Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

It's past 3AM now on the first day of September. My sister has exams in the morning so she made coffee in order to stay up late and study. She managed to make one sip, declared the coffee ineffective and promptly fell asleep. On the floor. And here I am, wide awake, happily drinking her coffee. She asked me to wake her up in five minutes. As if. This girl is so hard to wake.

Whatever. Let's move on to the recap part. So this August I read 14 books and 1 novella. I was hoping to read 18 - 20 and for a while it seemed possible especially when I was reading 1 book a day on the first week but as I have predicted, it was a very busy month and stuff besides reading and blogging had to be done eventually.


Divinicus Nex Chronicles 1 & 2 by A & E Kirk (4 stars) - These books are really enjoyable! The characters are so funny and I can't help but love them especially the Hex Boys and the Lahey family. Cannot wait to read the third book!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (3 stars) - I'm kind of conflicted with this one. I love the main character, Meira, even from the start. I like both Mather and Theron. The world-building and action scenes were okay, too, but... I dunno. I was still a bit underwhelmed by it. I'm not so sure if I'm going to read the sequel.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (4 stars) - This is the first book I read by Sophie Kinsella. Finally! After years of just "wanting" to read her books, I finally did. Finding Audrey was really fun with great family dynamics. I'm glad to have picked it up first.


Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (4 stars) - It's been a while since I last read a dystopian book and I'm most probably not picking up any new releases anytime soon (except Revolution of Ivy because DUH) but Not a Drop to Drink is a freaking great read. It's mainly about character development than chaos and action in a dystopia and I just loved the way it was written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Mindy McGinnis' books.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (2 stars) - So disappointed with this. Eon had been in my TBR pile for YEARS before I finally decided to read it. It sounded like my kind of book - action, fantasy, dragons... and I've heard so many praises from my favorite reviewers but it BORED me. I was so frustrated with the main character and I thought the story was dragging. I am still going to read the sequel because I want to know what happens after Eon and with the way it ended I'm hoping it picks up in Eona.

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown (3.5 stars) - My review of this book will be up soon but I just want to say I enjoyed this book. Secret girl societies and espionage? Come on.

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata (1.5 stars) - This is barely a 200-page book but it took me an awfully long time to finish. The reason why I kind of hated this book is mainly because of the characters' behaviors. I don't know. I wasn't amused.


Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (4 stars) - Oooh! This is my first Tessa Dare read and I'm really, really happy I picked it up! Adult Historical Romances are not my thing but I've heard great things about the author's works so... I enjoyed Romancing the Duke so much I vowed I would read EVERYTHING by Tessa Dare. I can hardly wait to pick up ANY book by her.

Magnificent Devices 1, 2 & 3 by Shelley Adina (3 stars) - I started this series thinking of binge-reading all 8 books in a week but I only got to book 3 until I decided to start another book. Magnificent Devices is another steampunk series I had so much fun reading ans I'm definitely reading the rest of it.


Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater (2 stars) - This book was... ehhh. The romance could have been sweet except that I couldn't develop a connection with the characters. I think the guy just came out of nowhere even if he was a constant in the main character's life before he became the love interest. And I just... that cover. Erhmm.. *shakes head* NOPE.

Mesmerized by Audra Cole and Bella Love-Wins (2.5 stars) - I gave this one an additional 0.5 star (lol) because for a billionaire and Hollywood A-lister who intends to win back the love of the main character, Brandon is actually a pretty decent guy. Huh. Still doesn't change the fact that it was all too easy for Charity to ditch her current, almost-fiancee boyfriend for a guy who left her three years ago, the day before they were supposed to get married. Uhhh..

Last Request by Rachel Vincent (4 stars) - A Soulscreamers novella that happens between the second to the last and last chapter of the series conclusion, My Soul to Lose. I read My Soul to Lose years ago but Last Request still made me cry. I love this series so much.

I also completed my 2015 Reading Challenge this August. Way-ho!

And my fish gave birth to six baby fishes. They were so tiny at first you could hardly see them. They're a bit bigger now and their color has changed from gray to orange and black. And I think the mother is pregnant. AGAIN. I don't even know if that's possible.

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  1. 14 books! I feel so unaccomplished, Haraiah. You make me look bad! Haha! I'm looking forward to reading VELVET UNDERCOVER and now that you liked it, I'm a tad bit more excited! Also, where do you buy these cheap books in your haul? *can never resist discounts and sales*

    1. Haha.. I was lucky to read 14 despite the busy sched :)

      I ALWAYS visit all the three branches of Booksale in my city and the books I find there surprise me (and I like the hunt). There are also a lot of remainder books and even unhauled brand new ones sold locally online (FB and Insta) for a cheap price. You can also trade :D Try searching #cheapbooksPH on insta.


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