June reading wrap up! ☀️⛱ This month flew by…maybe it’s because I was deep in YA fantasy book series? I love the feedback you’ve given me about wanting to see more book content. So, I thought I’d show you a roundup of what I’ve read throughout June! If you’d like a mini book review where I’m going more in-depth on each book’s rating, let me know in the comments and I can film an IGTV and/or write individual book reviews.
June was an exceptionally good reading month for me. I haven’t read this many books in one month since I was a child. I had downtime with work, so I was able to read on average a book per week. Being in a book club has also motivated me to read more, which is fantastic! If you’re looking for summer motivation to dive into a new story, join my free book club–click here for the information. Follow me on Good Reads for live reading updates. Something about the summer months screams YA fantasy novels, which is what I exclusively read throughout June. Below are the titles I selected and the series I made my way through.
Summer Reading Update: June Reads
I’ve included the rating of each book. I am using the 5 -star rating, which is the same structure as my movie/tv show ranking (click here to view). Since we’re referring to a book instead of tv/movies, I’m replacing the clapper with stars.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 of 3 in the Grishaverse Trilogy
“Soldier. Summoner. Saint.
Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite―and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.”
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Book 2 of 3 in the Grishaverse trilogy
“Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Book 3 of 3 in the Grishaverse Trilogy
“The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction – and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.”
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Book 1 of 4 in the ACOTAR series
“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
At least, he’s not a beast all the time.
As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin―and his world―forever.
From bestselling author, Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive, breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.”
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