It’s halfway through September and I only now realized that I haven’t posted my August wrap up! I’ve been so focused on my bookstagram and preparing for Blogtober that I completely forgot to wrap up the 8 books that I read last month.
Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries –★★★☆☆
This graphic novel wasn’t on my radar until it showed up in one of my OwlCrate boxes, and I have to say it was a really interesting read! I liked the idea of your magic being linked to the length of your hair, and I think there is a lot more to this story than what we saw in this installment. However, there were a lot of unanswered questions and it ended on a cliffhanger, and it doesn’t look like there are any sequels, or at least none that I can see.
Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – ★★★★★
This is the second book in the Brown Sisters series and it was just as good as the first book! This one has the fake dating trope and honestly, I love that trope so much in romances. I also loved the diversity and how effortless and positive it was. This series as a whole has racial diversity, mental health issues, chronic illness, body positivity, and so much more, and I really appreciated that. There is honestly nothing bad that I can say about this book, and I’m really excited to read the third book when it comes out.
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant– ★★★★☆
This is a prequel novella to Into the Drowning Deep which I read and loved, and this was equally as eerie and shiver inducing. This novella covers the story of the Atargatis, which is the ship that was lost at sea with all hands and the reason for the expedition in Into the Drowning Deep. These aren’t your typical mermaids, they’re TERRIFYING, and quite honestly if mermaids did exist I would imagine they would be something like this. Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) has a way of putting more into her novella’s than some authors put in their full length novels, and I have no idea how she manages to pull it off.
Fable by Adrienne Young – ★★★★☆
I’ve read Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and really loved the atmosphere, and Fable really cemented for me that Adrienne is great at making books feel like you’re really there! I loved Fable as a character and how strong and smart she was, and how she would do anything to survive. This is a duology, and I’m hoping that some of the relationships are explored in the sequel, because this has the potential to be a favorite duology for me!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – ★★★★★
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Elizabeth Acevedo, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long. I’ve always said that I’m a little nervous about books written in verse, but this was fantastic. I loved reading about the different experiences that these two girls go through, and it was so heartbreaking but powerful. I have a few OwnVoices reviews linked in my review that you should definitely check out.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart – ★★★★★
This is the first book in a new adult fantasy series called The Drowning Empire, and it was so good! The magic system is so interesting with the bone shard magic that’s used to create constructs, and the ways in which they were utilized was unique. The idea of islands that migrate is something that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before and I’m really looking forward to seeing what sort of impacts that has on the story as the series goes on.
Lobizona by Romina Garber – ★★★★★
I had seen this book floating around on Twitter, but I didn’t know what it was about and without me knowing much about it, I didn’t really have an interest in reading it. But then I found out it’s about an undocumented immigrant and witches and werewolves, I was so intrigued that I immediately bought the e-book and I’m so happy I did! I liked the mix of a contemporary setting with the Argentinan folklore. I also very much liked reading about a situation that was so different from my own and learning more about the struggles undocumented immigrants face, and it was very powerful and eye opening.