Well, y’all, with a little bit of bending the rules and also not following my TBR, I survived my NEWTS and can become an Auror! Woo! So, let’s get into the books that I finished in the second half of August.
The Infernal Devices series is definitely my favorite thing Cassandra Clare has written that I’ve read. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I tried rereading The Mortal Instruments not too long ago and really struggled with how much I dislike Clary and her girl hate. But The Infernal Devices seems to have worked out some of those kinks in the writing and Tessa is a real person who grows across the series. And I also just absolutely love Will and Jem. I love friendship stories and Will and Jem’s is just truly magical. Do I wish the love triangle was an OT3 instead? A little bit. But mostly I find this series absolutely magical and it makes me really excited for The Chain of Gold, which follows a certain couple’s children.
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
This book was perfect. Catalina is such a great heroine. I feel like she’s a heroine that would often veer into Too Stupid To Live territory because she feels young and anxious about a lot of things, but instead of that, Ilona Andrews skillfully crafted an incredibly relatable and strong in a different way heroine. I love her so much. I love Alessandro and how different he is from Connor. Also, I cannot wait for the next book in this series because HELLO, WHAT IS YOUR BACKSTORY, ALESSANDRO? And the advancement of the overall story? Incredible. I’m so intrigued and can’t wait for the next installment for this reason too. So yeah, this book is perfect and I highly recommend.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
My spoiler free review is already posted! So you can absolutely pop over there to see my full thoughts, which means that all I’ll say here is that I really enjoyed this one and would recommend.
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
I do not understand this book at all. I can’t decide if it went over my head because I wasn’t paying sufficient attention to the audiobook or if this book actually doesn’t make sense. I’m leaning toward it actually not making enough sense, for the record. This is mostly because I had tried to read it once before and just couldn’t get into it.
I binged The Others series so fast this month. Like, finished all five books in audio in a week fast. This series is really interesting in my opinion. It’s a small town-esque paranormal series with a lot of shifters who are basically responsible for controlling the human towns to make sure that the humans remember their place in the world. When Meg Corbin, a special kind of human, stumbles into Howling Good Reads at closing time one night, things start to change. Simon offers Meg the Human Liaison position and Meg soon finds herself befriending magical ponies, discovering a fear of mice, and learning how to live with her gift of prophecy outside of a very controlled setting. There is human eating (by the shifters), violence toward women that is understood but for the most part not explicit (the final book in the series has more descriptive scenes), and the prophecies are set off by blood. Oh, and also there’s just violence in general and death of side characters. I’m honestly still surprised by how much I enjoyed the series, but oh boy, did I.
August was apparently just a month for series and I enjoyed my time spent with the series installments I read. But it was also the least diverse my reading has been in ages and so I’m definitely looking to fix that going into September. Currently on my radar because Twitter has been absolutely raving about her is Christina C. Jones. I’ve got Getting Schooled downloaded from Hoopla so I’m excited to start reading that one soon! I’m also continuing with The Diviners readalong and have started Lair of Dreams so all audio listening is getting slotted in around that now that I’ve finished my listen of The Others.
What were your favorite books in August? Let me know!