May Wrap Up

It’s the end of May and I can’t quite believe it. This month, I fully finished my second year of university and then fasted for most of the month. I also ended up reading quite a lot of books this month which I’m very happy about. I read a wide range and I even had a wide range of ratings this month so read on to find out more of my thoughts on them.

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Books:

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

This is a YA contemporary book that I received for review from the publisher that was so much fun. I really enjoyed reading it but I won’t go further into detail here because I did a full review of it so go check that out for my full opinion. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Runaways Volume 3: That Was Yesterday by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka and Matthew Wilson

I have been following this comic series through the volume bind ups since it began because I love Rainbow Rowell so I obviously have to read everything she writes. I will admit that I’m not a huge comic book fan but I am a big fan of the MCU films so I do have some knowledge on the universe. However, I was not familiar with these characters at all before I started reading them but now I love them. It’s such a fun, eclectic group of characters that I adore and I look forward to every single volume that releases. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

This came in the April Illumicrate and my goal for this year is to read more of my subscription box books rather than just letting them sit there for ages. I read this whole book in one sitting and I absolutely adored it. I love the amount of diverse YA fantasy books we are getting now and this is one of the best ones I’ve read. I loved the characters and also the pace of the story. It didn’t read like a typical YA fantasy for me which is great. I’ve read so much YA fantasy that sometimes they all sort of meld together but this one was very unique. The only reason it wasn’t a full five stars is because I felt like I didn’t fully understand the world. I think I needed more detailed explanation of how everything worked but it is only the first book in a series. I cannot wait for the sequels. – 4.5 out of 5 stars

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I then carried on with my 2019 Shadowhunter re-read by carrying on with the rest of the Mortal Instruments series. The final three books in TMI are very hazy in my memory and when I was re-reading City of Fallen Angels, I realised that I remembered basically none of it. For most of this re-read, I thought this book was 100% going to be my least favourite Shadowhunter book as not much happens for most of it. The first 60-70% of it is very slow however, the end made up for it and put it slightly above City of Bones for me. I think re-reading this series was a good idea because it’s really helping me form full opinions of the books. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I was then really in the mood to carry on with Shadowhunter re-read with my favourite series, The Infernal Devices to remind me of how much I love the Shadowhunter world, when we aren’t following Jace and Clary. This book was honestly as amazing as it was the first time. I’ve re-read this series every year since 2013 so it’s nothing new to me but it’s amazing. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Restore Me, Shadow Me and Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

I then finally decided to read all of this continuation in the Shatter Me series that I honestly never thought I would ever read. I’ve put all 3 of these together because I actually ended up reading them all back to back on the same day, which is crazy. Obviously this series is addictive but it’s still not my favourite. Restore Me was good because we got a lot more of the characters but Shadow Me felt unnecessary and Defy Me just felt incomplete. I’m still going to pick up the final book because I am intrigued to see where it goes but it’s not one of my favourite series and I don’t think it will ever be. – Restore Me: 3.5, Shadow Me: 2.5, Defy Me: 3 out of 5 stars.

Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

I received this book from the publisher to review and as soon as I got it in the post, I immediately picked it up and didn’t put it back down until I was finished. This was such a fun quick read but I have a full review coming soon so keep an eye out for that. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G Willow Wilson

After getting Kindle Unlimited for 2 months, I immediately downloaded volume 2 of Ms Marvel and read it straight away. I really enjoy this comic series but I just never can justify spending the money on it for some reason. It’s annoying because I really want to carry on with it so I am going to need to eventually buy it as only volumes 1, 2 and 5 are available on Kindle Unlimited. This was a fun second volume and I need a Ms Marvel film like now please. – 4 out of 5 stars.

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

To carry on with my #RamadanReadathon TBR, I decided to pick this book up which I have owned for 5 years yet I’ve never got around to it. I really loved this book. It was emotional and heartbreaking and just so good. I didn’t love it as much as A Thousand Splendid Suns but that’s because I don’t think it hit me as emotionally as ATSS did. Also, the writing style was quite strange here because we kept jumping from different people’s POVs as well as time periods. I highly recommend it though and I need to read his other books. – 4 out of 5 stars

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah 

This was the next book on my TBR and hot damn, did I hate this book. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to like it but I’ve had it for two years now so it was time to just give in and read it. This book was so racist even though the whole point of it was that the main guy was learning to accept Muslims as a part of the community. There were just so many comments and things that rubbed me the wrong way in this book. For example, even though the guy goes through this miraculous random change and becomes a nice, non-racist guy, his family still remain racist and this is somehow okay? Also the main guy Michael, learns that Muslims aren’t bad just because he falls in love with one. He only cares about Mina and not about everyone else. His racism towards other groups is never questionned for example, him deciding to rename his Chinese friend Fred because his Chinese name was too hard to pronounce. This was mentioned one casually and never mentioned again. I just don’t understand how people can read this book and think that it does a good job of dealing with racism. No thank you. The only saving graces were Mina’s family and her friend Paula. – 2 out of 5 stars.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

