Monthly Wrap Up | August 2020

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August was comparatively a rather poor reading month for me, mainly because I had several heavier titles to get through, which meant I needed to take longer breaks between books. But fall is finally here, and with so many great books out in the next couple of weeks especially, I can’t wait to dive in!

Books I Read in August 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Ignite the Sun – Hanna Howard – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)
Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) – Janella Angeles – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)
Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2)
The Storyteller’s Daughter – Victoria McCombs (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game #3) – Amanda Foody – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars #2) – Elizabeth Lim (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
The Night Portrait – Laura Morelli – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)
Majesty (American Royals #2) – Katharine McGee – ARC (๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ)

Other posts & reviews this month

ย Monthly Wrap Up | July 2020
The Damned (The Beautiful #2) – Renee Ahdieh
WWW Wednesday | August 05, 2020
WWW Wednesday | August 12, 2020
Most Awaited Releases – Fall 2020
WWW Wednesday | August 19, 2020
The Finished Books Tag
WWW Wednesday | August 26, 2020

Reading Challenge Updates

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge:ย ONCE UPON A TIME
Chosen Book: Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron
Itโ€™s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girlโ€™s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderellaโ€™s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for allโ€“and in the process, they learn that thereโ€™s more to Cinderellaโ€™s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales theyโ€™ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

I really enjoyed this unique spin on Cinderella, and it was a fast-paced, easy read that really makes you think twice about fairytales. While it does have a few minor issues common to debut novels, it is a very strong narrative that raises some very important points, from history being rewritten by the victors, to standing up for what you believe in despite being afraid and more. I didn’t even have to think about what to read for this prompt, considering I’ve been waiting to read this book all year!
Check out my review here!

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
THE RISE OF AUGUSTUS: Read a book with a Roman influence
Chosen book: Set Fire to the Gods – Sara Raasch

Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth godโ€™s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something elseโ€”something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needsโ€”but Madoc wonโ€™t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madocโ€™s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortalโ€”it will unravel the world.

This was a pretty good read and a solid start to a new series! Turns out, my TBR is surprisingly lacking in Ancient Rome inspired novels – atleast ones I haven’t read already, so clearly I need to find some more in this category to read – it’s such an interesting time period!
Check out my review here!

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 9
Number of Pages: 3,610
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 159/200

Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | August 2020

  1. M.T.Wilson September 1, 2020 / 11:28 am

    I loved Spin the Dawn so I’m really looking forward to Unravel the Dusk. There was a problem with my order but it finally arrived last week!

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