What I’ve Been Reading & Instagram Templates | August

Recent Reads Wrap Up Elaine Howlin

Well, here we are again, friends. Another month of reading over and another one to look forward to. August has been a pretty good month. I visited family at the beginning of the month which slowed down my reading but was really nice. I read a few ARC’s this month as well and joined a new reading challenge in my book group on Goodreads. It’s a role playing strategy game based on the game Werewolf. So far it’s been a lot of fun!

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Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The first book in a new urban fantasy series set in London. As part of her training to become a detective, Emma Bellamy is assigned to the Supernatural Unit. On her very first night her partner goes missing and someone tries to kill her. Searching for her partner and would be killer leads her further into the supernatural world than she had any intention of going.

I found this one to be a bit slow in the beginning with all of the world building but I ended up freaking loving it! I love a good murder mystery with paranormal elements.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Nero Awakening by Keary Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The third episode in Taylor’s Neron Rising Saga sees Nova enhancing her recently discovered abilities and deciding what to do next about Valen and the evil Cyrillius. This series is essentially a retelling of Rey and Kylo Ren from Star Wars and I freaking LOVE it.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Athena’s Choice by Adam Boostrom

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A dystopian world where all men were accidentally killed by a virus. Heck of a lot of potential with this one but it was just to tiresome to read.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Kitty’s Mix Tape by Carrie Vaughn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A collection of short stories set in the world of Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series. Some of the stories were previously published in other collections and some were written for this one. This is the final instalment in the Kitty Norville series though not all of the stories follow her, some are even historical’s. I thoroughly enjoyed reading other character’s point of view and getting another look around the world.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book One of Zanetti’s paranormal romance series, Dark Protectors. This is a brotherhood series similar to J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood which has a different romance in each book but follows an overarching storyline throughout the series. Serious Alpha Asshole possessive vibes going on in this one (pretty common with PNR to be fair) but I really enjoyed it anyway. The romance plot and suspense plot get equal attention which makes things a bit more interesting.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a collection of blog posts Frost posted on her website of the first few chapters of Halfway to the Grave told from Bones’s point of view. I absolutely freaking loved reading what was going on inside his head when he met Cat and started training her. Halfway to the Grave follows Cat, a dhampire, on a mission to destroy as many vampires as possible when she comes across Bones who quickly opens her eyes to just how much she didn’t know.

Get the book: Available free on author’s blog

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Blood Work by Kim Harrison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a prequel graphic novel to Harrison’s The Hollows series. The Hollows follows Rachel Morgan, a witch, and her scooby gang of supernaturals as they fight demons and try to save the world. It’s one of my favourite series though I wasn’t a fan of the first book. This prequel is from Ivy’s (Rachel’s best friend and room mate) point of view of their first meeting and first time working a case together. It was interesting to have a visualisation of the characters and of Ivy’s abilities.

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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My Little Occult Book Club by Steven Rhodes

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Very fun little creepy book. This is a horror parody of those old catalogues of children’s books. I loved the artwork, I wish I could get some of them as posters!

Get the book: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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12 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading & Instagram Templates | August

  1. I love the Dark Protectors series. I just finished the Realm Enforcers series, which is an off-shoot of this series, and will be going on to book 8 in the DP series next. I have to say, there is a ton of Alpha Asshole vibes throughout, but the women get spunkier and sassier as the series progresses and always put the men in their place.

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