So in the month of July I read 25 books most of which came from my TBR of 27 books but not all of them. These books include ebooks, ARC’s as well as books I borrowed from the library. As usual if you have seen my other wrap up posts each book with have its blurb and cover next to it in case you haven’t read any of these books yet.
Half bad by Sally Green – Meet Nathan Byrn . . . He’s half White Witch, half Black Witch. His mother was a healer, his father is a killer. He’s been kept in a cage since he was fourteen. But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both?
A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse – George Bevan is
minding his own business, zooming down the street in a taxi, when out of nowhere, lovely Maud Marsh jumps into the car with him, begging for his help. She is desperate to escape her aunt’s meddlesome ways and reunite with the man she loves. George is moved by Maud’s tragic tale and chivalrously offers to aid the hapless damsel. However, no good deed goes unpunished. Mistaken identities, hilarious run-ins with high-tempered relatives, and all manner of shenanigans come George’s way before we can reach the exciting conclusion of this wacky romantic comedy.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore- In a world where people born with an exceptional skill,
known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable, Katsa forms an underground Council whose purpose is to combat the destructive behaviour of the seven kings – after all, the Middluns is only one of the Seven Kingdoms, each of them ruled by their own king and his personal agenda for power. When the Council hears that the King of Liend’s father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates … and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap him, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced fighter who challenged her fighting skills, for the first time, as she and the Council rushed the old man to saftey? Something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king …
Absent by Katie Williams – After seventeen-year-old Paige Wheeler dies in a freak
accident, she can’t figure out why her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. But when she discovers that she can possess the bodies of anyone thinking about her, she learns all her classmates think her death was intentional; a suicide. Paige is determined to prove her death was real, but that’s hard to do when you don’t exist. And even though Paige is certain she didn’t want to die, why can’t she remember anything about her fall?
Steel Blood & Fire by Allan Batchelder – You are the greatest warrior ever known.
When kingdoms rise or fall, you are usually the reason why. But you also have the world’s most powerful enemies, and they are about to take a terrible vengeance…Only one thing is certain, this extraordinary battle will end in a way that no one could have predicted! Immerse yourself in a world that will test the limits of your imagination. Prepare yourself to face impossible decisions and insurmountable odds. Experience triumph and despair on your way to an earth-shattering finale!
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand – Since her brother, Tyler,
committed suicide, Lex has been trying to keep her grief locked away, and to forget about what happened that night. But as she starts putting her life, her family, and her friendships back together, Lex is haunted by a secret she hasn’t told anyone a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.In the tradition of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, and Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a thoughtful and deeply affecting novel that will change the way you look at life and death.”
Eye Spy by Tessa Buckley – Over the course of ten days, the lives of thirteen-year-old
Alex Macintyre and his twin sister Donna will change forever… Alex and Donna live in the seaside town of Holcombe Bay with their father, a reclusive inventor, and their grandmother, a school dinner lady. When the twins set up Eye Spy Investigations in an attempt to earn some money, they become involved in the case of Kiki, a missing lap dog. On the trail of a potential dog-napping gang, they are soon investigating three suspects: a bag lady; a mysterious man in a fur hat; and the bikers who hang out at the Starship Café. But as they pursue their suspects, Alex begins to realise that there is a mystery in his own family involving the mother they never knew. When the twins attempt to help their father market his latest invention, a robot, things go horribly wrong, and they uncover a devastating family secret. As events spiral out of control, can Alex find out the truth about their mother, save Donna from imminent danger, and return Kiki to her rightful owner? Aimed at 9-to-12-year olds, Eye Spy is more than just a straightforward mystery story; it is also a tale of family secrets and lies – and what happens when these are revealed.
Tales for the lake Volume 1 by Various Authors- Remember those dark and scary
nights spent telling ghost stories and other campfire stories? With the TALES FROM THE LAKE horror anthology, you can relive some of those memories by reading the best Dark Fiction stories around. From urban legends and ghosts, African witchdoctors / curses and living dolls, serial killers and seamonsters, to vengeful animals, demons wandering the earth, and the every day fight between good and evil, TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.1 has it all. So dive into fourteen tales of horror, with short stories and dark poems by some of the best horror writers in the world, including a story by the master himself, Graham Masterton.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – An epic, romantic YA
space opera about two star-crossed lovers who must fight for survival on a deserted planet. It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes – the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet but they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – In 2013 These Broken
Stars was published to exceptional critical acclaim. In 2014 it was followed by This Shattered World and in December 2015 the epic finale to the Starbound trilogy (all Disney-Hyperion), Their Fractured Light will also be available from Turnaround. In anticipation of the increased attention the trilogy will receive following the publication of Their Fractured Light, Disney-Hyperion and Turnaround are thrilled to announce this, the paperback publication of This Shattered World.
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – Set in the same world as
the Starbound series’ (Disney Hyperion) earlier hits but featuring new characters, this title is bound to be accessible and enjoyable to fans and new readers alike. A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to protect them from destruction. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck. Now, on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head.
In cold blood by truman capote – The chilling true crime ‘non-fiction novel’ that
made Truman Capote’s name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative published in Penguin Modern Classics. Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote’s comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human.
