I don’t know about y’all but I’m still having a hard time believing it’s already August. We are already 8 months into the new year. Before we know it it’s gonna be December 31st and we’ll be saying hello to 2017.
One of my goals for 2016 was to read 50 books and I’m happy to report that I am 60% through with my goal. I’ve read 30 books thus far. I’m actually hoping/planning to surpass that goal but we’ll see if that happens with school starting next week.
Today I’m sharing the 5 books I read in July. Technically the last one I read in August but I don’t want to wait until September to review it so I’m throwing it in with my July books.
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
Alone . . . that’s where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son’s death . . . and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital.
Alone . . . a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he’d done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous . . . and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them together is a moment of violence—but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who’s woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.
As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?
For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Ok, I know as a good Potterhead, I should be dedicating a whole post to this. But I’m not going to. Instead of a whole post, I’m going to direct you to my friend Ashley’s blog, The Wright Nook. She wrote a whole post and our views are pretty similar! 🙂
Now, obviously I had to read this. It’s called the 8th book in the Harry Potter series. But I wish they hadn’t called it that. To me it was not the 8th book in any way, shape or form. It’s a short story that was made into a play. Since it was written as a script it took some getting used to but I was quickly able to get used to the writing style. I thought it would be easiest to explain a few of my thoughts in list form so…..
Here’s what I loved:
-Harry and Draco’s sons became BFFs
-Hermione become Minister of Magic and Ron being so….well Ron still.
– I was always skeptical of the whole Ginny/Harry thing but after having read this and gotten a glimpse of their married relationship I’m a big fan now.
-Going back to 1981. I 100% think JK Rowling needs to write books about Harry’s parents and their years at Hogwarts. I am dying to know what made Lily go from hating James to falling totally in love with him in their 7th year. WHAT HAPPENED!!!! I need to know!
-Scorpious. What a great kid.
– Just being back in my favorite world. Even though I wanted more, it was still so special and amazing to be back in Harry’s world. It will always be my favorite books. Always.
Here’s what I didn’t:
– Not getting enough back story. I’m sorry I want more. I don’t want just a script where we get flashes and quick explanations. I want detailed emotions and scenes and thoughts and descriptions.
– I was a little confused why it was the middle child who felt so disconnected to Harry. Maybe it’s because I’m the oldest and there is no middle child in my family and I just don’t really understand “middle child syndrome”. I dunno I just didn’t get why there was such a disconnect between Harry and Albus and not Harry and James. Plus I think it’s awesome that one of Harry’s kids was in Slytherin. It goes back to how close Gryffindors and Slytherins really are personality wise.
– Ashley is gonna hate me but I didn’t really love the whole Bellatrix/Voldemort love child thing. Now I can see the argument, that maybe he did it so his bloodline would carry on and it was all just lust and not because he loved her. And I know Bellatrix would have been all for it because she was so obsessed and infatuated with Voldemort. But still I think Voldemort is too selfish for even that. Again just my humble opinion but there it is.
Ok those are the major points I wanted to address. Like I said even though I would not call this the 8th book I still enjoyed it. And if you are a Harry Potter fan, big or small, it is definitely worth your time! If only to spend a few more hours lots in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! (the books obviously, not the theme park! ; )
Now my favorite of the 5 that I read was probably A Court of Thorns and Roses with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child coming a close second.
This month I have several books that I’m hoping I’ll get through but again with school starting next week, August may be a slow reading month for me. We shall see!
I’m linking up with Steph and Jana for their Show Us Your Books link up! 🙂
11 thoughts on “Your Next Favorite Book: July Reads”
Luckiest Girl Alive is one of my least favorite books I've ever read– I think I gave it one star because I disliked it so much on every level! I've read a few Lisa Gardner books in the past, but haven't read anything by her in years!
I hated Luckiest Girl Alive. Pretty much everything about it. That's rare for me and a book!
i'm so cranky, i tried to scroll past the HP review but a line jumped out at me. raaaaaaaaaaaaaage. hahaha. not your fault, you warned me, i should have closed my eyes.i have not read any of these! i have not heard great things about the luckiest girl alive lol
Love your HP review and can totally relate to a lot of what you said. I think I went into it with the expectation of it not being anything like the other books. I enjoyed the play format but I definitely missed the details of a novel. I am a big fan though so being back in my favourite world for a couple of days was SO nice, even if it wasn't exactly 100% what I expected/hoped for. I too want more!!!!
I am really curious about the HP book – I want to go back and reread them and then read the new one. On my Christmas list already!
I'm so glad that you were able to find some new books to read from my Nook! I feel like I always end up buying some random books when they're super cheap and then sometimes I forget that I have them on there. I need to read some Sarah Maas! I promise I'm going to read Throne of Glass soon, so we can talk about it! I also need to read Luckiest Girl Alive. I'll try to read both of those super soon so we can talk all about it!
I agree with your points on the Cursed Child. While I have a middle sibling and have seen that syndrome, I felt Albus just came from being a completely different kid than the other two Potter children. Granted, I'm guessing that because they didn't mention James Sirius & Lily Luna a whole lot!100% Give me the Marauders in a series. How did they make the map? How did they become best friends? Give me the story of them turning into illegal animaguses. The story of how Sirius comes to live with James. I feel the same about needing to see how Lily and James change drastically in courtship. Also a giant question mark in my head has always been, how Peter went from being so close to these boys then betraying them. There is a whole world that could be explored away from the Golden Trio. Loved your review and can't wait to talk more Harry Potter with you when I see you next month!
I really want to read A Court of Thornes and Roses, I really love that author! I'm glad you said you had spoilers for the HP book, I'm starting it at work tomorrow. I've heard such mixed reviews and am definitely curious.
I really like the D.D. Warren books-she is such a great character!
I know that I've read at least one Lisa Gardner book. I can't remember which one, but these two sound right up my alley so adding them to my TBR. Now to the real important stuff – Harry Potter. I loved it too. Like you, I would have LOVED a real book, but since I never dreamed that I would open a new Harry Potter book after Deathly Hallows, I will let it slide! So generous of me, I know. 🙂 I loved little Scorpious so much. And I'm guessing he has a whole a lot of his Mom in him! The love child thing surprised me a bit. But since I do fully believe that Harry killed Voldemort, it makes sense that his child would be the new threat versus him coming back somehow. And Bellatrix makes the most sense. I don't think he loved anyone but himself but he would be the type who would want an heir.
I've had Luckiest Girl Alive on my radar for quite a while. Then, I started seeing all the disappointing reviews. But, I feel like I kinda need to read it for myself to see what I think of it.