July 2018 Wrap-Up

monthlywrapupnewHello wonderful bookish friends! How did you do with your reading goals in July? Hope you all had some really great reads.

As for me, well, I had a few slow days here and there and didn’t get to all the books I planned on reading. I also didn’t make that much progress on my Netgalley TBR like I wanted… but that’s because I joined blog tours and requested for more books. Then, there was this “reading bad luck” phase where I unfortunately read 3 books back to back that wasn’t my cup of tea. That has never happened before and it just really bummed me out. BUTTT, there are some good news folks! I managed to maintain my Netgalley feedback ratio at 56% so yay me! Also, I’m currently 2 books ahead my Goodreads challenge and ended the month reading a really AMAZING and HEARTWARMING book that I’m declaring right now as one of my favorite 2018 reads.

Here are some stats for you

  • Read 12 books total
  • Read 1 novella (a prequel)
  • DNF’ed 1 book
  • Read 3 not my cup of tea books
  • Read 1 book that’s definitely going on my top ten 2018 favorite reads

So, let’s take a look at all the books I read in JULY!

Remember to click the book titles to read my reviews and view the posts. 


My Lullaby of You by Alia Rose 

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A Delightfully Sweet and Heartwarming Story

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This was a fun, light, and lovely read. My Lullaby of You gently tugged at my heartstrings and I thought it was a wonderfully written story of about self-discovery, forgiveness, grief, love and second chances. If you’re in the mood for something sweet with plenty of sunshine, sand, and swoony love songs, then I suggest you pick this book up.


The Boyfriend Brackett by Kate Evangelista

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A lighthearted, delightfully sweet and charmingly cute story

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, lighthearted and beautifully affecting. The unique and fun storyline, adorable characters, endearing relationships, and the heart-melting moments had me wanting more. And the ending… so pleasantly satisfying and left my heart full and bursting with so much happy. If you’re looking for a sweet and entertaining YA contemporary romance, then I recommend you check this out or add it on your TBR.


Kings of Rittenhouse by Maya Hughes

A Shameless King Prequel 

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Intriguing Introduction That Sucked Me In

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I read this before starting book 1 and I think it’s a really great introduction. The writing was fast-paced, the characters were very intriguing, and the set-up for the series seems very promising.


 

Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #1)

by Maya Hughes 

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A must read guilty pleasure romance with plenty of humor, heart, and swoons

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Cue the giggles, laughs, spinetingling shivers, and waterworks! This book had it all and was such a deliciously swoony and charmingly entertaining read. I LOOOVEEEE enemies to lovers stories and this one definitely hit the spot. It was fun, steamy, angsty, and adorably romantic. I absolutely loved the tension, drama, all the lighthearted sweet moments and even the parts that had me desperately holding back tears. It didn’t work though and I shamelessly teared up/cried a few times.


The The Supervillain and Me  by Danielle Banas

(Morriston Superheroes #1)

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Addictively Witty and Marvelously Entertaining Superhero Adventure

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This book is one of my favorite reads this summer. Danielle Banas delivered an amazingly entertaining superhero story with plenty of humor, fantastic action scenes, exciting mysteries, adorably cute romance, and sweet moments that touch the heart. I loved the characters, the storyline, the swoony kisses, and the life lessons weaved throughout the book. I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this series and see what happens next.


 

Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider

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3.75 – Short, Sweet, and Adorably Entertaining

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Kiss Me in New York was a quick short read, but it was also incredibly sweet, funny, and uplifting. It was lighthearted, fun, and entertaining. I loved the different adventures, mishaps, and heartwarming moments. The characters were likable and the romance was adorable. Kiss Me in New York was a quick short read, but it was also incredibly sweet, funny, and uplifting.


 

Rebel Heir (Rush Duet #1)

by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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4.75 – The perfect summer read with all the imaginable FEELS

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This book had me hooked. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s writing style was witty, heartfelt, and addictive. I loved the angst, drama, humor, the unexpected twist that tore me to pieces, and of course the swimmingly adorable and steamy romance. My emotions were completely all over the place, going from extreme highs to the most painful lows, but every dialogue meant something and every moment hit all the right FEELS. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much!


 

Rebel Heart (Rush Duet #2)

by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Smokin’, Swoony, Sweet and a Satisfyingly Wonderful Ending 

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Rebel Heart was such a satisfyingly wonderful ending that had me holding my breath the entire time. I must have died a million times because the FEELS in this one got to me SOO BADDDD. With new twists and turns, drama and angst, and swoons and surprises, this book had me reeling in every way and clutching my heart. I experienced so many emotions throughout this story, heck the entire series, and felt so much for the characters. It was definitely an intense rollercoaster ride and when it was all over, I was sad, but also blissfully happy.


