August 2023 Reading Wrap Up

August 2023 Reading Wrap Up

My birthday month was pretty successful with lots of 5 stars! I LOVED Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett. The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young was life changing. Reckless by Elsie Silver was such a fun cowboy romance. And Manacled by SenLinYu – a masterpiece! It was a great month.

Morbidly Yours by Ivy Fairbanks

This was cute and unique! I absolutely loved it until about 80% and then Lark started to rub me the wrong way. But Callum was so cute, I loved the setting, and the story was really fun. Totally recommend! You can read my full review here.
🌢️🌢️ / 5
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Rating

4/5

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett

I loved this book! I really enjoyed the first, but the second was great!! This series is so unique and quirky, academic and fun. I love Wendell and Emily separately but also as a couple. The romance in these books is not the focus, but they have the best banter and a very mature/understanding relationship (no spice though).

It was a bit of a cozy mystery with new characters, faeries, and a more personal quest. I’d definitely recommend this series if you love faeries, fun characters, and academic FMCs. You can read my full review here.

Rating

5/5

The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young is a storytelling goddess. I didn’t read the description before starting, and I’m glad I went in blind! I loved the magical realism and Adrienne’s stories are always so atmospheric. When I wasn’t reading it, it was all I could think about. SO many mysteries to solve and pieces to put together, and sweet relationships scattered throughout. I absolutely loved it.

Rating

5/5

Reckless by Elsie Silver

Do I love Theo more than Cade??? Based on the synopsis, I would normally hate this book. Secret babies are not for me! But if you love men that are down bad for their woman, this is for you!

Rating

5/5

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley ColE

I’d heard great things about Kresley Cole so I thought I’d start Immortals After Dark with this prequel novella. It was alright! Entertaining, but I don’t think I’ll continue the series.

Rating

3.5/5

A Fragile Enchantment by Allison Saft

I’d describe this as Bridgerton with magic, and I really enjoyed it. I love forbidden love (0.5/5🌢) and found family. Though I’d consider this more “haters to lovers” instead of “enemies to lovers”. The MMC was so grumpy – obsessed!!

Totally recommend if you’re in the mood for a fantastical period drama.

Rating

4.5/5

Forget me Not by Julie Soto

This book was SUPER hyped for me, and sadly I didn’t love it! I found the amount of wedding planning content to be too much. Their relationship was also not great except for the flashbacks. Ama was stressful and Elliot was an ass, a hot ass, but still. I bumped up the rating because I would recommend it to the right person.

3.5/5

The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks

I reread The Witch Collector! This is a great start to the series. Definitely more fantasy with a romance than fantasy romance, but I’d still give it 1.5🌢 I always love an enemies to lovers romance! And the MMC was broody and powerful. Love it!

5/5

The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

This wasn’t my fav! I did like the MMC Lucas, but I could NOT wrap my head around her living in the apartment. It was such a lame excuse to create forced proximity that I couldn’t get on board.

Rating

3.5/5

Manacled by SenLinYu

It took me a year to finish this πŸ˜‚ HOWEVER it’s not because I didn’t love it, it’s because I was listening to the audio on Spotify and the episodes stop early lol. So here to say – you can actually download this to your kindle from AO3 🀣

It’s heartbreaking and so good and worth a read πŸ‘ This is god tier Dramione. Just follow it up with Draco Malfoy and the Mortifying Ordeal of Being in Love to heal your soul.

Rating

5/5

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen

I had this book on my TBR for years, and on my self for a while too. The Bridge Kingdom seems to be a go-to rec for fantasy romance, and while I did enjoy it, I really missed the fantasy elements in this one. The romance was alright, but don’t expect a lot of spice. I’ve heard the second is better, so I’ll continue the series!

Rating

4/5

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