Welcome to another edition of the Monster Report. The Monster Report explores the book happenings of Jessica and Kristen. Whether it be what we got in our mailboxes, what books we are currently hiding in, or fun stuff to look forward to this week at The Book Monsters, you can find it here. The Monster Report is inspired by Alea‘s This Week in Books, Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves, and Kathryn at the Book Date‘s It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Also, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It’s Monday, What are you Reading?
Books added to TBR: None
I had a pretty small reading week and that is because I was at Leakycon this past weekend and was visiting family so I was incredibly busy. The Flatshare was super cute and fun, but it also did a great job of handling some big dark topics in a very sensitive way. I gave it 4/5. Sorcery of Thorns was amazing and I will be putting up a review for it, I gave it 4.5/5. The Dragonet Prophecy was a little underwhelming, I had high expectations for it cause someone who is incredibly critical of books really loves this series but it was just okay. I was very distracted while reading it so I gave it 3/5.
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Wow, what a reading week. I flew through FOUR audiobooks and read 4 others besides. Let’s start with my audios: No Country for Old Gnomes was a fun read, not a favorite of mine as the humor is just a bit off for me. The stories get a bit tangly too at times and I found myself backtracking a couple times on audio. I read the first on in print so maybe that was the issue. I was hoping to see more of the characters from the first book, but alas it was more about the new characters. Olivia Twist was a free read on Audiobook Sync for their summer series and this is my 3rd retelling I’ve read this summer and I’ve loved them all – Oliver Twist is my favorite classic and I seek out anything that pulls from that topic and makes it their own. I liked this spin off and the narration was splendid. Finally is a sort of sequel to 11 Birthdays which I read last week but focusing on different characters and a little less magic as it’s more about appreciating what you have versus what you don’t. Great message and wonderful audio. The Name of the Star is a thrilling paranormal fantasy set in modern day England but with some Jack the Ripper moments in it. Another free audio from Audiobook Sync.
Cinderella From Fabletown with Love was the only graphic novel I read this week – a spin off of the Fables series I so love and focusing on Cinderella who happens to be an international spy. Quite a fun read! Spellslinger is by my FAVE new author from last year – Sebastian De Castell and although it’s not as great as the Greatcoats it is a rather awesome series and it’s got both my husband and I longing for the next book (I am letting him read it first – wife points here). Between Two Thorns is a faerie series but a bit more complex with Sorcerers and Arbiters who are supposed to regulate the fae in the human realm. I’m not loving the main character TBH but I am loving everything that is happening. Excited to read on in the series. Moonlocket is a sequel to Cogheart which I enjoyed reading – a steampunk middle grade novel – this one involving an escaped criminal and much more. We follow the same characters on their next adventure and I really loved seeing them grow and deal with new problems.
This week at The Book Monsters, we…
Nothing.. guess I was reading too much lol.
That is all for us this week. So until next week, stay scary Monsters.