Book Review

June Reads 2020

Hello everyone! Welcome to my June reads of 2020! Since starting back at work, I haven’t had the time to read as much as I wanted to. I’m slowly getting back into a routine and I am going to schedule reading time to make sure I get through all the books I have on my to-read list!

Some of these books have full reviews on my blog and we have some new appearances that I would love to share! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts on them.

Devil’s Mist

Author: Liam Moiser
Released Date: March 2020
Publisher: Matador
Pages: 68
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Paperback Book

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Synopsis

It starts typically enough. A camping trip with a friend’s family, with a campfire to sit around and tell scary stories – except Rosie’s dad says this one is true. According to legend, the house across the lake hosts a strange curse, a missing daughter and a threat that anyone who ventures close will meet the same fate. Rosie and Jenny shrug the story off, but as events escalate, it becomes crystal clear that the curse is real and someone else is the next target. Although they try to deny the truth, a note from an unlikely source confirms their deepest fears. Lies unravel, allies form and the truth about what happened back then threatens to come to light. But one answer remains shrouded, haunting all involved: Will they escape the mist before it comes for them or are they doomed to be lost forever.

I managed to get this copy of Devil’s Mist by Liam Mosier off of Library Thing in exchange for an honest review. I was amazed when a physical copy arrived through the post instead of it being sent to my kindle. Straight away I noticed how incredibly thin this book was, but I was happy as I would not have had time to read a thicker book.

I did enjoy this book but not as much as others. It was a big change from reading books with plot twists and more in-depth characters. It’s perfect if you haven’t read a lot of mystery/thriller books and would like to get into them.

The whole story of the missing girl and the mist is very interesting and I found myself reading more to figure out what had happened to her. However, a few characters just drop into the story towards the end without much context behind them being there. The story as a whole was very interesting to read and I enjoyed it. It could be structured a bit better to make it flow easier to the reader.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Loving You

Author: Leah Busboom
Released Date: July 10 2020
Pages: 174
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Kindle Ebook

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I received this ARC through Hidden Gems. This is a great website and community to read and review books from authors that you may not have heard from.

Synopsis

He’s loved her since the first day they met. She’s afraid to move on.
Max Connor has dated off and on for five years, but no one ever measured up to her. He tried to get over his unrequited love by moving out of state and forgetting her. Now he’s back in Connor’s Grove for good and suddenly there’s nothing standing in the way of loving Maddie except Maddie herself.


Professor Madeleine Henderson was widowed two years ago. When Max approaches her to explore a relationship beyond friendship, she’s terrified at how he makes her feel. Maddie loved her husband, but her attraction to Max is off the charts. He ignites a passion in her that she never expected to experience. Is she brave enough to take a second chance on love?

Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book as it was a very quick read, taking about a day with breaks in between.

The story was a very cute romance between Max and Maddie. Although, this is no straight forward relationship between the two of them. Maddie became a widow 2 years prior to Max coming back to town but she now has to decide if she can let go of her late husband Jack and move on.

Moreover, all the characters present in the book are very likeable and relatable. Although the book isn’t very long, it’s still got a lot of detail to find out about characters past, interests, relationships and much more.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book for anyone who is a lover of romance novels, and may not have a lot of time to sit down and read a big chunky book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Existence of Amy

Author: Lana Grace Riva
Released Date: August 2nd 2019
Pages: 247
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Paperback Book

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Synopsis

Amy has a normal life. That is if you were to go by a definition of ‘no obvious indicators of peculiarity’, and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead. A fictional story that depicts the reality of mental illness behind a perception of normality.

I was asked by the author, Lana Grace Riva, to read her book in exchange for an honest review, and this is one of my favourite books so far in 2020.

It was so easy to read as I loved all the characters and couldn’t wait to see how the story developed. Above all, Amy’s character gives us an insight into the challenges that people diagnosed with OCD and Depression have to deal with every day. This may seem a little dark and sad but it’s a very uplifting story that everybody needs to read.

Read my full review here: The Existence OF Amy By Lana Grace Riva

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins
Released Date: May 19th 2020
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 540
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Hardback Book

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Synopsis

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of this book, this is the fourth instalment of the best selling trilogy, The Hunger Games. I have already written a full review on The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes but it is such an amazing and unique story that I had to tell you about it again.

Unlike the other three Hunger Games books, we see the 10th games play out through the eyes of young Snow. We meet new characters, some from the original books and relatives of those from the past years.

In short, I really enjoy reading from Snow’s perspective even though we are heavily influenced to hate him through the first three books. This book is not the same story structure as The Hunger Games so I wouldn’t recommend if that is what you’re looking for. However, if you are curious to see Snow in his prime, how the uprising in Panem truly affects The Capitol and the Districts and how the games were early on, I would highly recommend reading this book.

Read my full review here: The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Let me know in the comments what you read in June!

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Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.

Comments

Javier S.
3 July 2020 at 1:30 pm

Great Books reviews. This is highly requested list fo readers.



4 July 2020 at 10:34 am

Great reviews! The Existence of Amy sounds intriguing!



4 July 2020 at 1:53 pm

Ballad is getting really good reviews! Not sure if I want to revisit that series though. We’ll see if I’m ever in the mood for it! Thanks for the post!



9 July 2020 at 11:48 am

I’m curious about the Hunger Games prequel. I’ve heard very different things about it, so who knows how I’ll feel? LOL Looks like you read some good books last month though!

-Lauren



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