August turned out to be a really good reading month for me. I read a total of 8 books. This is a miraculous number for me since I recently suffered a terrible reading slump. I’m super content with this number, as well as the quality of the books that I read. There were only 2 low-rated books from the month of August, which is pretty darn awesome!
Below is a list of the 8 books I read in the month of August (in order of date read), along with a brief synopsis and review of each book.
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a fairytale retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi twist. The story is set in futuristic New Beijing (China) and follows Cinder, a cyborg in a world where that is not socially acceptable. After a chance meeting with a prince, Cinder finds herself caught up in a whole mess of royal/political intrigue.
I really enjoyed this story. I found it to be both fun and captivating. The world Meyer creates is so complex and interesting that it sucks you in so quickly. I love the budding relationship between Cinder and Prince Kai and all of the obstacles they face. Immediately after finishing this I desperately needed to read Scarlet. And I did.
Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet is a continuation of The Lunar Chronicles, and it follows Scarlet in futuristic France. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing for weeks, and Scarlet is determined to find out where she disappeared to and why. Unsure of how to go about doing so, Scarlet meets Wolf, who offers to help her in her quest. However, Wolf may not be who he seems, and as a result Scarlet discovers horrifying truths about the world around her and what happened to her grandmother.
Again, such a fun and exciting read. I love how Meyer interweaves the two stories of Cinder and Scarlet. This book added even more world-building to the initial world of Cinder. We’re also introduced to more awesome characters. I absolutely love Cinder and Scarlet, along with Kai and Wolf. But my absolute favorite character of this series is Captain Thorne.
The Bassoon King, by Rainn Wilson
If you are not yet aware, Rainn Wilson is an actor, most famous for his role as Dwight Schrute in The Office (U.S.). I love Dwight, so that was the main reason I purchased this book. I was not at all prepared for how hilarious, insightful, and resonant this book truly is. In The Bassoon King, Wilson regales the tales of his childhood through to his adult life, discussing the main events of those years that shaped him into the person and the actor that he is today. Unlike most celebrity memoirs, this book is so much more than a window into his life. Wilson offers up the personal truths he came to conclude through his life experiences, and gives advice to those seeking careers in the creative world. He also discusses the importance of discussion when it comes to taboo topics, such as religion and spirituality. Highly recommend this book! (Also, watch The Office).
Cress, by Marissa Meyer
This is third installment in The Lunar Chronicles and follows Cress, a lunar shell and a hostage to the Queen’s right hand. She’s locked away in a satellite in space with the sole job of spying on Earth and Prince Kai by hacking their systems. However, Cress is secretly an Earthen sympathizer who has been secretly helping hide Cinder and her gang. The group attempts to rescue Cress, spurring a domino-effect of chaos.
This book was so crazy action-packed and intense. And again, I absolutely LOVED Captain Carswell Thorne. I NEED Winter.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think this needs a synopsis at all, so I’ll just say that this book was funny, heartbreaking, and amazing. Definitely one of my favorites. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually pick this book up, but I’m so glad I finally did. After finishing this book, I nearly cried hysterically. You know why.
Obsidian & Onyx, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
These are books 1 & 2 in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The story centers around a girl named Katy who moves to a small town in West Virginia with her single mom. Everything seems normal aside from her neighbors being extremely odd. It turns out this oddity is due to the fact that her neighbors are aliens.
I was very skeptical going into this series. I’ve heard reviews from complete opposite sides of the spectrum; I’ve heard people who absolutely love this book and its characters, and I’ve heard people who absolutely hated this book. Unfortunately, I agree mostly with the latter group of people. I found the story to be addicting, but the quality of the writing could definitely be improved. There were several instances where the humor seemed too forced, so the “jokes” ended up being pretty cringe-worthy. The romance was extremely cringe-worthy. It seemed that Armentrout tried to create too much drama between them, causing the main character to appear unreasonably fickle and sort of pathetic. I will give credit to Armentrout for weaving an interesting plot as far as the aliens and their Earthen enemy. I’m debating whether I will pick up the other books or not.
An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes is about a girl named Laia, whose family is murdered by the Martial Empire soldiers. All but one: her brother. In an attempt to rescue her brother, Laia acts as a spy for the rebellion and volunteers to be a slave to the evil Commandant.There she meets Elias, the most promising soldier at Blackcliff Martial Academy, and the least loyal.
In one sentence, this book was AMAZING. I was curious to see if I would like this book as much as other people do, and I was pleased to discover that I freaking loved this book. I was completely hooked to the story, and every chapter ended in a fantastic way that made you want to keep reading. There’s so much in this book that is so good. There are great characters, great world-building, great plot, and an amazing writing style. This story is told from dual perspectives (Laia and Elias), so if you’re not a fan of that, beware. But even if you aren’t a fan of dual perspective, this book is so amazing that it is definitely worth a try.
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