July Round-Up – The Books I Read In July 2017


In July, I managed to read and review eight books! Here is what I said about them…

Roar by Cora Carmack (Tor Teen) – My first read for July was the book featured in the June ‘Elementalists’ box from Fairy Loot. I found Roar to be an enjoyable fantasy adventure in which we get a glimpse of a world where humans must battle with the elements to survive against the storms. We also see the journey of a woman from a prestigious background and what she is required to do to save those closest to her, an intriguing start to a new fantasy series.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry (Titan Books) – A retelling of Peter Pan, Lost Boy is narrated by Jamie, the first boy that Peter bought to the island. Through Jamie’s eyes we witness the extent of the trauma endured by the boys. I enjoyed this retelling and found it to be an engaging read which offered a dark and disturbing take on a much loved tale.

Sky Thieves by Dan Walker (Oxford University Press) – In this children’s book by local author Dan Walker we meet exciting heroine Zoya Delarose and see what happens when she wakes up to find herself onboard a skyship. Sky Thieves is an exciting adventure story set in an imaginative world in which we meet a vibrant cast of characters as they take to the skies

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate) – My most anticipated read this month was the latest novel from Matt Haig in which we are introduced to a forty-something history teacher who has been alive for centuries. How To Stop Time is a wonderful book and is sure to be one of my books of the year. It is a fascinating story of a remarkable life, in which we see one man’s journey through the past, and how he learns to accept his future

The Other Twin by L V Hay (Orenda Books) – Following Poppy as she is determined to get to the bottom of the death of her sister, India, I was impressed with The Other Twin and found it to be an accomplished and well written debut which kept me gripped throughout. A story of love, loss and identity, it is also a tale of secrets and lies and the impact it has on a family, and on a community.

A Horse Walks Into A Bar by David Grossman (Vintage) – In this, the winner of the 2017 International Man Booker Prize, the reader sees what happens when a comedian’s performance takes a harrowing turn. A Horse Walks Into A Bar is an unusual and intriguing read which deals with some complex issues and unravels the life of a veteran comedian and the events that led up to his on-stage disintegration. Whilst I didn’t enjoy reading it as much as I had hoped it is a fascinating story told in an interesting setting that leaves the reader with plenty to ponder over.

A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury)A Court Of Mist And Fury is a thoroughly enjoyable instalment in a series set in a magical and mysterious world that has me captivated. With its blend of magic, action and romance and a fascinating cast of characters I am looking forward to finding out what is in store for them in A Court Of Wings And Ruin!

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas (Canongate) – Telling the story of a young girl named Effie and her journey to save her grandfather’s precious books, Dragon’s Green is an enjoyable read and a promising start to a magical new series.

To find out more about any of these books you can read full reviews of my July reads by clicking the links in the titles above and they can also be found in my July 2017/Book Reviews archives. Also this month, I unboxed the July box from Fairy Loot (Tricksters)

Thank everyone who has read and shared my blog posts this month, and anyone who has followed and liked my bookstagram photos. I really appreciate the support and hope that you enjoy the blog!

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