Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What I Read in August

So August was a pretty good reading month for me, unfortunately the next 3 months will probably be low on the reading side because school has started up again. 

1.  A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter (Novella)

It was nice to read something from a new author. This is a prequel to Kristi Ann Hunter's debut novel, A Noble Masquerade which is being released this month. After being introduced to some of the characters in this novella, I am looking forward to catching up with the Hawthorne family again. 3/5 Stars

2. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers 

This is Francine Rivers latest novel, which was released last year. I loved the plot and the various themes that came through over the course of the novel. Ultimately it is a novel about the price of sin and the power of love, forgiveness and mercy. I read it in 2 days even though it is almost 500 pages long. It was gripping, I enjoyed it, I had a hard time putting it down. However, I felt like all the loose ends were tied up too quickly, it could have been about 20 pages longer to do it. I will have a longer post up on it soon. 4/5 Stars

3. The Shepherdess (Loves of King Solomon #2) by Jill Eileen Smith (Novella)

This was a quick read, it took me about 2 and half hours, with interruptions, to read. It was nice to read something by Jill Eileen Smith again, even though it is a novella.  It was good, even though it was short. Unfortunately, I have to wait until next year to get the next installment... I will have a longer blog post up soon about The Shepherdess. I am giving this 4/5 stars.

4. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

This was good, not great, just good. I liked the story line and most of the characters, but there were a few things that annoyed me while reading this book, which  I will discuss in further detail in my longer review of it, which should be up soon. 3/5 Stars.

5. The Texas Brides Collection by Various authors

This was a collection of 9 short stories written by several authors. I liked all of the stories even though they were a little bit predictable, but they were still nice to read, and they weren't cheesy stories. I will have longer review up in a few weeks. 3/5 Stars.

6.  Cress  (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Another great installment to a great series and I really need November to come soon so I can read Winter! This was kind of retelling of Rapunzel, I will have a longer review up in a few weeks time. But really you need to read this series

7. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

I love Julie Klassen and I loved this book. There were so many surprises and twists that I was not expecting at all. I will have a longer review up soon. 4/5 Stars

8. Reached (Matched Trilogy #3) by Ally Condie

I will have longer review on the whole Matched trilogy but this was an unsatisfying conclusion to the series and there were a lot of grammatical errors. 2/5 Stars.

9. Saving Wishes (The Wishes series) by G.J. Walker

This book was okay, there were a lot of elements that need a lot of work. I liked the idea, but the ending was a bit far-fetched but it did make me want to read at least the next book in the series. 2.5/5 Stars.

10. Throne of Glass (The Throne of Glass Series #1) by Sarah J. Maas

This was a very interesting read, and even though it took me about 5 days to finish it I really liked it. It is different from other books I have read, I haven't read many books about an assassin. Even though the ending is predictable, there are so many twists and turns to get to the end. I am giving it 4/5 Stars.

11. The Preacher's Bride Collection by Various Authors

This was a second collection of short stories that I read this month. It was okay, but I felt like the stories were not as good as The Texas Bride's Collection, despite the fact that most of the stories were longer in this volume.  3/5 Stars.

So how did I do with my TBR for this month? I did pretty well, I read four out five of the books I wanted to read and that is because this month I kept finding books that I wanted to read before I started school because I know I won't have a whole lot of time for personal reading. 

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