Since it’s finally June (YAY WINTER IS HERE!!), I figured I’d share my thoughts on the seven books I read in May. Of these seven, I gave four books five star ratings! So you could say that May was a great reading month for me (or that I’m a very generous reviewer, maybe?) Anyway, I usually find it very difficult to pick a “favourite book of the month”, but in May, I had a clear favourite. This book was addictive, and it had me obsessed!! I still can’t get that final twist out of my mind! Unfortunately, there was also one book that I liked significantly less than the others. Read on to find out which was the book I loved, and which one missed the mark for me! Books are listed by the order in which I read them.
A Court of Frost and Starlight / Sarah J Maas
(Mild spoilers in this section!)
Like most fans of YA fantasy, I adore Sarah J. Maas. Aelin from Throne of Glass is arguably my favourite heroine of all time, and of course, I love me some Feysand. However, I was pretty disappointed with A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOFAS). I had such high hopes for the novella, as well as a lot of expectations. I think this was why I didn’t enjoy the book much. I just had too many ideas about what I wanted ACOFAS to be about (more Mor please!!), as well as a lot of predictions (mostly related to Lucien, who was barely even in the book?!) that when I finally read it, I was disappointed with how much it diverged from what I had thought it would be. Thus, if I had gone into it with a more open mind, I probably would have enjoyed ACOFAS a lot more.
However, I also have some less personal complaints about the book. Primarily, that it was pointless. Rhys and Feyre already had their happy ending, their story is over now. Why did we need 200+ pages of them buying each other Solstice gifts?! The entire plot of the book could be described in a single sentence: “The Inner Circle prepare to celebrate Winter Solstice together, whilst Feyre worries about her sisters.” If you love Feyre and Rhys, and want more of their story, you’ll probably enjoy this latest instalment of the ACOTAR series. Personally, I just want to move on and find out what the next set of books will be all about. And while ACOFAS did start to set up for the rest of the series, I felt that the entire ACOFAS plot could have just taken place in the introductory chapter of the next book. Sorry for the harsh review, but I’m just not invested enough in the characters to be entertained by reading about them chillin’, gift shopping, and drinking wine.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass / Melissa Bashardoust
Unlike ACOFAS, going into this book, I knew very little about it, or author Melissa Bashardoust. I picked up a copy of the Girls Made of Snow and Glass because I’d heard it described as a feminist fantasy retelling of Snow White, featuring a diverse array of characters. Since feminism and fantasy are two of my very favourite things, I was instantly drawn to the book. And I’d say it absolutely delivered in both areas! The magic and world building were beautiful, and I loved the book’s focus on female relationships. Primarily this is a story of a young woman and her bond with her step mother, but there’s also a cute f/f romance. If the phrase “feminist fantasy” appeals to you, I’d definitely recommend checking out Girls Made of Snow and Glass.
Leah on the Offbeat / Becky Albertalli
Since I already posted a lengthy review about my undying love for Leah on the Offbeat, I’ll keep this summary short and just say . . . this book is flawless, if you haven’t read it yet, go pick up a copy right now.
The Iron King / Julie Kagawa
Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure how I felt about this book. The Iron King is the first of a seven book series, so as you can imagine, this first book is all about establishing the series’ world and introducing us to all the key players in the book. While I enjoyed the world building, I would have liked to have seen more character development. I still feel like I don’t know much about main character Megan Chase, her bestie Robin Goodfellow, or her love interest Ash. From what I’ve heard, this series gets progressively better as it goes on, so there’s a good chance that I’ll get to know them better in the following books. For now, I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t particularly stand out to me and it certainly wasn’t a favourite.
LIFEL1K3 / Jay Kristoff
Given the absolutely glowing review I gave Leah on the Offbeat, I’m guessing you thought that it was the favourite book I alluded to in my first paragraph. Well, it wasn’t. While I adored Leah, LIFEL1K3 absolutely blew me away. It’s no secret that Jay Kristoff is one of my favourite authors, and that I’m a hardcore Mia Corvere (the heroine of his Nevernight Chronicle) fangirl, yet I was still quite sceptical going into LIFEL1K3. I don’t generally like science fiction. Nor do I have any interest in robots, or Mad Max like dystopian settings. If this book had been written by an author I hadn’t heard of, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. However, given that it was by Kristoff I knew I had to at least give this book a try. And somehow, it became my favourite release of 2018 so far. It’s a hard book to describe without spoiling certain elements of the story, so I won’t go into detail about the plot. But I will say that this book was epic, addictive, and that it’s been a long time since I’ve been so instantly obsessed with a series. Can it please be 2019 now, so we can have the sequel?!?
The Wicked Deep / Shea Ernshaw
The Wicked Deep tells the story of a trio of sisters who were murdered 200 years ago. Though Marguerite, Aurora, and Hazel, had no magical powers, they were charming and beautiful, thus they succeeded in luring many married men away from their wives. Their irresistible nature was branded as witchcraft, hence the sisters were hung. Since their deaths, the sister’s spirits have returned to Sparrow once a year to possess the bodies of young women and drown teenage boys, in retribution for their wrongful execution. The flashbacks focusing on the sisters and their time were fascinating. If the book been set entirely in the past, I think I would have rated it five stars. However, more than half of the story was set in the present day, and focused on a generic narrator named Penny. These present day segments were interesting, but not nearly as compelling as the flashbacks, and I really didn’t care about Penny at all. Probably, I should give this book a lower rating, as like I said, the dull present day scenes take up more than half the book. However I just loved the story of the sisters so much that I can’t help feeling mostly positive towards the book as a whole. Also, the hardcover is one of the most stunning and aesthetically pleasing books I own, so it gets bonus points for that!
Broken People / Katrine Lynn Solvaag
This book was sent to me by Norwegian born performance poet Katrine Lynn Solvaag, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Broken People is divided into two very appropriately named sections, titled The Breaking and The Healing. The Breaking was raw, beautiful and absolutely powerful. I adored Solvaag’s depictions of depression and lost love, and I was able to relate to them very well. I particularly loved a poem called Tidal Wave. I felt that it perfectly encapsulated that side effect of depression, where some days, you just don’t want to get out of bed. The Healing, however was a lot lighter and more hopeful in tone, and it even had some funny moments! I especially enjoyed all the poems about the power of literature and art, they were very inspirational.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read these mini reviews of mine! How many books did you read this month? Did you have a favourite? Or a least favourite?? Either way, feel free to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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