I’m trying something a little new here. Recently my Instagram has transformed and merged into an account of workouts and healthy living into an account of workouts, healthy living, and oh yeah – books! In which case I am blogging about my August Book Roundup, which includes the books I’ve read in the past month with some quick reviews of each. ALSO: Some of the books will be available to purchase so feel free to buy before they’re gone, there’s only 1 available for each. Let’s give this a go!

**WARNING: I tried not to give anything away but there could be slight spoilers**


Book RoundUp – August 2018

Take a quick look at all of the books I read in August, my thoughts, and feel free to share your own thoughts whether you have read or want to read any of these.



Book Reviews

Talon by Julie KagawaTalon

Talon is set in modern times, but don’t worry, it is in fact a fantasy book.The main story line revolves around the dragon population posing as humans in order to blend in for safety purposes while the dragons and humans continue their ever-raging war against each other. While dragons are said to be ruthless and void of emotion, the main character shocks both sides with her caring and human-like emotions. As she attempts to blend in with the humans by making friends, she uncovers secrets about the dragon organization, Talon, and experiences new feelings she was told she would never feel, including love.


Short Review: Very interesting story and I am excited to continue the series.


The Pledge by Kimberly DertingThe Pledge

At least to start the series, there is very little fantasy to begin with. In my opinion and while this book is really good, it’s more of an epilogue to a much bigger story that reveals itself nearer to the end. I do not have the rest of the series yet, I am tempted to stop right here because I have the feeling that as the series progresses the story might waver. That said, I will probably end up buying the next book to see.

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Short Review: Intriguing but has a chance of going downhill.


The Silent Wife by A.S.A HarrisonThe Silent Wife

Terrible, this is just an all around let down. I was excited because I heard that if you liked Gone Girl you were sure to love this but no -just no. First off, there was only a handful of dialogue and, at least for me, that’s just boring. I want the characters to interact, not just to read how they feel or what they’re doing. Next, it took forever to get to a highly obvious point that just wasn’t that great. I finished it but I was more than ready to be done and move on.


Short Review: Highly disappointing.



The Winner’s Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse

Yes, the remainder of the Winner’s Trilogy is currently on one of my shelves waiting to make their appearance as well. This book tells a story about a war where one people overtook another people’s country and turned them into their slaves. Now, we face two people from either side, brought together by interesting circumstances. My feelings about the main character are mixed because I think she thinks of herself as a good person, but throughout my reading I find myself judging her decisions in a bad way. A big question for me still remains: After everything, how in the world could these two people end up together? We have yet to see.


Short Review: Reminds me a little of the Throne of Glass series. Excited to continue the story.



Ruin and Rising by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising

I finally finished the Grishaverse Trilogy and while they were excellent books, I’m glad they ended and in the way they did because it was beautiful. The raw emotions our characters feel throughout these books is indescribable and often times relatable. The beauty of their world and the darkness that they have to overcome is very well written.

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Short Review: Beautiful ending to the trilogy.




The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selection

The Selection series isn’t one of my typical fantasy genres, but it is still very interesting. It is basically a mesh between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games as different classes of girls enter a competition to marry the prince and become the next princess. I think there is much more to the story than that, however, and am currently on the second book with 3, 4, and 5 in the mail and on the way!


Short Review: Excellent and competitive story.




Any suggestions for what I should read for my next book roundup?


Love Ya’ll A Latte,


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