#AugustWrapUp

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I had a tough reading month in August.  I fell into a reading slump, which would explain why I only read four books this month.  I feel like I fell into a slump after reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 This is the first book I have ever read by Rainbow Rowell. I thought it was short and sweet, and I really enjoyed it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne- I need to re-read this book in one sitting to be able to fully rate it and write a review.  I did enjoy it, but there were some issues that I had with it.  I feel that reading it again will allow me to fully process what I enjoyed and what I had issues with.

For Crown and Kingdom by Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy- 📖 📖 📖 I received this in one of the Armchair BEA giveaways.

I haven’t read anything by Jeffe Kennedy before reading her novella The Crown of the Queen. However after reading the novella I’m intrigued to read The Twelve Kingdoms, and then possibly re-read the The Crown of the Queen.  I have also never read anything by Grace Draven before.  After reading Draven’s novella The Undying King I wanted more.  I rated this three stars because I found some things confusing in Kennedy’s novella The Crown of the Queen.  I’m thinking after I read The Twelve Kingdoms I may not be as confused.  I did enjoy both novellas, and the writing.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖I received this for from NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book, I’ve been on somewhat of a historical fiction kick lately.  This book is set in New York in 1952 at the Barbizon Hotel for Women and New York in 2016, in which the Barbizon has been transformed into a condominium complex.  The chapters alternate between 1952 and present day 2016.  Normally, I’m not a fan of books formatted like this because the alternating chapters don’t blend well at all.  This book was different, the alternating chapters blended together seamlessly.  The focus of the plot in 1952 focuses on Darby McLaughlin as she goes to  secretarial school, she also befriends the hotel maid Esme.  2016 centers around Rose Lewin, a journalist who wants to know the details of something that happened at the hotel years ago.  This was an excellent debut novel for Fiona Davis, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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