August Wrap-Up

Hey everybody!

August is over which means that it’s time for my August wrap-up. It was my last full month of summer break and I managed to read 10 books with a total of almost 3.5k pages and on average I gave them 3.65 stars. I’m really happy with that and also found a couple of books I really, really liked. If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

I hope you will enjoy this blog post!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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The first book I read in August was ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo which I absolutely fell in love with. It was a really gripping read and I literally flew through it because it was so good. SoC was also the first of Leigh Bardugo’s books I read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // 4.5 Stars

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After finishing SoC, I had to immediately read the conclusion to this amazing duology and really loved it as well. It was a great read and just as well written as the first part. The only problem I had with CK was that it took me a little to get into it at first but the rest of it was absolutely great.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han // 2.5 Stars

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ was a cute and quick read. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t like the main character and overall felt like I was a little too old for this book.

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Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon // 4 Stars

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‘Chasing Daisy’ is a book I was really excited for and it definitely didn’t dissappoint me. I love Formula One and was absolutely thrilled when I found out that one of my favorite authors has written a book set in the Formula One ‘circus’. It was a great book and the perfect novel to read by the pool or at the beach.

Click here to read my full review of the book! 

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins // 2.5 Stars

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William Collins was kind enough to send me a copy of his book earlier this month and I was very intrigued by the synopsis of ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’. But even though I really liked the idea of the book and think it has a lot of potential, there were many things that bothered me and spoiled my reading experience.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and the fact that I somehow got my copy 10 days before publication only made me even more excited for it. This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and I completely fell in love with it. It was so well written and featured amazing female characters that kicked butt! Such an amazing read!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Her Book Boyfriend by K. R. Grace // 4 Stars

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The publisher of this book was kind enough to send me an arc of it earlier this month and I really enjoyed ‘Her Book Boyfriend’. It is a great and quick read that you can get lost in for a couple of hours and it’s definitely a perfect book for bookworms!

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Dear Delilah by Tamsyn Bester // 1 Star

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‘Dear Delilah’ is another arc I received earlier this month and I was very intrigued by its synopsis. Unfortunately though, I just absolutely didn’t enjoy this book. It was badly written and also had a very boring plot. If I hadn’t received an arc, I would’ve definitely DNFd it.

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover // 5 Stars

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I absolutely love Colleen Hoover and ‘Slammed’ was one of the last few of her books that I hadn’t read yet. I really enjoyed the book and it’s definitely one of my favorite books I read this month. It made me laugh and cry and then absolutely broke my heart.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // 3 Stars

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‘Everything, Everything’ is a book that had been standing on my shelves for several months now but I just kept forgetting about the fact that I still hadn’t read it. I really enjoyed the first 70% of the book and think it was a cute and very quick read. I just didn’t like the ending of the book because I just think it was a little unrealistic.

Click here to read my full review of the book! (THIS REVIEW INCLUDES SPOILERS!)

How many books did you manage to read in August and which of them was your favorite? 🙂

 

 

 

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Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

 

My Review

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” 

Those of you who have read my review of ‘Six of Crows’ already know what I thought about the first part of this duology. But for those of you who haven’t read it, I’m just gonna quickly summarize my thoughts on it in a single sentence: I absolutely adored SOC and it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.

(Unfortunately) that made me have really high expectations for ‘Crooked Kingdom’, especially because I’ve also seen so many people online state that they liked it even better than the first book. I’m guessing that might’ve been the reason why I was struggling with the book a little when I started reading it, though I might’ve also just not been in the mood for another fantasy novel. But no matter what the actual reason for my struggles was, I just had a hard time getting into this book. I basically had to force myself through the first 100 or 150 pages of it. Not even because it was badly written or absolutely boring, but because I just couldn’t sit down and properly concentrate on reading for a longer period of time. It really frustrated me but since I had been so excited for CK, I knew that I wouldn’t ever give up on it and pulled through which was totally worth it. At some point, something clicked. I had finally gotten into the book and the rest of it was just perfect.

