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)
Ignite the Sun – Hanna Howard – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) – Janella Angeles – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
The Storyteller’s Daughter – Victoria McCombs (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game #3) – Amanda Foody – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars #2) – Elizabeth Lim (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Night Portrait – Laura Morelli – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Majesty (American Royals #2) – Katharine McGee – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Other posts & reviews this month
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: ONCE UPON A TIME
Chosen Book: Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron
It’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 girl’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 Cinderella’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 all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’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 god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—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 needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.
But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—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!