June Wrap Up
June has been a pretty decent reading month. Unfortunately, I did fall into a bit of a Netflix hole towards the end of the month, but I did still manage to read a few books that I really enjoyed. So without further ado, let's talk about the books that I read in June.
Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
I was in New York for the first few days of June, so I didn't have many books with me. What I did have was the next novella in from Cassandra Clare's upcoming anthology Ghosts of the Shadow Market. This novella contains spoilers from The Infernal Devices, so I can't really go into any details without spoiling this trilogy. What I can say is that is was a quick, well-paced read and I enjoyed reading from this character's perspective, but it made me really sad that they were so quick to villainize another character based on something that might not have even been true.
Overall, I gave Cast Long Shadows 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
If you've read my Most Anticipated Summer Releases post, you will know that Save the Date was one of the books that I was most excited to get my hands on and I was able to pick it up early at Book Con.
Save the Date follows seventeen-year-old Charlie whose sister is getting married and she is excited to have all of her siblings under the same roof for the first time in a long time. This will also be the last time that they will all be together in the house that they grew up in, as their parents are selling. So Charlie wants this weekend to be perfect! Of course, everything doesn't go as planned and in an attempt to save the wedding Charlie learns things about her family and that if you hang on too hard to the past, you may lose out on your future.
I absolutely loved this book! It had a cute wedding rom-com feel, fun dialogue and a hilarious cast of characters. One of my favourite aspects of this book was the relationship that Charlie has with her siblings and how even though each relationship is different, it just works.
Overall, I gave Save the Date 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I have done a full review of Save the Date where I chat about all my non-spoiler-y and spoiler-y thoughts if you'd like to check it out.
Ship it by Britta Lundin
Ship It is a dual-perspective novel that follows sixteen-year-old Claire who is obsessed with a show called Demon Heart and Forest who is one of the lead actors on the show. Not only is she obsessed with Demon Heart, Claire is also a well-known fanfiction writer within the fandom and her OTP is Smokey and Heart played by Forest and his male co-star, Rico. When she finds out that Demon Heart is coming to a local convention, Claire is super excited. However, after the Q&A goes downhill this creates a PR disaster for the show and Claire ends up travelling with the show on the rest of their convention tour.
I found the fandom aspect very relatable, as someone who has been a part of many fandoms myself. I loved the convention setting and the fact that the book started with Claire going to her first convention made me so excited for her! I liked that Claire had a great passion for her fandom, but that being said, some of the actions that she takes are morally questionable and give fandom a bit of a bad name. I also was not a huge fan of the dual-perspective, but I loved the side characters and the ending bumped my initial rating up a whole star.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I have also done a full review of Ship It as well! Please check it out if you would like to hear more of my non-spoiler-y and spoiler-y thoughts.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This month I finished my re-read of The Infernal Devices with Clockwork Princess and oh my god I forgot how much this book wrecked my emotions. Again, as this is the third book in a series I can't go into too much detail, but this re-read has reaffirmed in my mind why Clockwork Princess is one of my favourite of all of Cassandra Clare's books.
Overall, I gave Clockwork Princess 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
Every Exquisite Thing is the third novella in Cassandra Clare's Ghosts of the Shadow Market anthology and again (I'm starting to sound like a broken record) I cannot say a whole lot about this novella without spoiling some of Cassandra Clare's other books, but what I enjoyed that even in a society that is known to be intolerant, the main characters are so accepting and love the people around them unconditionally. There are many moments in this book that made me smile and all I want is happiness for the character whose perspective we see in this novella!
Overall, I gave Every Exquisite Thing 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
After reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I quickly fell in love with Becky Albertalli's adorable rom-com style and I was very excited to read Leah on the Offbeat as soon as it had come in the mail. I had started this book one night at around 9:00 pm thinking that I would just read for 30 minutes and then go to sleep. All of a sudden it's 2:30 am, and I've read the entire book. I could not get enough!
Leah on the Offbeat takes place in the same setting as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but this time it focuses on Simon's best friend, Leah Burke. Leah’s life has never been as rhythmic as her drumming. Even though she has a super close friend group, she’s always felt a bit removed and hasn’t been able to muster up the courage to tell her friends she’s bisexual. Cracks start to form in their friend group the closer they get to graduation and college, and Leah realizes she may love a certain someone more than she had thought.
I loved this book! Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is still my favourite of Becky’s but this one was still just as addicting. I do like a salty character every once in a while, so I enjoyed reading from Leah’s perspective. It was so much fun revisiting these characters and this book was paced so well that I couldn’t put it down.
That being said, I did feel like the ending wrapped up the story too quickly and was too perfect, and I felt like I wanted an extra chapter to tie up more loose ends. Because of this, I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I've written a full review for Leah on the Offbeat as well if you would like to check it out.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
I started reading Tower of Dawn at the end of this month and sadly I wasn't able to finish it. I don’t know what is with me and this book, but I seem to be continuously procrastinating reading it. I’m almost 200 pages in and I am enjoying it, but I don't love it. I heard that it picks up later in the book, which is generally my experience with Sarah J Maas’ books, so I’m going to keep trekking through in July.
That’s all for the books I’ve read in June! What was your favourite that you read this month? Let me know in the comments below.
I will not be posting a July TBR because I will be participating in 3 readathons this month and each readathon will be getting its own TBR post. I will also be putting up my partner introduction post for the Summer Blog Promo Tour tomorrow, so stay tuned for that as well.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!