July Reading Wrap Up 2015

Hello humans!

I had a brilliant reading month in July! I read 15 books this month, which is crazy for me! I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in one month in my life, and I’ve been pretty busy too. I enjoyed most of the books I read this month. There were a few disappointments, but it’s all gravy baby!

Here’s what I read this month:

A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger


Sun, sex, and … step-brothers.
Another sizzling story from Hamilton High.

This is the second Kody Keplinger novel I’ve read. The first being The Duff, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is about teenager Whitley who has a drunken one night stand at her graduation party. She then goes to stay with her dad over the summer and meets his new fiancée…and her new stepbrother who just so happens to be the stranger she slept with. Can you say awkward?!

First let me tell you that I am in love with Nathan! He is geeky and lovely and so sweet. There was some great character development in this book, especially with the main character Whitley. Everyone likes character development right? I also loved how supportive the Caulfield family was. There aren’t many supportive families in YA at the moment so it was great to read about one.

I thought the writing was super easy to read and I flew through this book. I enjoyed this so much!

5/5 stars!

I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak


Ed Kennedy is an under age cab driver without much of a future.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes The Messenger.

This is one of Markus Zusak’s lesser known novels about a young man who starts receiving playing cards in the post. On each card there’s a number of missions he must complete.

To be honest…This book let me down. I’d heard only good things about Markus Zusak’s books and this one seems like it would be something I’d enjoy. This was a great concept but it just wasn’t done well. I didn’t like any of the character or care about them at all. I also really disliked the writing style, it seems like a lot of the pages were just filled with lots of nothing.

2/5 stars!

Shut Out – Kody Keplinger


The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

This was the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger and I think it may have been my least favourite. It wasn’t awful, but it was kinda of stupid and cheesy. Shut Out is set in Hamilton High School, where all of Keplinger’s books are set and follows Lissa, a student who is sick of the rivalry between the schools football and soccer team, it’s simply ruining her relationship. She decides to get the other girlfriends of the team members to join her sex strike to end the rivalry. Who will break first, the girls or the boys?

This was pretty cliché and predictable if I’m honest and the plot was a bit stupid and far fetched. Like Keplinger’s other books it was very easy to read and flowed nicely and I did get through it quickly. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I felt that Lissa’s controlling OCD type behaviour wasnt dealt with very well in the book.

3/5 stars!

Cress – Marissa Meyer


The third book from the Lunar Chronicles series! Another great instalment to the book series. I can’t say much about this in case you haven’t read the other two books yet, but wow! So action packed, each chapter was crazy. I really liked how the Rapunzel twist played into the story, I thought that it was really well done.

4.5/5 stars!


I read three books during the Cram-A-Thon readathon. I don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll just leave the basics here, but I’ll leave the link to my wrap up here if you want to check that out.

  • Lying Our Loud – Kody Keplinger


You can find the review I wrote here! Kody Keplinger returned to Hamilton High once again yay!

3.5/5 stars!

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson


A classic I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. It left me rather disappointed.

3/5 stars!

  • Lovesick – Jake Coburn


This was really good, it touched on some tough subjects but was done in a really good way.

4/5 stars!

Stardust – Neil Gaiman


I’m sure everyone had seen the film to this! It’s a very popular Neil Gaiman book so I thought I’d pick it up. This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry.

Honestly, I just didn’t enjoy this. It was written well, but I just found it boring. It felt like nothing happened, but at the same time a lot happened.

2/5 stars.

The Selection – Kiera Cass 


I have a review for The Selection were I tell you what I thought. I enjoyed this a lot and rushed to read the second one.

5/5 stars!

The Elite – Kiera Cass


The second book in the selection series. Again, I rote a review for this, which you can find here. I get a little ranty in the review!

3/5 stars!

The One Kiera Cass


What a final book in a series! You can find my review here, but let me tell you! I really enjoyed this and thought it was a great series final.

4.5/5 stars!

Me, And Earl And The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews


I’m sure everyone know what this is about, as I’m always late for the band wagon (which I don’t really mind if I’m honest). Just in case you didn’t know, this is about Greg Gaines, a teenage boy who has pretty much accomplished the art of being invisible, and he likes it that way. He has one friend, well, “co worker” and he’s happy that way, until his mother forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl recently diagnosed with Leukaemia.

