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July Wrap Up

The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud GonneGuilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #2)Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4)Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #5)The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6)The End of the AffairBurnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #7)

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Books Read

The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne

The Love Story of W.B. Yeats & Maud Gonne by Margery Brady ★★★★☆

This was very interesting but it does focus more on Maud than on Yeats. She seems to have lived a more interesting life with her determination to see Ireland free. It’s more a chronicling of events than a story but I did discover a lot about these people I wasn’t aware of.

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★☆

Oh Anita, how awesome your early books were!! This book was voted Castle Dracula’s book of the month for July so I reread it with the group. I disliked the later books so much I had almost forgotten just how good the first few in the series were. Since this is a first in a series there is some world building though not much because the world isn’t that elaborate. We also get a lot of character introductions. It’s a great book if you were a fan of Buffy but want something more adult. It does show it’s 90’s-ness now but it’s still very enjoyable.

Anita is a vampire hunter and animator which is someone who raises the recently dead as a zombie usually for legal reasons such as finalising a will. She’s also a preternatural expert consulting with the police on murder cases where a beastie is believed to have done the deed. So she’s a busy gal!

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #2)

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★

I enjoyed rereading book 1 so much I decided to keep going with the series. This book fleshes out the world more and we get to know the characters a lot better. I felt the Big Bad in this one had potential to be a bigger character but it didn’t work out that way.

Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)

Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★☆

Book 3. The series has gained momentum here and things really start to heat up.

The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #4)

The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★

Book 4. One of my favourites in the series. A really enticing plot and not too much relationship drama yet.

Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #5)

Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★☆

Book 5. Excellent addition to the series but again I felt the Big Bad was hyped up a lot then too easily defeated.

The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6)

The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★☆

Book 6. This book is the first turning point for the series I think. The books start to focus more on Anita’s romantic relationships from here and so much drama!

The End of the Affair 

The End of The Affair by Graham Greene ★★★★☆

This turned out to be a lot more than a story about an affair. It’s more about people finding their religious identity and beliefs and dealing with loss, jealousy, and what it means to love someone.

Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #7)

Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★☆

Things are starting to get annoying now but we’re not quite there yet. We still have a pretty interesting story but we’re sinking really into the vampire world and I always thought Anita’s abilities were more interesting and had more potential for inventive storylines.

Currently Reading

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I’m very slow with reading this. I’m enjoying it but it’s not the kind of book that I feel an urgency to read. There’s no ‘oh my gosh, what will happen next’ feeling.

Her Name Was Rose Her Name Was Rose by Clare Allen

I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and have just started it. Very interesting so far.

Shadowed Souls Shadowed Souls Edited by Jim Butcher

Short story anthology with stories by Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire and Tanya Huff. I probably won’t read them all because I’m not familiar with all of the series that the stories are part of.

BookTubeAThon TBR

BookTubeAThon runs from July 30th – August 5th this year. Check out my announcement post.

The Surface BreaksThe Last UnicornThe Great GatsbyThe Bloody ChamberThe Second SexBlue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8)Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9)

What was your favourite read in July?

July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

Highlights

The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.