August has been a slow month for reading. Only managed 4 and a half books, but I did get married, so there’s that. I can’t see my August Wrap Up being overly long this month. So sorry about that, but did I mention that I got married?? Actually married. As in husband and wife.
On with my August Wrap Up before you get bored of me.
Half Bad SeriesHalf Bad by Sally Green
Series: Half Bad Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Half Wild
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Wanted by no one.Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
Half Bad follows Nathan, a Half Code witch who has to live in a world dominated by White witches who despise anything Black.
I have to say this series started off extremely well and I thought I would be happy kicking my August wrap up with it. However it quickly deteriorated. The first, amazing, thought it would be my favourite series. Second, not quite so good, enjoyable but nothing to be too excited for. Third, wanted to shoot myself in the head halfway through.
It wasn’t a successful series for me. You can’t win them all I suppose.
The ShackThe Shack by William Paul Young
Published by Windblown Media
Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!
* book description from the back cover
The Shack is the last book in my August Wrap Up and it was the one I was least likely to read. The story follows Mackenzie as he struggles with his relationship with God after his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. He meets God in the shack where it happened.
I thought this book was interesting, not really being interested in religion I was looking in from the outside so to speak. It is quite a dense book so bear that in mind when you begin reading. Some parts are really slow going but the viewpoints and perspectives are really interesting and for that reason alone I enjoyed it.
Read my review here.
That is the end of my August Wrap Up. Short but sweet. I am in the middle of reading A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold which I’m really enjoying it, so that will be the first book in my tbr next month so look out for that!
Let me know what you think about all these books? Did you enjoy them as much as I did?