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August Roundup: Monthly Favourites

 Hello Readers & Friends,

We missed July and August was a crazy busy month because I got married! So I'll share my wrap up from the last two months for books etc. If you want to see my wedding photos, I posted a photo diary here

July/August Book Roundup:

All I read in July pretty much was the Zodiac Academy series. It's a self-published adult fantasy series and I'll discuss it more later. Because I have a lot to say. August was more varied, but as always I won't rate books I'm working on because I don't want to be biased! Books I'm marketing are in Bold. 

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Zodiac Academy The Awakening by Caroline Peckham ***
Zodiac Academy Ruthless Fae ****
Zodiac Academy The Reckoning ****/*
Zodiac Academy Shadow Princess ****
Zodiac Academy Cursed Fates ****/*


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery *****
Tithe by Holly Black *
Zodiac Academy Fated Throne *****
You & Me on Vacation by Emily Henry ****
XOXO by Axie Oh ****
Caged Wolf by Caroline Peckham ****
Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner
Sunny by Sukh Olja
Alpha Wolf by Caroline Peckham ****



I watched Split on Netflix and really enjoyed it! It basically follows a man suffering from DID with various different personalities, who kidnaps 3 teenage girls. I can't say much more without giving it away but James McAvoy's performance was breathtaking and it was a real edge-of-your-seat watch.



Ok I have a rant and a rave.
My Rant is about Tithe by Holly Black. I bought The Modern Faerie Tales because I really enjoyed every other book by Holly Black I've read, particularly her faerie series, but as soon as I started the trilogy I couldn't even tell it had been written by the same person.
The plot was messy, the writing was poor, everything was quick and confusing and glossed over. I was confused, so I looked to see when it was written. 2002. So it's twenty years old, and probably one of the first full books she wrote. My first book, Enmity, was awful looking back. It was badly packaged, plotted and planned. And I took it off Amazon because I didn't want to charge people for something I wasn't happy with. But it looks like her publisher did the opposite, seeing how much of an appetite her fans have for her work they exploited it and re-released a twenty-year-old series without building it out into a decent story first. I don't believe it went through any editing for quality and plot, it reads as though they just wanted a quick money-maker, and they marketed it in a similar package to her wildly successful Cruel Prince series to lure in sucker fans like me. Super annoyed and couldn't get past the first book of the three-parts.

Rave time! I heard about Zodiac Academy and was instantly intrigued. Two changeling girls are sent to faerie school where they have to fight to survive and prove themselves. There are four (FOUR!) badboy enemies, who of course end up dabbling as love interests throughout the series. It is STEAMY. The spiciest book I've ever read. I'd call it erotica in some chapters. But at the same time, the plot is so captivating, the characters are deep and hilarious and interesting, and I couldn't wait to see what happens at the end of this book. I was fully emotionally invested and gutted when I realised the series isn't complete yet. I've pre-ordered the final book which releases later this year and have started working my way through her other series now. Ob.Sessed. (Please note, this is not quality fantasy, nothing like a Chloe Gong or Leigh Bardugo style of story. But it's seriously entertaining, fast-paced, raunchy and fun.) 


Whistle - Black Pink

I've just been listening to BlackPink this month. All good vibes.


We had our 3-day minimoon at Port Lympne animal reserve in Kent after our wedding. It was amazing, we stayed in a treehouse overlooking the rhino paddock and spent all three days eating and drinking and going around in our golf buggy befriending the animals. It was a lovely break from work and real life!

C x


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