May 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you a very late May wrap-up. I read ten books and the majority of them were review copies so I was trying to focus on getting the reviews published. Here’s what I read:

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister: First up was this very interesting crime thriller mixed with time travel. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the time travel would be a bit confusing but it’s actually brilliant and the timeline is easy to follow.

His Other Woman by Sarah Edghill: Next up I read this domestic thriller. I did enjoy the suspense and the toxic relationships between certain characters but the main character was quite irritating in the way she behaved and acted. I don’t want to spoil the plot but I thought she was responsible for a lot of what went wrong. Also, I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending and thought it was abrupt. I would have preferred a different ending.

The Island by Adrian McKinty: This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I’ve been really impressed with his writing. He creates chilling atmospheres and stories that will have you on the edge of your seat. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was it became repetitive and started to drag towards the end. It would have been a lot stronger if the cat and mouse chase didn’t go on for so long.  

Throw Me to the Wolves by Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks: I really enjoyed this but the worldbuilding was a massive letdown. The characters were strong, the past and present timelines worked well together and I liked that it focused on a witch turning the main character into a werewolf. However, there was too much focus on insignificant things like what clothes people were wearing and the colour of shoes. It’s mentioned so much and it just felt very unnecessary. Also, It was never made clear if humans were aware of werewolves and if other creatures existed, which I feel is a very important part of the worldbuilding in urban fantasy books. It seems this will be a series but I don’t think I’ll be continuing with it as I’m just not that invested in this world and these characters. 

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede: It’s books like this that reminded me why I love YA fantasy so much. It was beautifully written and had fantastic worldbuilding in my opinion. The author really makes you care for the characters and what happens to them and the ending has a cliffhanger that will have you begging for the next book. I’ll definitely be continuing with this series! 

Perfect: Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson: I read this entire book in one sitting. It contains seven short stories about impossible events and they were so, so good. I had two favourites but I thought they were all pretty fascinating and very thought-provoking. I love it when books make you question what you’d do if you found yourself in the same situation and what you think is right!

We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry: Next up I read another domestic thriller and it had me hooked the whole way through. I love how the two main characters were pitted against one another. I had no idea who to trust and found myself switching sides constantly. It’s definitely an intriguing read that has plenty of twists and turns to keep you invested, while also keeping the mystery tightly under wraps. I loved it!

Fatal Witness by Roberts Bryndza: If you don’t know, this is the seventh book in the Detective Erika Foster series and I was so happy when it was announced. I obviously immediately requested this on NetGalley because it’s one of my favourite crime series. I enjoyed it but I don’t think it’s as strong as the previous books. I loved the usual banter between Erika, Moss and Peterson and it looks like some promising developments are happening with Erika finally. I will read the next book in this series. I just hope it’s not another four-year wait!

Book of Night by Holly Black: I was having such a good month and then I picked this up. I didn’t like The Cruel Prince and didn’t continue with that series but I was intrigued by Black’s first adult book and it sounded good! But it was not. It was so boring and I just didn’t care about the characters. How did she take such an interesting concept and write such a dull book? The ending hints that there will be a second book but I won’t be reading it. That’s two books I’ve read by Holly Black now that I didn’t like so I’m just going to say that her books aren’t for me. I will not be reading her other books. 

Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé by William Keeling: My final book this month was this unusual and hilarious book about a soufflé that fails to rise in the 1830s in Bath and the subsequent investigation by Belle and his friends. It’s a light-hearted read and I had a lot of fun reading it. 

So these are all of the books that I read in May! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading.

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