June Reading Wrap Up | Books I Read This Month

Today I will be bringing you my June Wrap Up!

I read 10 books this month, which is the most I’ve read in a month this year. Summer vacation has been good to me! I am going to talk about the books in order that I read them. So let’s go ahead and get started.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.21Cruel Prince The.jpg
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count: 370 pages
Genre(s): YA fantasy
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: January 2, 2018

Plot: Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Thoughts: Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it! I was skeptical about the hype around this book because I did not think faeries sounded interesting. I was wrong and I’m riding that hype train now.

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.76Chalk Man The
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count: 280 pages
Genre(s): Mystery, suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Published: January 9, 2018

Plot: It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

My Thoughts:  I went in to this book not knowing much at all, which I feel is best with a psychological thriller/mystery. I was expecting a supernatural mystery when I requested this one from the library. I still highly recommend The Chalk Man. It was a wonderfully written debut novel, and I will definitely be reading more of C.J. Tudor’s work in the future.

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube

Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.95Dark Beneath the Ice The.jpg
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): YA paranormal
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: August 7, 2018

Plot: Something is wrong with Marianne.

It’s not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

My Thoughts:  This was my first ARC read for June. Many thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an ARC of this title. I do not typically read YA paranormal books, but when I saw this one being marketed as “Paranormal Activity meets Black Swan,” I had to give it a go. But I did not get what I expected. I think preteen Allison would have loved this book, but as an adult, I did not find it that entertaining. There were a few scary moments, but the plot went in circles and the ending fell flat for me. The author creates a wonderfully scary atmosphere at the right moments, and I would read another one of her books.

Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.04Kill or Cure
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count: 178 pages
Genre(s): YA dystopian
Series: TBD
Publisher: Troubador
Published: February 4, 2018

Plot: In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive. 

With limited medical supplies and only herbal alternatives, his prospects of surviving this mystery illness are bleak. But saving Tommy is just the beginning. The infected are not the only monsters that exist in this new world, and human nature can be more destructive than the dead. 

In a race against time, Alyx and her best friend Will stop at nothing to protect him, even from the same people that swore to protect them all. 

Kill or Cure is a dynamic, multifaceted story of teenage love and gut wrenching loss in a dystopian world.

My Thoughts:  Many thanks to Netgalley and Troubador for an ARC of this title. I do not know why I requested this book on Netgalley. Probably because it was categorized as sci-fi. I should have known from the summary (virus and post apocalyptic) that this was a book about zombies. I do not like zombies. I don’t find them scary or entertaining, but luckily this book focuses on the family dynamic and not the zombies. By the end, I was interested to know more about the characters. I would be willing to give the next book a chance.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.56And the Trees Crept In
My Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.5
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre(s): YA paranormal, YA horror
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 6, 2016

Plot: Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

My Thoughts:  This book drew me in immediately. I finished it within 6 or less hours. But I saw the ending coming and I really hate the end. It was predictable and a cop out for me. There was so much that could have been done with the story and the legend of the Creepy Man, and the author went for the oldest trope in the book when it comes to supernatural books. I did not consider it to have a “twist” ending at all.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.66Hazel Wood The
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 2.5
Page Count: 368 pages
Genre(s): YA fantasy
Series: The Hazel Wood
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: January 30, 2018

Plot: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

My Thoughts: This was a hate-read. The main character was terrible. The plot was slow. By the time Alice made it to the Hazel Wood, I did not care. The only interesting parts of the story are the fairy tales Alice’s grandmother wrote. We only got to read two of the stories in this book, but according to Goodreads, the author will be publishing the book of fairytales. I will not be reading the sequel, but I might read the book of fairytales.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.92Lying in Wait.jpg
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): General fiction, crime fiction
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Published: June 12, 2018

Plot: From the international bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver, an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page” (The Irish Times) about a Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are suddenly revealed.

My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

My Thoughts: Many thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for an ARC of this title. I almost DNF’d this book at 55% because it felt like the story was chasing rabbits. The first sentence really draws you in: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.” I really thought I was in for a thrilling ride, but this one tanked for me.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.11To All The Boys
My Rating: ★★★★★
Page Count: 355 pages
Genre(s): YA contemporary
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Publisher: Penerbit Spring
Published: April 15, 2014

Plot: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Thoughts: This is a sweet, beautiful, and innocent story about love, friendship, and family. I love how wholesome and innocent Lara Jean is in this book; it is so refreshing from the usual YA contemporary. I loved the focus on Lara Jean’s family and the main love interests are so likeable. As soon as I finished this, I immediately ordered the next two books in the series! I can’t wait to see what happens to Lara Jean next.

Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.42Hocus Pocus
My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Page Count:
 560 pages
Genre(s): YA fantasy
Publisher: Freeform
Published: July 10, 2018

Plot: Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme. 

My Thoughts: Many thanks to Netgalley and Freeform for an ARC of this title. I was so excited when I heard about this. I really enjoyed the adaptation of the movie. The sequel did not have the nostalgia feel for me, but I enjoyed it. I think fans of the original movie will appreciate this book, and it will have you wanting to watch Hocus Pocus!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.79Final Girls
My Rating: ★★★★☆

Page Count:
 342 pages
Genre(s): Mystery/thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Published: July 11, 2017

Plot: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

My Thoughts: This was my only audiobook this month. I really enjoyed the book because for once, I did not guess the ending. I think I would have pieced it together if I had read the actual book instead of listening to the audiobook, but it was an easy listen that did not require alot of my attention.


Whew! And there’s my first wrap up on this blog. I am sorry it is so long. When school starts back in August, there will be less books in my monthly wrap up.

Let me know in the comments what you read this month or if you’ve read any of the books on my list! Thanks for reading!

Allison

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