August was a little bit of a slower reading month for me, but I was also focusing a lot more on my blog and bookstagram, so it makes sense that I didn’t get as much reading done. I ended up taking the first week of September off from blogging which is why this is coming to you so late in the month, and the next post will be my September TBR.
In August I read 5 books at 2,091 pages. Four of those were physical books and one was on audio, with two being YA fantasy, two being sci-fi, and one as a YA horror/mystery…thing.
Omg did I love this book! I love anything with animal companions, especially if the characters are able to ride on them. Usually this means dragons, but in this case it’s CROWS. I loved how that trope was turned into something a little different while still being true to the trope, if that makes sense. I also really loved the depression rep as I found it to be very relatable to how my own has been in the past. Even the love triangle was done in a way that I enjoyed. I have a full review available on my blog if you want more in depth thoughts. Overall, this quickly became one of my new favorite YA fantasy novels, but as you will see in just a little bit, it didn’t stay the newest favorite for very long.
This was the one audiobook that I read in August, and I highly recommend that you give the audio a go if you want to read this book! I found the narrators voice to be very soothing and very non-intrusive. While I really enjoy listening to narrators with accents, sometimes it can be hard to understand them when listening at 1.8 or 2 times speed. I don’t have a review up yet for this one, but I enjoyed the mix of fantasy and science fiction in this and I think that retelling Cinderella as a science fiction novel was a great idea. It’s been quite a while since I’ve listened to this book so all the specifics aren’t as clear (I should’ve taken notes while listening!) but I do remember how much I enjoyed the characters. I’m a total sucker for any Cinderella retelling.
This book is a weird one for me, because while I liked it and thought it was creepy and eerie, I didn’t necessarily think that it was going to become a favorite of mine. It did exactly what I was hoping it would do, which was to be a creepy and eerie read since I’m trying to get into the fall feeling. I read this book so quickly and it held my interest from start to finish, but I just don’t know what it was that makes me feel a little meh towards it. I still rated it highly because of enjoyment and how well done it was. Maybe some day I’ll get around to writing an in depth review but at this point I’m so behind on reviews it’s ridiculous.
I thought that I loved The Storm Crow and that it was my newest favorite YA fantasy, until I read The Merciful Crow. I loved everything about this book from the characters to the world to the magic system! I found myself slowing down to read this book, not because it was slow, but because I truly wanted to take it all in and make it last as long as possible. I loved the idea of using teeth for magic, and the caste system was a nice addition because of the dialogue it created about discrimination between those castes. It was also great to see a female character who is strong not because she is all powerful, but because she is smart and cunning and at no point in this book did she need anyone’s help doing what she needed to do to survive. Honestly, if all female characters could be like Fie I would be a happy reader.
Back in June I read Aurora Rising which was my first experience with this author duo. I fell in love with not only the writing but the characters of that story, and everyone was saying that it was good but not nearly as good as Illuminae. I knew at that point I needed to stop letting Illuminae sit unread on my shelves and get my butt into gear and read it! I read this 600 page book in less than a day (it’s told in mixed media so it isn’t actually 600 pages like a novel would be) and let me tell you, all those people raving about how great this book is are right! I was a little worried about not liking the format because I was concerned I wouldn’t connect or feel the emotions of the story, but Amie and Jay did such a phenomenal job that I was so committed to Kady and Ezra, and Aiden! I’m so glad that this one lived up to the hype for me.