Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2016

June was a good reading month for me. I read 6 books in total (3 physical books and 3 on my kindle). I was pretty good at juggling reading for pleasure and studying for exams (even though it was very hard choosing between the two). Since it is now summertime, I have more time on my hands which means more time to read (yippee). So to start off my first blog post, here is my June wrap-up. 

The Last Star by Rick Yancey:
Read: May 30, 2016- June 4, 2016 
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
This is the last book in this series so I recommend reading the two previous books before reading this one. I read The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea in May and I became very intrigued with this series. It contains a funny main character named Cassie Sullivan, who is all alone after the waves of an alien invasion hits Earth. She is on a mission to stay alive and save her brother, Sammy, who has been taken away to a place called Camp Haven. Along the way she meets, Evan Walker, who is a walking mystery. She has to decide whether to trust him and let him help her find her brother or face possible death doing it on her own. I will not go into further discussion about the series as I do not want to spoil anything. However, I will say that I am happy with the way Yancey wrapped up this series and I would recommend it to anyone interested in aliens, science fiction, or dystopia.  

Buy the book here. A movie was also made on The 5th Wave and you can watch the trailer here

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West:
Read: June 4, 2016- June 6, 2016
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
This was my first summer contemporary read of the year! It has a sweeter than sugar romance that will make your heart melt (I know mine did). This book is about a 17 year old girl named, Gia Montgomery, whose boyfriend breaks up with her in the parking lot of her high school prom. She has to think quickly and find a fill-in boyfriend so she can still go to prom and save face. She sees a cute guy waiting in his car to pick up his sister and decides that he's the one. They have a simple arrangement: be her fill-in boyfriend-- two hours, zero commitment, and a few lies. Let's just say things get complicated when she starts falling for the fill-in. Walls start crumbling down and lies are revealed. Gia is left to discover who she wants to be as a person and who is willing to stay in her life. I definitely recommend this to those who want a short summer contemporary that involves love, friendship, character development, and finding one's self. 

Buy the book here.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson:
Read: June 6, 2016- June 11, 2016
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
Morgan Matson has done it again. I had previously read two other novels by her (Second Chance Summer and Since You've Been Gone) where I fell in love with her writing and characters. This book was no different. It is about a girl named, Andie Walker, who always has things planned out. She is a politician's daughter and has learned to take care of herself over the years. That is-- until the scandal. Now, she has to live in the same house as her dad and walk a numerous amount of dogs...for the whole summer. Things are not looking up for Andie until the day she meets Clark. He opens her eyes to new things and somewhat changes her life. Now the romance in this book is not the damsel-in-distress-in-need-of-saving type. It is simply about a girl and a boy who fall in love and learn to make their lives sync with each other's. HANDS DOWN RECOMMEND TO E-VER-Y-ONE. But seriously, this book did start off a bit slow but picked up pretty quickly and has become a summertime favourite. Plus, the main male character, Clark, is probably my favourite male out of all the ones Morgan has written about. If only he existed in real life, sigh. A girl can dream, right?

Buy the book here

NOW... Onto the Kindle Books.

Read: June 13, 2016- in progress 
Rating: N/A (still reading)

This book contains mature content so it is recommended for readers 18+. I have officially fallen in love with the Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie. They are twin sisters who wrote this amazing new adult romance series which includes fantastic characters who you see grow with each book. It follows the lives of the Calloway Sisters (Lily, Rose, and Daisy) and the men in their lives (Loren Hale, Connor Cobalt, and Ryke Meadows). I have already read 4 books and have 6 remaining...I know it's a lot but I'll get there eventually. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is in the mood for a steamy romance. 

Buy them here, here, and here.

 love xena


  1. Hi Xena! I love your book review post and will be jumping into at least one of these exciting read-worthy novels. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to read more. Love you! xo Sue

  2. Wow Xe. Your book reviews are just Aah-mazing!! I'll have to get back into reading and borrow one of those. Great job. I'm excited to see what's coming next. 😘

  3. Hi Xe. I love your book reviews. I can't wait to see your beauty picks.��


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