June was supposed to be my happiest month but turned out to be a disaster. But I did get to read a good amount of beautiful books and I’m happy for that. June was short story month because majority of the books I read were short stories and they are ever so refreshing and amazing.
1. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 4/5
Spin the Dawn is the book 1 of The Blood of Stars Duology. It was released in June 2019. It was a great book.
2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5
The book 2 of the thrilling fantasy duology – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was released in 2016. It was an absolute delight and everyone should read it.
3. Five Feet Apart by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis – 4.5/5
A beautiful story of teens suffering from Cystic fibrosis falling in love but due to their condition, have to stay apart. This romance fiction was released in November ’18 and is now also a movie starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 3/5
The first installment of the stunning Grisha Trilogy, Shadow and Bone gives us an introduction into the breathtaking fictional world and characters of the Grishaverse. Published in June 2012, this YA/ fantasy fiction is sure to leave you addicted.
4. The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo – 3.5/5
Also known as the darkling prequel story, this short piece of work will reveal just enough to keep you guessing. It was released in August 2018 and is best read after being familiar with the Grishaverse.
6. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – 4/5
The first part of the Duology of the same title, this dystopian fiction/ fantasy fiction released in Feb’19 is sure to catch your eye and keep you wanting for more.
7. Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (re-read) – 4/5
A stunning sci-fi fantasy brought to life by the deadly combination of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, this is the part one of the Aurora cycle series and was released in April 2019.
8. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 4/5
A highly rewarded debut novel by the author winning both best romance and best debut novel in the Good reads choice awards, this was a fan favourite during the pride month and was released in May 2019.
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – 3.5/5
Part II of the Shadow and Bone trilogy which unleashed the amazing fictional world of the Grisha was a better read than the part I but I still don’t see why this is a hit series.
10. The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5
This is hands down the best short story related to the Grishaverse. It was so beautifully written.
11. The Tailor by Leigh Bardugo – 4/5
The story from Genya’s point of view, Tailor gives us insights into how the royal family treated her and how she ended up on the darkling’s side.
12. The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo – 3.5/5
A beautifully written short story which does not give you much information about the Grishaverse but a whole different story teaching you some important life lessons.
13. Little Knife by Leigh Bardugo – 4/5
Another stunning short story which will leave you wanting for more.
14. Love at First Fight by Sandhya Menon – 4.5/5
A short story which is like an introduction to her upcoming book which also happens to be the last book in the Dimpleverse – 10 things I hate about Pinky.