I cannot believe May is over already! I have had such a fun month in terms of books and I had a great time hosting my first ever photo challenge/giveaway over on Instagram too. I have discovered some new authors this month and I have even managed to fit in a reread of one of my favourites from last year too.
I read 10 books, in total, this month and DNF’d another one, which was actually a really good thing as I am so glad I can put a book to one side instead of struggling through it!
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas – 4.5/5
I really enjoyed reading this novella, it was a little different from the other books in the series, and if you want to know more about it you can find my thoughts on the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and this latest novella here.
Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian – 4/5
I really wonderful fantasy read, I cannot wait to see where the series goes next. A really strong female main character with some great worldbuilding. I really loved the system of magic and I loved the writing style. I will be sharing my review of this in a few weeks.
A Spoke in the Wheel – Kathleen Jowitt – 5/5
You can see my full review of A Spoke in the Wheel here. It was an amazing read – and something outside my usual choice of reads. It’s a contemporary with some great disability rep and the cycling element was an added novelty as my family are big cyclists.
The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green – 3.5/5
I am tempted to change this rating as I feel like I got it wrong. I think it was more of a 4 star. I need to have a think. It was a good fantasy read and I loved several of the characters, especially Tash, Edyon & Catherine. It ended on a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
Murmur – Emily Israd – 5/5
The first book in the Wildheart series follows the story of Hannah and Jack. They are teens who can shapeshift, I love the world which Emily Israd has created. The four main characters are really likeable and I love the friendship they share. You can see my review here.
The Raven Mocker – Emily Israd – 5/5
The second book in the series continues where book one leaves off. Although Murmur is self contained I really loved the direction the series took in The Raven Mocker. It is a little darker and a little more creepy. This one was my favourite of the three books. You can see my review, which went live yesterday here.
Devil’s Den – Emily Israd – 5/5
A wonderful conclusion to the series. More shifter lore and more about the four friends who are central to these books. I would love to read more books set in the shifter/static world created by Emily! I will be posting this review next week so do keep an eye out for it
Trick – Natalia Jaster – 5/5
I cannot recommend this book enough. I discovered Trick after it was recommended in a group for Laura Thalassa fans and it is incredible! I love the world which the Foolish Kingdoms series is set. The story is told by Poet (a jester) and Briar (a princess) and I just love them both so much. The chapters from Poet’s POV are just so deliciously dark to read. The book also tackles some really big questions in a fantasy setting and I am now reading Dare which is the second book in the series, but features a brand new set of characters.
Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 5/5
I am so sad that this series is over. I adored reading the trilogy and I have to say it was a whole new reading experience! I would definitely recommend the Illuminae Files – I just don’t have the words to describe how awesome this series is!
Caraval – Stephanie Garber – 5/5
This was my reread. The second book in the series, Legendary was published on the 29th May and so I decided (an hour before I was due to get my hands on my copy, that it would be a great time to start a reread of Caraval. I have to say I am so glad that I did and I fell in love with the world, and the characters all over again and I am now even more excited to start Legendary!
And that’s all of my May reads! I am now at 32/24 books for my 2018 challenge and I think I should have maybe aimed a little higher… maybe next year. I am currently reading Dare and Legendary and I can already tell that June is going to be off to an amazing start!
I would love to hear what books you have read and loved this month?