June Wrap Up – In which I almost broke my record

It’s officially July!! I don’t know if I should be happy about this or not… Anyway, June was a great reading month in terms of quantity. I almost broke my record of reading eight books this month! Quality wise I feel like it could’ve been better though.

June Wrap Up

Like I said, I feel like quality wise my reading could’ve been a little better. I didn’t read a single five star book and I give those out fairly easily. Anyway, let’s get started with my June wrap up!

Imagine Me Book cover

Imagine Me

By Tahereh Mafi

Published 31 March 2020 by Harper Collins
dystopian | young adult | romance

My Rating: ★★★★☆

In all honesty, I don’t remember a lot about this book. The beginning of June seems like it was five years ago and way too many things were crammed into just 30 days. But anyway, I do remember I really enjoyed this book. I read it in about two days, and I think it ended the series nicely.
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Traitor to the Throne

By Alwyn Hamilton

Published 2 February 2017 by Faber & Faber
fantasy | young adult | magic

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I read Rebel of the Sands last summer and was honestly planning to pick up Traitor to the Throne right after. Well, that obviously didn’t go as planned, but I finally got around to it! I really enjoyed this read. I love any spy/infiltration trope, so I knew I was going to like this. The ending was also very appropriately “second book” if you know what I mean?
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The Shadows Between Us

By Tricia Levenseller

Published 25 February 2020 by Feiwel and Friends
fantasy | romance | young adult

My Rating: ★★★.75☆

While this was a fun read, I was ultimately a little bit underwhelmed. I thought the ending was a little too abrupt, but I do enjoy the sex positive message this book almost centers on. It’s very refreshing. I also got some Spanish vibes from this book, which is really cool. I have a full review up for this book you can check out!
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The Beautiful

By Renée Ahdieh

Published 9 October 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
fantasy | mythical creatures | romance

My Rating: ★★★.5☆

I enjoyed the overall story of this book, especially the ending, but it was incredibly slow. The emphasis was really on the romance I thought, and there wasn’t too much of the fantasy element present. Which isn’t bad, I just expected a bit more of the fantasy part. You can read my full review of this book here!
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By S. Jae Jones

Published 7 February 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
fantasy | romance | music

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Okay so I didn’t dislike this book, I just didn’t entirely like it either. It’s true that it has a very whimsical, fairy tale-like writing, but that also meant I felt incredibly detached from all the characters. I liked the incorporation of music, and how surprisingly dark this book was sometimes. However, I noticed that I was really forcing myself through the last 100 pages.
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By Marissa Meyer

Published 6 November 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
dystopia | superheroes | young adult

My Rating: ★★★★☆

I don’t know why I waited so long with picking up this book, but here we are. I immensely enjoyed this read! This series expertly combines questions of ethics with humor and the classical superhero trope. Things definitely got real in this second installment, and I’m curious to see how it all ends in the third book.
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No Man’s Land

By David Baldacci

Published 15 November 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
thriller | mystery | military

My Rating: ★★★★☆

The seventh and last book of this June wrap up. Every now and then I get an immense urge to read a thriller, and I always capitalize on that feeling because it only comes around like once a year. I got this book on the day it came out, and I remember that because it was a signing event. The second one I’d been to actually. It was fun because David Baldacci remembered us from the first time, because we’re Dutch and therefore stand out a little, haha. Anyway, on to the book. Baldacci’s books are always incredibly fast paced, so sometimes it’s hard to keep up. That said, I really enjoyed the plot of this book. Shit went from 0 to 100 real quick, and though I should’ve expected that, I didn’t

And that’s it for my June wrap up! Did you have a good reading month? What was your favorite read?

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