That’s a Wrap: July {2017}

July.. it’s always a month that goes by quickly for me, being that my birthday is in the middle of the month and I usually just want to get it over with. So it’s no surprise that July is already over and August is here, I guess this means I have another wrap up for you guys yea? πŸ˜‰


13th Doctor Announcement

Yes, I am including the reveal of the new Doctor in my monthly wrap up.. fight me.

If you are new here: hi, my name is Melissa and I’m a Whovian. Which in summary means I’m obsessed, and mildly crazy when it comes to Doctor Who at times. Last month they announced who would be playing the Doctor when Peter Capaldi finishes his run after Christmas and my level of excitement was through the roof. I’m including the reveal in my wrap up because honestly this was one of the best moments of my month and I couldn’t not share my pride in the first ever woman to be cast in the role.

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13497A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† {4.5}

As some body who started with the tv series I was surprised to learn just how much detail wasn’t included and or was changed from the books. So reading the books the past few years as become such a joy because I feel like I’m getting so much more depth to this world that, while already so detailed in the show, is so much more than I imagined.

Most of my favourite characters weren’t included, and the few that were didn’t have as big of a role as I wish they had.. but I really appreciated the divide of characters between A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. I feel like if GRRM hadn’t separated the books this part of the story would have dragged a bit with all the switching between POVs of the entire cast.


23299512This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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This Savage Song was a buddy read with Christine (WeeReader), and it was a short lived buddy read haha as she got swept away and finished it in one day. It took me a little bit longer to finish it, but I loved it just the same.

A world where monstrous acts create actual monsters, with humans who want to be monstrous and monsters who want nothing more than to be human, it’s no surprise I loved this book. Victoria Schwab has quickly became one of my all time favourite authors, her ideas are always right up my alley. I need more of her work in my life.


31413034Heartborn by Terry Maggert
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I was sent Heartborn by the author last year and only just now got around to reading it.. I feel so guilty for taking ages to read it, and even more so that when I finally did it wasn’t my cup of tea. I found its length was against the plot and character development and I just could not get into it.

Part of why I didn’t like Heartborn, besides the problems with the length, is I have grown out of the typical paranormal romance books a little bit. The genre used to be a favourite but I don’t read too much of it anymore. It always sucks when you have to review a book you don’t end up liking, but that’s the downside to being a book reviewer isn’t it?


22521286The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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The Paper Magician followed along the same lines as Heartborn, in that it was too short. As soon as you start the book you’re dropped into a world, with a magic system and terminology you’re unfamiliar with and just expected to understand what’s happening. Which doesn’t sit well with me because then I spend longer adjusting to those things instead of enjoying the plot. Besides the abrupt beginning, I was intrigued with the idea of paper magic.. but that quickly took a back seat near the end when the romance started to take over.

I’ve noticed lately that I have a severe dislike for the teacher/ student romance trope, at least when it’s done abruptly and in cases where I feel the relationship was better left as a teacher/ student one.


17347389The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† {4.5}

I’m just going to get this out of the way: Ronan Lynch is my precious little bean, and I will protect him with my life if necessary. Chainsaw too, they’re a package deal I’m afraid.

There were moments while reading The Dream Thieves were I felt very confused, and wondered if aspects were entirely necessary or if I had overlooked important parts entirely.. but overall I still very much enjoyed the second book in The Raven Cycle series and cannot wait to eventually get my hands on Blue Lily, Lily Blue in the future.

Not going to lie Adam started to irritate me a little by the end of this book. As of this book in the series Adam is my least favourite Raven Boy.


23719579More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† {2.5}

I was very disappointed that I didn’t like More Happy Than Not, I really wanted to like it.. but for me the way it was written made the topic of suicide seem to be approached very casually, and I felt like I was being beaten over the head with it because of how often it was mentioned. The characters even play a game called ‘Suicide’, and I just didn’t think it was necessary to mention it that many times to have it be known how important the topic played throughout the plot of the book.

Honestly hoping this was just a case of an unpopular opinion and when/ if I ever give Adam Silvera’s books another chance I’ll love it, but for now I’ll just say I was not a fan of More Happy Than Not.


9361589The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern {ReRead}
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From the minute I finished The Night Circus back in 2015 I wanted to reread it, and rejoin Le Cirque des RΓͺves on its travels around the world. Wander around The Labyrinth, marvel at the magnificence of the Ice Garden and eat the all the delicious treats with Poppet, Widget and Bailey.

The Night Circus is in honesty one of my all time favourite books, I loved it from the very first line to the very last line.. and I loved it even more the second time around. This is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read.


That my friends marks the end of another month.. and with it brings in a grand total of seven books read! I’m astonished that I read so much during the month of July and I hope August brings just as good (or perhaps better?) a turn out.

At midnight August 4th (in your time zone) is the beginning of a new round of Tome Topple, so look forward to a TBR post for that. Will you be participating in Tome Topple next month?