Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pride Month 2019 - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews


Happy Wednesday everyone!  As you may know, June was Pride Month and I decided to celebrate by reading five LGBTQIAP books (check out my tbr post here).  I'm a bit behind with my wrap up, but  I completed my personal challenge and I ended up enjoying all of them - 2 four star and 3 five star reads.  I recommend all of them!  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read last month:


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A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by K.J. Charles is an excellent follow-up to The Magpie Lord. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the final book in the series, Flight of Magpies. This m/m romance is quite steamy - more so than what I would usually prefer - but I particularly enjoy getting to know both Lord Crane and Stephen Day. I also like the author's brand of historical fantasy. If you enjoyed Jonathan Stranger & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke and enjoy romance as well, I have a feeling you'll want to start this fast-paced series.


I read this book from June 8 - 9, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee is absolutely fantastic. Felicity is just the best and I love the fact that she gets the chance to lead her own book. Mackenzi Lee's and her unique style has quickly become one of my favorite authors. All of her characters are wonderful to get to know. It was a lot of fun to see Monty and Percy again and see where they a year after we last saw them. Plus, it was great getting to know the new people as well and I'd have to say that Sim is my favorite from that group. Like with the previous installment of the world-building here is just as fantastic - I started to feel like quite the traveler while reading. Overall, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) is an absolute must read. I can't wait to read more from Mackenzi Lee and hopefully more from Felicity, Monty, and the whole crew in the future.


I read this from June 1 - 6, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I've heard so many great things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and now that I've read it I can say I officially understand the hype. Evelyn Hugo is one of the most fascinatingly complex characters I've read about in a long time. She does whatever it takes to get herself where she needs to be. She's quite manipulative and cunning and it's great to see how her plans play out. She knows she's made plenty of mistakes, but she's always unapologetically herself and loyal to those in her circle. She's definitely a Slytherin if there ever was one, and she amazing. Anyway, aside from all of the brilliant characters I also enjoyed the Old Hollywood aspect - I enjoy reading about the time and I'm a fan of classic movies, so this fictionalized look was right up my alley. My only issue: I wasn't nearly as interested in the present day section of the story. Overall, though, this novel is well worth your time. I need to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid - Daisy Jones & The Six here I come!


I read this novel from June 8 - 12, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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I can't resist Greek mythology and after reading Circe I knew I needed to tackle Miller's debut novel The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller stat. Luckily for me it was absolutely amazing. I won't be able to do it justice here but its near 400 pages are entirely worth it.

I read this book from June 1 - 3, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Wow! Have I mentioned how much I love V.E. Schwab's style recently? Because I really do - she's become such one of my all time favorites so quickly. I don't know why I waited so long to read the sequel of Vicious because it's another great novel from her. Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab is easily one of my favorite reads of 2019. I enjoyed getting to see everyone again, but to be honest I was particularly glad to see more of Victor Vale. Of course, I was back with everyone, but Victor's hands down my favorite. Morally gray characters (and sometimes full on villains) are some of the most intriguing to characters to follow, and that's no different here. By the way, Marcella is a great new adversary - she definitely lives up to the hype. Finally, I know my review doesn't adequately express just how awesome this sequel is. Either way, though, if you enjoyed book one you'll need to pick up this as well. I can't wait for the next installment of this series and anything and everything by this author.


I read this novel from June 19 - 28, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you read any of these books?  What did you read for Pride Month?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

10 comments:

  1. Vengeful!!! So good😁 And I'm determined to start reading Taylor Jenkins Reid's books soon, I'm glad you've reminded me!

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    1. I hope you love it! Thanks for coming over, Tammy. :)

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  2. thanks for sharing some new to me authors and books
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  3. Mackenzi Lee's books seem to be big hits all around. I have been seeing a lot of glowing reviews, especially for this book. Happy it was a hit for you.

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  4. I didn't know The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo had LGBTQ+ representation. I wish I had known because I would have read it, it's been on my TBR forever. 📚

    I read The Stonewall Riots. I also read With the Fire On High, and graphic novel Giant Days #5; although I didn't specifically read them because they had LGBTQ+ representation, they do. 👍✨

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    1. It's definitely worth picking up no matter what. :)

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  5. That's awesome that you enjoyed all these! Sounds like there were a lot of good characters too. I think I might have the first in that historical fantasy series on my tbr. I definitely want to read Song of Achilles after everything I've heard about it.

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  6. You had so many great reads this month! I loved Vengeful, The Lady's Guide, Evelyn Hugo, and Song of Achilles.

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