Month in Books: July 2014

July’s wrap-up is here! And it’s kind of on time!

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd – 5 stars Set in the USA, 1964, we follow a young girl who is exposed to racism and her own troubled past as she runs away from home. It’s really quite magical.

The Road to Yesterday – Randy Mixter – 4 stars I reviewed this here! When a horrible tragedy strikes, our protagonist struggles to live with the guilt of surviving. Surely there’s nothing he can do to change the past? Fantastic little novella.

First Love – Ivan Turgenev – 4 stars This is also a short story; set in Russia, this is the story of a young man living through his first love.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – 3 stars The classic everyone’s heard of! It took me a while to get through, but it’s a great story with some lovely characters.

Twilight’s Indian Princess:Book 1 – Margaret Jean Langstaff – 4 stars I reviewed this here. The first novel installment from Ms. Langstaff, this is a contemporary story full of psychological tricks and scarily relateable characters.

The Twits – Roald Dahl – 4 stars I reviewed this here! A children’s illustrated book that follows two elderly people in their ‘prank warfare’.

Never Fade – Alexandra Bracken – 4 stars I reviewed this too! The second book in Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy, this action-packed dystopian doesn’t disappoint. A great balance between relational and action development – it’s fun and exciting.

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher – 4 stars Oh look, another review. This is a YA contemporary novel that deals with a girl who has committed suicide and left a series of tapes behind, on which she has recorded her story.

Moon Whispers – G. Michael Vasey – 4 stars Find my review here. An anthology of poetry that is modern and very very relevant.

The Unicorn Girl – M.L. LeGette – 4 stars Yep – I reviewed this too! YA Fantasy, this is a romp of a story and is pure magic.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han – 5 stars To be honest, the title made me think this wasn’t going to be my kind of book. The premise, however, is pretty much a novelisation of my childhood fears: a girl writes secret goodbye letters to the boys she has crushed on in order to purge her heart of the forbidden affections…and then the letters get sent out. It’s a bit cliché and cutsie and I loved every second of it.

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