July Wrap up!

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Welcome to my July wrap up! This month started (dreadfully) slow, but I finally picked up at the end of the month! So in this post I’ll be briefly discussing each book, and giving each book a rating out of 5 stars! Enjoy!

1 – When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
I read the last half of this book in July. Overall, I loved the story. It told the story of a girl and her brother, and how they lived and got past various obstacles. I really enjoyed the connection between Elly and Joe and how even when everything went wrong, they were still there for each other. I gave When God was a Rabbit 4 stars 🙂

2 – Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
I read this book whilst visiting my Grandparents, and I could not put it down! It follows a young buy called Standish and how he copes living in a dictatorship. Whilst he was also imprisoned. Yeah! I adored the story and immediately feel in love with Standish and his Grandfather. And the ships came true!!! Overall this book carried a strong message about power and control, and more specifically, if you work together anything can happen. I gave Maggot Moon 5 stars 🙂

3 – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
For me this was a re-read. My third to be precise! It’s the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy and it’s also perfect. It’s set on another planet, where the protagonist Todd Hewitt, is the only boy. He turns 13 in a month or so, and becomes a man. Even more interestingly, this world has a twist. A twist called Noise. The native creatures that live on this planet released a germ in a war against the settlers. This germ proceeded to kill all the women and introduce noise to the men’s lives. What is noise? This germ that was released meant that you could hear the thoughts of the men,and was named noise. So, what happens when Todd finds a space of silence in the swamp?
This trilogy is my favorite trilogy of all time (Tied with Divergent), so obviously it got 5 stars 🙂 But I seriously cannot recommend this trilogy enough – Read it!!!

4 – 1984 by George Orwell
Wow. That’s really all I have to say about this book. That and it will change your entire perspective on everything. It is that good. It’s about a man called Winston who is living in a dictatorship, and it’s really how he survives it. I don’t want to go into too much detail but seriously, just read it! I gave 1984 5 stars 🙂

5 – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
This is the first book in a series of unfortunate events and it is awesome! It is a children’s book, but written so well it’s appropriate for any audience. It follows 3 children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, and what happens after their parents perish in a fire. It’s so cleverly written and completely un-put-down-able! I gave The Bad Beginning 4 stars 🙂

6 – Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
I really enjoyed reading Crescendo! I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did, because it was a second book, but it was great! I love how we had some relationship drama, which really added to Nora and Patch’s relationship. Not to mention the plot twist at the end. Oh my God! I gave Crescendo 4 stars 🙂

7 – Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
I started reading Silence straight after Crescendo, and whilst I loved the book, I found the beginning to be slightly frustrating. However, the plot moved forward quickly, the god awful ‘You’re better off without me’ didn’t happen and it got crazy interesting, crazy fast! I gave silence 4 stars 🙂

8 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
This book is awesome. I didn’t jump onto the Harry Potter bandwagon until this month, but I really wish I did it earlier! The book is beautiful, the characters are awesome, the world is masterly crafted. I loved it! I gave it 5 stars 🙂

9 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This series just gets better and better. Had me unable to put the book down.I gave it 5 stars 🙂

10 – Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Oh boy did this book hurt. After the crazy plot twist in Silence, I was so excited to read this book. It did not let me down. I could put this book down, it literally kept me up till 2 for 2 nights running! And it was certainly one hell of a finale! The book was so well built up to the war, it had me on the edge of my seat and when it got there – wow. I literally cried from the feathers scene till the end. It hurt – it was worth it, but it hurt! I’m now going to stop talking before I start crying again (Damn book hangovers!). I gave Finale 5 stars 🙂


And that was everything I read in July! I’m hoping to get a August TBR up soon, but a quick hint – it will have Rapture and Clockwork Princess in it! Until then – Happy Reading!

Alysha x

 

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