Monthly Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2019!

Whoa, things got crazy this month. I read 21 books! I can’t even believe it myself. It’s the dead of summer and I have been able to pick up a lot of reads and had a great month. I am happy I got through so many because August is a big month for new releases on my radar.


  • The Beholder (The Beholder #1) by Anna Bright
  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
  • Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
  • Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (RTC – ☆☆☆☆ 1/2)
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young [ARC] (RTC – ☆☆☆)
  • The Traitor’s Kingdom (The Traitor’s Circle #3) by Erin Beaty (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) [REREAD] (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2) by Elise Kova (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)
  • Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire #3) by Michael J. Sullivan (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)
  • The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett (RTC – ☆☆☆ 1/2)
  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce (RTC – ☆☆☆☆)
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson (RTC – ☆☆)
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan (RTC – ☆☆☆☆☆)

Some of my favorites from this month were: The Traitor’s Kingdom, The Winner’s Curse, Fire Falling, & All Your Perfects!

My least favorites this month were: The Beholder, Recursion, and Save the Date.

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Book Review

Book Review: The Beholder (The Beholder #1) by Anna Bright

Rating: ☆☆☆  
Audience:Young adult fantasy
Length: 435 pages
Author: Anna Bright
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 4th, 2019
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

I ONLY HAVE ONE QUESTION: WHERE AM I?

I will first start off by saying: this is a story with multiple love interests. About the only time I can handle it is when I no beforehand and can then decide if I’m okay with it (i.e. The Selection Series). Since this was a buddy read and it did sound pretty good I was cool with the love triangle/square happenings.

What I was not okay with was the world-building. I can say that I’ve read quite a bit over my life and never have I been more confused about the world then when when I was reading this. Talking to my friend I kept messaging her with a shouted: WHERE AM I? over and over again. They’re mentions of Greek mythology (Odysseus and Homer), mentions of other story time characters (Hansel & Gretel), but the world appears to be spread out as it is in 2019 (referring to continents and general countries). We have to take ships everywhere, no cell phones, but there appears to be the occasional radio? I could keep going y’all. Trust me, it’s insane how odd ball this all was.

If you look past the world-building and to the story, you will be okay with what you see. Selah starts off as a pushover and scared of her own shadow. A bunch of woe is me crap that I really needed her to drop, ASAP. By the end of the book she did get a little better. Made a few choices that are interesting and I’m not sure where they’ll take us in book two, but none-the-less, at least her character was more appealing by the end.

The love interests all have their own game plans. I’m currently #teamtorden. He’s the Norse-ish god of my dreams. The others we either haven’t gotten to yet or didn’t spend much time with them. The book seemed a bit rushed and I thought she needed more than two weeks at each location to get a feel for the other person. This caused me to have a hard time loving anyone because I felt like I didn’t even know them enough to love them.

There were two other small things that were odd and bothered me. One being, Selah referring to her Father as DADDY THE ENTIRE TIME. She’s 18, I’m sorry, but I think that’s weird *shrugs*. The other thing was the Marvel rip-off. The characters in one of the lands were CLEARLY taken from them, so much that I was taken out of the story because all I could picture was the movies.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult fantasy (focus on romance)
  • Language: none
  • Romance: some chaste kisses
  • Violence: poison, mentions of losing a loved one, but really pretty tame

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