June 2020 Reads — A Wrap-Up

Cover of the book, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Simply put, this is a mystery about serial murders but with supernaturals both doing the killing and hunting the killers.

What I Liked

Anna’s not the scared girl that she was when we met her. True, the aftermath of her abuse is swept under the rug in this series just as it had been in the Mercy Thompson series. Aside from that, I am liking how she’s willing to believe in her relationship and work to save it.

While the identity of the killers wasn’t anything out-of-this-world, their dynamics were well presented. I did a mental doubletake when I encountered one of them for the first them but then I was like nah, couldn’t be that obvious. It was.

What I Didn’t Like

If I have to read about one more alpha male who pushes away their life partner because they’re too evil and disgusting instead of confiding in them, I am going to get violent! Charles behaves in the same ridiculous and immature way that Adam does in the latest installment of the original series. Ugh!

Like always, Bran and I wanna say Asir? didn’t get as much screen time as I wanted them to!

Overall, this was an entertaining read.

Cover of the book, Everfound by Neal Shusterman

Everfound by Neal Shusterman

Simply put, this is YA that is really dark but without the author using tropes of forced teen marriages/rape as devices! This book is what I’d hoped Lord of the Flies would have been! We have an immensely shrewd villain who’s a teenager. She draws flunkies to her with her charm and ambition. There’s the main couple who isn’t letting love blind them to logic. And then there’s an honest to good guy who has a thing for our villainess.

Since this is the last book in the Skinjacker Trilogy, we meet characters from the previous two. But to keep things interesting, there are additions, as well. Events that connect the three books also take place, thus giving the series a nice conclusion sans cliffhangers.

What’s more, the complexity of the characters’ personalities surprises you for two reasons. Firstly, this is YA but the author doesn’t their audience like idiots. Secondly, because you begin to empathize even with the villains. That gives this novel added depth and authenticity.

Finally, the layers of meanings behind everything that goes on in this book make it a worthy read.

Cover of the book, Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

If you read the first book’s review here, you’ll see that I liked it a lot. In this one, we find out more about the inhumane treatment that Blood Prophets receive at the hands of their benefactors. But it gets pretty dark as those details come out, so you might want to give this book a wide berth if you find it difficult to read to about such things.

We are also given a glimpse of another group of humans but not completely characters. They’re like what you’d get if you cross a Blood Prophet with a human. Unsurprisingly, they’re the hereditary stock that the prophets come from.

In short, we do learn more about the universe these books are set in. And that’s a good thing. On the other hand, the almost childish curiosity every supe or Other displays regarding the MCs relationship isn’t. It reads like an exaggeration that the author’s using to keep the focus on the couple. What’s more, it also slows down the story.

Even so, I’m going to try reading the next one before I decide whether I’ll be giving up this series or not.

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Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

This book is like a rehash of the Nevada ones. Just as the latter was inspired by the authors’ previous series, Kate Daniels. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Simply, put you’ll find a powerful, kickass female protag falling for an equally dangerous handsome guy. The girl’s family is full of misfits who love her. Merciless villains who have schemes within schemes. The good guys receive help from unexpected quarters. They live to fight another day.

That said, it was hella entertaining and so well written. Some characters, like the heroine’s grandma with her Instragrammable pictures’ obsession, and the little girl with a demon dog from another realm, make all the difference in the world.

If you want a book that will warm the cockles of your heart and still has a plot that thrills and is fast-paced, this is it!

And that’s my June all neatly wrapped up. The Netgalley reviews for the month will be up soon too.

Happy reading!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Judi Lynn says:

    Enjoyed your reviews, as always. Have a great July!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Midu Hadi says:

      You too. Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Judi Lynn says:

        I always enjoy hearing your opinion on books.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Midu Hadi says:

        And I love reading your feedback!

        Like

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