This week marks the end of the Summer TBR Wipeout 2018 Challenge. A huge thanks to The Candid Cover for hosting it again this year. As always, it has been a lot of fun and I got a ton of reading done for the challenge this year so yay! My original goal was to read 15 books and I’m excited to report that I actually managed to exceed that goal with a total of 18 books, including every single book off of my original TBR list for the challenge. Being the mood reader I am, I think I’m most excited to have actually stuck to that list. That may be a first for me, haha! Anyway, on to the books. As far as reviews go, I have written full reviews for the three books on here that were ARCs. For the rest, I’m just going to give a quick reaction on each and move on so that I don’t continue to fall behind on my reviews.
COMPLETED BOOKS SINCE LAST UPDATE
VICIOUS by V.E. SCHWAB – My love for Schwab’s books has only continued to grow now that I have finally read Vicious. As much as I adore books that feature anti-heroes, this book was practically written with me in mind. If you love books that feature villains, or you’ve read and loved Schwab’s other series but somehow haven’t picked this one up yet, GO BUY THIS BOOK! You won’t regret it! 5 STARS
THE RAGING ONES by KRISTA & BECCA RITCHIE – Part epic space odyssey, part coming of age story, The Raging Ones is one of the more unique books I’ve read this year. Check out my full review HERE. 4 STARS
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by TOMI ADEYEMI – I just finished reading this book tonight and all I have to say is WOW! Out of all of the hyped books I’ve read this year, I think this one most lives up to and exceeds the hype. It’s an intense and sometimes painful story that is filled with all too relevant themes such as oppression and racism. It’s also beautifully written, with exquisite worldbuilding and characters that I adored, especially Zélie and Amari. I loved everything about this book! 5 STARS
THE POINT by JOHN DIXON – An exciting story about an outcast with supernatural powers who finds herself enrolled at West Point Military Academy where they hope to train her to be the ultimate weapon. Check out my full review HERE. 4 STARS.
HOW TO STOP TIME by MATT HAIG – This was a fascinating read that is actually kind of hard to describe. It’s science fiction in the sense that it features a character who has been alive for over 500 years because he doesn’t age as normal humans do. It also, however, reads like historical fiction because the author uses flashbacks to take us back to earlier periods in the character’s life where he often encountered famous figures from history, such as William Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Captain Cook, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. Finally, I’d even go so far as to call it a romance because it does follow the main character’s love of a woman and how that relationship has impacted him for most of his very extended life. Just an all around unique and creative read that I very much enjoyed. 4 STARS.
VOX by CHRISTINA DALCHER – A terrifying novel about what could happen if a radical religious group managed to rise to power in the United States with the ultimate agenda of silencing women. This was a gripping read that I just could not put down once I started reading it! Check out my full review HERE. 4 STARS
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Well, that’s it for my challenge. If you participated, I hope you had as much success as I did!