June Reading Wrap-Up

2019 is officially half over and I’m happy to say that I’m looking pretty good as far as my Goodreads Challenge is concerned. Glad that I’m finally over that awful reading slump I was in a couple months ago.

Finished:

I have no idea how I managed to finish 13 books this month but I did, and so this post got really long.

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Five Minute Review: Annihilation

Mass Effect: Annihilation | by: Catherynne M. Valente | ★★★★☆

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. It’s not that I didn’t trust Valente; she is one of my favorite authors, after all; but I have a habit of setting the bar pretty low for novels based on video games.

Mass Effect is one of my most favorite game series, and even with the drama that surrounded it, I loved the newest installment just as much as the trilogy. The only thing it was missing were characters from the non-council races (other than Krogans that is.)

I would not have expected the Elcor to be my favorite, or that I would have really liked the Batarian as well.

This is not a book that shouldn’t be read unless you’ve played at least some of the games as it does assume a basic knowledge of the world and vocabulary used within.

If you’re a fan of the franchise, then I would recommend this to you. It was a fun read and it was nice to read what had happened to make the Quarian Ark send such a transmission that was picked up at the end of the game.

Five Minute Review: King Of Scars

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo | ★★★☆ ☆

I have to admit to being mostly disappointed with this book. I thought a story centered on my favorite character from the trilogy would be amazing, but it was mostly boring.

It was split into two different stories, one following Nikolai and Zoya and the other following Nina, and I think that’s were most of my issues with this one came from. She would build up tension for one half and then she would switch stories and all of that tension would be lost. It didn’t flow as one cohesive story like Six of Crows did and it really suffered for it.

All of that isn’t to say that there wasn’t anything I did enjoy in this book. I did like seeing Nina’s moving forward form the events of the SOC duology. I liked the character Hanne and Nina’s almost friendship with her. I loved everything with Zoya and she is now my queen.

I’m still looking forward to the next book and if it can bring the two halves together a bit then I will most likely enjoy it much more.

Five Minute Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Heart’s Invisible Furies | by: John Boyne | ★★★★☆

I’m really glad I didn’t DNF this book like I was initially thinking about doing. I found the beginning of this one to drag on a bit more than I’m usually okay with, but since I had read so many good reviews I decided I would try to push through it a little more and thank goodness I did.

I wasn’t a fan of the main character, Cyril, at first. I found him boring and his obsession with his best friend annoying. It wasn’t until he began to come into his own that I really started to enjoy this book and even start to appreciate younger Cyril, as well. The more he began to like himself, the more I liked him as well.

This ended up being a wonderful book with a great cast of real, well rounded, characters. It made me laugh and cry, sometimes within the same sentence. If you’re looking for a good book to read in honer of pride month, then I would highly recommend you read this one.

May’s Reading Wrap-Up

Finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Mist and Fury | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Frost and Starlight | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

The Tethered Mage | by: Melissa Caruso | ★★★★☆

The Defiant Heir | by: Melissa Caruso | ★★★★★

I chose to reread the first two books of this series in anticipation of the final book. This is one of those series that I wish there was a larger following online for. It’s one of my favorites of last year and there’s few I’ve found to discuss it with.

Currently Reading:

There were a lot of books I put on hold in favor of the ACOTAR series and my reread of the Swords and Fire books. Really need to put effort into finishing them this month.

The Unbound Empire | by: Melissa Caruso

This is one of the books I’ve been most anticipating this year. It’s the one that my bookclub chose to read for the month of May and I decided that I wanted to reread the first two books so I didn’t actually start to read this one until the 30th. I’m hoping for all of the Kathe in this one.

Five Minute Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

I freaking love this book. I love Feyre. I love Rhysand. I love this series SO MUCH. I think I love ACOTAR more than I loved TOG.

I gave up all of the sleep again last night so that I could finish it. Once I reached the final battle there was no way I could put it down.

Also, am I the only one who would love a book following Lucian (and Elain)? Even just a novella would suit me fine. I fell hard for the fox and while I don’t blame Feyre for how she treated him through most of this book, I still couldn’t help but feel SO BAD for him a lot of the time.

I’ll also admit to feeling a little bad for Tamlin but dude deserved all of that to be honest.

With this book, I managed to technically complete the series in a month challenge but since there’s still the A Court of Frost and Starlight novella to read I’m going to squeeze it in.

Five Minute Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Feyre is my Queen and I love her so much right now.

I couldn’t help but binge read the last 20% or so of this book, giving up more sleep than I would have normally given and taking advantage of my mother playing with the munchkin. The ending of this book nearly shattered my heart.

And Rhysand. I ended the last book with him growing on me. Hell, I even ended the last book shipping Feysand harder than I shipped Feylin and I thought I was going to have to suffer through a book of back and forth between the two. I’m so glad I didn’t have to. I’m so happy that I got to read the best relationship build I’ve gotten to read in a while. I’m so happy she left the mating bond stuff until almost the end because that was probably the most annoying thing about the Throne of Glass series (all that territorial male nonsense got boring after a while.)

I already have A Court of Wings and Ruin ready to go as soon as I hit post on this review. I seriously can not wait to see how all of this stuff works out.

Five Minute Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

I have so many feelings about this book that I don’t even know where to begin.

To start, I’ve already been spoiled for pretty much all of the shipping in this series, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the relationships pan out in the next two books. Thankfully, most of the Tumblr posts I’ve come across have been light on actual plot spoilers so I can move ahead and be able to enjoy any twists the story decides to take.

I’ve also realized that Sarah seems to enjoy writing certain tropes, and I know it’s only two series to compare, but she seems pretty determined to stick to them. Even with the a lot of the repeating themes from her Throne of Glass series I still enjoyed this book immensely and really can’t wait to start reading the next one.

I’ve challenged myself to read through this entire series this month and so one book down, three more to go.

April’s Reading Wrap-Up

Finished:

Once & Future | by: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy | ★★★★☆

The review for this book can be found here. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this one.

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coehlo | ★★★★★

This has been one of my favorite books for a while now. When I saw that Jeremy Irons narrated the audiobook I just had to give it a listen and I might just love it more now.

True West | by: Sam Shepard | ★★★☆☆

This was a free original that came with my Audible account and I will fully admit to picking it because Kit Harrington was a cast member. I’m still not entire sure what it was I listened to but it had me laughing at plenty of parts so it was alright.

The Dispatcher | by: John Scalzi | ★★★★☆

Another short auidobook picked for the narrator. This time it was Zachary Quinto. This ended up being better than I would have thought from the summary alone. I think the only way I can read mystery is if it’s mixed with some sort of speculative fiction.

The Outsiders | by: S.E. Hinton | ★★★☆☆

This one is a classic I hadn’t read before. It’s also my best friend’s favorite book of all time. For some reason I just knew wasn’t going to be all that crazy about it but i didn’t think it was terrible. I think it was just a bit before my time and I’ve since read a bunch of books that I think does teenagers a bit better than this one.

Currently Reading:

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo & Red Glove | by: Holly Black

Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m definitly reading them (if more than a bit slowly) so please don’t judge me.

The Hearth Witch’s Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day | by: Anna Franklin

I almost always read through these sort of books slowly. I keep telling myself that I’m going to bet back into my practice but with the roommates and my daughter it sometimes feels impossible. At least reading makes me feel sort of connected to it.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies | by: John Boyne

I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I had to read it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses | by: Sarah J Maas

After I read and fell in love with her Throne of Glass series last year I knew I was going to have to read this series sometime this year. I’ve joined a challenge to read an entire series in one month and this is the one I’ve chosen to read.

Goodreads Challenge: 25/70 complete