Hi everyone, today I’m here with my August 2020 Wrap Up! So I had been doing pretty well with these wrap ups, pretty much sticking to them month to month. Sadly I kinda struggled with this month’s.
Sometimes I prefer having a set list to stick to but I’ve felt very much like a mood reader this month AND I got approved for an arc of one of my highly anticipated reads of the year so everything went right out of the window for that!
My first read of the month was this diverse LGBTQIAP+ take on the fairytale of Cinderella. I have already posted a full spoiler free review if you fancy hearing more of my thoughts on that, but I really did enjoy this. This book was a fierce and feminist retelling, where the heroine doesn’t want to be nor does she need to be rescued by a prince!
SCREAMS! I am honestly so excited and beyond grateful to have been granted an early copy of this book via Netgalley from Titan. Like honestly, I have been counting down the days until I could read this and now I HAVE! I will be writing a whoooole review for this closer to publication, but oh my… this book was everything. I devoured it in a matter of days, and it would have been even quicker if it wasn’t for work *boooo*.
I am convinced that V is magic, because this is honestly a work of art and I don’t know what else I can say about this for now except PRE ORDER THIS BOOK I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE IT!
I had been really looking forward to this book and discovering more fiction with asexual and aromantic rep but I have mixed views about this one. I cannot speak for all the representation in this book, but I can appreciate that there were damaging stereotypes used and that the ace rep could have been explored more deeply to show that it is a spectrum, and not necessarily either you are ace or you aren’t.
However, I did enjoy Alice’s writing style and enjoyed the whole UK university setting too. I’ve linked my friend’s reviews here, one from Ellie and one from Blue, whose thoughts I was interested in too!
With the release of The Mask Falling getting closer each month, I decided it was about time I re-read The Bone Season series. I mean, it was something I set out to do at the start of the year so August was probably a little later than planned but never late than never!
I hadn’t read The Pale Dreamer before as it was published after my initial read of the books, so it was exciting to read something new in the series. A prequel novella set before the events of The Bone Season, in this story we read about Paige and how she became the Pale Dreamer and part of The Seven Seals.
The Bone Season was one of the first fantasy series I devoured when I really became part of the online book community, and Samantha’s events at Waterstones were some of the first I ever attended. Over the years I have actually met her many times through other various events and signings (and have made myself look daft more times than I can count). I even interviewed her too which you can read here if you like.
This series holds a lot of amazing memories for me and it was so good to be back in this world. I can’t wait to carry on with The Mime Order next month!
I received a copy of this book from the publishers as I participated in the Kaleidoscopic Tours Bookstagram tour earlier this week, but as a huge fan of Paige’s, whose books I buy and read every Summer, I would have definitely been buying this anyway!
This was the perfect Summer contemporary read, full of heart and a slow burn romance. It also dealt with much deeper subjects too, so check out my review for all my thoughts and content warnings.
And there we have my August 2020 wrap up! Even though I felt like I’d had a bit of a wobby month, looking back I have read a decent number of books and there were some really fab ratings too.
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