Summer Vacation Wrap Up

I returned from my summer vacation yesterday and as I was putting my books back on my bookshelves, I decided to give you a list of all the books I read while I was there. The list is a bit shorter than I would’ve liked but I was quite busy so I’m not feeling too guilty about that.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

1. Wake by Amanda Hocking

Rating: 3/5 stars

Review: The only problem I have with this book is that it’s predictable. I knew from the beginning of this book how it’s going to end and who was responsible for certain events.

Apart from that, I thought the characters were done wonderfully. Their bonds, the banter and how for the first time ever, I’m unable to pick a favorite. Do I like Harper more than Gemma? I shall never know.

Amanda Hocking had interwoven different point of views beautifully without overdoing their inner thoughts and struggles. She has a way of speaking to the reader and knows how to write a highly enjoyable story. I am absolutely in love with her writing style and can absolutely see the appeal this book has with other readers.

2. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Note: this was a re-read.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Still loved it as much as I did the first time I read it. It’s a perfect mixture of Percy Jackson and Vampire Academy. One of my favorite book series.

3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: This book was a fresh, funny, easy read that I didn’t know I needed! Morgan Matson knows how to deliver and her work has never disappointed me before. Since You’ve Been Gone is a masterpiece of its own right. Emily is a character relatable to many yet presented in the right way – not once had I thought her shyness was annoying. I usually don’t like shy characters but she was just so nicely written that I couldn’t hold it against her. I loved the adventures, the memories, the emotions behind actions and friendships this book introduced me to. I’d gladly recommend it to anyone and everyone as I thought it was a wonderful, beautiful, captivating read. Exactly what I was craving for this summer.

I love Morgan Matson’s books. Before this book, I only read Second Chance Summer and it was so amazing that it put Morgan Matson on my auto-buy list without even thinking twice about it.

4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: This book brought me to tears many times and I can’t tell you how much I love it because it was so beautiful. I love the characters, the story and the adventures. There’s a sad vibe to it but it’s balanced so well with everything else. I love Amy and I like Roger. I thought this book ended too quickly but I realize that it ended in Morgan Matson’s signature way – it ended before the love story began and it leaves room for our imagination.

5. Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Note: This was a re-read.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Loved it. After reading it for the second time, I noticed things I never noticed before. Jennifer is the queen of subtle foreshadowing and it’s nice to find all these easter eggs when you look closely.

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Review: This book was very slow and boring at times. I often found myself lost and couldn’t really follow the story the way the author meant for its reader to. I do believe that Maggie Stiefvater definitely knows how to write. I think she’s extremely talented and that this review has nothing to do with her ability to produce a good story. This review has more to do with my inability to connect with it. I don’t think I was in the right mood or that the circumstances and my mindset allowed me to properly enjoy it. I think maybe another time, I’ll be able to see why people love it. But this time, it was just not for me. Oh, I should also mention that the thing I do like about this book 10000% is Noah. He’s my favorite.

7. 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM by Terri Savelle Foy

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: I highly recommend this book for everybody. I was already familiar with most of these tips and have implemented them in my everyday life. There were a few things I’m still struggling with but this book put things into perspective and I can’t wait to tackle the habits that waste my time 🙂


That concludes this wrap-up. I hope you give these books a chance if you haven’t yet and let me know what you thought if you’ve read any of these before.

Arden Hall

One Comment Add yours

  1. storyweaver2017 says:

    Ooh, please do more posts like this. I love reading book recommendations!!

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