July 2015 Books + Highlight

Hello! It’s been a while, almost a year, but I am back to this dusty blog. Granted I’ve been logging my books for my personal use on a word template, but I figure might as well head back to the inter webs.

Thus moving forward, in July I read 14 books. Those include Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, Gotham Academy: volume 1: welcome to gotham academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl, Ms. Marvel: Crushed by Wilson, Miyazawa, and Bondoc, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, Lumberjanes by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, and Allen, Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 1- 3 & 8-10 by Konami Kanata, Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, translattion by Lynne E. Riggs, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and Rook by Sharon Cameron.

I’ve been diving in the comic and manga world again so a majority of my reads were that. I have to say that all of them were fabulous and I am eagerly awaiting the trade books for the next issues. My book highlight for the month would be Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.

Genre: Thriller/Murder Mystery/Fiction Price: $26.99/ISBN: 978-0-316-21682-1/ Page Count: 436/Series: No

broken monstersBroken Monsters switches POV between the main characters as well as some side perspectives. The book follows Detective Gabriella Versado and her teenage daughter Layla. They have a strained relationship that is explored through the story, but it is not the main act. That would be the strange serial murders where the killer is fusing victims’ bodies to animal parts.

What I love about this book is the mixture of madness (serial killer), desperation, fantasy, and mystery. The characters are intriguing because they aren’t one thing. The relationships between them and how all of the characters’ paths come together in an explosion is fascinating. This is the second book I’ve read by Beukes and I really can’t wait to read more by her.

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