June Book Review!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Today is the first day of July.

Wow. That is crazy.

Well, happy first day of July!! Today I am super excited to share my June book review with you!! I read lots of good books this month, so I can not wait to share!!

1. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
If you read my May book review, then you would know that I started reading the Percy Jackson series, and I really liked it!! I thought all the Greek mythology was very interesting to read about!! So this month I wanted to keep it going, and read the second book!! 

In this book Percy sets out to save his summer camp before it is destroyed.

I really liked this book, but I will admit that I didn't like it as much as the first book. I think that Percy is a very fun narrator, and I really enjoyed following him along in his journey. This was a very easy and light read for me, which was nice. 

Overall, I really liked this book, and I rate it 4 stars!!

2. Sadie by Courtney Summers
The second book I decided to tackle this month was Sadie by Courteney Summers!!

This book is about a girl named Sadie and her little sister Mattie. Sadie had a really rough childhood, so she devoted her life to protecting Mattie. When Mattie is found dead, Sadie is out for revenge. 

This book was very interesting for me, especially with the writing style. This book is divided into 2 perspectives: Sadie's, and a podcast that is covering her story (serial-like).

So overall I really liked this story, except for the end...we don't ever really get the full story, which I didn't understand. We don't know wether Sadie went home, our what she actually did. 

Buuuutttttt, Overall I really liked this book, and the different perspectives, so I rated it 4 stars.

3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes...I have many thoughts about you.

For those of you who don't know, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel novel for The Hunger Games that came out this May. It is based off Coriolanus Snow's perspective as he mentors one of the tributes in the 10th Hunger Games for a school assignment. Basically, you get a glimpse into Snow's life, and how he became the person he is.

This book I have mixed feelings about. I thought it was super interesting seeing from Snow's viewpoint of things, but I kind of wish that it could have been his perspective of the 74th, 75th Hunger Games rather than the 10th. But I get it!! We all want to know how he became the terrible person he is, but I feel like it would be even more interesting to hear his thoughts about Katniss, and the mockingjay, and all of those things.

Another thing about this book is the whole time you are rooting for Snow, which completely thew me off guard. The whole time I was thinking, "how did he turn bad?" And then BAM!! He's a terrible person.

So yeah. Those are my thoughts on this book. I rated it 3 stars.

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Another mystery!! 

This book is about an academy called Ellingham Academy, and it is a school in Vermont for bright thinkers, inventors, and artists. "A place where learning is a game." But shortly after the school opens, a kidnapping happens. Fast forward to the present day, the case still isn't solved, so when Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham, she is determined to crack the case. 

This is another one of those different perspective books. First we get Stevie's perspective, as she tries to solve the mystery, and we also get the narrated perspective of the day the kidnapping happened. So once again it was very interesting to read, and to be able to see both perspectives.

This book was a nice, easy read, so I rated it 4 stars.

5. Blended by Sharon M. Draper
The next book I read this month is Blended by Sharon M. Draper.

This book is about girl named Isabella who comes from a blended family. Her parents are recently divorced, and this is basically about how Isabella navigates life with all of that. You really get to see what it means to be blended. This book is also a great introduction to police brutality for younger kids. 

I definitely learned a lot from this book, and I think people from all ages would benefit from reading it. 4 stars from me.

6. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
As a white girl, it is extremely important for me to educate myself, so I read this book looking for some insight, and I definitely found it.

This is a book about where we are now, and why. This is a book about race. It explains the history of racist ideas, and inspires hope for antiracist future. Its about the then and now. Its about why racism still exists in our country and in the world.  

I definitely learned a lot from this book. I was looking for insight, and that's exactly what I found. I think people of all types would benefit from reading this book.

I rated it 4 stars.

7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help!! 

I absolutely loved this book!!

If you haven't read The Help then 1) you need too!! and 2) it is about the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, and a girl named Skeeter who aspires to become a writer. She completely changes the conversation when she chooses to interview black women who have spent their whole life taking care of white families, for her book. 

This is once again a great story, and you absolutely fall in love with the characters. You get to read about the perspectives of Minny and Abileen (maids in the book), as well as Skeeter which is really interesting to read. 

So once again I loved this book, and I rated it 5 stars!!

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This is a book about the ivy-league bound, African-American, Justyce Mcallister. Justyce becomes a victim to racial profiling, and is put in handcuffs. In the months that follow his arrest, Justyce looks to the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. Then comes the day when once again Justyce is under attack.

This book was really moving, and very informative. This would be a great book to read now, and to learn about police brutality. 

Overall, this book was really good, and I definitely came out of it more educated. I rated it 4 stars. 

9. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Another Jason Reynolds book!!

This is also a book about police brutality. We get the perspective of Rashad who had fallen victim to police brutality, and Quinn who witnesses it. 

This was one again a very informative, book and it taught me a lot about police brutality. 

I rated this 4 stars. 

10. The Shatter Me Series

I LOVED this book series!! 

It's about a dystopian society, and a girl who can't touch anybody, because bad things happens when she does.

So for those of you who didn't know, I absolutely love dystopian society books, so this was right up my alley!! This series was so good, and it reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games, Red Queen, and Divergent combined!!

I rated this 5 stars.

14. (The End Of The) Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

So I have a love/hate relationship with this book. 

I started this series back in April, and I really liked the first book!!

Then I read the second in May...

I did not like it.

At all.

At that point I did not want finish the series, but then I stet a goal for myself to finish it....

and I did not like it.

So for me, I really liked Maven. Like I was #teammaven, and so I was still rooting for him in Glass Sword, King's Cage, and War Storm. I mean Cal is ok, but I really liked Maven!! Oh well. Guess that's never happening. (I'm still rooting for Maven though ;))

So I mean the Red Queen series was ok. I really liked the first book and didn't like the other ones, and I guess thats just how it is sometimes. 

Well that is my June Book Review!! I hope you enjoyed it, and found some good books to read this July!!

Also-I changed up my blog a bit!! I hope you like it!!
XO, Ella

1 comment

  1. I LOVED the Help! My boys and I have listened to every single Rick Riordan series and they're all great. I like the Percy Jackson series the best because I have always been interested in Greek Gods whereas my youngest son prefers the Magnus Chase series since he's big into Norse Gods and my middle son loved the Kane Chronicles since he got to learn so much about the Egyptian gods.