Well, I read two books on June’s TBR. Does anyone else never seem to follow the reading lists they make?
I’m starting a monthly/bimonthly quick reads section. Each book in this section is about 300 pages or less and was a “quick read.” In these reviews, I’ll give a small 200 word or less impression of each book.
The Missing/Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
At first, I was confused about tracking the name of this book. The American title is Cryer’s Cross, but the British release is titled The Missing. Personally, I probably would not have picked up the American version because Cryer’s Cross sounds too romance-novel for my liking. Overall, this book is not the most memorable. As I’m sitting here, I cannot recall many details of this book. I do know that the main character, Kendall, is likeable. Over the past six months, two classmates have disappeared. Kendall is the one who cracks the case and almost falls prey to the thing claiming souls. Every other chapter is a back and forth that leave you confused for the first half of the novel. The chapters in a “we” point of view are vague. But everything clicks into place…eventually. The novel is slow-paced. And the climax of the book doesn’t happen until the last few chapters. Then, everything is magically normal again. I’m not the biggest fan. It is well written and approaches OCD in a way I haven’t seen before. But that’s as far as the positives go. Still, it’s not the worst. Rating 2/5
You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
I LOVE Mamrie Hart. This is the perfect book for summer. Whether it’s a beach read or you’re sipping a glass of wine or taking shots, this is a must read. Like her YouTube Channel, YDAD is not only a fun series of stories, but a hilarious drinking game. At the start of every chapter, there is a new drink recipe. And you bet your ass I saved most of these drinks to return to later. My favorite biographies are a series of short stories, and Mamrie delivers. Most of her stories are of college or her twenties. They’re pretty relatable. And the ones that aren’t are hilarious. I suggest picking up this book and grabbing a drink. Hey, you have until February until her second book comes out. So, drink up! Rating: 5/5
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
If you want to read a book that emotionally wrecks you and pieces you together, this is it. June experiences love, grief, heartbreak, wonder, and everything in between. She questions who she is and what she wants, all while learning about her family and the curse the Angerts and O’Donnell’s are plagued by. This is a beautiful story about love and loss. It’s even beautifully written. It’ll make you smile and probably shed a few tears along the way. A Million Junes is one book that you have to read. Rating 4/5
Starflight by Melissa Landers
This was a cute book. The first half seemed slow and the end seemed a little rushed. The crew of the Banshee is an eclectic bunch. The two main characters, Solara and Doran learn about forgetting preconceived notions of people. And of course, it’s not a teen fiction book without a stereotypical romance. I loved the space pirates. And traveling through different worlds. You just can’t think realistically about space travel in this book. I do recommend this to anyone who loves adventure and outer space. Rating 3/5