June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comeback

I think I finally hit my stride this month. I read some really great books this month and I started rereading one of my favourite series. It’s been a really good month for my June Wrap Up.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comebackThe Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
five-stars
Source: the author
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Josie Jaffrey

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I adored the characters and the way everything was panned out. The two different worlds combined into one. The internal politics and the hierarchy that is overarching, plus it was really well explained and developed, a great start to my June Wrap Up. Full review here.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comebackThe Book Knights by J.G. McKenney
three-stars
Source: Netgalley
Genres: YA, Fantasy

When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay's possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?

THE BOOK KNIGHTS is an Arthurian YA fantasy adventure in which knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future.

I thought the premise of this book was amazing I just thought the execution wasn’t for me. It could be and probably would be more suitable for a younger reader. I definitely enjoyed the concept I was just after more than what this book offered. Full review here.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comebackSea Witch by Sarah Henning
five-stars
Source: Netgalley
Genres: YA
Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

This was another hit in my June Wrap Up. This was such a unique retelling that isn’t quite a retelling. I loved the way this book told the story and also the twists and turns that was included, you really don’t see it coming! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good The Little Mermaid retelling. Full review here.

June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comebackA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
four-stars
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Also in this series: A Court of Mist and Fury
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

This was my first reread of the month, and it was purely because I am getting ready to read A Court of Frost and Starlight which spoiler alert didn’t happen. There is something about this series that feels like coming home, it’s like a warm blanket. I adore Sarah J Maas’ writing so this has got to be one of my favourite reads on my June Wrap Up. Full review here – this was written when I originally read the book, but the thoughts are still valid.

June Wrap Up | Reading makes a comebackA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
five-stars
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Also in this series: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Genres: YA
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

The last read of my June Wrap Up, and another reread. This book is where the series really starts heating up, I think the character development in this book is something seriously amazing. I adore everything about this book, the politics that take place in this book really ramps up, it’s probably my favourite of the series! Read my original review here!

So that’s my June Wrap Up! What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments!

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