June Wrap Up

I haven’t read as many books this month, but I enjoyed what I did read. I still have three on the go at the moment, so they will probably end up in my July Wrap Up.

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart


“In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He’s got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.

So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan. A plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier. Even if it’s the last thing he ever does.”


I loved, loved, loved this book. You’ll laugh. You’ll definitely cry. You’ll most certainly recommend this book to everyone you know. It’s a very quick read, but it will stay with you long after you’ve finished it.

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten


On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. With a Ph.D. in palaeontology under his belt, Taylor spends years theorising, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined, and what he finds could turn the tides bloody red until the end of time. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.

 This one is a bit of a change from my usual reads, but sometimes you just need a break from the norm. If you love big budget action movies, then this is the book for you. I recently heard that a movie version is getting closer to production, now with Jason Statham attached, so decided to give the book a go. I’ve always loved shark movies, even the cheesy ones, and now I’m hooked on shark books too. I read this on holiday and it was a great read. A good holiday book for me is one filled with action and that zips along at a cracking pace, and this one fulfilled both of these requirements.
The Trench by Steve Alten

Its appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable as it smashes the steel doors holding it in a Monterey Aquarium. For the first time, the captive twenty-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more. Now, it’s feeding time. On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Mariana Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of time. Palaeo-biologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. And he wears the painful scars of that deadly encounter. Now, as the body count rises and the horror of a monster’s attack grips the California coast, Jonas must begin the hunt again. But to do it means returning to the dark terror of the trench… where the MEG is waiting. Using himself as bait, Jonas will enter the ultimate battle – a fight to the death between man and beast in the darkest recesses of the ocean, and a fight for his sanity from the depths of his own tormented soul.

I read this one straight after reading Meg, but I’m disappointed to say that I didn’t enjoy it as much. There’s another storyline in the book, which I won’t go into in case you want to read it, that I thought wasn’t needed. I wanted the book to be all about the sharks, and ended up skipping pages to get to the action. I wouldn’t normally do this, but felt the subplot removed from the main story. I would still recommend giving it a go, and I’m definitely going to check out the other books in the series. I just hope they concentrate more on the sharks, which was the main reason for picking up the books.


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