Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2019

Well hello there!! I hope you are having an amazing Thursday! Today, I’m going to share my Monthly Wrap-Up for June 2019

June was just okay. I caught up on reviews from May, read only 4 books, and did a few tags. I am also two books behind schedule for my Goodreads goal. I didn’t take any hiatuses which is great! But I didn’t do a discussion post which is bad. Let’s take a look at my just-ok month.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

Only 4 books this month which is incredibly disappointing. Hopefully I might do better this month. Click on the titles to visit my reviews.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An amazing fantasy with remarkable and awesome characters. (I have not reviewed this even though I should have like three weeks ago?? I’ll be getting to it next week Monday though!)

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A twisted and surprising thriller, with an unusual narrator.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An intriguing historical fiction story with an amazing main character. (No Review)

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An amazing Arabia inspired fantasy with phenomenal characters.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 4


Because I did two other reviews and I didn’t do a Monthly Wrap-Up for May, I’m going to add the two books I read in May and the links to their reviews.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A slow coming of age story with an interesting murder mystery.

The Wicked King by Holly Black // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A surprising political fantasy with great characters.

Tags:

I did only three tags this month.

Who Am I? Book Tag  (Thank you so much Xandra!)

The Liebster Award #2 (Thank you so much Meeghan!)

The Pancake Book Tag (Thank you so much Kat!)

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

Stealing Blog Content Is Not Flattery (Or Legal) by Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2019 edition) by Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Discussions & Rambles // What makes a novel “Young Adult”? by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

A DELICIOUS STORY OF LOVE AND LOSS // A REVIEW OF NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE by Kat @ Novels and Waffles

Anything Else?

I didn’t write a discussion post this month even though I said in May that I was going to come out of my shell and try. So maybe, hopefully, I’ll try to write one this month. I’ve also joined an indie author review site called Reedsy Discovery. So you’ll be seeing some books from there soon.

I also reached 1,000 likes!! Thank you guys so much 💚

And I think that’s all I have to say…??

That’s A Wrap!

In the end, I read only 4 books, did 4 reviews, 3 tags, and 0 discussion posts. All the 4 books I read this month were either 4 or 5 stars books which is awesome! I kind of didn’t meet any of my goals for June that I set in May which were to read more, do interesting/discussion posts, or discover new blogs, which is sad.

For July, I’m going to try and aim for more reading (at least 6 books), and better blog content (not the same old boring routine lol). Hopefully, I will do a lot better this month and actually focus and pass my goals.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! Do you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see me do? Any discussion ideas you want me to talk about? Please share them in the comments below!! I’d really appreciate it 💚

How was June for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Any interesting posts that you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #23

Welcome back amigos! I hope you are having an amazing day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finally finished We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal last week and reviewed it this past Monday. The characters were amazing, and the plot was okay. You can read my review here.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I received a copy of The Bridge of Little Jeremy by Indrajit Garai for review, and I started it yesterday. I’m excited to read Mr. Garai’s new novel.

I also just started Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer. Hopefully I’ll like both books!

What I Plan To Read Next:

Um, right now I don’t know. I’ve got two books that I’m reading right now and I don’t have anything lined up next.

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – Review

Hello everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend. Today I’m going to review We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. The plot was predictable and the story was slow, however, the characters were hilarious and amazing. I was a bit disappointed because the plot wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be.

Book: We Hunt the Flame

Author: Hafsah Faizal

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.


Quote: “Be as victorious as the name I have given you, and bring the desert to its knees.” 

*Nasir and Altair. Words can not begin to describe how amazing both of these guys are. Altair Al-Badawi is annoying, talkative, obnoxious, and a serious pain. Yet I still enjoyed his jokes and endless talking. Nasir Ghameq, the notorious Amir Al-Maut (Prince of Death), was gloomy, very dark, and such a poor boy who’d been wronged too many times in his young life. I just wanted to hug him and tell him that he didn’t have to carry so much pain in his heart. I absolutely loved him. He and Altair were such great platonic friends and made me feel amazing.

*Zafira. She was okay. I didn’t love her, just found her likable. Her strong bond with her best friend and sister of her heart Yasmine was amazing. I also loved how she fed her people in return for nothing, and her decision to fight the sexist views of the Demenhur caliph. She was definitely a strong heroine. Her romance with Nasir was perfect.

*Kifah, Benyamin, and Deen. They were all great side characters. Kifah was strong, ferocious, and not someone to mess with. Benyamin was quietly wise, and the way he treated the rest of the characters like a tired mother was sweet and hilarious. Deen’s love for Zafira and his loyalty was very heartwarming.

*Arabian Rep. The representation was great. There were a lot of Arabic words sprinkled across the story which I really liked. The setting of the story also had the feel of Arabia to it, and I loved reading about the food, and experiencing part of the culture through a wedding.

*Writing. I loved the writing so much. It was super eloquent, and it made me smile reading the Arabic words that were used to emphasize or curse (there was a Glossary and Pronunciation Guide linked). The descriptions were beautiful and it added so much depth and beauty to the story.


Quote: “Promise me,” Yasmine said softly, “that if you die, you will die fighting to return to me.” 

*Plot. I wasn’t really invested in the plot, and it was also pretty slow. The story was also rather predictable and the twists didn’t ‘wow’ me. Not much happened until the last third or fourth of the book. However, I loved the characters and the slow-burn relationships.


Quote: “Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.”

In the end, I really liked this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it. The characters were amazing and in my opinion the strongest point of the story, though the plot was predictable. I loved the Arabia aspect and the Arabic words and culture helped enhance the story.

One sentence summary: An amazing Arabia inspired fantasy with phenomenal characters.

Overall, 4 stars!

★★★★☆

Have you read We Hunt the Flame? What did you think? Do you prefer a great plot or awesome characters? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #21

Hey friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

I actually have not finished any books since last week. It’s been a busy week and I haven’t made much progress on the book I’m reading, We Hunt the Flame. I also reviewed The Wicked King on Monday (find my review here).

That’s it for this Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll have finished WHtF by next Wednesday. What are you reading? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

WWW Wednesday #20

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finished Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in one day after pushing myself to just get through it. It was pretty slow, but I got through and still enjoyed it. I reviewed it here.

The Wicked King by Holly Black. This was so. much. more. enjoyable than The Cruel Prince. I felt much more connected to Jude. I also loved her relationship with Cardan. Review to come.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is probably my favorite book so far of 2019. The plot wasn’t anything major, but the characters were awesome. I loved Kaz, and Inej, and Jesper, and Wylan, Nina and Matthias not as much, but still the crew was amazing. Review to come.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I finished this last week, and though at first I didn’t like The Husband’s POV, I still overall enjoyed the story. The plot, however, was pretty similar to another book I’ve read (I’m not going to spoil it!). Review to come.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m 17% into We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and so far so good. I feel though that it is a bit cliché and I think I can guess some of the plot twists already, so hopefully it will surprise me.

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next up is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve heard a lot about this so I’m super excited to read it!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any books by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)