And just like that, we come to the end of another month! Am I the only one who is shocked at how fast time is flying? I feel like I keep saying this in my monthly wrap-up posts, but it is just blowing my mind that we’re already heading into August.

This month has been a weird reading and blogging month for me. I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump – when I sit down to catch up on my book reviews, I just can’t seem to get my words flowing. This has led to me being really behind on my reviews, so I’m hoping to catch up soon.

In terms of reading, I was super busy this month and my time to read was quite limited. While I did complete some books, I was not as successful as I was in June. Here’s hoping August will be better.

Let’s take a look at the books I read this month, and my ratings!

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Pages: 411

This was my first book by Amanda Foody and I did enjoy it overall. She’s a very talented writer, and I enjoyed how her story flowed and her descriptive writing. That said, I wasn’t as pulled to the story as I was hoping I would be. Overall, it was enjoyable, but not the best book I’ve ever read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 528

Another solid read by Victoria Aveyard. While her audience is significantly split in two, with half really loving her books and the other half not, I have enjoyed the Red Queen series. King’s Cage was enjoyable and I’m very intrigued to see how everything concludes in War Storm!

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers | Pages: 320

A great conclusion to an adventurous and fast paced series. I certainly think that this book series is underrated – especially since I don’t here much about it in the book blogging community. I really enjoyed this series and I’m happy with how everything concluded!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 208

I only read the two short stories in this, since I’ve already read Glass Sword. Were these short stories necessary? Probably not. Did I enjoy them? Yes. They helped provide some background information for certain characters but I wouldn’t say these are absolutely necessary to read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers | Pages: 368

I finally read it and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This has been on my list for a while and I saw it at my local library so I decided it was time to finally pick it up. It was a great historical fiction that I highly recommend!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 368

This was one of my most anticipated reads for the summer. Being a huge Disney freak, I was really excited for this retelling and twist on the story. It ultimately fell a bit flat for me, and while I enjoyed it overall, it was not living up to the hype I created in my head.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


So, overall I read six books this month. Not bad, but not great. In total, I read 2,203 pages this month. That’s a lot less than what I read in July, but I’m pleased with it – especially considering my reading and blogging slump.

Here’s hoping August will be a bit better! Happy end of July everyone!

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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