Mini Reviews for a July Wrap-Up

In July I sadly ran into a bit of a wall when it came to sticking with books or even finishing them in general. As a result, I decided to do a mini-wrap-up of the ARCs I tried and either managed to push my way through or DNF’d for various reasons.

32173635Kiss of the Royal

Author: Lindsey Duga
Status: Did Not Finish

I sadly DNF-ed this book after the first two chapters. Right off the bat, I felt like I was missing something about the world and how things worked. Sometimes diving right in is the best option for a book, but it was not a tactic that worked this time. It’s a shame because I was looking forward to this read after having been a part in the cover reveal blog tour, but it just didn’t grip me.


Running Out of Air

Author: K.T. Swift
Status: Did Not Finish

I only managed to get a few pages into this one before I gave up. It was so wordy, pretentious, and stuffed to the max with allusions and metaphors, that it didn’t feel relatable or hold my interest.

loving-pablo-hating-escobar-paperback-cover-9781786891051Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar

Author: Virginia Vallejo
Status: Did Not Finish

As a true crime nut who has recently become interested in the way the Mexican (and other Latin American) cartels work, I was really excited to get approved for this book about the ruthless Pablo Escobar. Sadly, it’s jammed with so many different names of agents and cartel members, that I lost track and interest rather quickly. Soon to be a film starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, I’m hoping that might keep me more engaged.

9781487005221_1024x1024The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Author: Holly Ringland
Status: Did Not Finish

So this is a DNF, but only because my PDF file kept crashing my Kobo. I’m devastated I wasn’t able to finish this book because I genuinely loved it so much. It has such an incredible fairy tale voice that drew me in and I felt so strongly for Alice. I can’t wait for the release so I can get to know what happens in the end. Definitely a must read for this summer.



Author: Sofka
Status: Read

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov is one of my all time favourite books, so when I heard about this novel I was so excited to get my hands on it. It is certainly a problematic book given the fact that the main characters are 20 years apart in age, leaving Daphne at 9-years-old when she first means Ralph, but the prose itself is delightful. Although it definitely isn’t Lolita, I enjoyed it.

a1qx48zltelSons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

Author: Peter Vronsky
Status: Read

Peter Vronsky is a name I’m rather familiar with as a huge fan of true crime writing. Funnily enough though, I have never actually read one of his books before now. I found this book to be incredibly insightful when breaking down just how little we know about what causes psychopathic tendencies as well as why we as a society tend to be so fascinated by the crimes of serial killers. I really enjoyed reading this and definitely plan on picking up Vronsky’s earlier books as well.


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