The last Wrap up that I published was the one back in January. I thought it’d be fun to do one for May, even though I haven’t got barely any blog articles to put in here since I’ve only been back to publishing posts since yesterday haha.
But there’s definitely some other things I can talk about, like What books I have read in May and what I thought of them, what blog posts from other bloggers I liked reading and what I’m looking forward to reading this month.
The first book I finished reading in May was Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers, the first book in the His Fair Assassin’s series. This was one I was really excited about and had been on my shelves for quite a while. I’ve heard great things about the book and overall, I think this was a fun first book in a new to me series. There’s an interesting world that I’d love to read more of, including some intense court politics. There’s a small bit of romance – just enough for me to get hooked -, there’s a bit of fantasy woven into it all and the writing was enthralling and made, as said before, for a fast paced read.
Then I picked up Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller, a stand alone I wanted to read in between before starting a new series. I’ve loved Tricia’s prior written books so so much, so I had high expectations for this one. It was a fast paced and enjoyable read that I gave a 3,5 stars rating. The writing was enthralling and addictive and made for a fast paced read. Overall it was really enjoyable. It’s action packed and has a bit of romance and some beautiful developing friendships. Still it felt like an average book. It didn’t make a huge impact on me as I’d hoped beforehand, seeing how much I LOVE the pirates duology this author has written. But still… It’s a really fun book that I’d recommend giving a go if you want to be entertained!
After that, I decided to finally pick up the Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, which had been on my shelves ever since Christmas 2017 – oops haha. This first book in a duology was a really fun and entertaining read. Was it flawless? Nope. It has a lot of elements that have become a typical YA thing, but still… It had some original elements, the characters were fun to read about, there’s a tiny bit of romance present and the writing was so enthralling!
Stolen Songbird by Danielle l. Jensen, the first book in the Malediction trilogy has become one of my favorite reads in May. The characters are so much fun to read about, the world building is awesome, there’a politics, there’s romance, there’s action and enthralling and addictive writing. Le sigh. I’d definitely recommend this one to anyone who’s into reading ya fantasy!! It is a really strong first book in the series
After having enjoyed the Glass Spare, I decided to buy and read the Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano right after finishing Stolen Songbird because I was really excited to see how the story in this duology would end. I’ve had some more remarks on this one but overall this duology was really fun to read. It has all the ingredients of a story I’d really recommend to get yourself aquatinted with << You have to be aware though that this is a book that is for readers that love a light fantasy with light politics from time to time and not expect a book that has you guessing throughout it the entire time seeing it’s quite predictable. The predictability didn’t ruin it for me though, but it is a reason why I gave the rating that I did. But it definitely was enjoyable nonetheless! I for one, am excited to see what more there’s to come from this author in the future and be looking back with a smile to this reading experience.
I finally decided to pick up Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers, which has been on my shelves since it’s release back in 2017. I really liked the first book, Assassin’s Heart, and was very excited to see the story continue with new main characters that was set almost 20 years later than where AH ended. I loved the first book more, but overall, this was really entertaining to read. Sarah’s writing is enthralling and to me it was a fast-paced reading experience. In the end I rated it 3 stars because I definitely had some remarks on the book as well though. I’d still recommend reading this author, because I think she deserves way more attention!
Up next was Sherwood by Meagan Spooner, a stand alone Robin Hood re-telling. I’ve loved Meagan’s writing so much in the past so I had high expectations for this one. I rated it 4 stars in the end. I had some small remarks but overall I think Meagan has shown us yet again what an amazing author and story-teller she is. I am obsessed with her writing and am already looking forward to her next work. This is a must-read if you like re-tellings, if you like Robin Hood and if you like kickass female characters. This book is a well oiled machine and all of the elements I love in a book are really well written down.
Then I decided to read Dark Shores by Danielle l. Jensen, her latest release and the first book in a new series; Dark Shores. I was so excited to read this one since I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her writing in Stolen Songbird. I think this is a really fun first book in a new series. I’d Recommend it to anyone who likes an fast-paced adventurous story-line that has some politcs/warfare added to it, a little bit of romance, some quite gruesome scenes and awesome settings. An adventure set at sea and land, mixed up with some small fantasy parts, that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved getting acquainted with this world and these characters so much, and I really cannot wait to get my hands on its sequel!
