Reads of August

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Thirteen delightful reads this last month. I passed up my goal of 100 books for the year and had to shift it to 150. I also marked off a few from my reading challenge and reading list. Let’s get into it.

The Orchid and the Lion by Gabriel Hargrave
This book was so beautifully written. Tons of spicy scenes. And a fully developed plot to sustain the story. It wasn’t just a book about gay sex for the sake of gay sex (like others I’ve read).
Dorian and Laith were amazing characters with real feelings and genuine conversations. And every other character stood on their own legs as well.
The mystery and crim thriller plot line drove me through the book at a break neck speed. Loved it.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
Another delightful Harry Hole tale. I have yet to be able to guess an ending and this was book eleven!
Something suspicious about this doctor and his fascination with Oleg’s blood though. I feel like that needs to be wrapped up int eh next book. But amazing writing and twists, as usual.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
I liked this story enough. Should have looked more into it first, didn’t know it was more YA. But it wasn’t bad.
Cassidy and Jacob are cute friends that have each others backs. I would have liked a litle more backstory on them though.
My only complaint is how quick the trouble wrapped up. Seemed to be a lot of build to a quick finale. Also didn’t know it was a series. Haven’t decided if I’ll read the next book.

The Last Fifty Pages by James Scott Bell
This book was easy to follow and had great examples of each technique. Endings are something I struggle with and he gave great suggestions on how to build the story towards the ending and I can’t wait to try it out.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
A beautiful and heartwarming story. It brought me to tears on more than one occasion. People can grow and change if they want to, even after death. Wallace became a great person/ghost and I couldn’t have been happier with the ending.
I’m so glad I was finally able to enjoy this book. This is one I’ll have to reread, for sure.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A nice spooky book true to Gaiman’s voice. The world building and the backstory for each character were well written and beautifully explained.
The climax was well delivered and the tension built right up to the end. Bod dealing with bullies in school was also a nice touch. And the girl from his childhood returning also played out nicely. I only wish their resolution could have been happier.
A great read.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant *Book Riot Read Harder Challenge #21*
A great take on a classic. Descriptions of place and character were well done and brought to life a scenery most of us remember from childhood.
I loved the backstory for Wendy turning into Peter and the explantion of Neverland’s true nature.
I hope Peter and James got their happily ever after.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Peter Tremblay
This was a great and thrilling story until the halfway point. I was anxious and desperate to find out what would happen and then suddenly I didn’t care anymore.
It felt like he wrote himself into a corner and had to guess a way to tie up the end.
The dialogue from Sabrina (I think, one of the girls at the end) was weird and robotic. And she kept repeating their names which was super weird. Plus I can’t forgive him for killing the little girl. So unneccessary.
Then we didn’t really even get a resolution. Just an oh well, guess the world can end because we only care about ourselves. Ugh.

Doctory Sleep by Stephen King
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to The Shining. Probably more than the first book.
Dan Torrence all grown up has his share of problems, but the story he’s apart of is nothing short of remarkable.
Abra was an amazing litle girl and I loved every page of her.
Great read.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
A truly terrifying read.
Hanna was a horrifying creature and I had to take a few breaks to compose myself.
A vengeful psycopath with a grudge against her mother is every mom’s nightmare.
I was both thrilled and scared at every turn of the page.

Writing the Continuing Series and Trilogy by Susan Palmquist
This quick read didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. It was so basic I found it hard to think of it as useful.
And it felt like a marketing tactic for the author’s series since she used it for every example.

Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
A great wrap up for the trilogy. I still wasn’t totally in love with the entire story from start to finish, but I was satisfied with the exerience.
As a horror reader, I felt there could have been more description for the violent scenes, but that’s probably just me.
Characters arcs were resolved for the most part. And enough of the story was left open for the reader’s imagination.
Not bad.

Three Story Method by J. Thorn
This one was a little meh for me. There were a handful of good bits, but it felt like it was a bunch of quotes from other craft books and not a lot of original thought.
The appendix and the worksheet were probably the best part of the book. Not the most useful craft book I’ve read.

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We’re going to make this a drinking game for every time I use the word beautiful in a book description. Haha. I write my thoughts in a journal after I finish each book, so I don’t realize how often I say the same word until I type it all up to post.
Anyway. That’s all. How was your reading month?

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