Mini Reviews: June 2014

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying the start to your summer! I know I have! Unfortunately, I was in a bit of a reading slump for most of June, but luckily Elizabeth Is Missing got me out of it! Here are some of the other awesome books that I read this past month! I really wish I could have written a full review for Edenbrooke (because I loved it sooo much), but I’ve been so busy enjoying the beautiful weather, that I haven’t been spending as much time focusing on my blog…. Hopefully I’ll be able to buckle down a bit more in July!


Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Edenbrooke is probably one of the best historical romances that I have ever read! The writing is wonderful, the characters are likable, and I had a really hard time putting it down! The story focuses on Marianne Daventry, a young lady who will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath. When she receives an invitation to join her twin sister at a sprawling country estate, Marianne jumps at the chance to relax and unwind from the stresses of society. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan, and Marianne soon finds herself being attacked by a highwayman, flirting with a mysterious stranger, and the heiress of a very large fortune! While Edenbrooke was predictable (as most romances are), it was also extremely entertaining. Fans of the classic Harlequin novels might be a bit disappointed though as this is what the author calls a “proper romance” with nothing elicit or improper happening in the plot. In many ways, the set up of the plot reminded me a bit of my beloved Austen, which I think is why I loved it so much!
Rating: 5 Stars


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
You can always depend on Morgan Matson for a great YA Summer read! Her latest book focuses on Emily, a shy teen who finds herself breaking out of her shell after her best friend, Sloane, mysteriously vanishes. The only thing Sloane leaves  behind is a list of things for Emily to accomplish during her summer, like going apple picking at night, dancing until dawn, and kissing a stranger. The result is a cute and sweet story that teens will definitely enjoy! Since You’ve Been Gone is a perfect read to bring to the beach or cottage this summer!
Rating: 4 Stars


Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Sky knows what it is like to be the source of gossip and bullies… and that’s partly what draws her to Dean Holder, a guy with a reputation even bigger than her own. As Sky and Dean grow closer, however, she begins to realize that he is keeping secrets from her….secrets that could shatter Sky’s life into a million pieces. Hopeless was an intense (and sometimes dark) New Adult book that I had trouble putting down! And unlike some romance novels, it actually took me a while to figure out what direction this story was going to take in the end. Colleen Hoover certainly knows how to create a story with a lot of drama!
Rating: 4 Stars 


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena gives readers a glimpse into a war that many know very little about. Struggling for independence, Chechnya has been at war with Russian since about 1999. Focusing on a Doctor named Akhmed, the novel sheds light on the violence, poverty, and struggles faced by the Chechen people. This was a book that I wanted to love. The writing was absolutely beautiful, the story was moving, and the ending left me breathless. Unfortunately, I also found it a really really slow read. It was just one of those books that I found really difficult to pick back up after putting it down. Nevertheless, Marra’s novel is a stunning work of storytelling, and definitely worth checking out!
Rating: 4 Stars 


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This is the first Sarah Dessen book that I have ever read! I know! Shocking! The Truth About Forever focuses on Macy, a girl who does everything she possibly can to be “perfect.” After her boyfriend leaves for Brain Camp, however, Macy’s perfect world begins to feel constrictive and miserable. Looking to make a change, she takes a job at a catering company known as Wish, where she meets Wes, an artistic guy who turns her world completely upside down! The Truth About Forever was a fun, cute, and addicting read that I simply adored! A perfect summer read! This may be the first Dessen book that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last!
Rating: 4.5 Stars


5 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: June 2014

  1. Great reviews, Natalie! So glad you enjoyed your first Dessen 😀
    I’ve never heard of Edenbrooke, but it sounds delightful! Very Austen-like indeed 🙂

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