 

Magic of Winter by Martina Boone

(Celtic Legends #4)

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I don’t have my full review up for this yet since I’m still choosing which quotes to include. I’ll have it live this Friday, but here’s a mini review —  I absolutely enjoyed the plot which was well-paced, engaging, and filled with heartbreaking and sweet tender moments. The romance was wonderfully slow burn and the swoons were plenty. I loved that even though this book wasn’t focused on the romance, there were still many scenes that melted my heart.


 

Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

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2.75 – 3 Adorable and Fun Read

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Overall, this didn’t quite hit the spot for me, but it was an easy, light and somewhat enjoyable enemies to lovers story. The romance was sweet and had a few adorable moments that I loved. I thought the book wrapped up nicely and once I finished, I was quite satisfied with the ending.


 

Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon

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 Light and Easy to Read, but Disappointingly Lackluster

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This book was sadly not for me. I actually speed read through about 75% of the book and I rarely do that. There were so just many things I didn’t like and maybe that distracted me. I really hate writing bad reviews, but just because I didn’t like this book, doesn’t mean it was horrible. There were a few fun moments and I liked some of the friendships. Oh and the cover’s really cute…


 

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

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Too Dull and Dry for My Taste

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Thirsty could have been really amazing, but it just wasn’t executed that well for me. The writing was okay-ish and easy to read, but didn’t pull any emotion out of me. I honestly couldn’t connect with the story or the characters… I really wanted to though.


 

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

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A Remarkably Timeless, Touching and Achingly Beautiful Tale

About Family, Friendship, Love, Acceptance and Hope

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Katy Upperman’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, was one of my Top Ten Favorite Reads in 2017. It was deeply moving, deliciously swoony and so full of heart. I couldn’t wait to read The Impossibility of Us, and now that I have, I can honestly say that I’m a forever fan of Upperman’s gorgeous writing — breathtakingly emotional, amazingly realistic, and wonderfully affecting. To say that I loved this book is an understatement. The Impossibility of Us undeniably captured my heart, completely consumed my thoughts, and had me wiping away my tears... many many tears.


Hope you had fun reading my monthly wrap and found something to add to your TBR.

Have you read any of these books? Any book recommendations for me?

Let me know in the comments down below and I hope you all have a fantastic August reading month. Take care!

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Cover Reveal – Celestial by S.E. Anderson

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Hello fellow bookaholics! I am so thrilled to share the COVER REVEAL for S.E. Anderson’s upcoming book, CELESTIAL, the 4th book in the Starstruck Saga. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you already know how much I love this series. And if you don’t, then you’re in for a TREAT because these books are fantastically creative, out of this world amazing, laugh out loud hilarious, and wonderfully addictive. It’s one of the best adventures you’ll ever have, so strap on your seat belts and get ready to be dazzled beyond belief.

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Sally Weber could barely look at herself… Now, she’s looking after the whole planet. – Starstruck 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First rule of interstellar travel. Don’t get lost without your alien. – Alienation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s all fun and games until you crash into a planet. – Traveler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready for this epic cover reveal?!?!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The cover for Traveler is still my FAVORITE, but this is absolutely stunning! The book covers for this series are always so gorgeous.

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Sally, Zander, and Blayde, accompanied by their new friend Nim, have only one request: no more bizarre distractions on their hunt for Earth.
But before their cells can complete a single jump, the team is shoved off course and crash into a dreary old temple. Worse yet, there seems to be some confusion over Sally’s face, as it looks exactly like that the local deity, Selena, goddess of the moon and omniscient absentee. Sally’s ticking every box on the ancient prophecies checklist.
Fresh off of her meds and riding the withdrawal, and Sally must choose between embracing the role of Goddess so as to protect the planet from mysterious Sky People, or being thrown in a Volcano. Not the best way to start a tropical vacation. It’s not going to be easy uniting warring factions, dealing with excitable whispering forests, or fighting both literal and figurative demons. Not to mention keeping up the appearance of divinity when all Sally wants is a nap.
Armed only with some high school improv’ classes and a basic knowledge of foreign pop songs, Sally must save the planet – before everything goes up in flames.

 

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S.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated.

She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s starting her masters of Astrophysics.

When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her.  She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.

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I hope you love this cover as much as I do! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the release and start binging this series right now!

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