June Reading Challenge Update

June Reading Challenge Update

I’ve been keeping on track with my goodreads reading challenge for the year. In fact, I’m a little bit a head. As of this morning, i’ve read 37/50 of my books. If you’re on goodreads, let be friends :)june1

1. A Darker Shade of Magic (Darker Shade of Magic #1)  by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

Rating: 5/5
Thoughts:
Guys, I’ve been waiting to read this one FOREVER. I’ve read Victoria’s books before (both YA & Adult) and just knew this would be right up my alley. It’s more straight fantasy than I normally read, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it. I was able to keep up and was absolutely glued to the story. I need the second one. Right now.

2. Ruby Red (Ruby Red #1) by Kerstin Gier
Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Rating: 3/5
Thoughts: 
I wasn’t in love with this one. I loved the concept of the story, but the main character, Gwyn just did not do it for me. She was supposed to be a teenager, but she seemed much, much younger. Her narrative, thoughts, actions and dialouge all felt incredibly naive. I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing this one or not. I’m a sucker for time travel stories, but this just was not up to par.

june23. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Rating: 4/5
Thoughts: I’ve been a fan of this series from the start. It’s a spinoff of the Mercy Thompson books by Briggs, but I like this series a bit better. I just like the main characters a bit more. Anyways, if you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy’s or Paranormal Romances, I’d recommend these. They are action packed, well written and the characters are entertaining. Check it out guys.

4. Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1) Devon Monk
Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user – maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell’s caster – and Allison Beckstrom’s the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune – and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie’s out for the truth – and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine … and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.

Rating: 2.5/5
Thoughts: Well, the premise was fantastic. I listened to this one as an audiobook and I instantly fell in love with the setting and descriptions. Monk truly excelled with world building. However, I was not a fan of the characters. They felt flat and were constantly making decisions that just didn’t make sense. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series or not.
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5. Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting
Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.

Kyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it’s a risk to go after him. What if it’s a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn’t the same boy she lost?

Rating: 3/5
Thoughts: I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first book, The Taking. It suffers from 2nd book syndrome. It felt like there was a lot of filler. It took me a while to finish and didn’t really grab my attention until the very end. I felt there were plot elements that were unnecessary and that the characters should have figured out somethings that were pretty obvious to me. I’ll probably continue onto the third book because I enjoyed the first book so much.

6. The Girl at Midnight (Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair  replacement systems and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Rating: 4/5
Thoughts: I committed the cardinal sin of reading with this one. I didn’t read the description on the jacket, I picked it up solely based on the cover and the rating on goodreads. It worked out though! It was also kind of nice that I had no idea where the book was going and it kept me incredibly entertained. I breezed right through this one. I’ll be continuing the series for sure.

june47. Every Day by David Levithan
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Rating: 2.5/5
Thoughts: I really wanted to love this book. The premise is so intriguing that I thought it would easily catch my interest. Unfortunately, it was pretty bland. There wasn’t much progression in the book and I felt like the ending was a letdown. You see A spend time in a bunch of different bodies, but nothing really happens. There is no progression to the story. I’ve read (and enjoyed) a few books that Levithan co-wrote,  but this one didn’t live up to it for me.

8. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Rating: 3.5/5
Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the Selection – in fact I finished it in one day. I can’t say that it’s particularly groundbreaking, but it was fun nonetheless. I’ll definitely be adding the rest of the series to my library’s ebook hold list.

 

Today I am linking up with:
Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books

  • The Selection sounds interesting, I’ve seen it on lists before and never added it as a too read but I think I will today.

    Also adding A Darker Shade of Magic.

    • I liked the Selection, but A Darker Shade of Magic was FANTASTIC – easily my favorite read of the month :)

  • I’ve heard soooo many good things about The Girl at Midnight & A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m not a huge sci-fi/fantasy person, but these sound really good.

    Also, first time visitor from the book link-up and I just wanted to say that I love your blog design!

    • thanks Brittany! I enjoyed The Girl at Midnight, but I got a bit bored towards the end. A Darker Shade of Magic was just fantastic though :)

  • I’m sort of interested in the Taking series. I might check out the first one in that one and The Selection too.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic has been on my list for awhile now. I love books that have magic. Have you read the follow up to that yet? I can’t even remember if it’s out yet.

    • it’s not out yet. It’s being released in February. I have read one of her young adult books, The Near Witch though. That was pretty great too…. this was better though ;)

  • I read the second in a series last month, too, and while I enjoyed it, it definitely suffered from Second Book Syndrome as well. It’s always frustrating when that happens, isn’t it?

    • yes! i feel like sometimes they just drag things out in order to have 3 books. Not EVERYTHING needs to be a trilogy.

  • So many bloggers love The Selection series. I should give it a read!

    • It’s pretty good. The first book was definitely better though. I’m excited to see how the series ends.

  • Darker Shade of Magic is now on my list! Sounds AMAZING!

  • I’ve read so many mixed reviews about Every Day…I’m definitely intrigued. For me, sometimes a book that not EVERYONE loves is sometimes the most interesting book to me.

    • Yeah, a lot of people loved it, so if you’re interested in it, you should try it! I finished it pretty quickly, I just didn’t feel anything for it at the end. You know what I mean? I didn’t really have a reaction to it – I didn’t even really care for the characters.

  • The Replaced and Every Day both looked good, so I’ll keep my eye on them but I’m not quite ready to add them to my TBR. The Selection is one I’ve picked up but always put back, but I love hearing that you flew through it and are continuing the series.

  • glad you enjoyed the selection book! it’s definitely not groundbreaking lol. i commit the same cardinal sin often with books and it’s so fun when it turns out to be a good book with a good cover :) that book is already on my list! added a darker shade of magic and the alpha & omega series to my list.

    • ahhh I’m so glad! A Darker Shade of Magic was so fantastic and Alpha & Omega is one of my favorite series :)

  • I’m intrigued by The Selection. Groundbreaking or not, the story sounds interesting and a quick read is always welcome!

  • I have only read The Selection. I love the whole series, especially the newest one, The Heir. Definitely keep reading. Book 2 is a little hard to get through at times because American becomes a little annoying, but push through. Book 3 is much better, and as I said, Book 4 is my favorite.

    • Alright, I’ll trust you Kate :) I WANTED to love book two, but America just got so frustrating. I mean I get that she’s conflicted, but she would do a complete 180 every two pages. I’ll read book 3 though and see how it goes :)

  • Did Levithan also write One Day? That’s too bad it was disappointing.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic sounds so good! I also like the cover :) I will have to put that on my list, but I will try to wait until the other books in the series come out, I hate waiting. The Girl at Midnight sounds good too. I like Sci-fi/fantasy reads.

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