The plot of CK was absolutely flawless and perfectly built on the plot of SOC. I’m still so impressed by the story Leigh Bardugo has created. How she thought of the entire plan that was necessary, so that they could successfully break into the ice court in the first book. But also by all the different things that went down in Ketterdam in this book. While reading both books I have so often been at points at which I was like: Damn, Kaz Brekker is such a genius. And seconds later I remembered that Leigh Bardugo wrote this book and didn’t only think of one plan for everything they did in this book, but instead she also had to think of second and third plans whenever things went wrong. All her ideas just went so well together and all the plot twists you can find in this book are just so well done. I was once again absolutely surprised by everything that happened and didn’t predict anything at all.

I’m also still completely in love with Leigh Bardugo’s writing style and I’m so glad I preordered Wonder Woman: Warbringer a couple of months ago before I’d ever even read on of her books because I can’t wait to read more stuff she’s written.

CK also made me feel even more connected to the characters and I love each and every one of them so dearly that some scenes of this book literally broke my heart. Nina is also still my favorite character and I’m so glad I finally found a character that I share a name with that isn’t absolutely boring or a complete brat.

All in all, CK is a great sequel to SOC and an amazing conclusion to this duology. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars because I just had a hard time getting into it which is why I simply can’t rate it the same as I rated SOC.

(Also, I really wish there were more books about these awesome characters and if Leigh Bardugo ever decides to write something more about them, make sure you tell me about it in case I miss it!)

Have you already read ‘Crooked Kingdom’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

 

My Review

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.” 

If I had to describe ‘Six of Crows’ in a single word, I would have to use ‘AMAZING’. I literally can’t believe I managed to ignore the hype for so long because this is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.

For quite some time now, everyone on Goodreads, Bookstagram and BookTube has been obsessed with the SOC duology and even though I bought both books when ‘Crooked Kingdom’ was published, I just kept myself from starting this series because I was so scared I wouldn’t like it as much as almost everybody else. I’ve had incredibly high expectations for SOC and, even though I’m often disappointed when I expect a lot from a book, Leigh Bardugo managed to even exceed my expectations with this YA Fantasy masterpiece.

SOC is a very gripping read. It’s been long since I’ve read a book that didn’t include a single scene that I thought was boring but SOC was one of those books. I kept reading and reading it and for once there weren’t any points at which I stopped and thought that a scene is redundant or could’ve been written in a different, more interesting way. That was of course mainly the case because the plot of this book was so amazing, but also because SOC is just extremely well written. Leigh Bardugo’s writing style is great and I immediately fell in love with it.

The book is written in third person POV but every chapter is kind of written from a different character’s point of view. I’m not exactly sure which kind of third person POV one would say this is written in, but I’d say it’s written in third person limited POV which allows us readers to gain insight into a different person’s head and life in each chapter. I usually don’t like switching POVs but in SOC it is very well done and I loved how the different POVs were kind of connected to each other. For example, in one chapter you read a scene in which a character does something the current character doesn’t understand and in the next chapter you then learn more about that character’s back story and understand why they’ve acted a certain way.

The characters were also all really well developed and I loved all of them (them = the six main characters). They had amazing back stories and even towards the end you still get to learn new things about some of them that will take you completely by surprise. This was also the first book I’ve ever read that included a character called Nina as one of the main characters which just made this book so much more enjoyable for me. She quickly became my favorite character, not just because we share a name, but because she’s just such an amazing and well-developed character that you probably cannot not like.

Like I’ve said before, SOC was a gripping read and that was mainly due to all the great plot twists in it. I literally didn’t expect any of them to happen and this book wasn’t predictable at all. Leigh Bardugo sent me, and probably most of the people that have already read this book, on an emotional rollercoaster. It was able to make me go from being amazed, to being shocked, to feeling betrayed and to wanting to bawl my eyes out within 10 pages. And as if that wasn’t already enough emotional drama, I’ve been told that ‘Crooked Kingdom’ is even worse in that department, so this duology is most probably going to be the end of me.

Still, I can’t wait to read CK even if it might destroy me. SOC is an amazing book and if you’re like me, and have been avoiding the hype for a very long time now, you should definitely grab this book right now and start reading it. 5 out of 5 stars for SOC!

Have you read Six of Crows and did you like it? 🙂