Books I’ve Read Recently!

Hey, everyone! Sorry for disappearing for a couple of months. I felt like I needed a break from blogging and reviewing because I was feeling a bit burnt out from it all. I have actually been reading though, so I’ll just go through everything I’ve read over the past few months. Hope you enjoy!

July wrap-up

The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson: What an incredible sequel! The murders in this story were even more chilling than the ones in The Jigsaw Man and made for a very disturbing read. The urgency of the case and the race against the clock to catch the killer had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Matheson is a fantastic writer and I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber: I’m sad to say that I didn’t love this as much as the Caraval trilogy but I still fell in love with the world and the characters. Garber writes beautifully and I was completely swept away by the magic. Also, I was actually surprised by how much I liked Jacks because I wasn’t a fan of his in Caraval. It kind of ends on a cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be picking up the second book as I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Urban Scarecrows by Jim Chambers: I don’t read many political thrillers but I enjoyed this one. It was so dark and a bit scary because I was thinking the events that took place in this book could happen in real life. Considering the UK’s current government and how poorly they’re handing everything… It was interesting to compare this fictional world with our current one.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li: I got this in my Illumicrate subscription and I very nearly skipped it because I wasn’t sure it was my kind of book. Guess what? I’m so, so glad I decided not to skip in the end because I loved it so much! I’ll admit it does get a bit repetitive and it slows down in the middle but it was a very enjoyable read. I’ll definitely read more from this author.

Verity by Colleen Hoover: My first and probably last book by this author. I only picked this one up because it was described as a thriller and had a shocking ending. I was surprised by how addicting the story is; once you start reading, you cannot put it down. However, it didn’t live up to the hype for me despite the many twists and turns throughout.

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager: This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’ll definitely be reading more from him. I thoroughly enjoyed the creepy setting and the unreliable narrator trope. The build up was excellent and there was a sense of foreboding throughout. However, I thought the twist at the end was disappointing. It took a bizarre turn and went from thriller to horror and it just pulled me out of the story. I was really enjoying it up until that point and thought it had a great mystery to work out. I was thrown by the direction it went and wish it had a more realistic story.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I can’t believe I haven’t read a book by this author before. I fell in love with the characters and their journey. Despite having never shown an interest in tennis before, I was invested in Carrie’s story and all the sacrifices she’s made to become the best tennis player. It’s such a beautiful story and I can’t wait to read more of Reid’s books.

Lore Olympus: Volume Two by Rachel Smythe: I decided to continue with this series in the end and I did like this volume but I was disappointed we didn’t get as many scenes with Persephone and Hades. The art style was beautiful though and I’m looking forward to reading the coming volumes.

The Book of Souls by Kevin Moore: I spent the majority of this book confused because I couldn’t wrap my head around how a grown man had ended up in a thirteen-year-old’s body. The way it happened wasn’t described very well and I spent the rest of the story wondering what had happened. He can also see and hear ghosts so he decides his purpose in life is to try and help these people move on. It had a great premise but it wasn’t interesting and I struggled to finish it. I don’t think I’ll read more from this author.

August wrap-up

The Book of Demons by Kevin Moore: This is the sequel and it was a bit better than the first one but it felt very rushed. The plot was more interesting but it still didn’t capture my attention. I don’t really have much to say about these books to be honest.

Lost in Time by A.G. Riddle: This is a really cool murder mystery/time travel story. While it did go on slightly too long for me and the ending was a bit convolted, I still enjoyed it and found it an interesting read. It’s certainly not a book I’ve come across before so if you’re someone who likes to read a mix of genres, I’d recommend this one.

The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart: This had great potential but it fell a bit flat for me. It felt like there wasn’t much depth to the story or the characters and it could have been longer. It’s really short and flips between Wren’s perspective and the killer’s. The problem is that the chapters were so short it felt like I couldn’t really get to know either character and their motives. Plus, the ending felt very abrupt. It felt like it needed another chapter or an epilogue rather than just ending all of a sudden. It’s probably setting it up for book two but I’m not sure I’ll be continuing with the series.

The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I cried both times. This is an author who can perfectly capture whatever subject she’s writing about, be it the glitz and glam of Hollywood or an exhilarating tennis match. But, most importantly, she can make you really care for her characters and you’ll feel like you’re experiencing the highs and lows or their careers right alongside them. While this book isn’t my favourite, it definitely broke me apart numerous times. I think this is being made into a TV show and I can’t wait for it to come out!

Trust Me by T.M. Logan: I was a bit disappointed with this one and I’m really sad about that because I normally love Logan’s books. It just wasn’t as gripping as his other books and it went on far too long. I found myself struggling to finish it and I had to force myself to sit down and read it. I found the main character to be irritating as well and I couldn’t warm to her as the story progressed. I’ll still read his other releases because he’s one of my favourite thriller authors.

September wrap-up

The Curfew by T. M Logan: I’ve had this one sitting on my shelves a while so I thought why not get his newest release read as well? Thankfully, it was much better than Trust Me. It had a really strong mystery and lots of twists that kept me invested in the story. It felt like all of the characters were hiding something so I was never sure who to trust and I had so many suspects on my list. While I did love it, it felt a bit repetitive at times and I noticed it followed the same layout as his other books. Maybe that’s because I read two of his books one after the other and I never noticed it before? I hope he starts to mix things up soon because that’ll start to annoy me now.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: One thing I want to do before the end of the year is read McManus’ books. Prior to September, I’d only read One Of Us Is Lying (loved it, by the way) and I proceeded to buy all her other books but never read them. I decided to read this one first since it’s a standalone and I ended up loving it more for the characters rather than the plot. There wasn’t much happening in terms of plot but there was lots of conflict between the characters and I liked that we got see them grow and develop over the course of the story. I did like the ending; it had a nice twist that I didn’t see coming.

One Of Us Is Lying & One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus: These are definitely McManus’ strongest books in my opinion and I’m very excited for the third book to come out. It felt like the stakes were a lot higher in these two books, the mystery was harder to crack and the characters develop so much by the end of the story. I’m still excited to read her other books but it’s going to be hard for them to beat these two.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban: This book was incredible. So much better than These Deadly Games. I thought the characters were a lot more interesting and they all had a motive for wanting to kill the others. The twist at the end left me with my mouth hanging open! I wasn’t expecting it at all and had to read it a few times to recover from the shock of it! One of my favourite books this year for sure.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: I was so excited for this because it’s about Nikolai… Or so I thought. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I thought it was more about other characters than it was Nikolai. It honestly felt like the story barely focused on him. Also, it felt like the first 250 pages were just summarising what happened in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I found it so slow and honestly a bit boring. I’ll read the second book but I’m not that enthused about it anymore.

So these are all the books I’ve read over the past few months. Unfortunately, I’m in a bit of a slump now but hoping to get back into reading soon as I have so many fantastic books waiting to be read! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading.

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