard to predict what he was going to do and I was all tense just thinking about what he was up to. He definitely made the book more exciting and unpredictable. This is one of the best sequels I’ve read.

Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid: I am so gutted about this one. I was so excited to receive an early copy of this and couldn’t wait to read it. However, when I did read it I found I wasn’t enjoying it at all. The pacing was so slow to the point where it felt like nothing was happening. Plus, there’s also a lot of dark and disturbing scenes that ended up completely overwhelming me. I’d strongly advise people to look up trigger warnings before reading this because there’s so many upsetting scenes. I really wanted to love this but sadly it wasn’t for me.

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross: I’m a bit conflicted about this one. I did enjoy it but I only ended up giving it three stars. It hints at the start that Jack doesn’t like the island he’s returning to as it holds bad memories for him, particularly with his mum and Adaira, the hieress of the east. However, that ends up being resolved immediately and I was a bit disappointed because it was making out that his return was going to be this big thing when it actually wasn’t. Also, this has been marketed as an enemies-to-lovers romance but it definitely is not because Jack and Adaira are not enemies at all. There’s also scenes between two other characters who are trying to mend their marriage and I thought it was dragged out for far longer than it needed to be. This is a really chunky book, it’s nearly 500 pages but it could have been 100 pages shorter in my opinion.

Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe: This was actually a reread because I was trying to make up my mind about buying Illumicrate’s edition of Volume Two. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it a lot more this time round and I think I will continue with it.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: I’ve been putting this off for ages because of all the mixed reviews but since the second book is coming out soon, I needed to read it so I could decide whether or not because, again, I have the Illumicrate edition and obviously I’d want to get a matching edition of the second book. I don’t know if it’s because I had low expectations or not but I thought this was actually a really great story. I liked all of the characters and thought they were all fascinating in their own way. The only thing I’m disappointed about is that I guessed the ending.

So these are all the books I read this month. I’m still on a fantast high so expect more fantasy books in my July wrap up! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

2 thoughts on “June 2022 wrap-up!

  1. Stephen Writes says:

    Wow, lots of amazing books that I’d like to read! That’s really promising to hear how much you enjoyed The Family Remains. Henry was such an unreliable narrator in the first book and that made him very interesting to read.

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