Saturday 1 August 2015

July Wrap Up | Faith

The first book I read was actually at the end of June. This book was Helia's Shadow by: K.C. Neal. I absolutely loved this book, it was so unique and action-packed. It did take me a while to finish this because school was in the way for a while, but I still loved it. I highly recommend that you go and pick this book up, it was just recently released in paperback, along with the sequel and  some of K.C. Neal's other books. I know that I will be trying to get my hands on a physical copy, because I need it in my hands! I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

You can read my review HERE

The second book I read this month was Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by: Richelle Mead, adapted by: Leigh Dragoon and Illustrated by: Emma Vieceli. The Vampire Academy series is one of my favourite series of all time, I loved the books as well as the movie. Throughout the whole story, I kept picturing the actors voices from the film in my head, it was something I couldn't help. I still think that they should make a Frostbite movie with the original actors, because I do feel that they would do an amazing job. I honestly just think the first film was marketed wrong, because the marketing did not match the film. I would rate this graphic novel a 4 out of 5 stars. 

If you haven't picked up The Vampire Academy books, I highly suggest that you do! They're not cheesy and the title is very misleading. It's not just about vampires going to school, there is so much more awesomeness to the story!

The third book I read in July was Steelheart by: Brandon Sanderson. I've been wanting to read something by Brandon Sanderson mainly because that he is one of the most highly acclaimed fantasy authors (favourite genre). Raquel has raved about this book countless times, and it wasn't until a few months ago that I decided to pick it up. Let me just say that my mind is blown. There are so many twists in this book, and it actually made me gasp and stare at my book. This is one of the only books in a long time that has truly surprised me with it's twists. I really want to read the sequel! I highly recommend this book if you're into DC and Marvel because it's basically a comic book without the pictures. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

SPOILER: Love the part where Steelheart kills himself, clever very clever.

The fourth book that I completed was Sacrificed by: Emily Wibberley, which is the first book in The Last Oracle series. I was sent this and an eArc of Forsworn (the second book) for a blog tour that I was participating in. (You can check out my post HERE)

This book is another great debut novel, it has such strong characters and an entertaining story. The whole concept of the Oracle was so intriguing and something that I had never seen before in young-adult books. Everything was done with so much suspense and there was always an edge of darkness which I loved. One of my favourite parts of this novel were the visions that Clio would see (SO AWESOME) I think the only problem I had with Sacrificed would probably be the pacing and the storyline. The storyline by itself wasn't really anything mind-blowing, but everything else was really amazing. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Side Note: This cover is AMAZING.

The fifth book I read was The Heir by: Kiera Cass. This is the fourth book in The Selection series. I fairly enjoyed the first three books and I was really excited when Kiera announced that she was continuing on with the series.

I truly believe that Kiera has improved with her writing. While I was still able to finish this book within a few hours like I had with the first books, there was more of a maturity in her words. However, Eadlyn wasn't as frustrating as America. She was a very spoiled princess and very in denial. Throughout the novel I was constantly just going "ADMIT IT! ADMIT THAT YOU HAVE ROMANTIC FEELINGS TOWARDS THEM!" The Heir was definitely better then some of her past books. These books are so addictive, because it's like a reality show and every chapter is a cliffhanger and you just want to keep reading. America was a lot more frustrating in my opinion, Eadlyn was just annoying but there was depth to her character. I loved her relationship with her brother Ahern and just her dedication to her family overall. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

 (I really love Kile and Hale. Henri is so sweet and adorable though.)

The sixth book I read was Forsworn by: Emily Wibberley, this is the second book in The Last Oracle series. I received an arc of this book for a blog tour, and I reviewed it!  I really loved Forsworn, it was just as good as Sacrificed, maybe even better. Emily uses her words in a mysterious and intriguing way, which makes an action-packed book filled with awesomeness. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You can read my review HERE.
The seventh book I read this month was Magonia by: Maria Dahvana Headly. I had been anticipating this book before it's release, and I was not disappointed in the content. I just couldn't appreciate the beauty of it. It was a fantastic read with an interesting writing style, I just couldn't embrace it. I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The eighth book I read was Firefight by: Brandon Sanderson! As you know, I read the first book and I really, really loved it. However with this book, I didn't really like it as much. The action was great, the plot was great, the characters were great (Meghan not really sure about yet) it was just the pacing. The pacing seemed a little off for me, it was slow, then fast, slow and then fast. It was really interesting seeing different epics, that was really fun to read. This book just didn't have the same wow-factor as the first, it fell a little flat with the pacing. I also really missed the super, nerdy, dorky side of David. It was there, but I wanted more of the dork side of him, because I love dorky people.

Also, I don't really ship Meghan and David. I don't know if it's because I'm reading from a guy's perspective and don't really get it, but I shipped Percy and Annabeth in an instant. I don't know why, the romance was just something that I acknowledged but never really invested myself in it. I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars.

The ninth book I read was The Kiss Of Deception by: Mary E. Pearson. I really liked this book, I thought that the POV's from Kaden and Rafe weren't really needed but I still loved the story. The only downfall I would say that this book had was the pacing but that was probably my only problem. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

You can read my review on August 15th!

The tenth book I read this month was Saga, Volume 1 by: Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. When I read graphic novels, I tend to just read really random ones without really knowing anything about the story. I really loved this volume! I really did not expect to like it as much as I did, the beginning was a little boring but it picked up very quickly. This graphic novel really made me gasp at some points, especially because of the art. Everything is just really weird and unique which makes for a great story. I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I do not suggest reading this if you're uncomfortable with illustrated nudity and sexual content.

The eleventh book I read was Supergirl Volume 3: Sanctuary which is part of The New 52 collection. This was by Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar. I really enjoyed reading this one, I liked it a little more then the previous volume. I loved how we got a glimpse of The Flash and Wonder Woman. I would rate this comic a 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

I also tried reading an X-Men comic by Marvel and I think I can now say that I like DC comics more than Marvel if we're talking about comics.

The twelfth book I read this month was The Flash: Volume 2 Rogues Revolution by: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato which is also part of The New 52 collection. I really enjoyed this one as well! I'm also not really a fan of Patty... I would suggest that you read these if you're looking for a good read. I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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