#ArcAugust Wrap Up

Okay, I’m going to need someone to remind me to never do two or more reading challenges at once because I have zero planning skills. I managed to read all my books within the month but it was a rush since I developed the biggest reading slump, then result’s day happened and I was working a lot as well. But here’s my wrap up of the books I read for ArcAugust and my thoughts on them!


Mask of Shadows

A non-binary thief enters a royal competition to join an elite group of assassins to avenge their past. An interesting fantasy novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. While there were moments where it felt slow and Sal’s personality took a while to take a liking but nonetheless one of the better books I read for #ArcAugust! It’s quite like Throne of Glass in the way that I know I would find myself enjoying the sequel better because it’s getting to the part of the plot that interested me since both spend a lot of time with stuff like training and fighting.  3/5

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

I.. actually don’t remember much about the main plot of this for some reason aside from some major plot points. But I do remember really enjoying the portrayal of friendship groups in this, it was quite intense but there were some really sweet moments. 2/5

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Book Review: Soundless

Book Review: Soundless

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Soundless takes place in a remote, closed off mountain village in ancient China, where all it’s members are deaf and receive food via a delivery in exchange for sending the metal that they’ve mined. Fei is a talented artist, who fears for her sister’s life as she slowly loses her sight. Until one day, Fei regains her hearing and joins her childhood friend on a mission down the mountain to find help.

I’m not going to lie, I was disappointed when I finished this book. I’ve only read two of Mead’s books, Vampire Academy and Frostbite, and I actually really liked them. A lot. If I can recall, it was brilliant albeit cheesy. But it had the action, drama and intensity and I was expecting all this to come in her new novel that is supposedly “steeped in Chinese folklore.” But nothing really jumps out as remotely Chinese about this story. Aside from the pixiu, you could change the names to Rose, Lissa and Dimitri and this could be set anywhere else.

I get this seems harsh, but I don’t have anything good to say about this book and that’s difficult for me, as someone tries to find redeeming qualities in even the worst books I’ve read.

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Book Review: My Girl by Jack Jordan

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my review:

*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Ten years after her daughter was murdered and only two months after her husband’s suicide, Paige thinks she has nothing to live for. Until she uncovers her husband’s gun and she goes in a desperate search to find out her husband’s secrets.

I have to admit I was not expecting this book to go where it did. And I now feel like I need to read something happy next. My Girl was definitely a weird one. We follow Paige reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide when peculiar things start to occur around her. I really enjoyed the suspense that book starts with but I felt like it ended way too soon and we’re thrown straight into the turning point without a clear introduction. She goes from looking into her husband’s suicide to something completely different which is a shame because a stronger build up and clear insight into the other characters would’ve improved the novel so that transition wouldn’t have felt so strange.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: July 4th 2016 by JJP


Book Review: Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy

26791238Note: This review includes major spoilers within the novel.

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my review:

~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
In the sequel to Demon Road, Amber and Milo find themselves making their way to Desolation Hill  with the Hounds of Hell close on their tail. Desolation Hill is a small town with a secret to it. Once a year, all hell breaks loose and this year, Amber and Milo are right in the middle of it.

This is a difficult review to write. I’m not even sure how to begin? I really enjoyed Demon Road, but Desolation? Not so much. I know a lot of readers will love this book, and it’s not a terrible book. It’s a decent follow up, and I liked that it was more darker than Demon Road us, going further into the horror genre than I expected.

But I found it so tedious.

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Book Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

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With a battle looming over the people of Vere and Akielo, Damen must face Prince Laurent again, but not as his slave, but as Damianos of Akielos. His own hope of reclaiming his throne is working alongside Laurent.  But can their alliance stand long enough to achieve their goal?

Okay my original rating for this was 4 but now, looking back on it, I feel really bad for having to drop it down to a 2 but I’ll explain why later on.

For those who are reading this review, and have no idea what CP is, it’s important to note that this series contains many problematic and really triggering elements which many people will feel uncomfortable reading. Just to advise you in case you’re uncomfortable with aspects like that.

Kings Rising picks up exactly where it ends in Prince’s Gambit, and we’re pushed straight into the action. Damen continues to be our strong protagonist while Laurent is still our irritating but lovable anti-hero. Pacat actually does an amazing job with these two regarding their characterisation and development. It’s dramatic and complicated with its twists, adventure and painful heart break.

If you haven’t read the series yet, I advise you to stop reading because I’m going to talk about what I didn’t like which are major spoilers.
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Book Review: Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell

27994605you can find the book at:
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my review:
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

Once Upon a Dream is a retelling of  Sleeping Beauty with a twist. When the prince kisses Aurora, he falls asleep and joins Aurora, who is stuck in a dream state, and must navigate her dream landscape in order to escape the influence of Maleficent.

As you can tell with my review of the first book, A Whole New World, I had a rocky start to this series. It may not have been as messy as A Whole New World was, but it was still a huge bore.

Firstly, I’ll start with the good, the premise was alright, but not great. I liked the idea of her stuck in her dream state and she has to figure out her way out. And the ending was nice though a bit too nice, in my opinion.(But don’t get me started on how painfully obvious it was from the very start)

As I mentioned before, everything else was a bore. It was so boring. The plot moved way too slowly and was just one big mess. In the movie, I liked Aurora but here, she’s extremely childish. There were an essence of the author attempting to show her growth throughout the novel, but it didn’t work. The style of writing also made it harder to like her. It felt inconsistent and dragged the whole book down. It’s a shame because the writing in A Whole New World was what kept me going, but in this book, it was just so poor. I could rant about Prince Philip and the piss-poor excuse for a romance in this book for days. The story relies too heavily on insta-love that happened previously,unknowingly to Aurora. She has no recollection of it, and technically doesn’t know this man at all,but agrees to kiss him?

Overall, it had some good scenes but wasn’t executed properly. This novel needs a couple of revisions (and maybe a better plot) because I just felt like it wasn’t good enough.

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Disney Press