July 2017 wrap up

July literally flew by.

I read a decent amount of books this month, but only because most of them were graphic novels. I was very into Avatar – The Last Airbender novels especially. Which, if you haven’t yet seen Avatar, then what are you even doing with your life??

  1. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. img-5066

I have just posted a full review on this one, so I won’t go into details again. I will just say that I would totally recommend it. And I don’t even like contemporaries all that much. Even if I wasn’t completely happy with how some of the things turned out – I loved the general feel of the book.

And it had so many beautiful. and inspirational quotes. I literally want to frame some of them.

“I thought it might be a great thing to be the air.
I could be something and nothing at the same time. Could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.”

Read full review here:

Ari and Dante review

2. Avatar – The Last Airbender (The Promise). Parts1, 2 and 3. 

This was extremely fun. These 3 novels had that completely authentic Avatar feel, it definitely felt like an extension of the tv-series.

The 1st one is somewhat silly, but as the story progresses they get exponentially better. I wrote a full review on the 3 of them, which can be read here:

Avatar (The Promise) review

3. This savage song (The Monsters of Verity) by V. E. Schwab

IMG_5067“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.

Now writing a review for This Savage Song hurts my heart because I am remembering just how much I loved this one, but did not like the second one (Our Dark Duet), but later on that.

This book kept me invested from cover to cover. I stayed up reading till 2 am one time, and that says a lot, as I very much love my precious sleep time!
It made me feel sad for Kate.
Adore August.
And fall in love with Ilsa.
But most importantly it gave me THE FEELS! And it’s been a while since a book has done that. FEELS so strong that they got my heart pounding. And I loved it!

My review for both of the books can be found here:

This Savage Song and Our Dark duet review

4. Our dark duet (The Monsters of Verity) by V. E. Schwab

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If I had to describe Our Dark Duet in one word, I would say underwhelming.
This Savage Song made me feel things. I was scared. My heart was racing. I felt sadness for August. I felt Ilsa’s emotions.

I was very sad, and disappointed. I was so sure that I would end up loving it, and I didn’t. I just found too many problems, and too many inconsistencies in it.

To me, Our Dark Duet, felt rushed and underdeveloped. A major step down from the beauty that This Savage Song was.

Full and detailed review for both of the books can be found here:

Our Dark Duet and This Savage song review

5. One of us is lying by Karen McManus

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This was fun, easy and hard to put down – exactly what I wanted.
This wasn’t anything new, spectacular or exceptionally thrilling.

One of us is lying is advertised as a thriller, which I didn’t think it was. There were thrilling moments in it, yes, but it wasn’t a thriller. More of a ‘who-dunn-it-high-school-story’ thing.

It is said that this book will appeal to the fans of Pretty Little Liars, but this is basically PPL. Four guilty suspects. Good girl falls for a bad boy. One rich and super smart girl. I didn’t mind it though. As I really enjoyed the PPL (tv-show, I haven’t read the books yet).

I absolutely loved about 90% of the book. It was very entertaining, but then the ending happened. SO VERY ANTI-CLIMATIC! I was pretty crushed.
I don’t know what I was expecting? More dead bodies? Crazier outcome? Juicier secrets? Somebody totally unexpected being guilty? – probably, all of it.

In the end, this was very entertaining and quick, perfect for a summer read. Just don’t expect anything too spectacular.

6. Avatar The Last Airbender – The Search (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

This next installment, which consisted of 3 books as well, was even better than The Promise. So much was revealed about the characters that we never knew before.

Ursa, Zuko’s mother, might be one of the most interesting side characters ever.

The art in this one was outstanding. Absolutely enjoyed this one – would recommend to everybody (especially if you are like me , Avatar trash 🙂

7. The mystery of the blue train by Agatha Christie

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I must be getting very picky, as this is the very first book by Agatha Christie that I did not enjoy.
Usually, I just generally like them – they are all nice and cozy little mysteries, but apparently not this one.

It started out well enough, but then the writing became choppy and confusing. Pages were filled with useless blabbering and unnecessary conversations. There was very little actual detective work in it. And in the end many, many questions were left unanswered. 

I suspected the correct murderer from the very start, but then I started suspecting bunch of other people too. But still in the end – it was all just very anti-climatic.

There are many GREAT mysteries by Agatha Christie, I mean she wrote over 250 books.
But this is not one of them.

8. Locke and Key Vol.6, Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

I was excited for the last installment of the Locke and Key graphic novels. But, sadly, this one flopped big time for me.

This was my personal least favorite.

Felt like Hill and Rodriguez fell short on the plot development and focused instead just on the shock factor.

Previous installments were good, gruesome, and they had purpose. This was just a mass man slaughter.
Going out with a bang? Making the last book in series as gory as possible? I guess so. But it didn’t really work for me.

It also didn’t bring anything new to the story at all. All of the locations were re-used, and all of the secrets were long out.

And it was definitely too long (page wise).

I wanted a story. I wanted more of throwbacks.
Instead they played with some very questionable ideas and inserted a lot of dialog, which I’m sorry, but at some points was just mad gibberish.

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Those were all books I read in July.

Excited to see what August brings. Carpe Librum!

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