Thursday, 11 August 2016

Book Talk - July 2016

Hi lovelies! I've been wanting to talk about books more on my blog recently so I thought I'd start doing a 'book talk' post every month where I share my thoughts on the books that I've read in the previous month! These will by no means be review posts (I'm not going to lie, I'm terrible at writing reviews!) but will be more like informal chats about what I've been reading. So let's begin with July's books...
July was BookTube-A-Thon which I took part in again (if you're not familiar with BookTube-A-Thon you can view my post on it here) so I'll start off with the books I read for this. Although I had a very ambitious to be read list of seven books and challenges, I actually only ended up reading four books and completing three challenges, whoops!

BookTube-A-Thon books:
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This was such a cute story! Rainbow's books never disappoint as she always makes the characters so lovable and she manages to do the same with these characters despite it being a very short story! It's about a die-hard Star Wars fan who camps out before the release of the latest film, The Force Awakens, so as a Star Wars fan myself I really enjoyed this!
My rating: 4/5

This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
I have to admit that I wasn't very clued up on LGBT* issues before I read this book and as I'd seen it recommended in the young adult community a lot I made this one of my choices for BookTube-A-Thon to try to rectify this. Although this book has been criticised for not including whole LGBT spectrum, for someone like me who is pretty clueless I thought it was a really good, and actually very funny, introduction! This is definitely a book that I think everyone should read.
My rating: 4/5

Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
Being a Disney blogger I knew I had to include a Disney book in my reading list so I chose this which is a re-telling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from the Queen's point of view. Although it wasn't perfect it was interesting to see the classic Snow White story from a different angle and I think the author interwove the two stories so well. It definitely felt like a genuine extension to the original narrative rather than an after-thought which I was worried it might feel like. I'll definitely be reading more books from this series now, starting with the Beast from Beauty and the Beast's backstory next!
My rating: 3.5/5

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Oh. My. Gosh. I don't know where to start with this one other to say that I absolutely LOVED it. I could not put this book down from the moment I started it. It's like a modern day Romeo and Juliet set around warring mafia families which I think worked perfectly! There were so many good elements to this book - five brooding, hunky brothers? CHECK. Forbidden love? CHECK. A totally hilarious, sassy best friend? CHECK. A story that actually had a lot of substance to it? CHECK-ITY CHECK CHECK.
My rating: 5/5
Other books:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (re-read)
After having the HUGEST book hangover from reading the latest book in Sarah J. Maas' other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, I decided to re-read Throne of Glass so I could finally get to the rest of the books after it. I loved it just as much as the first time I read it and I'll definitely be getting to the next book in August!
My rating: 4/5

Inferno by Catherine Doyle
I ordered the sequel to Vendetta before I'd even finished it and although I'd had such high expectations from the first book this certainly did not disappoint! I can't say too much about the story in case I give away any spoilers as A LOT of surprising things went down it this book, but I really cannot wait for the next story to come out in January now! If you're looking for a new romantic young adult series to read you need to get your paws on these books!
My rating: 5/5

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