August 2020 Reading Wrap-up: Suzanne

July was weird. August was better! It was a month of thrillers and paranormal romance. And an ILONA ANDREWS RELEASE, which, is pretty much what I have been waiting for all year and it didn’t disappoint. Even now, thinking about Emerald Blaze I get a little buzz of happiness.

The Statistics:

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy books: 6
Thrillers: 5
Other genres: 3
Total number of books in August: 14
Total number of pages: 5081

The Highlights

I think you know what my highlight is going to be, so without further ado my favourite book of August (and 2020 so far) was…

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #5)
Urban Fantasy
There is just something about an Ilona Andrews book, there is literally not a single book of theirs that I don’t love. In Emerald Blaze they once again cast their spell on me and enthrall me with their fantastic writing, compelling characters and fast paced, action packed story. And some kissy times. It is the perfect blend or romance, magic and adventure. I need more immediately.

The Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

I love a great paranormal romance, I want to see shifters, vampires and any other paranormal beastie fall head over heels in love. Cos, when they fall, they fall hard. However, I have found it harder in recent years to find any new PNR series that call to me. So, this months paranormal reads were a mixture of rereading favourites and catching up on series I already follow. However, I regret nothing as I had a hell of a good time doing it!

The Thrillers

I seem to be a person of extremes. I either want romance or grisly murders. I am not sure what it says about my mood in August but I have been in the mood for lots of thrillers! I also like to listen to thrillers as audiobooks, so quite a few of these I listened to rather than read the book (although, audiobooks do still count as reading!). There’s just something about a thriller being spoken out loud rather than reading it that adds to the creep factor.

My favourites of these thrillers was, of course, the two books in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I used to find this series intimidating because of the number of books there are (over 50), now, I am glad there are so many books, you can never have enough time with Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab and the gang!

But, I did also pick up a couple of new authors, my favourite being Willow Rose and her Jack Ryder series. Jack is a single dad of three kids and a police detective in a small town. Things start to heat up when a beautiful country music star moves in and brings a load of trouble with her. Romance and serial killers…it’s a great series and available on Kindle Unlimited.

The Others

I also read a couple of contemporary romances and a f/f young adult. I enjoyed Cinderella is Dead, it was a fairytale retelling of Cinderella with an ominous twist. I enjoyed it, but from all the hype I’ve seen from this book I was expecting a bit more from it. However, if you go in expecting a fairytale romp and ignore the huge expectation this book has, it is an enjoyable read.

My biggest disappointment was Not Like the Movies. I really wanted to like it and it started really well, but I was just so…bored. At the end all I felt was relief that I could finally get away from the heroine’s inner monologuing. I think I need to face the fact that etremely popular contemporary romances are just not for me!

What are some of your favourites from August?spacer

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I manged to get up to date on the In Death series, the Rockton series, finish the Foundling series by Hailey Edwards, and read Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik.

Sophia Rose

I do love to see your spread of paranormals and thrillers. Your Willow Rose series does sound like just the thing and I, too, am glad I will probably have In Deaths books to read into my old age. 🙂

Have a great September of reading, Suzanne!

Amy R

Favorite Read/Listens from August 2020 – Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews, Without You by Marley Valentine, Faux Pas by Natasha Madison, A Guy Walks Into My Bar by Lauren Blakely,