What I Read: June 2016

What I Read: June 2016

I haven’t had a ton of free time to set aside for reading lately, but I did manage to get 3 books in this month. I’m still way behind in my goodreads challenge, but I have high hopes for after the big move. I did manage to get two crossed off on my Great American Road Trip Challenge though. Once we get settled in D.C., I’ll have some free time again :)


1. Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Thoughts: I’ll have a full review of this one soon, but I’ll give you the quick & dirty version. This was a very authentic book, that I found incredibly addicting. I do think the author could have said more with it, but it was a great read.



2. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

My Rating: 2.5/5
My Thoughts: I just couldn’t get on the bandwagon with this one. A lot of people really enjoyed it, but I had too many issues with the book. I was more interested in Minnow’s life in the cult, but the majority of the story is about her life in juvie. I also found it odd that Minnow didn’t really mentally suffer from her time & experiences in the cult. With all that she goes through, you’d think she’d had some lasting mental damage. But she just sort of brushes everything off and goes on with her life. The 3rd element of the story that really bothered me, was how educated Minnow seemed to be on the “outside world”. We are told by the author that she’s pretty naive about the world – having been taken into the cult when she was 5 years old. Yet she’s aware of what Paris is, knows how some technologies work and has an incredibly extensive vocabulary (even though she can’t read and has been living in the wilderness most her life). That really annoyed me. I would have really appreciated to see her character grow and learn to accept and understand the world around her.She becomes comfortable with the world way too quickly that it isn’t really believable.

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3. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

My Rating: 3.5/5
My Thoughts: this one was just so creative. It was a bit confusing at times, but a ton of fun. I’ll definitely read the sequel.

Today I am linking up with:

Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books

  • The cult book sounds like it would be good. It’s a shame it was a disappointment.

    • I know! I really wanted to love it, I just wish it would have spent more time on the actual cult. I’m going to look for another book on the same subject. I’m pretty sure I have a few on my goodreads TBR list.

  • I haven’t heard of Frannie and Tru before, but I just added it to my list!

  • I have a major thing for cult books and am sad when the book ends up not really being about life in the cult.

    • me too, it was such a letdown. Now I’m going to have to find another book to off set that experience!

  • I’ve never heard of The Invisible Library but it sounds like my kind of series. Adding it to my TBR! I also added Frannie and Tru as well.

  • oh i’m glad you didn’t hate the invisible library at least. it’s on my kindle waiting for me! i always feel better prepared going into a book after someone else has read it haha, like i will expect it to be confusing. anyway.

  • OOh, The Invisible Library sounds fun! I love books about books.

  • Jen

    Love when I find books I haven’t heard of yet! Thanks for sharing!

  • Frannie & Tru sounds great. I love hearing about books I’ve not heard of before.

  • That cult book sounds like it would be good-bummer you didn’t like it!

  • The Invisible Library sounds really intriguing! I’m definitely going to add that on Goodreads.

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