June, my birthday month was a really successful reading month, I was drowning in graphic novels and e-arcs provided by the publishers and NetGalley, and I’ve read some of my most anticipated books! I read 18 books altogether which is pretty good compared to me haha! There was a lot of 5 stars read this month, a DNF, and some audio book.
1. Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee ⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5
This was a really wholesome graphic novel about growing up! Lora’s friends are growing up, but she still wants to have fun, and stay a kid. One day she was playing and made a seance tea party and accidentally summoned a ghost girl who becomes her best friend.
2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ⭐⭐⭐⭐4.5/5
This is an adult thriller that follows a psychotherapist who is working on a special case in a psychiatric ward. His patient is Alicia who recently murdered her husband for no reason and hasn’t spoken since. This book was a big surprise for me, I did not expect it to love it so much! I listened to the audio book, the narrators were very good. I liked how the characters “inside voices” and monologues changed after the plot twists as we could see their real self and evil side come forward. This was genius, I’m looking forward to read the author’s other books! And about the cover, I think its such a clever idea!! After reading it, it made more sense!
3. Heartstopper Volume 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5
I loved this even more than the first volume. Nick and Charlie are so cute!!
4. Heartstopper Volume 3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
In this volume Nick and Charlie are going to Paris on a school trip, and they are ready to tell their friends that they are together. Can’t wait to read the fourth volume!
5. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3.8/5
Our protagonist, Rowan stumbles upon a live-in nanny job opportunity in Scotland. Past nannies left the house only after a few months that is filled with secrets and seems haunted but she needs the money so she accepts the job. I listened to the audio book, and I loved the narrator, she did a great job. But it ended up different as I expected and anticipated… which is a good and a bad thing. So I really liked how it started, it had a very gothic, mysterious, thriller vibes… There was ghosts, there was murder, the usual stuff. It was a really slow burn story, and everything turned out in the last one hour of the audiobook. I would not really mind it, I enjoyed the whole book and because of the plot twist was hitting harder this way, but also, I was waiting for something else. I felt like the genre from thriller, it changed to horror back and forth, it felt a bit weird and it was confusing, I felt like there’s some unanswered questions in the air. But overall, it was an enjoyable story.
6. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5
This was one of my most anticipated books this year and this turned out to be one of the best YA book I’ve ever read! I can’t believe its the author’s debut novel, its sooooo good! It was so exciting and interesting, its so well thought out, the magic system is amazing, the whole world is so, so detailed, I can’t believe how much effort, energy and time went into this book! It did not had boring parts, it was always something happening, romance or betray or adventure, the book just suck you into this magical world. I loved the characters, the magic system, the world building.
Tarisai spent grew up isolated in a mansion, surrounded by servants and desperately wanting the love of “The Lady” who is her mother but she barely sees her. Her mother entrust her with a quest that she have to kill the prince. Once Tarisai is old enough, The Lady sent her to the capital of the Aritsar empire to compete with other children to become one of the 11 protectors of the prince, earn his trust and kill him. Each of the protector has a unique gift and have absolute loyalty to their ruler. Once a ruler has his council, the emperor is immune to all forms of death except old age, so the quest is not easy, and Tarisai is fighting within herself against her mother’s will. I cant wait to read the second book, Redemptor!
7. Felix ever After by Kacen Callender ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
We follow Felix who is a transgender teen, and not only struggling in school with bullies but also with his identity and self-discovery, while falling in love for the first time ever. This was a cute audio book to listen to, I loved and felt for the characters, it was heartbreaking to see the struggles of Felix and I was so happy when something turned out great for him, and when he find himself. The book made me understand a little bit better of the world of a transgender boy, its so interesting what the mind and body goes through of a transition.
8. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
This is my new favorite romance novel!! I had such high hopes for it, and I adored this book, I had so much fun reading it. The story follows Tiffy and Leon. Both have agreed on an unusual arrangement and are sharing not only a flat, but a bed together, and they never met before. Tiffy has the apartment to herself in the evenings, and when she’s off to work, Leon comes home from the night shift. They are communicating on post its and little notes that they leave around the flat and the thing slowly gets romantic. If you want a cute, addictive and lighthearted read but with some serious topics that doesn’t take over in the book, this is for you. I loved how the relationships turned out, I loved the character developments, how they learned from their mistakes and how they grew together. The whole story, its just warmed my heart. I was sucked in from the first page and could not put it down. I look forward to Beth O’Leary’s other books, as this was the first one i have read, and i really love her writing!
9. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey ⭐⭐⭐ 3.5/5
Evelyn Caldwell is a scientist of cloning technology. Turns out her husband, Nathan doesn’t love her anymore, he feels like something is missing, so he’s cloning her and names the clone Martine. The cheater husband ends up dead, so Evelyn and Martine are forced to team up to fix the problem he got them all in. This was a very interesting, raw and freaky read! It’s a mix between sci-fi and thriller, I did not read anything like it before, I enjoyed the audio book, just some parts were dragging for me a bit, but it worth a read.
10. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐ 2.5/5
Nancy disappeared under mysterious circumstances and now shes back. Her experience changed her. Shes under Miss West’s care with other children like her, who tumbled on a magical land before and returned. They are seeking a way back to their fantasy world, but then a murder mystery happens and nobody is safe anymore. This was a meh from me, I expected more from this book because of the hype, it was not bad, but it was not for me.