I was expecting a lot from this if I’m honest. I didn’t really find the humour all that funny, and the main character was rather annoying. However, I really did like the way this book was set out, with the lists, and film script and such. I also liked how this was pretty honest about Cancer. It didn’t sugar coat or romanticise it like other books do. It was awkward and honest and a little refreshing.

3/5 stars.

The Heir – Kiera Cass


The fourth book of The Selection series. I wrote an in depth review of this book, which you can find here. I had a few little issues, but over all really liked it.

4/5 stars!

Fairest – Marissa Meyer


Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Who is the fairest of them all?

YES! Yes yes! This is a novella and is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s all about the origin of Queen Levana and is losely based on the Evil Queen in Snow White. This follows Levana as she grows up in her sisters shadow, all the way up until she becomes the Queen of Luna. This is all about how she becomes so evil.

I loved this! I thought it was brilliant. Such a fast read and a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed getting to see Queen Levana grow up, and dare I say, I hate her even more? Great back story!

5/5 stars!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han


This was the last book I read in July and it started off a little slow. This is about young Lara Jean who rights letters to the boys she loves, then seals them up, never to show them to anyone. However, one day, they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

Like I said, it was a little slow to begin with and not much happened at all. I thought that Lara Jean was pretty annoying, and so were her sisters if I’m honest. She seemed to let everyone just walk over her or take her for granted. She was just a very bland character. As I got more into the story, it did get better and I flew through the second half of the book. Sure, Lara Jean was still annoying, but it wasnt so bad. Now I’m excited to pick up the second book!

4/5 stars!

Whew! Now that that’s over!

What did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read this month? Let me know below!


Cram-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hello! How was your weekend? I hope it was wonderful.

So this weekend I participated in the Cram-A-Thon Readathon hosted by Whitney over at WhittyNovels on YouTube.

You can find my overly ambitions Cram-A-Thon TBR here. I had to work on Friday and Saturday so didn’t finish my TBR, but read way more than I thought!

These are the challenges that were set, and I completed none of them…oops.

  • A children’s book
  • A hardback nook
  • Read two books in 24 hours
  • A graphic novel
  • 5 books over the duration of the readathon
  • A book written in verse
  • A novella

Here’s what I read:

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger


I was on page 150 when the readathon started and I finished this on the first day. I gave this a 3.5/5 stars and you can find my review for it here.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson


Before the readathon started I was on page 31. I listened to this on audiobook and read along on my kindle. This is a classic I’ve heard so much about and really wanted to read. This is about Dr Jekyll who develops a potion that unleashes his inner persona Mr Hyde.

I really didn’t enjoy the audiobook, the reader was too slow but the over all book was good. I thought it was written very well but wasnt very hard to read.

I gave this a 3/5 stars!

Love Sick – Jake Coburn


This is about Ted York, a 17 year old who once had it all going for him. Until he wrapped his car around a tree while drink driving. He loses all chances of a scholarship to a great school and must acknowledge that he has a drinking problem. He then gets the offer of his life. He gets his college tuition paid for, and in return, he must watch over a teenage bulimic girl.

This was written really well, and I thought it felt really real while reading it. It confused me a little at the beginning I got through that bit. I really enjoyed the email and chat room sections in this.

4/5 stars!

Stardust – Neil Gaiman


I’m sure everyone had seen the film to! This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry. I only got to page 93 during the Cram-A-Thon but Im really enjoying it and I’m going to carry on reading this.

So that’s everything I read during the Cram-A-Thon Readathon! What did you read? I’m rather proud of what I read, as I’m not a very fast reader. How did you do?

Happy Monday!

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger REVIEW


3.5 Stars

This is the forth book in Kody Keplinger’s Hamilton High companion series. Just like the others I flew through it and found it very easy to read. It’s enjoyable and a great summer read.

This book follows Sonny, a student at Hamilton High who lies a lot. I mean a lot, she lies to get out of trouble and a lot of the time her lies get her into trouble.

I wasnt a big fan of any of the main characters in this one and didn’t really care about them. That being said, I still enjoyed it. I also loved the little cameos that some of Keplingers other characters from different books made through this novel.

Overall a great fast read!