August has come to an end, so it is time for a nice little wrap up. I have a review up for two of these books, so I will be linking that if you want to know more thoughts. But this is just going to be a very short run-through review of everything that I read in August.
Is that too long of an explanation? Probably. Okay, let’s jump into it.
Technically, You Started it by Lana Wood Johnson
DNF at 121 pages
Synopsis: One day, Haley receives a text massage from one of her classmates, Martin Nathaniel Munroe II. They start to text each other almost every day, however there is one small problem. There are two Martin Nathaniel Munroe II in Haley’s class, and one of them she has a personal vendetta against. However, that doesn’t stop a beautiful friendship from blossoming. Until feelings get involved. Now Haley must figure out which one of the Martins she is talking to, before things get disastrous.
Review: This book just really wasn’t for me. I barley read contemporary but since this entire book was written in text messages, I was here and ready for it. But I found it super predictable, since you find who the person she is texting is within 30 pages. Obviously, the main character is still oblivious, but I found that part very annoying. Also, I found that the reason behind the main character’s vendetta against one of the Martin’s to be very childish and ridiculous. It didn’t seem realist to me and it made me even more annoyed with her. I lost interest and found myself not wanting to really pick it up. So, I decided to just stop reading it.
Tokyo Ghoul, tome 1 by Sui Ishida
Synopsis: Ken Kaneki lives in an alternate version of Tokyo, Japan where ghouls – monsters that eat human flesh – roam around like any other person. Kaneki who is shy, literature student at the University, barely pays much attention to it since he is too busy creating the courage to ask a girl out on a date. However, after finally doing so he realizes that she is not who she is looks to be. Instead of being a shy and literature obsessed as Kaneki, Rize – the girl he is interested it – is more obsessed with eating him. When he survives her ghoul attacks, he is rushed to the hospital where in an act to save him life, ends up with some of her organs in him. Making him part-human, and part-ghoul. Now, Kaneki must learn to survive the true horrors that plague Tokyo or die of hunger.
Review: I like the concept of this manga series but it just wasn’t for me. I was reading this and just feeling confused. The art style was okay. It was very dark and that is not an art style I prefer. I found the story line to be very repetitive and not explaining anything.
This was a review I did in my 3 Short Reviews post, so if want to read more of my thoughts, you can go there.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Book #3)
Synopsis: After spending a year in the salt mines of Endovier, Celeana – Adarlan’s most notorious assassin – is given a choice at freedom if she wins the trails to become the King’s Champion. However, the chance at freedom become the last of her issues when her fellow contestants start to drop dead in the middle of the night. Now, Celeana must team with the Captain of the Guard and the Crowned Prince to solve the mystery of the murders, and start a whirlwind of problems.
Review: To summarize:
Black Butler Vol. 7 by Yana Toboso
Synopsis: Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his demon-butler Sebastian, handle the worse of the worse as the Queen’s dog. Set in Victorian England, this manga follows every case and event that the young earl and his butler get themselves in, while also seeking revenge for the murder of Ciel’s parents. However, things prove to be more difficult than they look when grim reapers and angels get involved.
Review: This manga is definitely not for everyone. I have watched the anime before I ever picked up the manga, so I knew what I was getting into. Though there are some darker themes, I heavily enjoy the art style and the humor. Plus, the story is very well-developed and explained.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R.Tolkien
Synopsis: Before the Ring, the Baggins in the Shire had little to no issue. However, things have since them changed. On the day of this birthday, Frodo Baggins in suddenly entrusted with the Ring, making him the ring-bearer. Little did Frodo know that dark forces are rising and seeking out the very ring he now holds. Now, Frodo must form a fellowship among the species in Middle-Earth in order to destroy the dark forces rising up, or see the Ring be swallowed by it.
Review: I listened to the audiobook of this and I LOVED IT. The narrator would sing the songs and the voices were are very distinct, mostly coming from one person alone. The only thing I didn’t like was how long it was (it’s a 20 hour audiobook). The traveling was so long, and though I understood why, I felt that it dragged on. Mostly in the beginning of the book, it seemed a lot less interesting but I enjoyed it in the end.
Well, that’s all I read in the month of August. Let me know what you read and if you read any of the ones I did today.