11. The Guest List by Lucey Folley ⭐⭐ 1.5/5
This all takes place during a wedding on an island in Ireland. They found a dead body. This is a typical “who did it” mystery. Unfortunately I had to DNF it. I very rarely give less than 2 stars for a book… but this was torture for me. I listened to the audiobook, it started interesting, but from there it went downhill…the characters were all over the place, all of them were negative, jumping from one to another, it was hard to follow, they were annoying, there was not one likeable one, and I didn’t care about the story. I had to DNF it around 35%. I prefer to spend my time with a book that I enjoy (I have around 330 book on my TBR list, ain’t nobody got time for a bad bbok! :D). So this was a disappointment, and honestly don’t get the hype around it.
12. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐ 2.5/5
I am disappointed, because I have to realize that these kind of YA books are always very similar, if not the same. The girl who’s different than other girls, the story in a fae world, with hate to love romance. It’s just gets boring for me. Jude who is a human girl and Prince Cardan who is fey hated each other, barely had any conversation in the book, then suddenly realized they are in love…?? I don’t understand the hype. I started on ebook but finished in audio on 1.75x speed. Couldn’t wait to finish it. Won’t continue with the series.
13. Isola by Brenden Fletcher ⭐⭐⭐ 2.8/5
Honestly, I am in love with the artwork, it is gorgeous, but the story didn’t make any sense to me. It was confusing, jumping perspectives/past and present without any closure or warning. It is mostly pictures, they had only very few conversations, so it was even more difficult to follow the story… Since their language is a bit different, sometimes it was not clear what they are talking about, so I was just guessing what it meant. Where the story goes and what is the plot is a real mystery, it’s not clear at all, and i guess we would figure out more in the next chapters. But if I’m correct, we follow Olwyn, the Queen of Maar, who has been transformed into a tiger and she is travelling to Isola, the island of the dead, protected by the Captain of her guard, Rook. She can’t really communicate with her Queen so she gets frustrated while bad people try to hunt them down. So the art is heart wrenching and beautiful yes, however, it doesn’t make up for the confusing story. When I buy any type of book, I expect to have some idea about the story, to be clear, at least at the end of the first book what it’s about, then I can continue with the series if I like it. It is the author’s job to explain at least a little bit about what’s happening… I’m disappointed, because I really wanted to love this graphic novel, I adore the illustrations, but with this confusing story I won’t continue the series.
From here it starts the sea of e-arc graphic novels from NetGalley, I read a lot this month, I had a lot of fun with them!
14. Forever by Assia Petricelli ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
This is about Viola who explores love in the summer. This graphic novel has so many important messages and discussing important topics about gender, abusive relationship, grief, self love, that it felt too much a little. I little bit of this, a little bit of that, just to mention it randomly…it got a little crowded, taken away the attention from the main plot. I had nostalgia reading it, and so many memories came to surface, because so many of things in this book happened to me and people around me, good and bad, its heartbreaking to see that back then, nobody realized that people should not behave like this. It was the “normal” back then. And it makes me happy, that these bad behaviors are not accepted anymore, the world is changing to the good direction, and people realize that they should not just accept when their boyfriend hitting them, they should not accept the gender roles when they feel that they are different but forced to behave in a certain way, they should not keep quiet when older dudes check out under aged girls, or that they force themselves on young girls when they say no, or when your girl friend says “its okay, its normal, this means he loves me” to abusive behavior. But that its still happens today, it makes me angry and heartbroken, but at least we learn and grow, and lot of girls doesn’t keep quiet anymore, but speak up. I wish the book was a little bit longer, because I feel like not all of these topics were deeply discussed, they only scratched the surface. But I appreciate the effort and the thoughts they put into this comic.
15. Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5
This was a cute middle grade/YA graphic novel. For me it had a bit of Twilight vibe, because of the vampires and werewolves, and I already read many of these type of books that now its a little bit boring for me. But it was a nice one time read. It is a lighthearted, family-focused graphic novel about a teen photographer Artie, who discovers she’s descended from a line of werewolves.
16. The Secret Garden: The Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5
This was a cute, short graphic novel of The Secret Garden book. I actually wanted to read the real book long time ago, and this book helped me to understand what its about and I liked it. So I think soon I will pick it up. The illustrations are nice, if you like more child-like drawings with pastel colors, this is for you. I am more like a comic book type of illustration fan, with bright and stronger colors, but I think its perfect for middle graders.
17. Bubble by Jordan Morris ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
This graphic novel is adapted from a humor podcast, and I loved it!!! I went in totally blind, but now I am interested to check out their podcast because the humor in this masterpiece is just AMAZING, right up my alley, I loved every second of it! The illustrations and colors are beautiful, vivid, just what I like in a comic/graphic novel, and the funny characters and jokes made it perfect. I’m obsessed with how the monsters and the fight scenes are also hilarious, and discussing totally not important things while they are killing each other. 😂 This is my new favorite, and I really hope there will be a next book because it ended on a cliffhanger, and I can see it already that it will be hilarious!
18. Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Fraiser ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
This was so cute, funny, adorable and fast read! Its discussing serious topics like gender, transphobia, fat shaming, harassment, etc. while it have a lighthearted feel to it, with beautiful and enjoyable illustrations. I really loved the art style, and there was a variety of body types and races represented. I liked the characters too, and I think its an important read for everybody who wants to grow and learn. I hope there will be a next book! 🙂
Let me know down in the comments what did you read in June? Since it’s summer, I know I have to read some beachy, summery books, give me some recommendation if you have any! 🙂