A busy month for helping my daughter with her GCSE examinations, so I read less than I usually would… unless you count the biology, history and poetry clusters etc, etc, etc we’ve been buried in. All exams finish on June 14th and thank goodness for that. My daughter has always struggled with school and it’ll be a relief to give her a fresh start. It’s also great news that she’s developed an interest in reading more – she’s already practically devoured ‘The Infernal Devices’ trilogy and, as I have, developed a literary crush on Will Herondale – lol. She’s looking to read more Shadowhunter books, and looks set to pick up ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ next. She’s always been more of a non-fiction reader, but since reading, and loving, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ she’s fallen back in love with the fictional world. Happy Days! We’ve also decided to start up a book club together 🙂
So, my May reads – I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books this month as a back-drop at work and for the mundane household chores, I’ve listened to: Naomi Novik’s ‘Uprooted’, Jane Casey’s ‘Cruel Acts’, Tricia Levenseller’s ‘Daughter of the Pirate King’ and ‘Daughter of the Siren Queen’ and ‘Warrior of the Wild’ and Mindee Arnett’s ‘Onyx and Ivory’. As with all audio-books, I’ve already read the novels, I don’t have the listening skills for new reads on audio and much prefer to just listen to previous books I’ve enjoyed or need to re-cap as the sequels are due soon. A lot of YA reads this month, as they’re basically just fun, easy to listen to reads. And I love a good story.
So a quick overview of the books for May…
‘The Anarchists’ Club’ by Alex Reeve – this is the second book featuring Leo Stanhope and I read it with the Pigeonhole community. I enjoyed this, great setting, engaging characters and good plotting. 4 stars.
‘Night by Night’ by Jack Jordan – my first Jack Jordan book and to be honest I found it too far-fetched for my liking, and one scene in particular was way over the top, even using my suspension of disbelief! Just 3 stars…just.
‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor – this was recommended to me by a fellow book-lover on Instagram and I had a great time reading it. Fantasy, humour, super cast of eclectic characters and an intense…phew (pass the fan) romance. It’s a series and I’ll be reading the second book soon. 4 stars.
‘The Never Game’ by Jeffery Deaver – I read this with the Pigeonhole Community and really enjoyed it. There’s a full review already on my blog. 4 stars.
‘The Manhattan Project’ by Paul McNeive – this was sent to me by the publishers to review and I liked it, a little slow in pace but sped up just in time to keep my interest. 4 stars.
‘Finale’ by Stephanie Garber – the long awaited YA book in the Caraval trilogy. These are fun fantasy reads, rich in creative language and characters. Great end to the series. 4.3 YA stars.
‘To Best the Boys’ by Mary Webster – this was sent in a mystery Fairyloot box and was a good fantasy YA read, very short; it only took me about two hours to read it, so could definitely be developed more to make it a stronger book. 3.8 YA stars.
‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater – YA fantasy book, and the start of ‘The Raven Cycle’ series. Enjoyable and engaging – there’s going to be a post on the series this month. 4 YA stars.
‘The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater – YA read and the second in the ‘Raven Cycle’ – enjoyed! Post on series to follow. 4 YA stars.
‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ by Maggie Stiefvater – the third YA book in the ‘Raven Cycle’ series and a great development. Post on series to follow. 4 YA stars.