June in Books

june book recaps

And just like that, we wrap up June! It was a rather good month for books and I’ll be listing them down with their respective ratings and a brief description!


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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 2/5

I’m very picky with contemporary books and I was wary about reading this but since it was featured by so many blogs as their Book of the Month, I gave it a shot.

I was not impressed. This book was dull, two-dimensional, and predictable. It caters to a certain kind of audience and as someone who enjoys gripping fantasies more than cute contemporaries, I wasn’t within that range.

 

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I absolutely loved this one. While also a contemporary, The Female of the Species had an unconventional main character whose morals fell into a gray area. We follow the story of Alex who has violent tendencies when she or the people she cares about are provoked.

I’ve never read a novel like this and I ate it up; I couldn’t get enough!. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I did have some reservations regarding the ending and one of the POVs it was written from.

 

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Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Rating: 3/5 stars

Abandoning gender roles, this story talks about a young Asian girl who aspires to be an entrepreneur to save her family from poverty in Chinatown.

The first half of the book caught my attention but it slipped once I was halfway. I ended up skimming most of the latter half because I was falling asleep. I’m a big fan of historical fiction but given that I had no idea what piece of history this was based from, I was lost.

 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Rating: 5/5 stars

This. This is everything I want in a contemporary book. I can’t tell you how much I love this book. The characters were unique and their interactions were so funny. The fact that these two co-workers are in a publishing company (my dream, aaaaaah!) was just an added bonus.

The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and I have to say I’m very impressed. If this is her first novel, imagine her second, third, or even fourth novel?! I’m ready for you, girl.

 

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Rating: 4/5 stars

Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club. This book is a major hit by those who love murder mysteries. Even if you’re not a fan (like me) you’ll still find yourself enjoying the narrative, characters, and plot.

You go in circles figuring out who the killer is and once you find out. It’ll all make sense.

 

 

The Royals series by Erin Watt
Rating: 3/5 stars

Honestly felt like I was being held hostage while reading this series. It’s dramatic, petty, and overall fucked up. But I couldn’t put it down. After I finished Paper Princess, I immediately Broken Prince because the series is THAT addicting. It isn’t anything special but I have to give Erin Watt credit for baiting me with drama to keep me reading.

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Rating: 3/5 stars

After The Love that Split the World, I expected this to blow my mind. However, I found myself crawling through this because it was so dragging and definitely not my cup of tea. I was sad to realize that I avoided reading this book and told myself that I’d be better off marking this as DNF rather than feel like a slave trying to finish it.

Ironic that I’m reading about June in June and hated it.

 

 

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Rating: 4/5 stars

Bad Romance gives you flashbacks of your ex. It makes you think of all the wrongs that they did and rekindles that burning anger you had for them once.

Reminiscent of Why We Broke Up sans the paraphernalia, Bad Romance will have you experience the ups and downs–mostly downs–of a relationship and how the main character Grace was able to get through it all by telling us her story.

 

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Rating: 5/5 stars

TV series Reign meets An Ember in the Ashes. It’s a book about twins who fight each other for one throne but also fight battles they’re not aware of.

Lots of court intrigue, secrets, scheming, plotting, and betraying. Did I also mention that this is a monarchial fantasy?! It’s not a surprise I ended up devouring and loving this book!

 

 


Overall, I think June was a good month in books because those that I loved are now marked in my Favorites shelf!

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