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A Reader of Fictions: June: Month in Review + Monthly Box Giveaway

A Reader of Fictions

Book Reviews for Just About Every Kind of Book

Monday, July 1, 2013

June: Month in Review + Monthly Box Giveaway

Books Reviewed in June
Obviously, I'm not doing so well with my plan to post once a day. I'll try to do that, but I have review deadlines to meet, so I have to do what I have to do, and I will regret nothing. It was a pretty great month for reviews, since only two reviews were negative and the rest ambivalent. Success!

5 Star:
Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin

4.5 Star:
Faking It (Losing It #2) - Cora Cormack
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

4 Star:
Sidekicked - John David Anderson
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) - Soman Chainani
Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy #2) - Kate Elliott
The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) - Maile Meloy
The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty
Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma

3.5 Star:
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) - Melina Marchetta
The Wells Bequest (The Grimm Legacy #2) - Polly Shulman
The Milk of Birds - Sylvia Whitman

3 Star: 
Death Watch (The Undertaken #1) - Ari Berk
Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker - Julia DeVillers
Famous Last Words - Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
How My Summer Went Up in Flames - Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die - April Henry
The Wig in the Window - Kristen Kittscher
One (One #1) - Leigh Ann Kopans
Charm & Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
By Referral Only - Lyla Payne
Zits: Chillax - Jerry Scott
Wild Awake - Hilary T. Smith
Defiance (Defiance #1) - Stephanie Tyler

2.5 Star:
The Original 1982 - Lori Carson

2 Star:
Solstice - P.J. Hoover

.5 Star:
The Summer Garden (Tatiana and Alexander #3) - Paullina Simons

Monthly Box Giveaway
This giveaway is open to US readers only, as I will be shipping the books myself and cannot afford international postage. You can enter to win your choice of any or all of the following books:

To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter!
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Blogger Alexia Boesen said...

Crap,there's about 4 that I want. If I win this could be a tough decision.

July 1, 2013 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks, Christina!

July 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You can choose as many as you want! And any you don't want will find homes too. That's the beauty of the system.

July 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Great giveaway as always!

July 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*stares at all the four-star books* You definitely had a good month. I'm jealous! I haven't read too many good books lately. Hopefully this keeps up for you. :)

July 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I hope so! Though I've already got a one star review going up next week. *eyes pile* But I also DNFed a definite .5, so it could have been worse!

July 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Alexia Boesen said...

I must have been out of it last night. I swear I read the info :)

July 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Ems said...

4.5 stars to Faking It? Now I'm glad that I picked it up on my Kindle. I'd been having mixed feelings, but seeing so many people around the web loving it makes me hopeful. :)

July 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I save my high ratings for books that gave me feels, and Carmack is great at that. It's definitely a fluffy read, but so much fun.

July 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Tabitha (Pabkins) said...

That's so wonderful that you said any or all - hopefully the winner will not grab all the books if they aren't interested in them!! So save you some shipping costs haha!! You're so sweet!

July 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Actually, it would be more shipping costs, because I'd probably send the ARCs unclaimed off to friends or LBBA, but I'd rather they go to someone who actually wants them than forcing them on people!

July 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awww... you don't want to keep the Paullina Simons series in your house? Don't plan a re-read? Lol I know after your review of book 3 that was like the nail in the coffin and book 1 is no longer in my house. I find myself intrigued by Faking It (or Losing It, since that's book 1) but me and New Adult? No. Not friends. But I keep hearing it's fabulous nonetheless... may have to give it a shot one of these days. :)

July 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ohh there's a few books in there that I have my eye on!! You had a pretty good month for reviews. It's always nice when you enjoy the majority of them.

July 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got Cold Fire recently from Paperback Swap so I will most definitely be checking out your review of that one once I have read it:) And I LOVED Faking It, I have been on a real NA and Adult tear lately in my reading, I need to check out your review. Reading Finding It this fall is something I am really looking forward to:)

Impressive list, Christina! I don't know how you read and review so much--I'm in awe!

July 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Kami said...

This is sad, but I haven't heard of any of those books.

July 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I need to move to the US just so that I can enter to win your epic monthly giveaways!

July 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

My most loved book for June, Pivot Point by Kasie West- can't wait for Spilt Second and my most annoyed (I want to claw my eyes out) Paper Towns by John Green. I listened to the audiobook and I wish never again to hear the name Margo Roth Spiegelman. I should have read the one star reviews before. My current audio book is Doll Bones by Holly Black, much better :)

July 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

Thanks so much for having this great giveaway.

July 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Alise said...

Wow, you got a lot read and reviewed this month, congrats! I also like how you split it all under what you rated them. Great giveaway as well :) I hope you enjoy your July!

July 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

I was looking just to look, because of course I don't need any books. Then BOOM, Chillax and Charm & STrange smacked me on both cheeks. So of course I entered.

July 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Tricia C. said...

It would be very tough to choose from this list, but Rainbow Rowell's name jumped out at me. Loved Eleanor and Park! Charm & Strange sounds very intriguing. So many books to read!!

July 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, Rainbow Rowell's book isn't available in this giveaway, but Charm & Strange is.

July 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger HeatherCRaglin said...

So many to choose from! Thanks for the informative reviews.

July 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM  

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