I received an ARC of Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey and this was my first contemporary romance read this month. I’ve been in a ya/fantasy mood lately (whereas I was in a Romance mood for the past months) so it was a nice change up to read this romance book in between. Even though I had some small remarks, I believe that this contemporary romance is the perfect pick to anyone who likes office/work romances and who especially loves a really good executed haters-to-lovers romance. It is funny, it is heart warming, it’s intense and steamy. It’s a typical R.S. Grey! This is THE perfect book for any romance reader to pick up this summer! (Or any time really, lol)
The Broken Ones by Danielle l. Jensen was technically my last full length book that I’ve finished reading in May. This is the prequel book to the Malediction trilogy. Having read book 1 already I was really excited to read this one because this book was mostly about a character that’s presented as a minor character in Stolen Songbird. I really liked reading about him in Stolen Songbird, and Danielle didn’t disappoint with this prequel book. I fell in love even more with this particular character. I really loved getting more background information, not just about Marc, but about other characters as well als story-line elements and the world setting. A really great addition to the series and a must-read if you want to read the other Malediction books as well.
Right after that I also read the Songbird’s Overture by Danielle l. Jensen, which is a short story that was in my paperback of the Broken Ones as well. It’s a story set many years before book 1, Stolen Songbird, takes place and it’s about the main character of book 1, Cécile. A fun extra to read, but it isn’t necessary to read if you want to read the rest of the series.
♥ BLOGGER IN THE SPOTLIGHT ♥
I love getting replies from other readers/bloggers/etc. so of course I want to repay the favor as much as I possibly can. Even before I was blogging myself, I really liked discovering new blogs and I thought it would be a good idea to highlight a couple of the articles/bloggers I’ve enjoyed reading this month and include it in my wrap-up.
- Looking Back at our Bookhauls | 2018 by the Book Dutchessess
- Blog Tour: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson by Mel to the Any
- Book Review | Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse by The Caffeinated Bibliophile
- Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith | DNF Review by NovelKnight
- Tell me Tuesday #250 by La La in the Library
- De Autsch-lijst by Zwartraafje (Dutch)
- Vondsten van mei ’19 by Craving Pages (Dutch)
I haven’t been active in a while up until a couple of days ago, so there isn’t much to post here when looking back to the month of May. But since my last wrap up was in January and I did post some articles between January and now, I decided to put down some older articles as well that you may find interesting.
There are definitely some things I’m looking forward to.
As always, there are several releases I am really excited for to arrive on my doorstep.
For July those are;
- the Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
#1 the Burning
- Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
#2 Crown of Shards
- Making Up by Helena Hunting
#4 Shacking Up
♥ BOOK BOX HEAVEN ♥
Since Illumicrate is now available on a monthly base, I’m receiving a box every month so I’m definitely looking forward to receiving my June box. The June theme is ‘For book lovers’ and will contain 2 books and items that aren’t fandom inspired but are suitable to every bioklover out there so I am really excited to see what’s going to be inside! The 2 books are YA contemporary. I haven’t bought those in a while, and since illuminate is always great in choosing good reads, I’m really excited to see which books they chose for this box! An unboxing will follow!
As for their July box it’s the same; I’m exciiiited! The them for July is ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ and the featured book is a stand alone murder mystery. I normally don’t pick those up by myself, but so far Illumicrate has always picked great books in my opinion, so I’m really intrigued. Since I’m currently obsessed by watching Sherlock Holmes, a murder mystery is maybe exactly what I’m going to want to read in the nearby future.
And then I’ll receive another box in July, this one by Baecrate which is a sort of daughter company of the well known Faecrate. Baecrate is known for putting together adult romance (fantasy/historical/etc) book boxes and that’s 100% my thing. So when I saw what July’s theme was going to be, ‘Beast Charmer’, I just Had to buy the box haha. The featured book is a romance fantasy book that looks so so interesting! I cannot wait to receive this box. July can’t come soon enough. I’ve also heard Baecrate is going to do a Guild Hunter box (inspired by the books written by Nalini Singh) and this is the best news I ever received regarding book boxes. I’ve been dying to get my hands on Guild Hunter merchandise but haven’t really found anything over the years. So this is definitely something I’m already looking forward to!
Earlier this year, when I started to use my Always fully booked planner, I was holding myself to prior made TBR lists which was really fun to do. Aside from it being fun, it also came in handy to see what buddy-reads I had planned, what arc’s I had to read, etc. But since my blog stop the past couple of months, I haven’t been using a pre-made tbr list anymore.
At the moment, I’m not really holding myself to one but there are definitely some books I really hope to get around to start reading this month:
- Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, #1 in the Aurora Rising series
BUDDY-READ with a group of readers from an online forum I’m active on
- Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, #1 in the Books of Babel series
BUDDY-READ with my friend Isabelle
- the Bride Test by Helen Hoang, #1 in the Kiss Quotient series
I loved the first book SO much, so I put in a pre-order for this one but it hasn’t arrived yet. I really hope’ll receive it soon and that I’ll get around to start reading it asap then as well.
- Highland Jewel by May McGoldrick, #2 in the Royal Highlander series
I was blessed to have received an ARC of book 1 last year and I fell in love hard with these author’s writing in this historical setting. I am beyond excited to read this 2nd book in the series and am planning to dive into it really soon.