RTW: Best Book of July

This Week’s Topic is: 

What was the best book you read in July?

This month is tough… I read quite a few books I enjoyed but none that I really loved. I guess it’s a tie between a MG and YA book for me.

Written by John and Carole Barrowman (John Barrowman as in Capt. Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood, also John Barrowman the cross-dressing stage performer, the singer, dancer and ice-skater – yes he’s that talented, the bastard!) Anyway, I picked this up because I’m a huge fan of John Barrowman’s and I really enjoyed this MG novel. The premise was refreshing and the importance the story places on art was lovely but perhaps not for everyone. Kids that aren’t into drawing might not appreciate this story, sadly. Knowing John Barrowman from interviews, I loved how a few character traits were inserted into the male protagonist making him a little John – it was cute and quirky and will definitely go down with Barrowman fans.

That said, it was MG so it wasn’t nearly dark enough for me to truly love it. Still, a great book I hated to put down.

I guess I’m a bit late to the Lain Taylor band wagon but I finally read this book. It blew me away.I absolutely adored the writing and the setting in Prague – it probably helped that I read it while visiting Berlin. I’ve never been to Prague but I have been to various other cities all over Europe so I could definitely relate to the rich history and lush descriptions. The author clearly loves the setting. The characters were awesome, the mythology unique and wonderfully dark involving a magic system based on pain (how wicked!) but and this is a huge BUT… 

What started out as a high urban fantasy concept about to end in war and blood and screaming angels seemed to devolve into mushy romance complete with an abundance of fluttering butterflies. I wish the second part of the book never happened. Despite this, I loved the writing so much that this was definitely one of the best books I read in July.


What did you read last month?

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  • Bess Weatherby

    “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” Yet another book I SHOULD have read by now 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      That’s kinda how I felt having only read it now 😛

  • Jaime Morrow

    I’m a big, big fan of Laini Taylor as a result of reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE. I only wish I could write as well as she does. Her descriptions alone are beyond fantastic! 🙂 Can’t wait for DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Love her writing – some really beautiful and unique descriptions there.

  • GabriellePrendergast

    Both these books have such spectacular covers!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yes they do and very similar colour schemes.

  • MsFairyFreak

    I’m seriously worried about this long list of TBR I have from all these RTW. Great post.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Haha, yeah – mine keeps growing too! 🙂

  • Alison Miller

    I enjoyed DOSAB – but was a little put off by the last 100 pages, but I did enjoy it. That MG one sounds great! My daughter is 13 and loves to draw. May have to check it out! Thanks!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yeah, the last hundred odd pages undid the awesomeness for me too. Hollow Earth is wonderful, all about drawing and imagination and art – I highly recommend it!

  • I really, really, REALLY need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      You really really do 😉