July Update

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July Favorites

Wow, yet another month that went by super fast.

For this month I read a total of 35 books (One was a reread…) and might have another one finished tonight… Maybe 🙂

I am actually really shocked I still managed to read over a book a day this month since until this past week I have been really busy. And last time I checked I was 5 books behind for the book a day….

One thing that is probably helping with reading right now is that now that the year is half over, I really really really have to work on that tbr pile that if I haven’t read them by the time the year is over they are going bye bye. Even the signed ones… But it’s my fault for not read them yet, since some have been on that pile for 6+ years…. Next years tbr pile will be fun though since all the ones I will have to read are ones I’ve bought this year. So I guess that’s a plus side? Maybe…. At least now I have less than 30 left to read…. Which in reality is less than I have read this month alone, but I just want to read allllllll the books…

Anyways.

Can you tell who just got off work and forgot to write this? Um yeah, I think I shall end this rambling and go read/crash….

So here’s to another month of great reading!

-S

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Broken Promises by Dawn Pendleton

“After three years in Boston attending college, Mallory Wells has come home to Casper, Maine to care for her father, who is dying from cancer. She left Casper without looking back, leaving her small-town life and everyone in it, behind. Including her sexy high school sweetheart.
Luke Bates was devastated when Mallory left him for the city life. He managed to pull himself together and move on, even if only just barely. When Mallory shows up in town, Luke vows to stay away from her at all costs. So why does he keep checking in on her and her father, showing up when he’s clearly uninvited? Maybe Luke isn’t as ‘over her’ as he thought.” -Goodreads.com

 

One thing I really wish was the Broken Promises had more in it.

I felt the whole story in general was really rushed at times and didn’t like how with the switch of point of views at times would just repeat what just happened.

And in a way I think I would have liked the book a whole lot more if it was told from just one point of view. Because with all the switching I felt like I missed out a lot of what could have been happening, especially with Mallory (obviously).

 

3 stars.

Read on July 03, 2013.

Bought.

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

“Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.” -Goodreads.com

 

All the Truth That’s in Me is one of those books that slowly grew on me and then it was like bam. I was amazed with it.

I think what threw me off of it for about the first 75ish pages was starting the book I thought it was going to be modern-day cult type book (Why I thought that? I really have no idea…) and instead it’s a historical book. The year was never mentioned but in my head I think it’s somewhere between 1600s-1800s because at one point someone mentioned about coming over on the boat and his wife dying… but it’s obviously hard to pinpoint when that was.

Also the ending really surprised me. I had a lot of guesses what was going to happen but for the most part were wrong.

Now more and more thinking about it afterward I feel liking I’m liking it even more than I did when I first finished it.

Definitely made me think a bit.

 

5 stars.

Read from June 26 to July 02, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.

A Beautiful Struggle by Lilliana Anderson

“Katrina Mahoney has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn’t possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically.

Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a womaniser with a heart of gold that would do anything for Katrina – except watch her get hurt again.

That is, until the dashing Elliot Roberts, a junior solicitor from her work, shows an interest in her despite their office’s ‘No Dating’ policy.

Katrina struggles with following her heart or following her mind and has trouble seeing where her heart truly lies.” -Goodreads.com

 

A Beautiful Struggle had potential but failed in my personal opinion.

But the slightly crazy part is I might actually read the second book due to the teaser of it at the end of this book. Like that whole premise seems in a way a whole lot better than how this one was… Because I liked probably the first 1/3-1/2 of the book but then it went downhill for me…

 

2 stars.

Read on June 30, 2013.

Bought.