July Book Review Roundup

Friday, July 29, 2016
July Book Review Roundup
July hasn't been an amazing reading month for me as I've been focusing on driving (and Pokemon Go...) and for the past week or so, I haven't been very well because of a massive eczema flareup on my hands which has been causing to wake up a lot in the night and I've also had awful hayfever; additionally it's been too hot (31 to 26 degrees celsius in Manchester this month) so I haven't been reading then either...oops. But I have managed to read four books in July, three of which I loved!

*Hero Born and Hero Grown by Andy Livingstone - available now!
I received all four of these books as e-books via Netgalley which if you aren't aware, is a website where you can request upcoming books to review as e-books from the publishers for free! I didn't think Netgalley was available to UK bloggers but it is although some of the opportunities aren't for UK bloggers.

I already have reviews of both of these books on my blog and on my Goodreads as well as under my Amazon username so you can check those out if you want. Both books follow Brann, a shy teen with undiscovered talents who goes on an epic adventure. To me they are both extremely entertaining, fun and easy reads and are pure action and adventure books which I love. I ended up loving most of the main characters as well as the writing style and I cannot wait for the third book! Highly recommend! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*The Witches Kiss by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr - available now!
There are certain trigger words for me when looking for books and one of them is 'witches' so I had to request to read this book and thankfully I was accepted. I read this e-book and the previous two on the Kindle app on my iPad mini. The story follows an entertaining cast of characters including Merry and her family as well as an evil villain, a tortured and handsome boy, royalty and a coven of witches...it sounds amazing and overall I did really like the story of Merry discovering and developing her witch powers and the tasks she has to undertake, her relationship with her brother which is so sweet and the magic. However, I hated the mother and grandmother as they were so disinterested in Merry and it was just an annoying point of the story as well as some of the typical YA tropes the book had. It felt like an episode of Once Upon a Time aka. unoriginal, predictable and a teeny bit cheesy. Also Leo, Merry's brother, is gay which seemed like it was a point just added to make it seem like a well rounded book. I would recommend it as it was entertaining (even though I was constantly just waiting for something to happen) and it was a VERY quick read for me but I think it could have been SO much better and more mysterious/dark but sadly it wasn't. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5.

*The Trouble With Women by Jacky Fleming - available from 20th September 2016
This book wasn't available as a kindle copy so I had to download Abobe Digital Editions which is AWFUL as it takes ages to be able to turn each page and it's a bit of a pain to download. Anyway, rant over, the book itself is so interesting, entertaining and a very quick read. I love the little facts throughout and the illustrations. It demonstrates how women have been held back over the past few hundred years and the ridiculous excuses men have come up with as to why women are inferior/stupid/incapable. Men thought that women should stay at home and embroider and that women were incapable of doing things men could because their hands were too small, their brains were too small, their dresses were too big and women who were intelligent were viewed as manly. I would definitely recommend this little book! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

I am currently reading Ink and Bone (book 39 of 50 for 2016) and I'm really liking it so far! I'm also reading Caribbean Vegan and loving it too.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these? 


  1. i love a good adventure book, these two look so fun! thanks for the tip!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. The trouble with women sounds like a very interesting read. I will have to put a reminder for myself to download it when it is available.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  3. Those look like good books to read. I'll need to check them out. :) Thanks for sharing!


  4. Thank you so much for sharing Netgalley! Life-changer tbh; I've read 5 of the books I was sent just this week and I have 5 more to go! I got a little too excited and requested too many books at once lol, but you won't hear me complaining about too many books! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


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