The Book Review: June 2018

I am a big reader, but I’ve found that this year it’s been a bit slow going. In general, I’ve found it hard to get into the motivation to read for whatever reason and, when I have wanted to read, I’ve found it hard to pick a book that takes my fancy. Then Love Island came around and it’s too late to read by the time that’s finished!

However, I managed to get three books in this month, some more successful than others!

OUR DARK DUET BY VICTORIA SCHWAB | ★★★★

Our Dark Duet is the second in the Monsters of Verity series, following the stories of August and Kate. Without giving too many spoilers away, especially for those that haven’t read the first book, Our Dark Duet picks up a few months after the last book, where Kate has become a monster slayer in Prosperity, while August is back in Verity trying to save his beloved town before the monsters take over. But, when Kate has to return to Verity, can her and August work together to defeat the strongest, biggest monster of all?

Because she knew a secret: there were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.

I’ll be honest, I love the way that Schwab writes and, as always, she took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions during the book. With the edition of some new characters, this book kept me on the tip of my toes waiting to find out what happened, leaving me shell shocked at every opportunity, and I’m gutted there isn’t more books written in this setting. If you’re looking for a fantasy to get your teeth into, this is a series that will leave you hooked and wanting more!

NEEDLEWORK BY DEIRDRE SULLIVAN | ★

I’m going to keep this one sweet. I really the sound of this book when a friend was reading it and, after she’d finished, she leant it to me. However, I hated it. I didn’t like the way it was written and couldn’t get into it at all. If you have similar reading tastes to me, you might want to keep this one of the shelf.

THE NAMES THEY GAVE US BY EMERY LORD |★★★

Human hearts are like noble little ants, able to carry so much more weight than you’d expect

We all know I’m a big Emery Lord fan, with When We Collided being one of my all time favourite reads, ever and I enjoyed reading her other book, The Start of Me and You. This book book wasn’t any different – it was an easy read and it only took me about a day to read too.

It follows the story of Lucy, who’s world is falling apart around her. She thinks she’s got the perfect boyfriend, a lovely life and everything comes falling back down around her when her mother’s cancer returns. As everything around her is changing, can she see the positives when she’s thrown into camp life as a counsellor at Daybreak, a camp for children who are vulnerable. Can she make it through a summer without losing it as secrets are revealed and she realises her campmates aren’t as bad as they seem.

The Names They Gave Us isn’t my all time favourite read of Emery Lord’s and, on comparison, I preferred The Start of Me and You to this one, however I read a way quite happily, falling into Lucy’s story, forgetting my own issues falling down around me.

What did you read in June? What was your favourite read?

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