There it goes…
Off into the sunset, out with the tide, out like a firecracker.
We had been waiting so long for its arrival, were so happy to see it here, but now it’s gone again.
Snuffed out for another year.
No…not that June!
The happy one.
~* June Book Wrap-Up *~
1. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
2. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I LOVED The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which I read at the end of May.
So naturally I sprinted into June on the wispies of young love, murder and supernatural powers – MORE than ready to continue smirking and swooning uncontrollably.
And it was wonderful..
Apart from those shameful moments of Mara turning herself into an Afghan and spewing silly notions like “I was his“.
Honey, you aren’t a rug.
Get control of yourself.
But the series turned out to be wonderful. Even if it did go in a completely RANDOM science fiction direction that I was not expecting. Some of the romance fizzled out a little near the end too, but I still devoured these books like my life depended on it.
3. The Haunted by Denielle Vega
I received The Haunted in a Goodreads Giveaway (shockingly) and was SO excited to get my black painted finger nails all over it!
Danielle Vega is the author of that oober super popular horror series called The Merciless, which I FULLY recommend you go read if you like blindsides and a little paranormal torment in your life.
The Haunted was a classic haunting story about a girl who moves to a new town with her family after a traumatic experience with her ex-boyfriend. But their new house is legendary to the inhabitants of this small-town, and various stories of murders and strange happenings are brought to light.
I liked this book. But did I LOVE it? Eh.
It was a super quick read, and one that will grab your attention and keep you hooked. I just felt the ending was a bit rushed and that it could have been longer.
I was definitely left wanting MORE!
(See my review here)
4. My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih
Ready to get your heart ripped out of your chest?
My Real Name is Hanna begins in May of 1941 in Ukraine at the height of Adolf Hitler’s reign. The book documents Hanna and her families journey into hiding as the Germans attempt to make Ukraine “Jew Free”.
It is a work of fiction, but based off a holocaust survivor named Esther Stermer and her extended family along with four other families who survived by hiding in caves for over 500 days.
This book is heavy. This book is devastating.
But it’s begging to be read.
“My last thought, before I say the Shema, is of the young mother Jacob told us about, while he choked on his own tears-a mother who smothered her own child in her winter coat before the shot came, so the child would not feel the bullet.”
(See my review here)
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
…so maybe it IS the fourth time I’ve read this.
But you can’t blame me!
This book is…this SERIES is…
In my defense, however, this reread is due to my lovely friend Tove (@fadingfairytale). She had NEVER read it and I have been on her case about starting the series for MONTHS. So she finally started it and MY OH MY, she loved it. OF COURSE!
My other friend Tabz (@literary_consumer) even joined our read, and now it’s turning into a hilarious slew of Instagram stories and even…something else 😉 (hint hint)
If you also haven’t read this series (cauldron forbid) then you MUST! NOWWW!!!!
It an amazing Fantasy Romance series packed with Fae, battles, curses, swoon-worthy high lords, love, heartache and badass females!
Just read it.
6. The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
If you’re looking for a book that will leave you feeling lost, confused, unsure of your current relationships, angry, sad and utterly devastated…
…you’ve come to the right place.
The Best Lies is about toxic relationships, mental health, obsessive behaviors, manipulation, family dynamics, love, friendship and lies. It is a mystery/thriller but really, it should be categorized in the “Allow me to rip your heart out through your eye sockets“ genre.
This is one of the BEST books I have read in 2019.
Sure the plot sounds simple and straight forward, but it isn’t. This book is complex. There are layers upon layers of intricate stitches, barely visible weaves sewn into the story, minute details and mannerisms applied to each character.
And all of it is so beautifully put together to make this GIANT quilt of…despairing love.
If you don’t read any of these other books, at least read this one.
(See my review here)