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Goodreads Challenge: June Update

37 down, 15 to go.

I’m making great progress on my Goodreads challenge! I’m 14 books ahead of schedule (thanks Goodreads for letting me know that!), and I still have a lot of year left.

So what have I read recently?

“Girl Against the Universe” by Paula Stokesgirl-against-the-universe-paula-stokes

I started getting books from Uppercase Box every month, and this was the first I got! “Girl Against the Universe” tells Maguire Kelly’s story – she was in an accident when she was young, and most of her family died. But she survived, and now’s she’s trying to figure out how to live with that. “Girl Against the Universe” wasn’t a book I would’ve chosen for myself, but I enjoyed it.

“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clarecity-of-bones-cassandra-clare

This series was recommended to me, mostly so that I could read some of Cassandra Clare’s more recent books and understand what’s going on. “City of Bones” was interesting. It’s not my favorite book, but I didn’t hate it. I just had a hard time getting into the story. I am interested in seeing what happens next, so I’ll be continuing on with the series.

“The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp” by Rick Yanceyalfred-kropp-rick-yancey

“The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp” sounded like a great book – it seemed like it’d be right up my alley. Knights of the Round Table (well, their descendants)? Check. Adventure? Check. But the book was slow, and I really didn’t like Alfred. I was expecting some twists and turns with the promise of adventure, but nothing really surprised me. “The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp” was an okay book, and I was glad when I finished it.

“Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahiran-ember-in-the-ashes-sabaa-tahir

“Ember in the Ashes” was a little to slow to start, but once it picked up, WOW. I did not want to put it down! “An Ember in the Ashes” tells the stories of Laia and Elias. Laia, a Scholar girl who agrees to spy for the Resistance by becoming a slave, wants to free her imprisoned brother. Elias, the finest soldier known at the military academy, struggles with following his duty against his conscience.

Both are trapped by the military academy, but both struggle against their bonds. Laia defies the Empire by smuggling information out of the academy. Elias doesn’t show the same stony coldness and conformity as is expected of him.

“An Ember in Ashes” is a gem inspired by ancient Rome. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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