Hey bookworms! Can someone quickly explain how it’s June already? I haven’t even put my winter sweaters away yet. Geez, time flies fast when you’re an adult.
Anyway, I’m officially back to blogging! And the end of May means that it’s time for a monthly wrap up post! Since I was on hiatus from blogging, I didn’t finish all that many books during May. But here are the ones I did complete:
1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I adored the sequel to Libba Bray’s The Diviners. Lair of Dreams raises the stakes and delves deeper into the story’s amazing cast of characters. I gave Lair of Dreams a 4.5 of 5 stars on Goodreads, and I can’t wait to read Before the Devil Breaks You. I’ll have a full, spoiler-filled review of this up soon, so watch out for that.
2. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
After binge-reading the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series, picking up A Court of Frost and Starlight seemed a logical next step. Unfortunately, this novella fell flat for me. It’s meant to bridge the gap between two separate trilogies, but I didn’t feel like the story added anything of importance.
Sure, there are hints at what’s to come. But there was essentially no plot, and I wasn’t a huge fan of where Sarah J. Maas took her characters. Nesta’s entire story line aggravated me. I gave ACOFAS a generous 3 star rating on Goodreads, and I’ll have a more in depth review up soon!
3. What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
I received an ARC of What I Leave Behind from the lovely humans at Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. McGhee’s newest novel is short and inspirational, exploring the ways in which we can bring positive moments into people’s lives – especially when they’re suffering. I’ll say now that this book definitely gets trigger warnings for suicide and sexual assault.
The story follows Will, whose father recently took his own life. To cope with this, and his feelings that he could have somehow prevented this tragedy, Will tries to brighten the lives of those around him. Interwoven into Will’s tale is the story of his best friend Playa, a girl who was sexually assaulted at a party.
I gave What I Leave Behind a 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads. It delivers a powerful message, especially given how short the book is. Unfortunately, due to the length, I’m not sure how long the story itself will stay with me.
4. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Simon & Schuster also provided me with an ARC of From Twinkle, with Love to review for Culturess. This quickly became one of my favorite young adult contemporaries, and it makes for a great Spring/Summer read. It’s fluffy, comical, and awkward – the perfect sort of romance for nerdy bookworms.
As the title suggests, the novel follows Twinkle. She’s a junior in high school and aspiring filmmaker, though she feels that her entire life is defined by being unpopular. When the opportunity to direct a film for her school’s festival arises, she hopes that it’ll be a way to advance her social standing. But she gains much more than that from her gender-swapped Dracula retelling – including the attention of two boys.
I gave From Twinkle, with Love a 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. It’s adorable, and I highly recommend adding it to your beach TBR this year.
5. The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Del Rey Books was kind enough to send me a copy of The Walking Land and its forthcoming sequel The Memory of Fire. I’ll be honest, this first book wasn’t what I expected. The writing and the story are both crafted well, but the insufferable protagonist killed the experience for me. Since we follow a different character in The Memory of Fire, I’m hoping that will be better.
The magic system and world building in The Waking Land were unlike anything I’ve read previously, but they still fell short for me. I think this book could have benefited from being expanded and fleshed out more. Still, there were points of the novel that fully engaged me, so it wasn’t the worst thing.
I gave this one a 2.5 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I do enjoy the love interest, who is the protagonist of The Memory of Fire, so I’m excited to dive into that.
That’s it for me! What did you guys read this month? Let’s discuss in the comments below!