What I Read: July 2016

What I Read: July 2016

I know, I’ve been M.I.A. for a while. I’m sorry guys, it’s been crazy. I’ve taken on an extra position at work and been trying to get everything ready for our move. Plus Ivan’s been in Arizona for the past two weeks, so I’ve been doing everything solo. But.. I did get some reading squeezed in this month.


1. The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

My Rating: 4/5
My Thoughts: I truly enjoyed this one. It got me out of my mini reading slump. It’s both imaginative and original and kept me glued to the page. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.


2. See Jane Die (Stacy Killian #1) by Erica Spindler
Seventeen years ago, Jane Killian was nearly killed by a reckless boater. Now she has everything to live for – a successful career, loving husband, and a baby on the way. But when two women with ties to Jane’s husband are found dead, he becomes the prime suspect… only Jane knows better. The man who nearly took her life is back and he won’t leave until he can finally See Jane Die. 

My Rating: 3/5
My Thoughts: This one was pretty average for me. It’s the second Erica Spindler book I read and I wasn’t crazy impressed with it. There was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn’t amazing. I found few similarities between the two books of hers that I did read, which bothered me. It made the plot a little predictable. It’s a good quick read, but I wouldn’t run out to read it right this second.


3. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Thoughts: I’ve been hearing a lot about Mary Kubica and so I dove into this one with pretty high expectations. The book mostly met them. The book has two narrators – Alex and  Quinn. Quinn’s roommate Esther, goes missing and you follow her story trying to discover what has happened to her. I enjoyed the chapters with Quinn and found myself skimming the chapters featuring Alex. I just didn’t find his story as interesting. I think that it was necessary to use two narrators for this particular plot, it’s just unfortunate that I found one so much more entertaining.


4. Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson
After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Thoughts: This is a spin off to a series I have yet to read, but thankfully, that didn’t really seem to matter. Everything was easy to follow and I enjoyed the plot and characters. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Lex as she comes into her powers. You see a lot of witches and vampires in this sort of book, but I still found it be unique enough to entertain me.

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5. Ancient Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Huntress #1) by Linsey Hall
I’m good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third—but not because I want to be good at hiding. I have to be. I’m a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon’s soul. Being born with the dragon’s covetousness should be a sweet gig – I have the power to find and steal any type of treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.

But it doesn’t come without a price – stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It’s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that’s one of the things I like about it.

When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hired me to find an ancient scroll, I didn’t want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds me of too much of murky memories from a past I can’t remember. But I don’t have a choice. The scroll reveals what I am. And if anyone finds out, I’m dead.

My Rating: 4/5
My Thoughts: I loved this one. I actually read the rest of the available books in the series already. It’s my favorite independently published series that I’ve read in quite a while.

Today I am linking up with:

Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books


  • I’ve been poring through all the reviews trying to find some fantasy so I was super excited when I found yours! I haven’t read any of these but The Girl from Everywhere and Ancient Magic both sound awesome, so they’re going on my to read list.

  • I keep hearing about Mary Kubica as well yet keep not reading her books. Not really sure why.

  • I was miffed at the end of Don’t You Cry. I will give Kubica another go though I think.

  • so glad you liked the girl from everywhere as i literally picked it up from the library today haha.
    ancient magic sounds awesome!

  • Boundary Crossed sounds really good to me. Adding it to my TBR. Mary Kubica’s book is already there but I haven’t had a chance to read it. Seen some mixed reviews but want to give on her books a try.

  • Don’t You Cry sounds really good! I didn’t like The Good Girl by her, but I’m willing to try another book.

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