Review

Round-Up: Read in August

Hey everyone! Can you believe we’re already heading into autumn? August is coming to a close, so here’s my round-up of all the books I read this month!

The Death Cure by James Dashner

I thought the final Maze Runner book was fast-paced and an exciting read, but I thought that, overall, the plot wasn’t the strongest. This was definitely the weakest book of the trilogy, in my mind.

My rating: 2.5 stars

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I loved this book and I love this series. I lost interest in The Mortal Instruments fairly early on, but the characters, the plot and the setting of The Infernal Devices are all so well-written that I can’t get enough of it. I enjoyed Clockwork Prince even more than I enjoyed Clockwork Angel; I hope I enjoy Clockwork Princess still more yet!

My rating: 5 stars

Wilde About the Girl by Louise Pentland

This is the sequel to YouTuber Louise Pentland’s debut novel Wilde Like Me, and while the first book was a bit slow-paced and the writing was clunky in places, the sequel was a wonderful, well-written read. All the strengths of the first novel were still there, and all of the weaknesses had been worked on for this one. I wrote a longer review for this book earlier in the month, which you can read by clicking here.

My rating: 4.5 stars

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I was nervous going into this book: I knew a lot of people love this series and I was worried that maybe I wouldn’t. Luckily, I ended up really enjoying this novel. I wasn’t always that interested in the Glendower storyline, but the dynamic between the characters felt so real that it made me care about their quest.

My rating: 3.5 stars

The Wicked and the Divine: Year One by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

The artwork. The colouring. The pop culture references. I loved The Wicked and the Divine so much more than I thought I would, and every single page was beautiful. Admittedly the storyline was difficult to follow in places as there are so many characters to keep track of, but the artwork was so stunning that any plot confusion didn’t bother me at all.

My rating: 4 stars

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This is another book that has been hyped up a lot, but while I was reading it I could definitely see why. This is a hilarious yet heartbreaking historical adventure story, with fantastic characters and excellent, witty writing. I wasn’t a big fan of the alchemy storyline and would have preferred the novel without it, but regardless, this was an entertaining read and unlike anything else I’ve ever read.

My rating: 4 stars

There you go – that’s my list of books read in August! Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments, follow me on Instagram @afewmorebooks for more book-related content, and thanks for reading!

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