Throwback Thursday: Mini reviews of books I read in June

I decided to start doing this post when I am in a book slump and then my books read start adding up to the point where I just have enough time to do a mini review. I don’t know if this is actually a thing already, but if it is I am not trying to steal anybody’s ideas. Just trying to get some reviews in. It’s sometimes hard to write book reviews when all I have to say is that it was really good and here, read it!!

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

I absolutely LOVED Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. This book was the sequel to Love & Gelato though I think I liked this one even though I love all things Italy. I’ve actually been to Ireland. I was able to revisit some of the places that I had been to before via this book and that was the main reason why I enjoyed this so much.

I got this book from the library as a library ebook, but I definitely want to own it sometime to have it next to Love & Gelato. I liked the siblings relationship in this book. I liked how supporting they were of each other and the girl practically gets a Lizzie Mcguire movie like adventure and the characters from the previous book make an appearance. You don’t really have to read the previous book at all. It was a five star read because of all the traveling, and because it was a fast paced read. I may have stayed up until 11:30 on a weeknight finishing it.

Listen to your heart by Kasie West

I was in a book slump still when I tried to decide what to read next. I didn’t want to read my ARC’s, I wanted to read something I had owned since I had been reading a lot of advanced reader copies lately. I decided to go with Listen to your heart by Kasie West because the first book I read this year was Kasie West’s Love, Life, and the Lists and that was a very strong read. Kasie West is not only the queen of contemporary young adult, but the queen of getting me out of book slumps apparently.

Listen to your heart was a really cute fast read for me. I liked that it was kind of like a summer type book, but it took place in the beginning part of the school year. The cover made me think that it was going to be a summer book. It’s definitely still one to read by the pool this summer.

Kate Bailey is your average teenager who doesn’t like talking to people. Her best friend and her mom talk her into taking a podcasting class to branch out, meet more people and find more passions since her whole life has been about the lake and the marina where her parents work at. It turns out that Kate starts liking podcasting and the whole book was just good. I liked all of the characters, even the secondary characters and the arch nemesis. It was originally a four star read, but it’s a five star read now.

Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen was actually one of the books I actually owned on my Kindle, but I know I will want to get the DTB sometime soon because it definitely was as good as Daughter of the Pirate King.

I wasn’t sure I would like this book because of the mixed reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did like it. I liked that Riden was back in it, and I liked Alosa’s loyalty to her crew even when they didn’t think she was loyal. I liked all of the headstrong characters in it, and the siren aspect of the story. I usually have to be in the mood for a fantasy book, but this one kept my attention for the most part. The plot had me on the edge of my seat. I’d definitely read this series again. It also makes me want to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. It was another five star read.

To Kill a Kingdom

I was VERY happy when I received To Kill a Kingdom from my library as an ebook. I’ve been waiting to get it checked out from the library since it came out. This one also had mixed reviews but I actually liked this one. I usually don’t like stories when they have mixed reviews or when they are hyped up.

To Kill a Kingdom was basically like a darker Little Mermaid fairytale retelling story, except the siren was after the prince’s heart. This whole book was a game of cat and mouse, but I liked the fact that we had the prince’s point of view and that he was a pirate. That made it really interesting for me. It was an easy read for the most part, though there were a couple of confusing chapters and I had to go back to read it. I’m usually in the mood for contemporary instead of fantasy.  To Kill a Kingdom is a four star rating based on it’s unique fairytale retelling and plotline.

That’s all for now! Sorry I haven’t been very active within the last week. I just wanted time away from my blog to actually read, and then work got busy and I was in a book slump. I hope I will get more active soon. P.S. I actually FINALLY have 100 followers! Thank you everybody for following even though I haven’t been very active in the last couple of weeks. What books are you guys reading? 

4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Mini reviews of books I read in June”

  1. I haven’t read any of these yet. Daughter of the pirate king is on my list tho.
    I started a book on Sunday but haven’t actually read any of it since Monday. Can’t say I’m in a slump, because i actually want to read it, but i started gymming again, and cooking my own lunch, so all my usual reading times are suddenly gone. 🙈


  2. Ahhh, these sound awesome! I’ll have to check out Kasie West’s books because I’m almost always in the mood for a cute fluffy YA contemp! They’re good in-between books for me. And oooh, glad you enjoyed Daughter of the Siren Queen! I loved book one but it’s taking me a while to get into book 2. (I also loved Love and Luck so glad you enjoyed!!)


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