July Wrap-Up!

I thought I'd show you guys the books I've read in July! I haven't reviewed all of them, but I'm planning on doing that later. 

Okay, I've read a total of 12 books in July, which is not so bad, I guess :) These are the books I've read this past month: 


1. "Manga Classics: The Scarlett Letter (Manga Classics)" by Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, W.T. Francis & Nathaniel Hawthorne

Re-telling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter in Manga-form! 

The story follows a young woman named Hester Prynne, who is found guilty of adultery. The product of this "liaison" is a illegitimate child - a baby girl, Pearl. As a punishment for her sin, Hester is forced to wear a badge on her chest - a red "A" - seeable for everyone and marking her as a flagitious woman.


Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

2. "Midsummer At Eyre Hall" (The Eyre Hall Trilogy #3) by Luccia Gray


Midsummer At Eyre Hall is the final installment in the Eyre Hall Trilogy, which pretty much takes off where the last book ended, although not in chronological order. It tells the story of Jane, Michael and the others through a series of flashbacks, which then always connect the chapters to the present.


Rating: 5/5 Stars




3. "Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3)" by C.S. Pacat 

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.
On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor's forces are massing. In the north, the Regent's armies are mobilising for war. Damen's only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.
Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity - can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?

Rating: 5/5 Stars


6. "Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couple's Memoir" by Susan Stellin & Graham McIndoe 

Chancers is about Susan and Graham, a freelancer writer and a photographer, who start a relationship after Graham takes an author-picture for Susan's upcoming book about traveling. What Susan does not know is, that Graham is addicted to drugs. Through a series of events (and lies), Susan finds out what Graham has been hiding from her. Despite her trying to help him, Graham gets deeper into the rabbit hole, until the unthinkable happens and he ends up in prison.


Rating: 2.75/5 Stars



5. "Bookishly Ever After (Ever After #1) by Isabel Bandeira 

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
  
Rating: 5/5 Stars


6. "Alles, was ich sehe" (Original-Titel: The One Thing) von Marci Lyn Curtis

Nach einer bakteriellen Hirnhautentzündung ist die 17-jährige Maggie Sanders blind. Vorbei ist es mit ihrer Fußballkarriere und dem Studium an einer Elite-Uni. Mit ihren Eltern versteht sie sich nicht mehr so wie früher und von den Freundinnen hat sie sich ebenfalls distanziert. Als sie eines Tages den 10-jährigen Benjamin Milton trifft, wirft dieser ihr bisher "normales" Leben völlig auf den Kopf. Denn Maggie kann den frechen Ben sehen!


Rating: 5/5 Sternen

7. "The Leap" by Jonathan Stroud (Audiobook)

After her best friend, Max, drowns, Charlie Fletcher is overwhelmed with shock and grief. When she attempts to explain what happened that day at the Mill Pond, no one believes her. The doctors and her mother think she may be hallucinating, or worse-crazy. Even her sympathetic brother can't understand what is happening to her. Charlie nearly died trying to save Max and as an aftermath to this terrifying experience, Charlie begins to have incredibly vivid dreams, where she sees Max walking far in the distance in a strange land. She tries to catch up, but she can never reach him. Sleep soon becomes her only passion. But one night, after waking up from a dream with cuts and bruises, she realizes that her nighttime excursions are real. She alone has the power to hunt for Max. And she knows he's out there somewhere. To save him, she'll follow his trail wherever it goes-even beyond the limits of this world.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

8. "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra 

In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted in the middle of the night by Russian soldiers. Their life-long friend and neighbour, Akhmed, has also been watching, and when he finds Havaa he knows of only one person who might be able to help.

For tough-minded doctor Sonja Rabina, it’s just another day of trying to keep her bombed-out, abandoned hospital going. When Akhmed arrives with Havaa, asking Sonja for shelter, she has no idea who the pair are and even less desire to take on yet more responsibilities and risk.
But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis, revealing the intricate pattern of connections that binds these three unlikely companions together and unexpectedly decides their fate.
Rating: 3/5 Stars

9. "Wilde Reise durch die Nacht" von Walter Moers 


Der junge Gustave möchte unbedingt ein großer Zeichner werden. Aber zuvor muss er in einer einzigen Nacht von der Erde zum Mond und einmal quer durchs Universum reisen, denn er hat eine Wette mit dem Tod abgeschlossen, bei der es um nichts Geringeres als sein Leben und seine Seele geht.
Moers illustrierte Gustaves fantastische Reise anhand von 21 beeindruckenden Bildern aus dem Werk von Gustave Doré, dem erfolgreichsten Zeichner des 19. Jahrhunderts.

Rating: 4/5 Sternen




10. "Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)" by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings 

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. 
When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. 
Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two. 
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
Review: will follow!
Rating: 2/5 Stars

11. "Hope & Despair - Hoffnungsschatten (Hope & Despair #1) von Carina Mueller 
 
Sie sind buchstäblich ein Geschenk des Himmels: Zum Dank für die heimliche Rettung eines schiffbrüchigen Ufos bekam die amerikanische Regierung einst zwölf übermenschliche Babys geschenkt. Sechs Mädchen und sechs Jungen – jeweils für die guten und die schlechten Gefühle der Menschen stehend. Dies ist genau siebzehn Jahre her und die Babys sind nicht nur groß geworden, sondern wurden auch voneinander getrennt. Während Hope und die anderen fünf Mädchen sich als Probas dem Guten im Menschen verpflichten, verhelfen die männlichen Improbas dem kriminellen Untergrund zu Geld und Macht. Bis zu dem Tag, an dem die Improbas ihre Gegenspielerinnen aufspüren und nur Hope entkommen kann. Mit ihrem Gegenpart Despair dicht auf den Fersen…

Rezension: folgt! 
Rating: 1/5 Sternen



12. "The Club - Flirt (The Club #1)" von Lauren Rowe 


Jonas muss verrückt geworden sein. Immerhin hat er sich gerade bei einer sündhaft teuren Datingagentur angemeldet, obwohl es in Seattle mehr als genug Frauen gibt, die mit ihm zusammen sein wollen. Aber genau deshalb braucht er »The Club«: Er möchte nicht nur eine einzige Frau glücklich machen. Im Gegenteil. Er liebt die Abwechslung und genießt seine Freiheit. Zumindest bis er am nächsten Morgen seine E-Mails öffnet und eine private Nachricht der Mitarbeiterin entdeckt, die seine Anmeldeunterlagen ausgewertet hat. Sie möchte anonym bleiben, muss nach Jonas' Lobeshymnen auf sich selbst aber einfach etwas loswerden, das sein übergroßes Ego zutiefst erschüttern dürfte … Dann verrät sie ihm ihr intimstes Geheimnis, und er weiß sofort: Sie ist perfekt. Er muss sie zu finden. Sofort. Koste es, was es wolle.

Rezension: folgt! 
Rating: 1/5 Sternen




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