June Book Roundup.

I had a pretty successful reading month in June, and I managed to finish my TAFE cert IV too! I’m pretty excited, but I still have to wait for them to email me my certificate. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!

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Read:

Powerless – Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs. Easy. ★★★☆☆.5

I borrowed this from my local library, which was also incentive to read it quickly. I did like it, but it wasn’t as ground breaking as I had hoped it would be. Very little surprised me, and the characters were really typical of teen novels (and I’ve read a few, so I’d know). There were times when I felt like the authors were trying to be really innovative, but they just kept falling short of the mark.

On the other hand, the writing was good, consistent, and easy to get through. The character were fairly likeable, even if I didn’t really feel any attachment to them. I did want to know what happened next.

“I might not have superpowers, but I know how to knee a guy in the nuts.”

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Relentless – Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs. Easy. ★★★☆☆

This is the sequel to “Powerless”, which I ended up buying as an ebook. It was good, but it could have been better. It wasn’t anywhere near as action-filled as I had hoped, and the climax was actually rather disappointing. And then it just ended; in the middle of a scene, it just ended.

“The guy is huge. And looks like he eats mountains for breakfast. Which, according to the reports, he does.”

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Seeking Mansfield – Kate Watson. Easy. ★★★☆☆

I’m a sucker for modern adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. This one was alright, but a lot more of a retelling of “Mansfield Park“, than an adaptation. It didn’t feel super realistic, to be honest. Although the writing was pretty good.

“Oliver loved her. The thought hadn’t spurred her to action. It hadn’t transformed her pain into joy or miraculously healed her heart. It had simply softened the blow.”

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The Trouble With Flirting – Claire LaZebnik. Easy. ★★★★☆

I had to go and reread this after reading “Seeking Mansfield”, because I really enjoyed this adaptation. It actually adapts the story and the characters to a modern setting, and I think it works tremendously.

Franny can be a tad annoying, but I do like her. And I love her with Harry. All of the characters are complex and realistic. The story is effortlessly funny, sad and dramatic.

“I just called you corny and said you were wearing a green dress. That’s, like, the least flirtatious thing anyone’s ever said.”

“I’m willing to believe it’s the least flirtatious thing you’ve ever said.”

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Something Real – Heather Demetrios. Easy. ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this story! It was so realistic, and the characters truly came across as real live people. It’s pacing was spot on. I like how Bonnie/Chloe’s problems (her suicide attempt, her anxiety and panic attacks, her anger) were talked about and portrayed.

The writing was great, as was the romance (*heart eyes* Patrick Sheldon), and Chloe’s relationship with her brother, Benton. Although it also reminded me how much I HATE reality TV.

“The past is the past. You tried to kill yourself. So what? I humped a couch in season twelve. We all have our skeletons.”

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The Poison Garden – Sarah Singleton. Easy. ★★★☆☆.5

This was our BOTM for “The Book Corner” in June. This was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what to expect, and is ended up being pretty good. It had some truly wonderful ideas, which, largely, were pulled off. Hear the rest of my thoughts in our review, here.

“Magic? No, I wouldn’t call it magic. It is science, Thomas. The science of plants.”

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Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly. Medium. ★★★★☆

I bought this after watching and loving the movie. It was such an interesting book!

My only misgiving was how much it jumped around chronologically; it was sometimes a bit hard to follow. But at the same time, I can’t think of another way to cover all of that information, and keep it interesting. And there was a LOT of information. All of it was interesting and important.

I honestly can’t recommend this highly enough!

“Humans pined to go into space because of their longing to know what lay beyond the confines of their own small world.”

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Eark’s Ransom – John Flanagan. Easy. ★★★★★

I wanted to listen to an audiobook, and I’ve been wanting to reread this for a while, so here we are. I do so love the “Ranger’s Apprentice” series, and I do so love this book.

It’s got great humour, great action, and a number of really heartfelt moments. And the experiences, especially Will in the desert, just feel so damn visceral.

I also really enjoyed William Zappa as the voice actor. He’s easy to listen to, and does different voices for all the characters.

“If you do mess things up, don’t try to hide it. Don’t try to rationalise it. Recognise it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.”

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Currently Reading:

Begin, End, BeginBegin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Danielle Binks.

This compilation is good so far, but it’s sort of just sitting there mostly unread.

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What is your favourite book of 2017 so far?

– Gabi