In the first half of the month of July, I read at quite a speed racing through more books than I expected but unfortunately due to being away and such, my reading slowed down by a considerable amount. Despite that, I’ve decided that I will share some brief thoughts on the books I did manage to read in the month of July…
This was the final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab and it honestly it solidified the series as one of my new favourites. I adored the story and the characters – I pretty much enjoyed and loved everything about this book. I highly recommend that if you’re looking for a different kind of fantasy you read this – it’s worth it.
If I could only use one word to summarise this book, I would use the word ‘relevant.’ Although this book was published almost seventy-years ago, it’s almost painfully relevant to 2017. It had been a classic which I had wanted to read for years and I’m so glad I finally did. Although I found the world-building at the beginning of the book a little slow, the rest of the story is so powerful.
I decided I wanted to educate myself in mythology and so found myself buying and reading this. I’ll admit it wasn’t the most thrilling read but I found it interesting nonetheless. You may notice that I didn’t rate this as I felt as though it’s not my place to rate or review something such as mythology. However, if you want to have a Greek mythology book on stand-by, this one is probably pretty good.
A couple of years ago, I began re-reading this series and I got as far as this book, so I’ve decided to try to slowly carry on. As this was a re-read and the fifth book in a series I didn’t bother writing a review. The Skulduggery Pleasant series however, is one of my favourite series so yes, I do recommend it if it’s something you might enjoy!
As I mentioned in my full review for this, I enjoyed the premise of this book but it turned out to be something that I really didn’t expect and that honestly shook my up as a bit as a reader. The writing and the characters are all agreeable but the plot was a little bit disappointing for me personally but I’m not going to say it’s a must read.
If you’re looking for a cute yet eerie retelling of a fairy tale this might be a good way to go. This is the first retelling I’ve read and I enjoyed the story and the writing style but I wasn’t blown away. It’s definitely a different retelling and I enjoyed it. Due to the accessible writing style I do want to try some of Flinn’s other retellings despite Towering not being life-changing.
And that is what I read in the month of July. I have a handful of books I want to get read soon but I’m not going to commit to a TBR for August because my feelings may change. I hope everyone had a good July! Let me know your favourite book of the month in the comments!