Reading Roundup: August 2021

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may have seen my What I’m Watching feature that I do on a monthly basis. Last night I was reading and thought “Why don’t I do that for what I’m reading too?” And thus I decided to pull together a list of what I read in August to share.

  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas — I am obsessed with these books and with SJM. I can’t remember the last time I religiously followed everything by a certain author. It’s kind of nice to fangirl about someone from afar and to know that whenever they release something, it’ll likely be a hit for me. For those familiar with SJM’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series, this is a spinoff focusing on Feyre’s sister Nesta. She’s a lot more feisty and disgruntled than Feyre and even though some of her personality is a bit off-putting, it’s all part of the story and leads to a really satisfying journey for Nesta.
  • A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair — This is honestly a perfect intersection of so many things that I love: Greek mythology, YA urban fantasy, great world-building, and romance. It’s like Sarah J. Maas created a series that revolved around Greek Mythology with a focus on some of my favourite deities. I don’t really actively seek out (spicy) romance as a genre but a friend recommended it to me. She also let me borrow this and the second book in the series to read and I’m so glad that she did. It definitely wasn’t as spicy as I was anticipating but that’s not a bad thing.
  • The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters — I’ll just share what I wrote over on Goodreads: “Completely devoured this book in two days; I couldn’t put it down! The best way I can describe it is Final Girls x The Once and Future Witches. It’s part murder mystery, part thriller, and part magical fantasy realism. Erica Waters’ prose is beautiful and easy to fall in love with. Each character feels so fleshed out and complex in the best possible ways; we get so many layers to them and explore their fear and grief and more. And most importantly, we explore what happens when we those who have been preyed upon are armed with teeth to fight back.”
  • Wings of Ebony by J. Elle — I was briefly in a group called Class of 2K21 that was for authors and their debut books. J. Elle was a member of the group and so this novel has been on my radar for a while. I finally got it from the library and sped through it. It’s a great magical fantasy that tackles race, violence, and more but through Rue’s time in the real world and in a magical utopia.
  • Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta — Once again, I’m going to go ahead and share what I wrote on my Goodreads review: “An action-packed ride from start to finish. I devoured this story and was completely captivated by the dual-POV adventure. Pacific Rim x This Is How You Stop The Time War but for a YA audience. While Xiran Jay Zhao’s Iron Widow book, isn’t out yet, Gearbreakers and Iron Widow feel like spiritual siblings or cousins; titles where if you enjoy one, you’ll surely enjoy the other. Incredibly great!”

What did you read last month? Let me know in the comments!