This was the first of the many May 7th releases that I picked up in a row. This sounded like a cute diverse romance book which is one of my favourite things to read. Sadly, this book fell flat for me. I just feel like the romance wasn’t developed enough and it didn’t feel like a fully developed story. It wasn’t bad, I just needed a lot more from it. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

The next May 7 book that I read was another contemporary romance. This one was significantly better than Somewhere Only We Know despite being so short! It was such a fun and adorable queer royalty romance. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for more cute romances. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

I really wanted to love this book. I had high hopes because I have been following her youtube channel since 2013. However, this book was just not for me. I had quite a few issues. The main character was basically just Christine and it was so irritating at times. I like Christine but it just felt weird because it was so obviously her. I also didn’t like how the romance was done. I think it was actually done quite badly and I didn’t see the chemistry at all. Another small thing that irritated me was the names. Pilot? Atticus? Babe? Why? I don’t want to hate on it but it just really was not for me. – 2 out of 5 stars.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Next I read another one of my anticipated May releases and I had a lot of fun reading this. It was slightly disappointing because I was expecting to love it a lot more. Whilst I thought it was a fun read, it wasn’t one of my favourite books. I liked the squad we followed but I felt like the internal monologue of most of the characters wasn’t unique. I couldn’t tell the difference between the characters through their chapters which is essential for a book following multiple POVs. Also, I am not a huge sci-fi fan so there are only certain types of sci-fi books I like. This one had a lot of aliens which isn’t my usual sort of book. I also found the whole world slightly confusing. However, I enjoyed it and I’m intrigued to see what happens next. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

My final May release was probably my most anticipated. I love adult romances and I knew I was going to love this one because it’s hate to love and it’s by Christina Lauren, who are the queens of adult romance. I read this book in one sitting and it is now one of my favourite romances ever. It was such a well done hate to love romance with great characters. I can definitely see myself re-reading this in the future. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Lost by Eve Ainsworth

After that, I decided to read Eve Ainsworth’s latest book that comes out on the 6th June because her books are always quick reads. This might be my least favourite of her books because whilst it was still quick and dealt with difficult topics, it didn’t have the same emotional affect on me that her others did. I really liked Alfie and Alice as characters because I liked seeing how two different people deal with tough situations in their life. Alice sort of read sometimes like the younger version of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl which I wasn’t a massive fan of and I definitely preferred learning more abotu Alfie’s life. Overall, I enjoyed this book but it’s not one that I will remember in the long run. – 3.5 out of 5 stars

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Then I had about 4 days until a university exam so I didn’t want to start a new book because I wanted to focus on revising. However, in my downtime between revision, I carried on with my Shadowhunter re-read. Just like City of Fallen Angels, I did not remember this book at all. Some of the events I remembered from the TV show (that god awful show) but I didn’t remember the book at all, except for Magnus and Alec storyline. I completely forgot how much of an incestuous asshole Sebastian is until I read this again. I also found it interesting because when I originally read this book, I hadn’t read The Infernal Devices yet but on this re-read, I picked up on so much more about that series. Honestly, this book kinda makes the plot twist around a certain character in Clockwork Princess look really obvious. Overall, I enjoyed my re-read of this. City of Glass is still my favourite in the series though. – 4 out of 5 stars.

An Ember In The Ashes, A Torch Against The Night and A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Yes, this month I FINALLY read the Ember series and I’m so happy that I did. I got through the first two books so quickly but the third book took me a while. I adored the first book in this series. I think it started out so strong with amazing kickass characters and everything was just so fun and unique. I also really liked the sequel. However, the third installment was not my favourite. I’m not a fan of the direction this series took, especially in regards to Elias’ character. I also wasn’t a huge fan of how much magical elements were introduced because I preferred the more straight forward fantasy story we got in the first book. I’m still interested to see what happens next so I will read the final book whenever it comes out. –  I gave An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night 5 stars but A Reaper at the Gates got 3.5 stars.

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

This was a book I requested for review and absolutely adored. It was such a a refreshing read about body positivity that I hope people pick up when it releases in August. I have a review coming up soon full of more of my thoughts on it so keep an eye out for that when it releases. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Next, I just felt like reading a really quick romance read so I picked up the companion novel to The Kiss Quotient. I read The Kiss Quotient last year but I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t remember a single thing about it. I loved The Bride Test though. It was super adorable and I loved the autistic rep. Obviously, I am not sure how accurate it was but it felt like it was really good representation. I highly recommend this book to any adult romance readers. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

The final book I read in May was a continuation of my 2019 Shadowhunter re-read and my favourite book of all of the Shadowhunter books. I’m so sad now that I’m done with my Infernal Devices re-read because it is my favourite trilogy of all time. This is still one of the best books ever written and I can’t wait for my next re-read. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Movies:

Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse

I finally sat down and watched this film after missing it in cinema. Spider-Man has always been my favourite superhero and I loved getting to see a different take on him, other than the classic Peter Parker version. I loved seeing the different versions and I adored the animation style in this film. It was so unique, I’ve never seen anything like it. It really is one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. – 5 out of 5 stars.

That was all that I did in May. I read a lot but hardly watched any movies. I really need to get back into watching Bollywood because I really do miss it. What was your favourite book this month? Let me know down below.

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