July Books – Spotlight on SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY…

Today is Road Trip Wednesday 🙂 RTW is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week´s topic: Best Book of July

I have read some wonderful books this July so I will not be choosing the best one, rather I´ll be telling you about one which really took me by surprise.

This month I read:

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I gushed about it here (and you could win a SIGNED book by just commenting on this post…)

PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry : This one was also very good, it had different types of characters. I explained why I enjoyed it here (hint: layered characters, siblings and hot romance)

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers: Wow! This book is the first one I read from Courtney Summers and definitely not the last. It´s  very raw but also very true and I connected with the main character who wanted to be perfect. All the time. And then doesn´t know how to deal when it collapses. Really really good.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S NIGHTMARE by Kody Keplinger: Kody is a must-buy for me. I really enjoyed her two first books and this one didn’t disappoint!

THE ONE THAT I WANT by Jennifer Echols: I picked up this one based on Jessica’s Bookanista Review and I don’t regret it one bit! Really, to get the full picture, you should read Jessica’s review 😀 Like her, I agree that the book actually makes us understand the dysfunctional relationship which sometimes can happen between friends and thus, give a reasoning behind some of the main character’s actions. Plus the swoon-factor is major!

So as you can see, I was on a contemporary kick, probably since I was finishing up my novel, I was trying to immerse myself in the same genre.

The one that totally took me by surprise though was: SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard! I loved it and I highly recommend it! I picked it up based on Katy´s recommendation and she does a fabulous job in explaining why this book is great (so go ahead, read her review and then come back to know why I loved it too :D)

Okay, thanks for coming back! So, why did I love it?

I have never read Steampunk before and it has some elements of it…Very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

  1. The writing. Really, you can feel like you´re with Eleanor in the streets of Philly looking for her brother. You can feel the corset and you can laugh and open wide eyes when Eleanor discover more than what she bargained for.
  2. Eleanor. Talk about a girl with character! And she just appears very human, like you could hand her an umbrella through the pages of the book and tell her “aim for the knees”. Disclaimer: I usually do not talk to my books. Or only rarely
  3. Daniel. Oh Daniel. So annoying and so charming. Loved Daniel!
  4. The story. It has action, it has feelings, it has romance…it has friendships and it has that little something something which creates magic in a book!

I am SO looking forward to the sequel!!! (and it is going to be set in Paris….)

So, tell me, what book pleasantly surprised you recently?

19 Comments

  1. Meredith says:

    I’m so glad you liked SS&D as much as I did! The writing is just fantastic, I agree. You really feel like you’re there in 1876 Philadelphia, feeling everything Eleanor feels. It’s great!

  2. Jaime says:

    SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is on my list for sure! I didn’t read as many books this month as last month, but I did really enjoy Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices books. It’s way too long until the next book in the series comes out, though.

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I’ve heard SO MUCH about this one – must add to the TBR. Also, I need to just break down and buy Kody’s latest. I LOVE her! Great reading month, Elodie!

  4. Bess says:

    Oh! Something Strange and Deadly is on my list. Glad to hear you liked it so much. And man, you get through a lot of books in a month! Putting me to shame!

  5. SS&D is getting so much hype lately, I think I’ll have to give in and buy it. And I actually just picked up my first Courtney Summers book as well, with THIS IS NOT A TEST. My hopes are high 🙂

  6. stephscottil says:

    All your contemporary YA picks are right in line with what I like (and want to write). I’l definitely check out a few of them.

  7. Melanie says:

    Ahh, gonna have to add all those books to my TBR pile. I was pleasantly surprised by The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I think her Iron Fey series is okay, and I’m not a big fan of post-apoc or zombies, and I’ve been there done that with vamps. But this book was REALLY good. It completely took me in.

  8. Colin says:

    I plan to read SS&D… and I often wonder if Susan chose that title just to get a laugh out of people saying they have “something strange and deadly” on their TBR, or that they’re holding “something strange and deadly,” or they’re planning to send you “something strange and deadly”…! 🙂 I look forward to reading it, anyway. And if you liked this taste of Steampunk, Elodie, you really must read LEVIATHAN. Really. 🙂

  9. Oh, you have some a-mazing reads for the month of July!!! Several are books I just purchased last weekend, so I’m very much looking forward to reading them even more so now! And I’m on this contemp kick as well – which is new for me – but so far, I’m enjoying what I’ve read.

    Definitely looking forward to reading SS&D – I also read Katy’s review, and knew it had to go on my list!

    Great recos, Elodie – what a busy month!

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