Wrap Up: June 2019

It’s already time for another monthly wrap up post! This year is flying by, I can’t believe it is already July! If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I picked out 7 books for the month. If you don’t read my blog regularly, here is my June TBR post. For the first time since starting my blog, I actually didn’t stick to the books that I initially picked out. This was mainly because of different books I was approved for on NetGalley. In total, I read 5 books in June, which means that I have now COMPLETED my GoodReads challenge for the WHOLE YEAR!!! I didn’t read as much this month as I would have liked, but I’m still happy with what I did manage to read.


BOOK 1: Frozen: The Author’s Cut by Jay Bonansinga

FBI Profiler Ulysses Grove was once the FBI’s top closer. The Sun City serial killer has just claimed his sixth victim, and Grove is being tormented by his failure to catch them. To give him a rest, Grove’s boss sends him to Alaska, to assist on a story involving a strange ice mummy excavation. But this story isn’t going to let Grove rest, especially when he finds evidence that the Ice Man was also a victim of the Sun City killer – Six thousand years ago.

I found this book on NetGalley and thought it sounded like the type of book I would love, but it really didn’t live up to my expectations, and I was pretty disappointed. I gave Frozen: The Author’s Cut a 2/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 2: Haverscroft by S.A. Harris

Kate and Mark Keeling have just moved in to Haverscroft House, with their 9 year old twins, Tom and Sophie. The move was an attempt to salvage their failing marriage and to spend more time as a family, but Haverscroft habours some dark secrets, that could potentially destroy everything they have, and also risk their lives.

I had been anticipating the release of Haverscroft for some time, and bought it almost as soon as it came out! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good ghost story! I gave Haverscroft a 5/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 3 – The Last Van Gogh by Will Ottinger

When Wes Barrow discovers two letters from his deceased father (a notorious con man) claiming that he smuggled an unknown Van Gogh painting from France to America, at the start of World War II, the first person he turns to is his brother Adam, who has a gallery of his own. The story follows Adam and a beautiful ex-KGB assassin on their travels around the world, in search of the missing Van Gogh. However, the painting has drawn some unwanted attention from some questionable characters, including a Russian Mafia Leader, and a contracted killer. Will they find the painting? Will they live long enough to see it? Does it even exist?

I was so excited when I found this on NetGalley, as it combines my favourite genre to read, and one of my biggest inspirations in art. It was the book I was most looking forward to reading from my June TBR, but unfortunately, it wasn’t as exciting as I had anticipated. By no means is it a bad book, but I was a little let down. I gave The Last Van Gogh a 3/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 4: What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini

Following a scandal at her New York private school, which caused her to have a breakdown, Magda is sent to spend the summer at her grandparents’ cottage, to regain control of herself, and to cut herself off from the world she knows. When she meets Wild Boy, Bo, Magda begins to see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, when a body is found in the woods, near Bo’s encampment, she finds herself in a nightmare which is only just beginning.

What She Found in the Woods was not originally included in my June TBR, but my NetGalley request was approved, so I decided to read it straight away. Although I was looking forward to reading it, I wasn’t as excited for this as I was for other books on my TBR. But I was pleasantly surprised, and it became one of my favourites of the month! Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my copy. I gave What She Found in the Woods a 5/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 5: Lair by James Herbert

Following the London outbreak, the mutant white rat was thought to have been exterminated. But they were wrong. The surviving white rat had grown and mated, creating offspring in it’s own image. They dominated the other dark-furred rats, but the dark rats were becoming restless. The mutant white rat was beginning to remember the past, and they were all beginning to crave the taste of human flesh.

Lair is the 2nd book in The Rats series, by James Herbert. It is an excellent follow up to one of the best horrors I have ever read. If you’re not a fan of gory details, then I wouldn’t recommend it… After reading The Rats, I was really looking forward to seeing what the follow up had to offer, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! I gave Lair a 5/5 rating. (FULL REVIEW HERE!)


How many books did you read this month? and which books stood out from the rest?

Let me know in the comments!

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