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August Wrap-Up: Pile O’ Good, Bad, & Ugly Reads!

August has finally left the building, and in its wake lays a fun trail of books that I either enjoyed or hated! I can’t recall the last time a wrap-up post found its way onto my blog. With an ugly wave of reading slumps attacking me on/off for the past few months, I simply didn’t have much of anything to share. But I’m very excited to be back because I managed to read a whole nine novels of varying sizes and sorts in August!  That is a personal accomplishment that has me feeling good. I’m going to hope that September will be equally reading fruitful as I drown myself in pumpkin spiced flavoured treats (that are only good for inducing cardiac arrest), and lots of daunting homework.

Since most of these books already have full reviews, I’m just going to provide tid-bits of technical information, brief details on the good, bad, or ugly, and ultimately if I think you should dig it or ditch it. A link to the full reviews will also be provided just in case if you’d like more information, assuming that specific book has a full length rant or rave attached to it.

I hope that you all had a splendid reading month as well, and if you didn’t then that’s okay too. Hell, it’s taken me months to get my bookish groove back. May your September be biblio-fantastic.! ♥

Devolution by Rick Remender

  • Filed under: Comics, Post-Apocalyptic
  • Pages: 128
  • Read: August 5th
  • Rating: 2 stars, NOT RECOMMENDED.
    • Story idea had a lot of potential, but fell through due to mediocre writing.
    • Strange, messy art fits the barbaric nature of the tale.
    • PoC female protagonist, while being badass, is portrayed very poorly.
  • REVIEW.

The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft

  • Filed under: Horror, Novella
  • Pages: 30
  • Read: August 6th
  • Rating: 0 stars, NOT RECOMMENDED.
    • Racist, bigoted crap.
    • Highly offensive and discriminatory against PoC and varying religious backgrounds.
    • Simply UNACCEPTABLE.

Mortal Kombat X Volume 1: Blood Ties by Shawn Kettleson & Dexter Soy

  • Filed under: Comics, Video Game, Fantasy
  • Pages: 144
  • Read: August 7th
  • Rating: 5 stars, RECOMMENDED.
    • Average writing and story.
    • Nostalgic to see MK favourites in a non-gaming medium.
    • Art is extremely vibrant and visceral with painting-like aesthetics.

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

  • Filed under: Middle-grade, mythology
  • Pages: 381
  • Read: August 2nd to 8th
  • Rating: 4 stars, RECOMMENDED.
    • Very fast-paced.
    • Excellent way to introduce Greek mythos to middle-grade level readers.
    • Engaging story with variety of characters that keep story from feeling stale.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

  • Filed under: Urban fantasy, historical
  • Pages: 149
  • Read: August 14th
  • Rating: 4 stars, RECOMMENDED.
    • Phenomenally written response to The Horror at Red Hook.
    • Weaves the realistic portrayal of individual and systematic racism during the time period with gripping, “Lovecraftian” fantasy elements.

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

  • Filed under: Fantasy (Adult), Fairy Tale Retellings
  • Pages: 291
  • Read: August 14th to 15th
  • Rating: 5 stars, RECOMMENDED.
    • Extremely visceral.
    • Realistic romance between two individuals struggling with severe psychological illnesses.
    • Thought-provoking themes about having hope in the midst of tragedy.
  • REVIEW.

The Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Miller

  • Filed under: Historical fiction
  • Pages: 278
  • Read: August 18th
  • Rating: 0 stars, NOT RECOMMENDED.
    • Horribly written regurgitation of The Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
    • Incorrect facts in relation to Japanese history.
    • A terrible fucking representation of Japanese people, culture, and practices from the era.
  • REVIEW.

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

  • Filed under: Islamic Literature, Young Adult, Coming of Age
  • Pages: 360
  • Read: August 19th to 23rd
  • Rating: 4 ½ stars, RECOMMENDED.
    • Witty humour is used to examine serious issues of self-image and identity conflicts.
    • Sassy, independent, & intellectual female protagonist compels you to keep reading.
    • Lots of very POSITIVE themes and messages for young, adolescent ladies.
  • REVIEW.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Graynor

  • Filed under: British Literature, Historical
  • Pages: 384
  • Read: August 17th to 27th
  • Rating: 3 ½ stars, RECOMMENDED for fans of alternating timelines and history.
    • Boring, trope-induced parallels that make the story too predictable.
    • Written eloquently and engages an array of emotions.
    • Exhibits shock, panic, grief, and sorrow with graceful, delicate attention.
  • REVIEW.

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