Hello everyone and welcome to my May wrap up!
Last month I managed to read 13 books and although I only read 7 this month I’m still super happy with that! I finally started The Dark Artifices, which I’d been meaning to pick up ever since I finished The Infernal Devices last year, and picked up a romance book that’s way outside of my usual tastes.
I also got some really exciting news this month – I’ve got a new job! I’m finally going to be fulfilling the lifelong dream of working with books, for a company who work with schools and teachers to get children’s books into classrooms and school libraries. Alongside the bookseller element I’m also going to be doing some marketing, content creation and website work and I cannot wait!
Here is my May wrap up!
[Gifted – Review copy]
When I first saw Kate at Hodder describing this book as perfect for a “hot Fae summer” I just had to add it to my TBR. I was very luckily given access to an advanced copy and devoured it straight away. This book had me hooked pretty much right away and I was really pleasantly surprised with how the plot twists kept me guessing. Given how spicy my usual reads are, this wasn’t really as hot as I was expecting, but I’m looking forward to the next instalment to see how both the plot and characters develop!
Talia Hibbert is one of my favourite romance authors but i still haven’t actually read her entire backlist *gasps*! When I saw this on offer for 99p I really couldn’t say no. This was suuuuch a satisfying friends to lovers romance, with a Black, queer, plus size female main character and a Muslim and Hindu (from his father and mother’s side) male main character. It was super steamy and full of heart, and though it wasn’t a favourite of mine by Talia, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
So this book is unlike what I usually go for when looking for a new romance read, but I saw Riley Marie gush over it so I decided to pick it up! Transcendence is romance between a caveman and a woman who travels back in time, told entirely from his perspective with limited dialogue between the two (I’m talking grunts and and very few sounds). It was interesting to hear the story through Edh’s inner monologue and this was a really emotional read, even though a few scenes made me grit my teeth.
I finally picked this book up, years after everyone else and can now cross it off my to read list! It took me a little bit to fully get into the story itself as I felt like it was quite info dumpy in the beginning, but it only took a couple of pages before I fell head first back into the Shadowhunter world. I really enjoyed the direction this book took and the twists that I didn’t expect, but as always with Cassie’s books, it was the characters that I loved the most.
I started Flock a few months back and just couldn’t get into it, but after reading more rave reviews and seeing it was available on Kindle Unlimited I decided to give it another go, and devoured the first two books in the series in like 24 hours. This is a new adult romance with some (typical) questionable content in parts, but is thoroughly addictive. This was smutty and steamy and quenched my NA thirst.
The second book in the Ravenhood series and wow, things definitely took a turn. It picks up right as book one finishes which I enjoyed, but I really didn’t see the twists and turns coming. The mood of this story is drastically different to the first, and Flock really sets up so much groundwork and background for the characters. Again this was a spicy read and although enjoyable, I don’t really feel compelled to pick up the next instalment.
Okay so this book turned things up to another LEVEL for me. Kudos to past Amy for having already bought ebooks for each of these three books before I ever picked the first one up, so I could dive right into the next one. I loved seeing so many beloved characters from the previous series appearing, and the new ones we were introduced to have really left a mark on me. Emma, Julian, Christina, Mark, Kieran, Ty, Diana – how do I choose a favourite?! But also the ending of this book broke my heart. I GASPED.
Well what a book to end the month with that was! I feel like May was such a good month for many different reasons, but I love when it comes to writing this post and I just feel full of warm and fuzzy feelings over all of the great books I read.