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Wrap Up: August 2019

August is over, which means another monthly wrap up post. For my August TBR, I picked out 4 books, and for the first time in months, not only did I stick to my TBR list for the month, but I actually managed to read every book on it, and 1 more after that! I did get in to a bit of a reading slump towards the end of the month, but hopefully I’m over it now.

The 5 books I finished are:

BOOK 1: Blood and Sand by Jennifer M. Lane

Logan Cole is the daughter of a New York billionaire, but when her father goes to prison for crimes against the country, Logan loses everything. To escape the endless online threats, she heads for the smallest town she can find on the map. In order to fit in here, Logan needs to find herself a job, and she’s never worked a day in her life. Lucky for Logan, the town has simple taste, and she makes a name for herself as a hard worker who masters the world of cocktails and brings the town to a new way of drinking. When a tragic accident threatens the bar, Logan has to choose between revealing her true identity to save it or saying goodbye to the only thing she’s ever built on her own in order to save herself.

I was gifted a copy of Blood and Sand by the author, in exchange for an honest review. This was a heart-warming, enjoyable read, with strong Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) vibes. I honestly don’t have a single bad word to say about this book, and if you’re looking for something to curl up with in the evenings, then this is the perfect choice. I gave Blood and Sand a 5/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 2: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club’s unnamed protagonist is suffering from insomnia, and his entire life is spiralling out of his control. But then he meets Tyler Durden. In Tyler’s world, there are no rules, and certainly no limits. Every weekend, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. This is Fight Club, and Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden.

Fight Club has been on my TBR for a very long time, and the movie is one of my favourites of all time, so I jumped at the chance of being part of an Instagram readalong. Fight Club was everything I was expecting and more. I was concerned that already knowing the storyline would ruin the book for me, but nothing could ruin this work of pure genius. I gave Fight Club an easy 5/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 3: The Night You Left by Emma Curtis

When Grace’s fiancé, Nick, vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is completely flipped upside down. Has he walked out on her? or has something awful happened to him? While Grace desperately searches for the man she loves, it is brought to her attention that she doesn’t know everything about Nick like she thought she did. Nick has secrets. She soon uncovers a tragedy from his childhood, but could his past be linked to his disappearance?

I had high expectations for this book, and it definitely didn’t let me down. It had everything I could have asked for from a thriller. It was intense, frustrating (in the best way), and had me completely clueless to the very end. I highly recommend The Night You Left, especially for all you thriller fans. I gave it a 5/5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 4: The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst

The Onyx Crown tells the story of three children–Sania, Gesi, and Jorann who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions less than fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of the continent has been deposed and assassinated. Unknown to the children, as infants they had a great destiny bestowed upon them. They must overcome the traumatic circumstances of their birth, and childhood, and face many dangerous trials in their quest to fulfil their destiny. But, can mere children use their courage, wits, and uncanny abilities to defeat legendary warriors, entire tribes, provinces, and kingdoms? Can they lead the worthy to the greatest prize of all, the Onyx Crown?

The Onyx Crown was completely out of my comfort zone, but I gave it a try anyway, and although it wasn’t my favourite book of the month, and forgetting the slow start, I actually enjoyed this. It is Part 1 of a trilogy, and I will definitely be carrying on with the story. I gave it a 3.5 rating. FULL REVIEW HERE!

BOOK 5: Lady Killer by Jeff Richards

In Lady Killer a group of old friends form a babysitting co-op to share child-watching responsibilities when a night out is needed. Kathy and Mitch may be divorced, but they are still active members of The Stork Club, as they call it, and the other members—Gail, Ed, Robin, Barry, Sonya, Rex, and Dee—are their best friends. But as relationships between the members start to weave together in a tangled web of lies, abuse, and affairs, more than one mind turns to murder as a way to seek retribution and revenge. But who will be the first to break…and who will be the first to die?

This book was a big disappointment for me. There was not even half as much action as I had expected, and when there was, it was rather anticlimactic. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, and the sex scenes had me cringing. Can we ban the word “pecker” from ever being used in sex scenes, PLEASE? I give Lady Killer a 1.5/5 rating. I will not be reviewing this book.

I had a pretty successful reading month, and 3/5 books were 5 star reads, so I can’t complain!

Which books did you read in August?
Which was your favourite of the month? 
Have you read any of the books from my August wrap up?

Let me know in the comments!

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