Mini Reviews (August 2022 Reads)

Hi bookish friends!!

Hope you’re all doing well!!

I’m back to share some more mini reviews!!

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on some of my August reads!! I’m slowly catching up with all the books I’veread so far!!

(If you would like to know more about the books just click on the book images or titles and you’ll be taken to their Goodreads page.)

Because Of You by Dawn FrenchπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

This was a surprising read and not something I would normally have picked up. I knew very little about what the book was about and thought it was going to a be light-hearted funny read based on the title and cover, but this turned out to be quite an emotional rollercoaster of a read.

The characters are well written and although I couldn’t relate to what they were going through, as well as not agreeing with some of their decisions. But at the same time, I did feel sorry for them and what they were going through even though their actions were right.

I ended up downloading the audiobook which is narrated by Dawn French herself, and I loved her narration. She really brought the characters to life as she used different voices for each of the characters. I love when narrators can use different voices, it helps to distinguish the different characters.

Overall a great read. if you decide to pick this book I highly recommend the audiobook. Also please check out the trigger warning before picking this book out. I have mentioned a few below.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Stillbirth, Lose of a child, Abduction, Grief, Suicide

Greenwich Park by Katherine FaulknerπŸ’™πŸ’™1/2

This wasn’t a bad read and although I found the plot interesting I did find the book quite slow and rather predictable. I was able to work out the twists before they were revealed.

The book does pick up near the end but by that point, I wasn’t as invested or interested in what happened to the characters. I found the majority of the characters really annoying and honestly just underdeveloped.

Sadly this book wasn’t for me but many others have enjoyed it.

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

This isn’t the kind of book I would have necessarily picked up on my own but after hearing great things about it and seeing it everywhere I just had to pick it up from the library.

Yes, the plot is very unrealistic, but it’s an entertaining one that will have you laughing and rolling your eyes. I was grinning most of the time while reading, which resulted in strange looks from my parents.

I enjoyed following all the characters and the aunties were definitely my favourite. I also found reading about Indo-Chinese culture very interesting.

I ended up alternating between the physical book and the audiobook, and I am so glad I did as I enjoyed the narration the narrator did a fab job. This is a great book to pick up if you’re looking for an easy and entertaining read.

Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto – πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

Having enjoyed the first book, I dived straight into the audiobooks for this one, and although I didn’t hate it but didn’t love it either. I didn’t feel the excitement and humour like in the first book. I mean there are plenty of funny moments but they didn’t have me laughing as hard. In fact, the funny parts sort of felt forced. The aunties were great in the first book and they felt like more natural characters but in this second book I feel their characters were missing something, and at times I even found them to be a little annoying.

I’m sad I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first one!!

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-GarciaπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

I’m a big fan of reading books with mythologies and folktales interwind into their stories and after hearing lots of great things about this one I couldn’t wait to pick it up.

Sadly after reading this one I feel rather let down by all the hype. For me, the book was too romance orientated. I mean I wouldn’t have minded a little here and there but this felt in your face and the actual romance felt unrealistic and forced between the characters. I personally would have liked to read a bit more about the Gods. I also wasn’t a fan of the characters. I found the majority of them unlikeable and unengaging.

Now although there are a few negatives I did love the setting and world-building, especially the Underworld and all the creatures that came with it.

Overall not a bad read but I definitely feel like this was just another overhyped book. Saying that, although I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Mexican Gothic I haven’t been put off by picking up more books by this author.


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