With all the free time I had this month, I got loads of reading done. I read 13 books in total, and I’m happy with that amount. I’ve been struggling to read for a while, and it’s refreshing to be excited about reading again. Majority of the books I read this month were good and some became some of my favorites.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 5/5
I read this as my reread in preparation for QOAAD, and I enjoyed it more than I did the first time. This book might be my favorite out of the trilogy. There was just so much happening to all the characters that you had to keep reading. I honestly forgot a lot of this book, so I’m glad that I decided to reread it. This trilogy is one of my favorites in the entire world, and Cassandra Clare never disappoints me.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott ⅖
I’m not gonna lie. This book did not hit its mark with me. It follows a girl with an illness that keeps her in the hospital, and she has to stay away from things that could potentially give her an infection. Will Newman has the same disease as her, and they must fight their feelings or risk their lives. I found the dialogue very choppy and basic. I didn’t feel any attachment for the characters besides one who was totally not recognized at all. The whole plot was underbaked, and it felt incredibly sped up so that it would fit into less than 300 pages. I do plan on seeing the movie because I know my friends are going to drag me to it, but I won’t have my expectations set high.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 4.5/5
THE FINALE! The book to break my soul and also somehow repair. This book had so many strong points, but it also had some lows points. For me, this book didn’t feel like an ending. It felt like there was something else starting, and we were building up so many ideas. I am not prepared to wait until The Wicked Powers. I want to go back to my Blackthorn children already.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson ⅗
I had just finished QOAAD, and I needed a light contemporary to make sure I didn’t fall into a slump, so I picked up this book. This book was what I expected, and I really enjoyed it. It follows a teenage girl named Andie who has it all figured out. She is expecting to have an amazing summer at her internship, but when a scandal involving her father comes out, her life is forced to deal with some unexpected. There wasn’t anything memorable about this book. It didn’t have a strong overarching lesson that stuck with me. In fact, the whole ending just annoyed me, and it didn’t quite touch me in any way. I wished there had been more dog walking and less of the random scenes that didn’t do anything to affect the plot. I did enjoy the character of Clark. I found him to be a cute, sweet boy who was really good fit for Andie. Even though I had some negatives about this book, I am thankful that I was able to read it and not fall into a slump.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee ⅘
I didn’t have a physical book on me, so I found this downloaded to our ebook library. I started reading it, and this book had me hooked. It didn’t take me a long time to read, and I really enjoyed being on Monty and Percy’s journey. The book follows Monty, a wild soul who needed to calm down a bit, as he makes his was across Europe on his Grand Tour. He is accompanied by his little sister, Felicity, and his crush/best friend, Percy. While on this trip, they find themselves wrapped up in an elaborate scheme as they have to find a way to set things right again. In this book, there are so many cute moments between the characters, and the characters have some of the strongest arcs I have ever read. I’m recommend this to everyone around me.
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig 5/5
I went into this book nervous because I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, and I came out absolutely loving it. I think it was best put in the words of Matt Haig, “It was time travel and a therapy session in one.” This book comforted me in such a way. I felt so connected to the places we traveled in the book. I fell so in love with the history in the book, and the writing style was so poetic. I’m happy that I had chosen to annotate this book because I found so many memorable quotes. Tom Hazard, our main character, has a secret and a rare condition, he has been alive many centuries. He has traveled so much and met so many people in his years, but he is done with all that now. He just wants a normal life, so with the help of a society, he learns to find his life. Now that choices are arising, he has to decide when he allows himself to start living. This is my first experience with Matt Haig, and I can promise you it won’t be my last.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ⅘
I reread this book in preparation of the next book, The Muse of Nightmares. I guess I forgot how whimsical Laini Taylor’s writing is. The world and character she created are so beautifully flushed out, and they leave such vivid imprints in my mind. A mythic city, lost to Lazlo’s ears when he was just a boy. Later in life, he experiences an opportunity and takes it. The journey he takes leaves on brings more questions rather than answers, but Lazlo has to figure them out by himself. I love Lazlo as a character, and the story brings aside a point of view that is rarely considered, and you really begin to understand that no matter the side of the war, someone is going to be greedy. I can’t wait to get into the second book to see what is going on with all my favorite characters.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 3.5/5
This was a very important novel that I really enjoyed reading. It takes place a year after 9/11 from the point of view of a Muslim as she deals with yet another move. Shirin is a strong character who has built herself walls against all the hate she constantly gets, and she finds her outlet in music and dancing with her brother. Soon enough, she meets Ocean who might just be enough to make it past her defenses. I loved Shirin so much. She was such a powerful character who knew not to take anything. I didn’t like Ocean as much, he just didn’t hit the mark with me. I didn’t feel any swoon factor towards him. The book was very fast paced and sometimes, I felt like there wasn’t enough time to let the important scenes soak in. Still, the emotional factor of this book was so strong. I found myself nearly in tears, but I had to keep it in because on a plane, crying would not be appreciated. I can’t wait to see if Tahereh Mafi is going to explore more of this genre.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw ⅗
I have a full review here, so I am not going to share too many of my thoughts. Just know, I didn’t really enjoy this book at all. I was so prepared to love it, but it just let me down. The book follows a town that had drowned three witches long ago, and they come back once a year to take revenge. They take hostage 3 girls, and then they use those girls to lure boys to death in the harbors. Penny Talbot has grown long accustomed to this ritual, and this year she meets a new boy who is unaware of all that goes down. She knows he is keeping something from her, and she is hiding something from him. Can they make it past their secrets and the sisters to find each other?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ⅗
In preparation for one of my most anticipated books of the year, King of Scars, I joined Paperbackdreams and Readwithcindy grishareadalong. Even though I started later because exams, I managed to finish the entire Shadow and Bone trilogy. I’m sad to say that I had to drop a star this time around. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I once did. I found Alina to be so annoying and complained like none other (aside from the main character of my current read but don’t worry you guys are getting a rant.) The plot went too slow for me to stay entertained, and at so many points, I found myself spacing out. I can say that I am glad that I read it because it really sets up the world for the Six of Crows duology. Still, it is not a need to read this trilogy to experience the rest of her other books, although it is recommended.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ⅗
This book killed me because it went absolutely nothing happened for majority of it. In this series, there is very limited amount of people that I honestly and truly care for, and the main characters are not on that list. It was a very trying experience to get through the book. There was a completely useless side plot throughout this book that focused on a romance that I didn’t care for nor did I see the need for it. Thankfully, my favorite character was introduced in this book, and he was probably the reason I kept going with it.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo 3.5/5
Even though this was my favorite book of the series, it wasn’t that good. I loved how much more the plot moved, but I still just wasn’t agreeing with the characters. They annoy me at every possible moment, and I don’t think that I had any attachment to them. I got through it, and I can now remember majority of what happened. Well, enough so I can make sense of any of it appears in King of Scars.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro ⅘
I plan on making a full review, so when I finished it is linked here. Overall, I really enjoyed this even though I don’t typically read any sort of mystery novels. I fell in love with the characters, and now that I know there is more in the series, I am excited to read the rest. It follows Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes as they get wrapped into a murder mystery. They have to learn to work together and power through it so neither of them finds themselves in jail.