August #Wrapup: Lifel1ke, Dark Matter, Cloaked in shadow, Twilight, and 7 more…

Good afternoon my dears! Another month seems to have gone, so it is time to do another wrap-up. Seems that each month I am holding a steady number of over 10 books which is not bad at all since I have so many unread books on my TBR!

I’ve managed at the end of August to hit my target on Goodreads to read 100 books in the year! I am hoping that by the end of the year I will slay another 50!

So what did I read in August…


》Books read:
Total number of books: 12📚
Total number of pages: 4042📖
Average rating: 3.6 🌟

》Favourite books of the month:
♡Dark Matter – Blake Crouch 4.5 🌟
♡Twilight – Stephenie Meyer 4 🌟
♡Cloaked in Shadow -Benjamin Alderson – 4 🌟
♡New world rising – J.K. Wilson 4 🌟

》Have you read any of these?🤔


All the books I’ve read:

27268998New World: Rising (New World, #1) – Wilson, Jennifer 

It was very enjoyable and quick to read. Towards the end, I got somewhat annoyed with her internal monologue regarding Triven and how she isn’t good enough and too damaged… But other than that, I really enjoyed it and I need the next one. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

22543838Heiress’s Defiance (The Chatsfield, #8) – Harris, Lynn Raye 

Enjoyed it, but it lacked that special something. Also, the circumstances in which the characters were “locked in” felt a bit too far fetched. There are also no side characters that actually talk, it’s just the main characters telling us that’s why everything is so bad, but don’t really experience anything else. I did enjoy their interactions and it was a fun, quick read. 2.5 ⭐⭐

35425574Genesis (Project Nemesis, #2) – Reichs, Brendan 

I really enjoyed the first half of this story, exploring the characters even though the premise sounded a little bit too out there for me, but hey, it could happen! However, as the story progressed and didn’t seem to advance too much plotwise, I started to lose interest. Kids killing each other in the name of survival gets very boring very fast if there isn’t anything else going on. Unfortunately, it didn’t hit the spot for me, so I skipped towards the end and it happened what I had predicted so didn’t lose much on that one because it 1035885still made sense to me, so I’m glad I skipped that. 1.5⭐

Twilight (Twilight, #1) – Meyer, Stephenie

I really enjoyed Twilight on this 3rd re-read. Not sure why, but this time around I saw a lot more to Bella than before, understood more of her life as an adolescent. Will do a proper review soon as a lot of you lovelies wanted to know more of my thoughts on this! I even took notes and tabbed the book!! 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

33978711Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1) – Alderson, Ben

This novel has been such a fun ride! Really enjoyed it, Ben has a nice writing style. The characters were fun, the plot was good and the world building well done; for me, this was a solid debut! Cannot wait to pick up book two! 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

40232366The Nurse’s Pregnancy Miracle – McIntosh, Ann

I did enjoy this story although there some things did not work that well for me, or things bothered me. I found the story cute and quite refreshing in the approach towards its characters who treated each other with respect and maturity. 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐ [full review here]

27833670Dark Matter – Crouch, Blake

I loved this book. The pace was thrilling, the characters, plot and execution were very well done. I loved the concept and the philosophy behind it. 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

34859192Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, #1) – Edmonds, Lisa

I haven’t read urban fantasy for a long time and I have really enjoyed reading this one, getting to know the characters and this world full of magic. The cast of characters is interesting and the plot well executed, although a bit predictable in places. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

36502054Sea Witch – Henning, Sarah

The story dragged a lot in places whilst in others was a whirlwind. I am not a huge fan of slow-paced books so this really wasn’t for me, but the story was cute and well written. The ending was really good as well, although I would’ve liked it even darker. I thought it was a good retelling but I had myself committed to an arc otherwise I would’ve probably put it aside because of the slow pace. 3 ⭐⭐⭐

39681889Royal Mess – Sutton, Jenna 

I didn’t expect to enjoy Jenna Sutton’s writing so much when I picked this one up. The characters were very well written and refreshing, they felt very real and I appreciate that I lot when it comes to this type of story. I was very invested in what was happening to them and really liked being into their “skin”. However, what I didn’t enjoy quite as much was the lust-love confusion and intense focus on sex. I would’ve liked more angst from the plot, I would’ve liked the characters to spend more time together without humping and I am no prude. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it mainly due to the characters. 3⭐⭐⭐

38660363Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1) – Kristoff, Jay 

It was ok but struggled to connect with the characters and the plot was predictable. Full review to follow. 3 ⭐⭐⭐


Plague World (Ashley Parker, #3) – Fredsti, Dana 

I love the pop culture references and the zombs, but this instalment wasn’t as great and the ending was disappointing for many reasons. It also played so much on the usual tropes it became very predictable. The romance between the main characters I felt was not as well handled as it could’ve been. 3⭐⭐⭐⭐





August 2017 Wrap-up & Mini-reviews

This beginning of August caught me in a right reading slump and I barely read anything. I hoped that once WWReadathon will begin in the last week of August, I will be once again cured, and thank Heavens that I was actually right! Only the sight of a book would induce me into a right panic and I am betting my money to fault is the huge pile of Books To Be Read next to me. It is literally huge!

So this month I only managed to read… four books! FOUR books!!!!! Like what’s that?! 😞At least, with the exception of one book, all my reads have ticked at least 4 stars, although I am gutted that I did not manage to complete the WWReadathon. I went quite strong until I was coming home from work too tired to read. I am quite upset as this is the second one that I am unable to complete, however I am still going to finish my TBR for it. I have three books left to read in the pile, and this are thankfully smaller in size than Feed (had a lot of pages!).

                  What I read:
  1. Two Cabins, One Lake (Alaskan Romance #1) by  Shaye Marlow. I actually started this book in July, but didn’t finish it until August. I really struggled to get to the end as after the first few chapters, the book was fuelled only by sexual desire and and incredible amount of stupidity. I ended up skipping through pages just to see how it would end, and omg! I do not know where that ending came from. I really tried, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. ⭐
  2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I was waiting for quite some time to read this book and I was so not disappointed. It pulled me right out of my reading slump and hooked me in. I will do a full review on it soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Feed by Mira Grant. This is another book that I’ve been dying to read and it was amazing! A little slow paced for my taste, however it was very well executed, so another ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. His Viking bride by Olivia Norem. Last, but not least, this romance novel was actually well written, with interesting characters, and a spunky female protagonist. I really enjoyed reading this, so ⭐⭐⭐⭐



I also went halfway through I am number 4 by Pittacus Lore, but I am struggling to finish it. For some reason I cannot get to care that much for the main character so had to more or less force myself to continue reading and I have 100+ more pages to read! I know this is a really hyped up book, and that a lot of people love it, however it did not work for me. Have you read any hyped-up book and you ended up not liking it?

Xoxo 💋