Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Reading Wrap-Up

May had so many epic releases and it was wonderful. I think this was my favorite month of reading so far this year! Many were large books, but they were so good that I just flew through them. Let's get started!

Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Series: Saga #7

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I think this might have been my favorite volume of Saga since the first two. So much happened... I cried, I gasped, and I laughed. I can't really say too much because most of my opinions have to do with spoilers, but I would say everyone should read this comic series. It's very adult, so beware if that type of content makes you uncomfortable. Honestly, this is one of the best comic series of all time... highly recommend!

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: I had been anticipating this book so much because it is a retelling of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schyler's love story! What Hamilton fan would not be excited for this book? And it was a great story. I absolutely love Eliza. She is spunky and outspoken and a complete role-model. She was a woman way ahead of the 1700's. I really enjoyed how slowly Alex and Eliza's love story blossomed. They seem like an unlikely match, Alex is from an unknown family and has very little money while Eliza comes from a highly respected family with ties to the military. I think it is these odds though that ultimately make them the perfect match. They didn't care about backgrounds or families... Alex and Eliza just found perfection in each other and what more can you ask for. I also got a lot of Pride and Prejudice feels from this book, so that also added greatly to my experience. I would highly recommend this book, as it was a fun quick read.

Full Review: Alex and Eliza

Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan

My Rating: ★★★☆

My Thoughts: This book was fun and a quick read. I LOVE the Percy Jackson series, so whenever I see a new book that pertains to that world I jump on it. I didn't necessarily learn anything new or important from this book, but it did refresh my memory on a couple things. If you have a free hour and love the Percy like I do, I would recommend this read.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices #1

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: THIS WAS MY FAVORITE CASSANDRA CLARE BOOK BY FAR! I loved this book. I was really hesitant about reading Lady Midnight because I wasn't necessarily aboard the Mortal Instruments train like everyone else seems to be. However, I just kept hearing about how great this book was, and I have to agree with everyone else. I was kept on my toes the whole time. There were so many twists and turns... Cassie's writing has honestly improved so much. And despite the fact that this book was almost 700 pages, I flew threw it in less than a week! The sequel just came out and I cannot wait to jump into it. 

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

My Rating: ★★★☆

My Thoughts: I really wanted to love Night Film. A dark, adult psychological thriller is one of my all-time favorite genres. However, I don't think the audiobook version was the best way to get through this book. I found the narrator to be monotone and that made it so hard to follow what was happening. I caught on to the gist of the plot, but the book goes into such great depth that I feel like I missed a lot. Not to mention that Night Film apparently has a multi-media aspect, with many pictures and journal articles, that I completely missed out on. I think I may give this one a re-read during this summer because I think that if I were to sit down and read it, I would fall in love.

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: I was sent this book by Penguin Random House and Blogging for Books for review and boy am I grateful. It's hard to describe my feelings for this book. I really enjoyed my time reading it. It was a quick, fun read and the writing style was lovely. I also really enjoyed each of the characters: Alice, Teddy, and Leo. Even though this novel was only told from Alice's point-of-view, I felt like all three of their voices were clearly heard. However, I really didn't believe the "love story" introduced in this book. I thought Alice and Teddy were excellent friends, but I never felt any chemistry between them. If this book were to ever get a sequel, I honestly don't see their relationship lasting. I would recommend this to anyone who loves summer, contemporary books or anyone that is looking for a quick read.

Full Review: Windfall

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarity

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: I loved the two Liane Moriarity books that I read a couple of months ago, so it only made sense to give another one a go. While I did enjoy this book, I would say it was my least favorite of the three that I have read. The pacing was a little slow and some of the relationships were a bit overly complicated. Liane wrote this book before she wrote Big Little Lies and Truly, Madly, Guilty and I can see how much her writing has grown. I think I will always remain a fan of her books!

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #3

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: Well I finished this series! However, I honestly couldn't really tell you what happened in this last book. I am sure this series is great... I have read other books by this author and have really enjoyed them. I listened to this entire series on audiobook and I would not recommend it. I thought it was so hard to follow and I got to the point where I was just looking forward to the book being over. I think one day I may start over and try to read these books.

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Series: The Reckoners #3

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: This was a great ending to a great series. Brandon Sanderson is a genius with writing and it shows throughout the whole series. He has a way with great world building, as well as fast paced action and great twists and turns. So often series have very unsatisfying conclusions, but I don't consider this to be the case for this series. There were a couple instances in this finale where it a few things seemed to be resolved a little too easily, but overall the build up to the finale battle was well worth the wait. I would highly recommend this series to any fantasy or superhero fans!

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: This book was good, but I wasn't blown away. I like the unique representation we were given with the two main characters (an overweight female and a black male), but this wasn't enough for me. Libby seemed a little too young and whinny, and too be honest this got on my nerves sometimes. The conclusion took me by surprise and was ended up being a nice wrap up though. Overall, this book was a fast read that I would recommend to anyone who is in the mood for some contemporary.

Psycho by Roberts Bloch

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: Short, creepy, and just like the movie! I love the movie Psycho... it's a classic and deservedly so. I didn't even know that there was a book until a couple months ago, but once I found out I knew I had to read it. On Memorial Day, I was looking for something I could easily fly through in one day. This book is only 175 pages so it seemed to be the perfect fit. I also just finished watching the "prequel" TV show, Bates Motel, so I still had this story on my mind. Side note... the TV show is one of the best shows of all time (go watch it!!!). There were a few noticeable differences between the book and its adaptations, but since I read this book after watching the movie and the show, these changes didn't affect me in the slightest.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: I'm so sad this story came to an end 😢. After the epic sequel that was A Court of Mist and Fury came out last year, I had been eagerly waiting for this third book. It was long, it took me forever to read, but it was worth the wait. While this book wasn't as good as the second book, it was still an overall fitting conclusion. I think that the ending may have wrapped up too nicely at the end. I can't really get into it without majorly spoiling everything, but the gist is that I think there should have been were more ramifications for the all out war that went down in this book. I know that Sarah J. Maas is writing more stories in this world, but I'm not really sure who or what they will actually be about. Nevertheless, I will still be waiting at the bookstore the day they come out to get my hands on them. While I am not as big a fan of Sarah's Throne of Glass series (unlike the rest of the world apparently), I cannot deny how fabulous the ACOTAR world is. 

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