Hey guys! You are going to be so shocked and hopefully impressed with me! I managed to read nine books in May and I am so ecstatic! Of course it helped that I had a week off work and managed to read three books. I don’t know how people manage to read this many books every month, it was such a challenge for me but it was awesome constantly reading and not having a breather in between for work and other things! So without further ado, here it was I read this month:
1) Friend Request by Laura Marshall: I feel like if the publisher has to put “The most addictive thriller you’ll read this year” or similar on the cover, then the chances are that it’s not going to be very good and not addictive at all. Let me tell you that this book was so boring and it felt so ridiculous. It switched between an adult life and high school drama and it was exhausting trying to find reasons to care about these characters. It was such a disappointing story and there’s better thrillers out there for sure.
2) Copycat by Alex Lake: I liked this book, I thought the mystery was really good and I kept me guessing all the way through. It’s a psychological thriller because it twists everything and makes you think the main character is actually going crazy and forgetting what she is doing. The ending left me surprised and it actually strayed into some pretty dark stuff. I didn’t like the last few pages and would have preferred a different ending because it’s left on a cliffhanger and if it’s a standalone book that is annoying.
3) Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade by Oliver Bowden: I really loved this book! I don’t think it’s on the same level as the first two because Ezio’s story has a lot more depth to it, but it was still very enjoyable. I loved Altaïr in the game and he’s just as likeable in the book. One thing that annoyed me though was the lack of description. This book is definitely aimed at the gamers rather than people who are only interested in reading the books. I feel like the author relies heavily on the fact that most of the readers have already played the game, so he doesn’t need to describe places to them. He mentions the names of places Altair visits but does not describe what they look like at all, so it’s hard to picture if you haven’t played the game.
4) The Vinyl Detective: Victory Disc by Andrew Cartmel: This is the third book in The Vinyl Detective series and it was just as fun as the first two! I felt it was a massive improvement again because there was a lot of mystery to the story and a lot of threads were being unravelled the deeper in the story got. I didn’t see the ending coming at all and was left feeling very surprised! I’m really excited for the fourth book as I can’t wait to see where the story will go next!
5) A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. I think because even though I did really enjoy the first one, I just didn’t feel connected to some of the characters which made me hesitant to read this. Needless to say, I really did enjoy it! The start was very slow and I think the first 300 pages dragged a lot but after that, it really picked up and got so intense! The ending left me reeling and wanting more, so of course I had to pick up the third book!
6) A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab: This book was just insanely good! It was a vast improvement on the first two for me and my heart was pounding so hard all the way through! It’s honestly so fast paced compared to the first two books. I was eating it up and couldn’t get enough. The characters have come such a long way to compared to the first one and it was so good seeing them all be badass with their magic. A character I completely fell in love with was Holland and I think he was so underrated and misunderstood. I really hope we get more books with these characters because I’m not ready to say goodbye!
7) Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: I really did not like this book. The writing was terrible, the characters were awful and the story itself was boring. There was no pull or excitement with this book and I felt like I was just plodding through it. I knew I wouldn’t like it because I read lots of terrible reviews but I still read it anyway. The only reason I read it was because it was in a FairyLoot box. Even though it’s only a duology, I will not be reading the second book as I have no interest in finding out what happens. Books about princesses just do not interest me and this one in particular was not done well. It was just so boring but at least it was a quick read.
8) Shadowblack by Sebastien De Castell: This is easily one of my favourite series! I really loved the first book and the second book did not disappoint! Sometimes the sequels can be disappointing but this one was as much of a rollercoaster ride as the first one was! It didn’t have that exciting cliffhanger that the first one did but the story was definitely very compelling and enticing. The author definitely knows how to keep you hooked from start to finish!
9) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell: I swear for this series, each book is even better than the last! I love these books so much and I haven’t felt this excited for a young adult fantasy series in such a long time! I love how each book is in a different setting and introduces new characters whilst also retaining some from the first book. I love Kellen so much and he definitely has the worst luck in the world. Despite his misfortune, he continues to strive ahead and he will do anything in his power for those he cares about. I love how Reichis is still as snarky as ever! If you haven’t read this series, you really should because it is so addicting and you’ll completely fall in love!
We have now reached the end! This must be the longest wrap up post I’ve ever done on my blog?? It’s awesome! What books did you manage to read in May? Have you read any of mine and what did you think of them? Feel free to leave a comment below! I hope you enjoyed and thank you so much for reading!