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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.
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
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
What have you been reading lately?