Weekend Editions: August Reads

Last month, I broke one of my reading rules. And I’m glad I did. In the past, I have always read one book at a time, it seemed if I tried to read more, I’d get the storyline or characters confused. In August, I was reading Evil for Evil. That book is huge, as in, 700 pages. So lugging that around wasn’t really an option. By mid-month, I decided I would read an e-book when I was out and about and my actual book at home. I’ll likely keep up this style, as long as the books are different enough.

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Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe: This was an enjoyable book. Time travel, aliens, a cute boy, and the main character that is really good at math but often has panic attacks for no reason. After meeting said cute boy, Skylar finds out that aliens have been using Earth as a playground for experiments and the reason she has panic attacks is becuase she can sense when something has been changed. She then embarks on a time traveling journey with Win to try and stop the experiments from happening and save Earth (Win is part of a rebel group).
   Rating 3.5 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe: It isn’t often that I like the second book of a trilogy more than the others. But this one is an exception. I loved this one. There were so many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending? Didn’t see that one coming.
   Rating: 4 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe: This is the final book of the trilogy. Out of the three, I liked this one the least. That is not to say it is a bad book, but the first two were just much better. The ending was satisfying. Overall, a fun series and a good read.
   Rating: 3 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol: I devoured this book. But when I finished? I was like, eh, not that great. This would be a fun beach read. Just be ready for the main character that is so special. As in, she can do no wrong. It got annoying after awhile and what lead to me not liking it as much.
   Rating: 2 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

Evil for Evil by K.J. Parker: This book was a beast. I read the first book in the series in June and this one picked up right after that one. The plot is very intricate and does move quite slowly. But it is still a good book, even if it moves slowly. I’m planning on finishing up the series in September (hopefully).
Rating: 4 out of 5

Paladin by Sally Slater: I enjoyed this one. I’m always for badass women that can fight. Sam dresses as a boy to join the demon fighting Paladins. Her tale ends up with an unexpected twist when she is matched up with her hero Paladin and another recruit that is part demon. I like a character that takes things into her own hands but still makes mistakes along the way.
   Rating: 4 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey: This book reminded me of the Hunger Games. While there isn’t a fight to the death, the Hunters (people with magical powers that kill monsters) are required to come to the capitol. There, they are constantly filmed so the civilians can see them doing the job and they are then ranked. The main character, Joy, is another one that is just so special and does everything perfectly. This certainly took away from the book. Certainly not a bad read, but nothing to write home about either. I’m still undecided if I will read any additional books in the series.
   Rating: 3 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia: Hualiama is a royal ward of a king that has just been dethroned, the new king tries to kill her by throwing her off a flying ship. But she is saved by a little dragonet, Flicker, and is kept alive. What comes after is a story of survival and friendship while breaking taboos. Dragons, magic, a bit of mystery all makes this a great book. And the ending? Oh man. I was reading this at work during lunch and I almost cried. It takes a lot for me to cry, so you know it was good (err, not good).
   Rating: 4.5 out of 5
   c/o Netgalley

 

Will you be picking up any of these books?

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12 thoughts on “Weekend Editions: August Reads

  1. Jana @ Jana Says

    I usually read two books at once. Sometimes I’m in the mood for one, sometimes I’m in the mood for another. It can be confusing to keep the two straight but once you pick it up, the confusion settles down.

    1. Alison C

      That makes sense. I think before I would often read books that are quite intricate and while dissimilar, have some of the same tendencies like a big magic system or just a bunch of characters that made it difficult.

  2. Christina

    I’ve recently started reading two books at once, mostly because I got into audiobooks and I can read/listen at different times of the day. It’s not as hard as I thought it’d be. Great NetGalley choices this month!

    1. Alison C

      I’m still not sold on audiobooks, I feel like I might start tuning it out like I do music. I was pretty impressed with my NetGalley choices, this is the first month I’ve used it and thought most of them were pretty darn good!

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