June 2023 Book Reviews

June 2023 Book Reviews

At the beginning of every month,  I make a promise to myself that I will get more reading done. Turns out I am currently too busy to read eight books a month like I used to. Five books read in June doesn’t seem so bad, but I really wish I could have read more. I am taking three weeks off from blogging in July, so hopefully that means I will get to read at least seven to eight books (I hope). Anyway, let’s get to it. These are my June Book Reviews. Enjoy! Wintering – Katherine May Wintering is a book about reflection and surviving the dark seasons of life. Almost like a meditation to ease those hard days that unfortunately always come around. Katherine gracefully shows us how to navigate these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life.  “Wintering is a season in the cold. It is a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress or cast into the role of an outsider. Perhaps it results from illness; perhaps from a life event such as a bereavement or the birth of a child; perhaps it comes from a humiliation or failure. Perhaps you’re in a period of transition, and have temporarily fallen between two worlds. Some winterings creep upon us more slowly, accompanying the protracted death of a relationship, the gradual ratcheting up of caring responsibilities as our parents age, the drip-drip-drip of lost confidence. Some are appallingly sudden, like discovering one day that your skills are considered obsolete, the company you worked for has gone bankrupt, or your partner is in love with someone new. However it arrives, wintering is usually involuntary, lonely and deeply painful. Yet it’s also inevitable.” My Review Seems weird that I chose to read this book called Wintering when summer was fast approaching. However, I was craving peace, and I needed something uplifting that would help me understand and accept the different stages of life and what they bring about.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get through it, not because it dragged, but because I wanted to properly digest it. Katherine’s writing is really good, easy to understand and inspiring.  Although I tabbed and highlighted quite a lot throughout, this paragraph really hit home. A truth, eloquently written. This isn’t the kind of book that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, turning pages late into the night. Some books are meant to be read slowly. Some books are written to provide peace. This is such a book.  The Serpent And The Wings Of Night (Crowns Of Nyaxia 1) – Carisa Broadbent (Please research this book before reading as it might contain triggers of sexual nature for some) Oraya is the adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire King. She has been raised and trained to protect herself in a world designed to kill her. The rules of survival are simple, never trust, never yield and always guard your heart. Oraya knows her place. She is a human in a world of predators.  The Kejari is a legendary tournament hosted by the Goddess of Death herself, Nyaxia. Entering is the only chance Oraya has to become something other than prey. And even though she has been training for this all her life, she knows that winning won’t be easy. Not when she has to compete against some of the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses.  Reluctantly she agrees to form an alliance with Raihn, a mysterious and dangerous vampire. A ruthless and efficient killer and enemy to her Father’s crown. Yet, the thing that terrifies Oraya most is how she finds herself drawn to him. All is not as it seems when it comes to Raihn. Turns out he might understand her better than anyone she has yet met.  However, there is no room for friendships or compassion in the Kejari. As war brews for the House of Night, everything Oraya thought she knew shatters. One thing is for certain,  her blossoming attraction to Raihn could be her downfall, especially in a kingdom where nothing is more deadly than love.  My Review This book was NOT on my TBR for the month. In fact, I didn’t even own it. Yet, my friend Daisy mentioned it to me and it piqued my curiosity. As it’s well known, (unless you are new to our blog, in which case let me introduce myself) my preferred genre is fantasy, and as it had been quite a while since I had read a good vampire story I decided to give it a go. I dived in and I didn’t come up for air until I finished it. This book was a ride and a half. It took off and didn’t slow down once.  If you are not a fantasy lover, then you can skip this review. This book is jam-packed with everything I love about fantasy stories. Fast-paced, enemy-to-lovers troupe, kick-ass female main character and powerful, hot male vampire! I know, cliche right? But the plot was great, the characters are witty and funny, and the fight scenes are explosive and well written, Plus, there are a few plot twists in the end that will have you reaching out for book two immediately. (I did anyway).  This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be my last. For all my fantasy-crazed friends, (you know who you are) trust me you want to read this one!! The Ashes And The Star Cursed King – (Crowns Of Nyaxia 2) – Carisa Broadbent (Please research this book before reading as it might contain triggers of sexual nature for some) The Kejari is over and with it everything Oraya once thought to be true. A prisoner once again in her own kingdom, only this time it is Raihn who holds

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