Between two end by David Ward – When Yeats and his parents visit his
grandmother’s creepy old house, Yeats reunites a pair of pirate bookends and uncovers the amazing truth: Years ago, Yeats’s father traveled into The Arabian Nights with a friend, and the friend, Shari, is still stuck in the tales. Assisted by the not-always-trustworthy pirates, Yeats must navigate the unfamiliar world of the story of Shaharazad–dodging guards and tigers and the dangerous things that lurk in the margins of the stories–in order to save Shari and bring peace to his family.
Cinders by V M Sawh – As a slave in the bawdy Black House, Rella longs to escape the
whips and chains of her existence. She is chosen for a dangerous mission and offered a chance at freedom. There is only one condition: first she must assassinate the Prince. “Death by god or death by man… but never as a sister of the Black House!” Welcome to Good Tales For Bad Dreams, a short-fiction series of re-imagined fairy tales. Each story is set in a different time and place. Some will be familiar, others will not. So, strip bare your assumptions, open your mind and see these tales told like never before.
Anastasia by V M Sawh – The plot to fool the Russian Royal Family had many casualties, none more so than the would-be Anastasia. Fleeing across the seas with her fate in her hands, this is story of Anna, a Sister of the Black House and Stepsister to the girl who would be Cinderella.
Hontas by V M Sawh – In this rip-roaring Wild West adventure, intrepid bounty
hunters Pocahontas and John embark on a dangerous mission to stop a train run by a sadistic, slave-driving madman.
“How many?” John was panting. His adrenaline kicked in at the sound of the shot.
“There’ll be more. That car’ll empty out quick.”
That was bad. They’d be outnumbered by at least a dozen.
“Did you do it?”
John shifted, scouting the opposite side of the train with a glance. “Not enough,” he pulled his own silver Colt and unslung his rifle. “This is more than a six bullet situation.”
Gr3t3l-1 by V M Sawh – When they are stranded on the surface of a hostile alien
world, two sentient robots H4NS3L-671, the military-minded combat drone, & GR3T3L-1, the advanced surveyor prototype, find themselves with neither memory nor mission. With no resources and no one to count on but each other, the robots must learn to work together in order to endure the brutal landscape, unlock the mystery of their missing memories, and plan their own rescue, all before their power runs out. What they don’t know is that the dangerous planet holds a terrible secret that could ruin their chances of ever escaping alive… This is “Hansel & Gretel” told like never before. This is “GR3T3L-1.”
Half: The deep beneath by Natalie Wright – H.A.L.F. (Human
Alien Life Form) #9 is the product of genetic engineering, the union of human and alien DNA. Created to be a weapon in a secret war we don’t know is coming, he proved too powerful to control. He has lived for seventeen years in an underground lab, sedated and trained to be a cold-blooded killing machine. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the lab and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly. Erika Holt is relaxing in the desert with her friends – a typical Saturday night. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined. If she chooses to help H.A.L.F. 9 escape, her fate will become intertwined with his in what will become an intergalactic adventure.
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Think you know magic? Think
again. The Magisterium awaits . . . Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing. Now he must enter the Magisterium. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call’s biggest test is still to come . . .
The retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – It had to end sometime, but Mara Dyer had no idea it would end like this. She wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told and she doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – Discover more secrets about the
Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the final book in the internationally bestselling series. Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced… Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours and The Shadowhunter’s Codex.
A Petal in the Wind by Miko Johnston – May 1899: Luska, “almost eight,” lives with
her pregnant Mama and disabled Papa in a shtetl—one of the small villages that dot the Russian countryside. A clever and resourceful girl, she knows why everyone in her village worries about pogroms. But her parents’ teachings and whispered fears can’t prepare Luska for the coming horror, when the Cossacks destroy her shtetl, and everything, and everyone in it. By luck she is spared, but left orphaned, alone and with only a bundle of old clothes. The memory of her parents helps her, and she finds her way to the city. But their memory can’t truly protect her from deceit when Rabbi Hershel and Rebbetzin Naomi Zedek take her in. The grand Zedek home provides refuge, but no relief from Luska’s nightmares, which disrupt the family. After she clashes with the couple’s eight-year-old son, Hershel makes it clear Luska’s stay must be temporary. Blinded by sorrow, she seeks comfort from Naomi, unaware of the matriarch’s plan for Luska’s future, or the mystery behind the unoccupied child’s room in which she’s staying. When she uncovers the tragic secret behind the room and how it led to Naomi’s duplicity, Luska must find a way to move past tragedy and deception. Otherwise she’ll drift through life
like a petal in the wind…
The Blackbird Singularity by Matt Wilven – Vince stops taking his lithium when he
finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird in the back garden and hearing his dead son’s footsteps in the attic, he finds himself lost and alone, journeying through a world of chaos and darkness, completely unaware of the miracle that lies ahead.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Magic is dangerous – but love is more
dangerous still… When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural fold stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne – All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that
she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list… But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?
And that’s everything for this month guys I will also be posted my August TBR very soon so keep an eye out for that.
All these books can be found on Amazon except Anastasia by V. M. Swah which can only be read on Wattapad.