Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Monthly Recap: June

Hi all, seriously where did June go? Work once again was full on that I was only able to read a handful of books, I know every time the new month rolls around I always encourage myself to read more, but it's got to the point where I'm totally knackered or I have to be anti-social at lunch time in order to sneak a few pages in. That being said July looks good so far, hopefully my copy of Burn by Paula Weston will arrive (I'm super jealous of those that have got their copies already) and I'll be catching up with some blogger friends and meeting Sarah Alderson next month!! Eeekkkk! So here's how our month of June was for Rachel and I.

Number of Books read:
Jasprit: 4
Rachel: 15

Highest Rated Book(s): 

4 stars


5 Stars

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)

Lowest Rated Book(s):



2.5 Stars

Song of Summer

Books reviewed:

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Suddenly One Summer Only a Promise (The Survivors' Club, #5) Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) After the End (After the End, #1)
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska #4) Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)
Until the Beginning (After the End, #2) Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)


Best read of last month:
Jasprit: Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, it had been a long time coming since I'd read a book by Keneally, and I'm pleased to say once again that she did not disappoint. Kenneally always knows how to put a smile on my face and make me eager to gobble up more of her reads and books in general. 

Rachel: Romancing the Duke was such utter and complete fun. The narrator, Carmen Rose, truly made this wickedly delicious historical romance come to life!

Book which surprised me the most: 
Jasprit: An Ember in the Ashes, because it didn't end up being as fantastic as I was hoping it would be. I'd heard so many praises for this book, so was a little disappointed that it ended up as a DNF for me. I found myself constantly waiting for it to pick up somewhere.

Rachel:Well, that would be a tie for me: After the End and Until the Beginning by Amy Plum. I haven't had much success with Young Adult for some time now and this duology restored my faith somewhat. The heroine was strong and fiercely determined, and the hero made wonderful positive character growth.  Along with an awesome, action filled plot, this series was a hit for me.

Fictional crush of the month:
Jasprit: Jeremiah from Breath Annie Breathe. This guy was such a sweetheart, why do we never get guys like Jere in real life, who are patient, considerate and who can make you laugh when you're having a crap day.

Rachel: Ransom in Romancing the Duke was so swoonworthy! Rough and gruff to begin with but he couldn't hide his soft tender heart by the end.
Three books I'm most looking forward to this month:

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With hardly anytime I've kind of been slacking when it comes to reading my review books, so with the constant great things I keep hearing about Emmy & Oliver and Every Last Word I can't wait to finally get stuck in. A Million Miles Away was a book I pre-ordered as soon as I heard about it, it sounds just like my sort of read, so I have my fingers crossed that I end up loving it!


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    Chasing River (Burying Water, #3)  The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2)

   Bookish Photo:

I (Rachel) won a very AWESOME giveaway from Joyousreads! Yay and thank you!!

Let us know how you did last month. Link us up an we'll come by to check it out!


  1. Jasprit, I'm so glad you loved Breathe, Annie, Breathe. I think you're going to adore Jesse's Girl as well. It's much lighter than Annie was, but it's as wonderful!
    I'm excited to see you'll be reading Emmy&Oliver and Every Last Word, two books that I loved beyond words! I can't wait for you to read them and I hope you'll love them too. :)
    I'm really sad you didn't like an Ember though. I was hoping to read it when the 2nd book came out, but you and I feel so similarly about YA fantasy, so I might just not read it.

    Rachel, every time I see Romancing the Duke, I want to squeal in happiness. I'm so happy you loved it. I got When a Scot Ties the Knot yesterday and read it in a matter of hours and LOVED it so much. I think you will love it too. I can't wait for you to read it! :)
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Chasing River. I didn't like it as much as I liked the previous 2 books, but it was still very strong. The author is so talented! And that's an awesome giveaway that you wanted! Such a pretty photo! :)

    Happy reading, ladies and I hope your July is just as amazing! :)

  2. Oh I didn't enjoy An Ember either, jasprit. I finished it, but it had me ruing the day I've ever heard of that book. I hope you'll get your copy of Burn soon! I know how much you've been dying for that one. We're at least two books behind up here in Canada. Lol. Looking forward to reading your review! Happy reading, Jas. :)

    Congratulations again, Rachel! When I was cleaning my basement the other day, I found a copy of Darynda Jones' YA series. I can't believe I've had them all this time. :) Anyway, I have to check out that historical romance that you gave 5 stars to.

    I hope you'll both have a wonderful July, ladies! <3

  3. I've been holding off on An Ember in the Ashes since it got so much hype and praise early on, I feared I would be on the opposite end of the spectrum even though I thought it sounded awesome. I'm thinking I'll wait until book 2 is out to see how the romance develops since I've been told there are a number of directions it could go in.

    Looks like both of you had a busy book month! (Rachel, you are a machine - 15 books! GO YOU!)

  4. I think for me An Ember in the Ashes will be same for me. I can't seem to get into it and certainly wasn't what I expected. Darn expectations. Emmy and Oliver is brilliant so I really hope you enjoy it. Did you still want to read Every Last Word together still. I'll be good next month to read it. :) p.s hope you have a lovely time seeing Sarah. :)

  5. Ah, Jasprit, I'm sorry that you've been so busy with work! I'm always the same way whenever I have school- it's like I go to school for 8 hours, come home, study for another 8 hours, and then sleep. And repeat. Hopefully July will be fantastic for you though!

    It's so interesting that you couldn't make it through An Ember in the Ashes, Jasprit! I can definitely see why- the beginning was quite slow and felt pretty aimless. I really did enjoy the ending though, so it may be that that'll be the case for you! I also totally need to pick up PS I Still Love You and Breathe, Annie, Breathe.

    Rachel, it looks like you had such an awesome month in June!! I passed up After the End when I saw it in the library, but it looks like I'll have to go back and grab it. It sounds like it has all the elements of a great YA book! I'm really curious to see what you'll think of The Infinite Sea. I've read The Fifth Wave but haven't yet picked up this sequel- since I remember The Fifth Wave being so dark and heavy, I'm a little afraid to read the next one, haha. I'll be on the lookout for your review. And dang, what an awesome giveaway!!! :D

    I hope you ladies have a fantabulous July! <3

  6. Well, I've had doubts about Ember in The Ashes myself. Too many contradictory opinions, which have made me question the cleverness of actually buying it. I haven't so far... Otherwise, an impressive month overall :) Congratulations for reading so much!

  7. Awesome awesome.... All those lovely Darynda Jones books. I hope you love The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop, Rachel, I thought it was wonderful. Here is to more reading.

  8. Gosh, you read so many books this past month Rachel :) I barely read any at all, hah :p You are awesome. <3 You are amazing too, though, Jasprit :D It sounds like you both had an awesome month. Thank you for sharing about it :) Hoping July will be the best for you both. <3 Happy reading sweet girl :)

  9. I am so jealous of your giveaway win, Rachel. I really want to read those!!

    Jasprit- I hope you have a better month of reading, but I think five is pretty good to be honest! :)


  10. I enjoy the Darynda Jones books the MC made me laugh so many times!

    - Zoe

  11. SO MANY amazing titles!!! I loved Emmy & Oliver! Chasing River was really great too. I hope you enjoy your new goodies, ladies! :)

  12. Emmy & Oliver and Every Last Word are wonderful! I hope you enjoy them, Jasprit!
    15 books - go Rachel!! :) I hope you two have a good reading month in July. <3


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