Monthly Review! July & August

Hello everyone! I am very aware that this post is very late but in my defense… I have no defense I was just playing video games and reading. Do you guys play video games? My friend got me hooked on Paper Mario and my fiance got me Lego Jurassic Park so I’ve been playing those almost non-stop. Also, my birthday was at the end of July and my parents visited! They were here for almost a week and we had so much fun! I don’t get to see them much so visiting with them for that long was a lot of fun. Anyways, onto the books!

The first book that I really enjoyed last month is Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt!

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Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy

This book is the first in a series called Bookish Boyfriends and each one is a sort of retelling of a classic novel. This one featured Romeo and Juliet as well as Pride and Prejudice. After the first few chapters I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. The main character Merilee was just selfish and boy crazy and I couldn’t take her seriously. I loved the growth that she had over the book though. She goes from being a flighty, selfish girl to a loving and (for the most part) caring sister. I also was not a fan of how easily that she fell for Monroe in the beginning but then I though back to when I was 15 and if I had gone from an all girls school to a regular school I probably would have been the same too; so I forgive her for that. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book! If you are a fan of YA romance books then I think you will really enjoy this one as well!

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Klaw

Next up we have a comic book that I had never heard of til recently. Klaw by Antoine Ozanam, Joel Jurion, Yoann Guille, and Mike Kennedy is about a secret population of were animals. Like I said, I had never heard of this before I grabbed it off the shelf so I had no idea what this was about. But I really, really liked this! The book that I read included the first three volumes of the comic book. The illustrations in this book are so amazing. The story combined with the illustrations made it very enjoyable to read. This book is split into three main parts (due to it being three separate volumes), Awakening, Tabula Rasa, and Unions. In Awakening we have the beginning of the story where the main character Angel Tomassini discovers that he is a shape shifter. In the next section we get some more info as well as some history on the Dizhi and some really great fight sequences. The last section has a time jump of a few years and we see Angel really come into his own and try to right some wrongs (no spoilers here!). Overall, if you are a comic fan I think you would enjoy this.

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Lastly, we have The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. I don’t think I can properly articulate how much I loved this book. I finished it and immediately wanted to start it again (I actually did. I listened to the audiobook with one of my friends right after I finished it the first time). I will be recommending this book to anyone that will listen to me. My favorite thing was that the MC was so very dense at times that I just wanted to SCREAM at her. But I loved her. And I loved her friends and the friendships that they had. They were realistic. There were hardships, they fought and came back together just like real people do. All of these characters felt so realistic and fleshed out that they could walk right out of the book and shake your hand. Also, I love horror books and this one just touched on things so well. It did the vampire prowling on you so well. I also loved how it really dealt with Southern hospitality and how that can really not end well for you in the long run. There was gore and there was suspense and I just cannot get enough of this book. Oh and the ending. I loved it. No spoilers here but it was just perfect. If you are a horror, vampire, or suspense fan then I highly, highly encourage you to read this book. You will not regret it.

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Batman: The Court of Owls Saga

The first book that I want to talk about this month is Batman: The Court of Owls Saga by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Hidden for years, the mysterious Court of Owls surfaces in Gotham City -what must Batman do to defeat them, and what deadly connection do they have to his past?

After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime?

I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I don’t really like Batman or Superman. I think they’re boring. Batman less so than Superman but I just can’t feel any connection to the Bat with all his riches and brooding and god he’s just so MOODY all the time! But that being said, this was SUCH a good comic. If you are a fan of Batman then this is definitely essential reading. However, if you are like me and not a fan of the Bat I would still recommend this. I went into this knowing nothing about it and not really liking Batman at all and came out with a new appreciation for Batman and the BatFam. This is a comic book that I would recommend to everyone, regardless of if you are a Batman fan or not!

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Binti: Home

Next up we have Home by Nnedi Okorafor. It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day. And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders. But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace. After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

I actually listened to this book as an audiobook last month and I really enjoyed it! The narrator was really amazing and I loved how she sounded. She really brought the book to life for me. This was a fantastic second book in the trilogy. I feel like the story progressed nicely and we also got some great flashbacks that gave us some insight into Binti’s past. And we also learned a lot about her family, which to me was the reason that she ended up taking off and going to school (you’ll have to read and find out for yourself whether that was a good thing or not). I would highly recommend you check out this book if you liked the first one or if you are just a fan of sci-fi in general.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

One of the books that I read last month is called A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

This book has been on my list to read for literal years and now I finally got around to reading it! I was pleasantly surprised by how much that I enjoyed it! I didn’t realize that this was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but now that I’ve read it I can totally see it. If you are a fan of fantasy books then this one will be right up your alley!

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Bombshells

The next book that I want to talk about it Bombshells Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett. Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by super powered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl!

This was a really fun alternate reality comic book. As someone who’s not really a fan of the DC ladies this was a great way to get into their stories in a fun and inventive way (I’m just not really a fan of DC if you can’t tell – I’m trying to get more into their properties though!). I would highly recommend this one, even if you’re not a fan! This was such a fun read, I think that anyone would like it. I can’t wait to read volume 2!

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The Sea of Monsters

The last book that I want to talk about is The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. In the second book of the series, Percy Jackson must travel to the Sea of Monsters to try and retrieve the Golden Fleece before Camp Half-Blood is destroyed by monsters. Along the way Percy makes a new friend and runs into some legendary monsters (as usual). Will he be able to find the Fleece and get it back to camp before everything is destroyed? You’ll have to read it and find out!

I absolutely love this series (I actually just finished book four!). Percy is such a fun narrator and even though he can be a little dense sometimes, going along on his adventures has been so much fun. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth are such great characters. They’re all written so well that I feel like I’m actually friends with them. I can’t wait to see how this story concludes and I will definitely update you guys once I finish this series.

That is it for July! I hope you all had a good month! It is hot as hell down here and I’m constantly sweating but other than that everything is pretty good. I hope you guys are all doing well with everything that is going on, I know it can be a lot to handle. If you want to chat leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you guys about anything and everything.

5 thoughts on “Monthly Review! July & August

      1. Oh you will definitely enjoy more of his work then! He has a series finale coming out in October. I am really excited to check it out!!

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