June Monthly Wrap-Up: A New Reading Record

Welcome to my first monthly wrap up ever!

I can’t believe I haven’t done this before but I’m motivated to do it now because I set a new reading record this month!

I’ve read a total of 6 books and although it might seem small compared to others, it is a challenge for me since I only get to read at lunch and before going to bed on weekdays. I’m waaay behind my reading challenge this year. I only started reading again at the end of April so I read like crazy to catch up.


Their Fractured Light Review: A Tale on What it Means to Live

After finishing this series, I realized one thing. Although the story is connected and each character is different, I can’t help but play favorites. Tarver and Lilac of These Broken Stars still hold the number one place in my heart but Gideon and Sofia come at a close second.

Although Gideon and Sofia are both interesting characters, I found myself enjoying Gideon’s POV more. I loved his quick wit, his confidence, and even his cocky side. If anyone asks me who is the most charming character I’ve ever read, the answer would be him.

Playing Her Secret Crush Review: Why a Dual POV was Both Good and Bad

“It wasn’t a matter of finding someone who picked her first. She had to put herself first.”

Katie feels that she has always been picked last in everything — from boys to school, and even by her father. That was until she decided that things had to change.

When I read the blurb, I was interested. There are many books with the best friend trope (I even read one before this) but what made this different from the others is that we knew how the guy felt. I was up for it.

Review: Love, Life, and the List

It is now summer which means I am totally in the mood for contemporary romance. And the author that first comes to mind when I need one is Kasie West and she did not disappoint.

When I started this book, I thought I wouldn’t like it. It took me a few chapters and the start of the actual list to get into it. But the book just got better and here are the reasons why.

Review: Select Few (Select #2)

I loved the first book, Select, and when I found out that there will be a second book, I couldn’t wait.

All throughout the book, I debated on whether I should give this four or five stars. Don’t get me wrong. It was well-written and very engaging. But the problem is in majority of the book, I was mad. I was so pissed at the characters, especially at Angus and Julia. I honestly wanted to run Angus over with a car. The only person who hasn’t gotten on my bad side is John. He doesn’t deserve to suffer and I just wanted to protect him and let him be happy.

Review: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

Wow, that is how you end a series. I saw how it would end because clearly, there is no other way. What I was not prepared for are the events that led up to it.

If you haven’t read this series yet, YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD. I heard about this years ago when dystopian was all the rage in the YA community but I did not give it a second glance. I thought it will be like all the others and will not offer anything more. But I was wrong. It was beyond amazing. 

Review: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2)

If I thought the first book was good, this one was even better. I couldn’t put it down. Every chapter made me want to tear through the next.

What I loved most about this book is how it was able to make me feel all sorts of emotions — from heartbreak to anger, from happiness to despair. I think what really makes a book special is not the story itself but the characters who leave a lasting impression on you. Aria, Perry, and even Roar are the kind of characters that make you care about them you almost forget they were fictional. Honestly, this book made me feel stressed but in a good way. I was so invested in the story and I was really worried about what might happen.

Review: Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1)

This started off intense and I was hooked from the very beginning. It was a book I did not want to put down. I’ve known about this book for a while and I regret not starting this series sooner.

As with many other dystopian novels, the story started out at a time in the future when Earth isn’t in very good condition. However, this book still felt new to me. Maybe it’s because of the contrasting concepts: modern and primitive. Aether storms are forcing people to live in pods for safety but for the price of experiencing everything virtually. But there were some who weren’t lucky and were forced to survive outside.