I thought I would have a better reading month in July than I have, but I am still proud of the reading that I have managed to do. I only finished University in the middle of July, so fingers crossed my reading will now pick up as I have more free time. I enjoyed the majority of the books that I read in July but there was a couple of disappointing reads last month which did disappoint me.
But I do still have some thoughts on the books that I managed to read so here they are!
Books Read: 7
Pages Read: 2753 pages
Pages per Day: 88 pages
Average Rating: 3.7 stars
The A to Z of Us by Hannah Doyle
The first book that I finished in July was The A to Z of Us by Hannah Doyle. I liked this one, but it didn’t completely blow me away. I felt that the relationship between the two main characters Alice and Zach, was cute, but I would have loved to have seen more of their backgrounds than just their dates. I will certainly pick up another Hannah Doyle book in the future.
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
The next book that I finished in July was Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard. Even though this is the book that I have rated the lowest in the series, I probably enjoyed it the most. It is centred around my favourite characters, so it was great to see the development in his character. The problem was that everyone else spent the who book annoying me. I am quite excited to pick up the next book in the series as I think that we will get some answers to the questions raised in the first book.
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
I adored A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll, so it is no surprise that it is my only five star rating of the month. I loved Addie as the main character as she has such strength and determination that she has no matter what she faces. I love Elle McNicoll’s writing style, and I can’t wait to pick up some more of her works. I highly recommend picking up A Kind of Spark if you have not yet.
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
Lost in the Never Woods was one of my anticipated releases of 2021, but sadly I was disappointed by it. As much as I liked the characters, I just wanted so much more from them. To me, the pacing felt a little bit strange as even though I was flying through it, it felt as if it was taking ages for the plot to progress. I still going to pick up whatever Aiden Thomas writes next, but I just don’t think Lost in the Never Woods was for me.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse so Dark and Lonely was a reread for me, and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time, I am still looking forward to picking up the rest of the series. I loved Harper as our main character, but I found Rhen to be quite annoying. I am looking forward to seeing how the world is going to open up after the events at the end of the book.
Kings and Daemons by Marcus Lee
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into Kings and Daemons by Marcus Lee. But I had a really great time reading this book, and I am looking forward to carrying on with the series and seeing what it is going to bring. There are so many new interesting fantasy elements in it, and I can’t wait to see what Marcus Lee has planned next. If you love new high fantasy series, I highly recommend checking out Kings and Daemons, especially as you will be supporting a self-published author.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom was a reread for me, and while I liked it, it didn’t live up to the first time that I read it. While I liked all of the characters, I just wanted a little more from them and wanted to find out more about some supporting characters. I also wanted more of an atmosphere as I didn’t feel any tension until right at the end. I am definitely going to check out some of Alexandra Christo’s other works, but I don’t think they are going to be a priority.
There you have it, my reading wrap up for July, I am disappointed as I had some high expectations for some of the books last month. But sometimes that is just the way the cookie crumbles. Fingers crossed I have a better reading month in August.