Reading Lately: June 2017 – Edition Part 2

Hi friends! Welcome to the new Reading Lately? What’s new? The timing! We will be around the first Friday of every month. Be sure to join Cat (Catherine Chicotka) and I for the linkup below and add more books to your to-read list!

June was a good month of reading for me. You can see my first 3 book reviews here. Since then, I’ve finished 5 (!!) books. Granted, I finished the last one on Thursday evening, but that is besides the point.

Reading Lately - June 2017 Edition Part 2: book reviews of House of Silence by Sarah Barthel; King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard; The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson; Imprudence by Gail Carriger; Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

House of Silence by Sarah Barthel: This was an interesting book. Told from the perspective of a girl marrying for advantage in 1875, she finds out her fiancé is not who he seems. When Isabelle tries to call of the wedding, her mother (and everyone) refuses to believe what she saw. When she realizes that she will be forced to marry him, she comes up with the scheme to be mute and be placed in a sanitarium for women in the hopes of ruining her reputation enough that Gregory will no longer want her. At the sanitarium, Isabelle befriends Mary Lincoln (yes, Abe Lincoln’s wife). As time goes one, the external world pushes into the her life at the sanitarium and Isabelle realizes she has to “reclaim” her voice for the truth to truly come out. I found it fascinating to see that side of the world at the time, with how not only women were treated, but also the mentally ill. The “truth will come out” arc is a little overdone and slightly fantastical but not bad. Where this book shines is the relationships between the characters. Read this if you enjoy historical fiction and well written relationships.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard: This is the third book in the series and it continues right after book two. I was hoping that it would be back to the glory of book one, but it doesn’t (you can read my reviews of book one and two here). I found the characters (who have been the same throughout) to be annoying and obnoxious. I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t care about the characters anymore. And that, is a big demise for me. There are supposed to be more books and I don’t plan on picking them up.
3 out of 5 stars

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison: I read this based on a recommendation from Shaunacey from Simply Shaunacey for The Blended Blog book club. While I’m not adverse to picking up a thriller, it definitely isn’t usually my first choice. This is a story of young women who are kidnapped, tattooed as butterflies and placed in the Gardener’s (their captor) garden for his enjoyment. What makes this book stand out is the storytelling. It is told from the perspective of one of the butterflies as she explains to the FBI what all happened in the Garden. The way it flows between present day and the flashback is perfect. It drew me in and I couldn’t stop. Until I got to the end. And the entire book crashed down. I won’t give anything away, but it is just so ridiculous. This was easily a 4 star book until about the last 10 pages. It dropped quickly after that.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Imprudence by Gail Carriger: Gail Carriger is one of my favorite authors. This series is a spinoff from The Parasol Protectorate and it is ridiculously fluffy and fun. I came into this book knowing it wasn’t for deep thinking so it was perfect. The characters are hilarious, the food and clothing descriptions are over the top and the plot is slightly thin. But it is fun and I loved it for what it was.
3.5 out of 5 stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: This book was on my Summer Reading List. Impressively, it lived up to all the expectations. Humanity has expanded to the stars and mechs (highly advanced machines) are everywhere. But one of the colony planets doesn’t want to become the next Earth in terms of tearing the world apart for resources. So Genesis has gone to war with Earth for independence. Noemi is willing to give her life for her planet but when a chance falls into her lap that could save her and give her planet a chance to recoup from the war, she takes it even if it means working with one of the most advanced mechs ever created, Abel. From there, the two journey throughout the Loop (the colonized planets) to gather what they need for the scheme to work. During the time, both grow and change in ways that surprises them both. There are also some great secondary characters that I would love to read more about. This books is about morality, relationships, and character growth. Very good and would recommend even if you are not a big sci-fi fan.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

What have you been reading lately?

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  • Alissa Carpenter

    I needed some new summer books-totally checking these out!

  • I am always looking for books to add to my summer reading list! Defy the Stars and House of Silence both sound like books that I would enjoy!

  • That sucks that the ending of the butterfly garden was ridiculous… I hate when books do that

  • Wow you’re on a roll with reading! Next up for me is The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m hooked on the Hulu show!

  • These all look great! I love diving into a new book.

  • I loved Victoria Aveyard’s series! I definitely get what you mean by the characters getting a bit annoying though – they def are a bit whiny this past book. But I still liked it!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    I love reading these kind of posts because I always leave with so many new book suggestions! Currently, I’m just starting The Beguiled (since it’s going to be a movie!)-hope it’s good!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  • I just added a bunch of these to my to-be-read list!! 🙂

  • Cat

    Oooh House of Silence sounds so interesting! Looks like you had some good reads this month! Definitely adding these to my list. And I have to know what happened at the end of The Butterfly Garden that’s so ridiculous!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sounds like you had a great reading month; that’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    -lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • I agree about Red Queen being the best and the series going down from there. I am curious so I will probably pick up the next book, but I really don’t think it will be good (so I probably shouldn’t pick it up, but whatever). Bummer about The Butterfly Garden, I really liked it. I adored the Parasol Protectorate, I have the other series on my list.

    • I’m still undecided on the next book of the Red Queen. If I do, it will be from the library. Have you read the Finishing School series? That’s a fun one too!

      • i haven’t! it’s next on my list though, before the custard protocol.

  • So many books to read, so little time!