I read four books in the month of August, which certainly isn’t a lot, but it is more than I read in June and July combined so I’m pretty happy with that.
The Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter
Page Count: 320
Dates Read: August 2-6
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This is the second book in a YA paranormal mystery series. The series is fun and lighthearted and often involves culprits that are mythical creatures. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this one was a disappointment. I didn’t feel connected to the characters at all, including Abigail who we’re supposed to relate to in comparison to Jackaby. The supporting characters didn’t seem that important, and I didn’t really care much for the mystery. I may continue this series in the hopes it gets back to what I liked about the first book, but I’m not in a rush to read the next one.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Page Count: 171
Dates Read: August 7-8
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
This is a book about a girl who grows up with a very strict and devout mother. Their religion, at times, seems like a cult. The main character starts to question everything she knows when she realizes that she loves women. The premise was very interesting to me as were the themes, but unfortunately the execution of this left a bit too much for me to be desired. I think I need to take a sabbatical from reading literary fiction, because I’ve been having a hard time with it in general recently and have had a tendency to just roll my eyes at how unnecessarily high-brow it all is. I ended up DNF’ing a literary fiction book in July, and I haven’t read any that have really felt like books I want to be reading in a few years.
Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Page Count: 478
Dates Read: August 9-13
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
This is the sequel to Vicious, which I read in April but which was published 5 years before this. While the first book of this series was also about 3-star read for me, this was noticeably worse. The new female characters were especially disappointing. Marcella had so much potential, but ended up just being a plot device who was characterized entirely by two tropes (the jilted lover and the femme fatale.) There was nothing about her that made me care about her ever though I really wanted to like her. June, who is— from how this book ends— actually supposed to be important doesn’t actually do much of anything nor do we learn all that much about her and certainly not enough for me to so much as pretend I wanted to care. I don’t think we needed this book or the one that may come after it. Vicious was not only fine on its own, but better on its own. I’ll probably read the next one, but to me this is just obviously a cash grab and I’m not wholly impressed.
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence
Page Count: 415
Dates Read: August 17-29
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Ending the month on a strong note! I was so happy with this book, especially as I hadn’t been fully enamored with Red Sister when I read it. I think it was just a matter of timing, and reading this after a whole bunch of books I didn’t quite love made it that much better. Or maybe it was genuinely better than the first book. I really enjoyed Nona and her budding friendship with Zole and her continuing friendships with the other novices. I loved the final scenes. Joelie Namsis was a great antagonist; I found her extremely irritating but I’m also interested to learn more about her (which I don’t know for sure that we will.) The world of this series continues to keep me wanting to know more about it. I’m super excited to continue with this series and will being doing so after I catch up on a couple others.
That’s all I read in August! Have you read any of these books? Or what did you read in August? Let me know in the comments!