I've finally gotten back in reading this month, using my forty minute bus commute to cram in some fantastic female authors. Here are some quick reviews of the books I've enjoyed in July.

Caraval on Kindle Fire and cup of tea

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

This was a magical and enthralling book, and one I very much wish existed when I was younger when I read far more often. Nevertheless, I'm so glad I took a punt on a book I saw on Instagram (I can't remember the recommendation but thank you, anon instagrammer) and read it.

It's a fantastic fantasy world, with equal measure of excitement and uncertainty. There are lots of twists and turns and I'm a big fan of the secondary characters in this. Scarlett is a little bit 'damsel in distress' for my liking but saying that, it works well alongside her sister's bold personality and makes for a good personal journey throughout the game. Loved it.

Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland

Although Louise claims this is not exactly representative of her life despite her writing about what she knows - which incidentally is motherhood and being a fiercely independent woman - this story is awfully similar to how Louise comes across, if you watch her Youtube channel as I do.

I'm going to be honest, there have been more laugh out loud moments in this than I expected and you absolutely do end up rooting for Robin Wilde throughout. It's a light-hearted and fun read.

Flawed - Cecelia Ahern

This is so much more than I thought it would be. I was a huge fan of early Cecelia Ahern books like Where Rainbows End and If You Could See Me Now, but the stories that followed never really grabbed my attention in the same way. I saw this advertised for 99p on an Amazon deal so thought I'd give it a chance and THIS is what I'd been missing.

It is a fictional world which strangely enough, puts our own society into perspective in the way we see segregation and authority. There's an interesting coming of age theme for the main protagonist, Celestine, and her own opinion on these questionable laws that her community currently abide by. It's a little eerie and thought-provoking and very much worth picking up.

Be warned though, you will need to read the sequel and the sequel is currently a higher price of £7.99 - I'll be splurging for sure.

Living The Dream - Lauren Berry

This is a fun and upbeat story, your standard 'girl in the dull office job wants to get a super trendy millennial job and live happily ever after' kind of thing. The characters aren't particularly complex and there's a lot of drama, exactly as I'd expect from this kind of fun, female literature.

I found it really easy to read and it kept me company on my own commute to a big city, office job.

Find my extended reviews over at Goodreads (and let me know if you've any recommendations!)