The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Scarlett, Cress, Winter, Stars Above – I loved The Lunar Chronicles! I bought the books after I finished the series because I knew I would want to read them again. These sci-fi retellings of classic fairy tales remind me of why I love the television show Once Upon a Time. I am fascinated by taking a well-known story and adding a modern/new twist on the beloved tale.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – After reading The Lunar Chronicles, this prequel to Alice in Wonderland came recommend. It’s the story of how the Queen of Hearts became heartless. While I found the tale interesting, I will admit that I’ve never been drawn to the world of Wonderland. This book didn’t compare to The Lunar Chronicles, in my opinion.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Han, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – This book was a hilarious and irreverent re-take on English history. The book has vibes like The Princess Bride and it had me laughing out loud. The magic in the book was a surprise to me since I really knew nothing of the plot before starting it. I liked how the authors humorously rewrote history to create their own version of a happily ever after.
Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Caraval was the August book of the month for Courty’s Book Club (which I follow on Instagram). I loved it and couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series. I was impatient for the book copy of Legendary to arrive at my library so I snagged the audiobook version which was available without delay. Caraval was magical, full of suspense, and the main character was very relatable to me (a sensible, cautious, protective older sister). Legendary is told from the perspective of the risk-taking, younger sister. The magic in Legendary is also darker than the first book, which I didn’t love. I’m learning that I don’t prefer audiobooks so that might also be why enjoyed Legendary less than Caraval. I’m waiting for the final book in the series now. The last book is told from the perspective of both sisters, so I wonder if I will like more.
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson – When I’m looking for a quick, sweet read, I turn to Melody Carlson. There is also something fun about reading a Christmas book during the summer. The Christmas Shoppe featured in this novel was magical so it fit well into the theme of the month!
The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside – I was able to get six of the eight Anne books read this month. I always like a little LMM in my month readings. Visiting Anne and Prince Edward Island is like a visiting a beloved friend.