Aug 06 2012
After falling pretty far behind on my reading goal in June, I managed to get 5 books read in the month of July, so I’m almost back on track. I really enjoyed 4 out of the 5 books I read in July, so I’d say it was a good reading month! (An *e at the end of a title indicates an e-book.)
July Reading List
25. The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong (July 7)
Kelley Armstrong never fails to entertain me, and this first installment in The Darkness Rising trilogy was no exception! As with all of Armstrong’s books, The Gathering features great characters and a strong mythology. And as a continuity nut, I love the ties to the Otherworld series.
26. Max (Maximum Ride #5) by James Patterson (July 10)
Despite its many flaws, I’ve always been a fan of the Maximum Ride series. One of the things I loved about Max’s story is that it’s an adventure with a purpose and no romance. Sadly, this book marks the introduction of teen angst to the story, and it’s definitely NOT what the series needed. I do still love the characters and their mission, but could do without all the “Ohh, Fang kissed me…” whining and moaning.
27. Deadlocked (Southern Vampire #12) by Charlaine Harris (July 14)
We’re almost at the end of Sookie’s story, and the books are suddenly trying to wrap everything up. Which is both good and bad… good because we’re getting some answers and Sookie’s life is FINALLY finding direction, but bad because it feels a little like the original roadmap got lost and we’re heading to a new destination that the author just decided upon at the last minute. Deadlocked was still an enjoyable read despite the fast-tracking.
28. The Enchantress (Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott (July 27) *e
A disappointing final installment in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. – See my series recap here
29. Fever (Chemical Garden #2) by Laren DeStafano (July 31)
This book was so different from the first installment in the Chemical Garden series it almost felt like part of a different series at times. Which was actually quite refreshing! No sophomore slump here. DeStafano manages to keep the story a fresh and unpredictable, and while I wasn’t always sure where Fever was taking the Chemical Garden story, now that I know I can’t wait to read Sever, the final book in the trilogy.