man i didn't think it was possible to read and listen to as many books as i did in august. but the month was long, and i had a lot of time on my hands. these are the books i read.

this savage song

by victoria schwab (fantasy > paranormal, young adult, science fiction > dystopia) โœญโœญโœญโœญโœญ

i read four schwab books this month. that might be proof enough to pick up her work. this book was a rollercoaster from start to finish. it always kept me on edge despite its "young adult" approach to the concept of what a monster really is. i fell in love with the characters and could relate to both of the main protagonists in different ways. i truly recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of dark fantasy with a hint of romance.

our dark duet

by victoria schwab (fantasy > paranormal, young adult, science fiction > dystopia) โœญโœญโœญโœญ

this is the sequel to "this savage song" i just mentioned above, but i decided to listen to it on storytel since i am paying for that shit and want the good shit. the book itself i had no problem with. it was as good as the first book, but the reader was in my opinion reading it with such intensity that i had trouble getting through it. as if just walking from one place to another in the story was the most epic thing in the world. maybe that is actually good storytelling but i found it rather tiredsome to listen to. i recommend reading it over listening to it.

will grayson, will grayson

by john green and david levithan (contemporary, young adult, lgbtq+, fiction) โœญโœญโœญ

john green is either a hit or miss for me, but with this one i am on the fence. maybe it was because david levithan's side of the story kept me invested enough to get through the other, less interesting pages green offered. i would not call this a lgbtq+ book to be honest. not that it doesn't include lgbtq+ representation, but how it handles the topic itself is what had me scowling every now and again while listening to the audiobook. the readers where really good though and i like how the tones of their voices matched their characters.

a darker shade of magic

by v.e schwab (fantasy > magic, young adult, fiction) โœญโœญโœญโœญโœญ

where do i even begin? i rarely fall in love with books, unfortunately. i mean, i like books, and i will continue to like books until the day i die. but on the rare occasion i fall for a book, when i really feel the story consume me as i read it - a little spark of magic awaken inside me. a darker shade of magic ignited that spark and kept it alive from start to finish. as if the magic within the story poured out from the pages and embraced me, my life and the real world around me. that's real magic if anything. That's love for a book if anything. i can't wait to read the sequel. i truly recommend this to anyone, and if you grew up loving the harry potter series... if you STILL love the harry potter series; this is a book for you.


by v.e schwab (fantasy, science fiction, adult, fiction) โœญโœญโœญโœญโœญ

i read this in three days, which is saying something considering it is my only adult read this month. i dived in and i didn't come for air until i had finished it, that is how good this book was. the fact that you are reading about two antagoinsts AS protagonists is such a wildride i didn't know who the hell i was as i read. i recommend this book to anyone who wants a twist to the otherwise hero vs villain tropey stories we have all read a thousand times already. oh, and if you are interested in extraordinary people and to watch your morals fly out windows, this should be on your tbr.

i was born for this

by alice oseman (contemporary, young adult, lgbtq+) โœญโœญโœญโœญ

i listened to "radio silence" by alice oseman in july and found it very interesting and fun. so i had to give her latest book a try. i was not disappointed. its protagonists represent minorities such as independent, muslim girls and gay, transgender boys with anxieties. i grew up obsessing over "one direction" and i was kind of feeling called out as i listened to this book. it gave me a perspective on fame i will be taking into consideration as i face people in real life, which only proves this book's worth. i recommend you listen to this one!

emmy & oliver

by robin benway (contemporary, young adult, romance, realistic fiction, fiction) โœญโœญ

i listened to this last summer, and got to about 50 % of it until finding it boring and dropping it. i picked it up in august again and finishing it, mainly because i hate leaving things unfinished. it's a nice story, has its characters and storyline but i did not really find anything different about this story, not anything i could cling onto to really invest myself. the reader pulled me through. but if you are into straights falling for each other under mundane cicumstanses then sure, i'd recommend it.

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