July was a wonderful month full of reading for me. I managed to get through 8 books! I also completed (and surpassed) my 2015 reading challenge. I also completed 2 of my personal summer reading challenges and made progress on 2 more.
Without further ado, here are the books I read in July:
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
As a lover of Kpop and Kdramas I was uber excited for this book. However the book did not live up to my high expectations. The book follows Grace Wilde as she runs off to a Korean boarding school to avoid family trouble. Her new roommate happends to be the twin of a Korean idol who Grace inevitably falls for. The majority of the book felt like it was written by someone making fun of kpop. Not to mention Grace was basically a racist and didn't go through enough character growth to make up for how ignorant and insensitive she was in the beginning. I appreciate what the author tried to do here, but it just didn't work very well for me.
DOVE ARISING by Karen Bao
I loved, loved this book. It's definitely one of my favorites this summer and possibly this year. It follows Phaet, a 15 year old girl living in a colony on the moon. After her mom is arrested she is forced to join the Militia to provide for her siblings. While there she begins to learn more about what is really going on in the colony. Phaet is an unique main character. She's incredibly shy and she doesn't speak out loud for several chapters. This just makes her all the more interesting, not to mention there's an intriguing love interest. If you like scifi then definitely check this book out.
INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
Jodi Meadows is an author who I have been following on social media for the longest time. I've been wanting to read her books for the longest time, but with my TBR pile as tall as it is I kept putting them off. So to the solve the problem I made one of my summer reading goals to read all of her books.
INCARNATE is the first book in the New Soul trilogy. It takes place in a utopian world where there are only so many souls that are reincarnated over and over. However Ana is a new soul. She is resented by many, including her own mother and considered to have no soul. She sets out to figure out why she came to be. This book is a little different from what I usually read, but that didn't stop me from loving it. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
I've had this book since the day it came out, but for whatever reasons I haven't gotten to it until now. Sarah J. Maas cannot write a bad book, I'm convinced. ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (one of my fave fairytales). The main character Feyre kills a wolf who happens to be a faerie in disguise while hunting in the woods. His friend Tamlin shows up seeking retribution, a life for a life. Instead of killing her, he allows her to come live with him. Tamlin and his court are cursed. Their magic is weakend, there are dangerous creatures lurking around, and they are forced to wear a mask. The longer Feyre remains with Tamlin the more complicated things become. I wasn't the hugest fan of Feyre and Tamlin. While I liked Tamlin he just didn't do much for me. Then enter Rhysand. Rhysand is dark and brooding (not to mention gorgeous). I am all aboard the FeyrexRhysand ship and am hoping we get plenty of them in the sequel.
THE ISLANDERS VOL. 1 by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
THE ISLANDERS is a bind up of a '90s book series and includes the first two books. It follows a group of teenagers living on a small island as they fall in and out of love and are ensued in all around drama. While this book is no literary masterpiece and sometimes reads more like a screenplay than a novel, but it is tons of fun. As soon as I finished it I went out and bought the next 3 volumes. I can't wait to see what happens next!
RESONANCE by Erica O'Rourke
RESONANCE is the sequel to DISSONANCE, which was released last year. DISSONANCE was my "surprise favorite" book from last year so I was counting down the months until RESONANCE came out. The week before the release date I went to my local bookstore and there was RESONANCE on the shelf, 5 days early!! To say I was excited was an understatment. I think the whole bookstore was aware of how excited I was.
I can't say too much about the plot because it involves the giant cliffhanger at the end of DISSONANCE, but let's just say that it was beautiful and completely worth the wait.
TORN by Erica O'Rourke
So after I finished RESONANCE and I had to go pick up her TORN trilogy. It was not a let down! I'm not sure how, but Erica writes the best love interests ever. Between all her series I could not choose which lover interest is my favorite. I want them ALL! She even makes me completely ok with a love triangle. Normally I'm not a fan, but with the Torn trilogy I couldn't care less. She could pick either guy and I would be perfectly ok with it.
TORN starts with the main character Mo waking up in the hospital after witnessing her best friend's murder. As it turns out all the people in her life have been keeping secrets from her. Her best friend, Verity, was part of a secret magical community. She was supposed to be the savior, but after she's murdered Mo has to take her place. On top of that her uncle's shady dealings are starting to catch up to her.
TANGLED by Erica O'Rourke
This is the sequel to TORN. It picks up a couple of months after book one. As Mo becomes more involved between with the magic world and the mob world things become more and more complicated.
Both TORN and TANGLED were wonderful and I can't wait to read the last book, BOUND.
Now that July is over, that means there is only one more month of summer, which means one more month of lots of reading time. Once September rolls around I'm not sure how much reading time I'll get between schoolwork and traveling.