Hello everyone! Another month that has ended and here we are again to wrap it up. If you didn’t saw, I recently did my Mid Year Freak Out Tag where I talked about how the first half of 2020 has been for me. It was so much fun to write and I hope that, if you read it, you enjoy it!!
Well, let’s talk about June. As in quantity, I feel like it was a good month. In quality I’m not so sure. I would say it was a good or okay month. I had some good reads, and some bad ones.
Their Second Chance – 3/5⭐
This was a super super short story of known side characters from the main series and it was an enjoyable quick read!
The Emperor of Evening Stars – 3/5 ⭐
This is book 2.5 book in the series, and book 3 is the last one. This one is from Des’s POV, who is the main character. I appreciated that it was 2.5 and not a 3.5 book in the series because I still had some interest in it, and being in his mind. It was good to read his POV but I felt like it added very little to what we alredy knew. This made me feel like the author couldn’t go more in depth into his character and made him a bit flat and not more than these counted moments that had already been told in the previous books (those that had “defined” his life and personality). In the end it was okay but not great.
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished – 4/5 ⭐
I started this without much expectation, but it was a good one. It was as good as the previous two in terms of quality, story and characters. Maybe this one felt more angsty than the others but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Mara was a strong resilient woman that I enjoyed reading. It was an entertaining fun romance!
The Time of Contempt – 4/5 stars ⭐
I enjoyed this a bit more than the previous one. I felt like the pacing got better and the story too. I liked how the characters developed and grew. I still have many questions and the two main problems: 1. even though the pacing got better, I feel like there is still room to work on that. 2. the ending didn’t feel like an ending at all, I expected more of it.
One Thousand and One Nights – 2/5 ⭐
I think I had higher expectations than I should. It was worth the read as a classic and to know the origins of some stories. However, I couldn’t not see the way women (specially) were depicted, which was aligned with the ideas of them being bewitching, seductive, and this kind of “source of evil”. That is at least how it felt for me.
Bayou Moon – 3.75/5 ⭐
I think that considering the plot, this was probably better than the first one. Maybe it was even better written. However, subjectively, I liked On the Edge more. I didn’t like these characters as much as the others and there are way more characters which at the beginning was a bit more difficult to follow. It was an Ilona Andrew’s book, I enjoyed it. However, it was not my favourite work from hers.
Nuts – 3/5 ⭐
This was a cute fun romance. I feel like there is not much to say. It was not memorable for me, but it was entertaining. Not sure if I’ll continue the series, maybe as an option when I’m in the mood for some contemporary NA/Adult romance.
El Carbunclo Azul: 4/5⭐ I thought this story was great, entertaining and very fun to follow all the leads and deductions.
El Rostro Amarillo: 3/5⭐ I liked this because I felt the author mislead us and gave a surprising ending.
El intérprete griego: 4/5⭐ This is probably one of the stories I have enjoyed the most. The ending is quite open but it definitely was more like I imagined these stories would be: mysterious, with some action and deductions.
This was actually a very good month reading new stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – 4/5⭐
This was the first time I dived into this kind of non-fiction (I had only read productivity books before) outside of my uni readings. It was very thought-provoking and I definitely enjoyed how Eddo-Lodge developed some of the different aspects within racism throughout the chapters. It was great, at least for me, that she included interviews because it allowed me to engage with the book on a different level too.
Praying for Rain – 2/5⭐
I had high expectations for this. While I was reading I realized it wouldn’t be as I had expected but it wasn’t bad, then at one point it became a disappointment. I will do a full trilogy review so I won’t go into details here. This series is fast and very easy to read so I will continue with it but with a very cautious look.
Smoke Bitten – 3.5/5 ⭐
I have been reading this series for some years now and it was become a comfort read for me. I very much enjoy how mature and strong Mercy and Adam are, both as individuals and as a couple. I would like to see more of that in depth and not as a side plot line. The magic is always great and there is always a bit of action and romance. Every time I start one of these I just read them very quickly and have a great time. The time in-between publications makes me forget some details and that is other downside that could have been avoided (I think) if you read them together.
And that is it for June!
To sum up I would say:
- the surprise of the month were the Sherlock Holmes stories
- the disappointmentof the month was Praying for Rain
- the best book of the month was Times of Contempt
I’m looking forward to what July brings. I will have more time to read as I have now finished my semester and that just opens up so many possibilities!
How was your June? Are you excited for July? Have you read any of these books? What was the book you liked the most in June?