Wrap Ups & My August TBR (caitsbooks.com)

July Favorites, Reading Rush Wrap Up, + My August TBR!

I think I finally did it. I think I beat my reading slump.

It only took me… five months. But I did it!!!

July was a surprisingly good month for me. At this point, I had given up all hope and thought that I would never regain the motivation to read like I had, but then came The Reading Rush.

Readathons scare me. A lot. So I had never done one before. I never liked the idea of pushing myself to read as much as possible, because I thought it would inevitably cause me to burn myself out.

Looks like I was wrong.

Read more to see how I did in The Reading Rush, plus a list of my favorite July reads, and my August TBR!

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June Favorites & July 2019 TBR – Summer Reading!

So… June wasn’t great for me. I thought I was defeating my reading slump, but oh boy was I wrong. June definitely beat me. I did not win this month. That said, I have hope for July. Not much hope, but still.

But enough about slumps and how I failed. Let’s keep it positive and talk about what I loved in June, and my July TBR!

Read on to find out what I’ve read and loved, and what I hope to read next!

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Currently Reading: The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. On caitsbooks.com

Currently Reading: The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Fun, but Long

It’s been a month since I last mentioned my reading slump… and yeah it’s still here. It seems to only be getting worse, which is making me wonder- at what point is it no longer a slump and instead just your life? I don’t know. These are questions I don’t want answered. Let me live in denial and think that this will one day end.

Despite my awful slump, I have been reading! I’ve currently been working on my ARC of The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m halfway through (about 320 pages in) so I thought I would spend some time today discussing my thoughts so far!

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Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Bringing Paranormal Back (Review)

Sorry this review is a little later than I had hoped. I had some family stuff happen (don’t worry- all super good things!) and I got very very distracted. That said, while I’m still a bit distracted, I can’t let anything get in the way of me talking about Jennifer L. Armentrout books, so let’s get started!

Release Date: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Page Count: 512 Pages

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Storm and Fury is a fun spin-off, and while nothing can compare to the original series, it definitely holds its own as a great read.

“I’m guessing the sky is full of stars?”
“It is, but the only ones that matter are the ones you see.”

Read more for all of my thoughts on this book!

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The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Cliche but Addictive (3 Mini Reviews)

So, this series is a little old by YA standards (I feel like after a couple of years, the majority of books are just forgotten in this community… but that’s a discussion for another post), but it’s getting the comeback it deserves with the release of Storm and Fury!!!

Anyway, before I go into my review- I need to admit my bias here. This is one of my all-time favorites from High School. That said- if I started it now, with no built-in biases, I probably would not be so kind. My standards have changed a bit, but this book series is still too special to me to not adore.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Jennifer L. Armentrout writes 1 type of book: the swoon-worthy, light-hearted, banter-filled romances that you can’t put down even if you know exactly what’s coming. If that’s what you’re looking for- you’ll find it in The Dark Elements Series.

“People with the purest souls are capable of the greatest evils.”

Read more for my thoughts on this series!

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My October 2018 Wrap Up!

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15 books! I read 15 books in October and it was amazing. Now, 8 of them were rereads, but I’m counting them on my list because it’s been over a year since I’ve read any of them (for some, its been several years) and it wasn’t a quick reread. Each one took over a day to finish. I don’t usually count rereads because I read them in a couple of hours, but these I feel obligated to include.

Read on for more details. Don’t worry, I’ll keep the details brief since there are quite a few books to get through (also I’m tired).

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Review: The Darkest Star (ARC) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Darkest Star is a really fun, enjoyable read. It does have some issues, but I couldn’t help but love this book.

“Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”

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