I had another great reading month in May! Finished nearly everything on my May TBR and then managed to complete a few extra books on the side that I have been wanting to get to for a while now. I think this was my most successful reading month of the year so far and I had a great time reading through these books!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – ⭐️4/5 stars
Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl – ⭐️4/5 stars
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ⭐️4/5 stars
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ⭐️5/5 stars
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – ⭐️3/5 stars
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐️4/5 stars
I have officially finished my reread of the Harry Potter series! I wrapped up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last week and I just have to say again that I have LOVED my reread of this series. It has been probably 4-5 years since I read through the whole thing and it seems like every time something new jumps out at me. The Deathly Hallows is by far my favourite book of the series, its the book I think I have reread the most and I don’t think I will ever get sick of it! The way that the story comes together and the epic conclusion was just purely magical. All of the twists and turns and obstacles that Harry, Ron and Hermione have to deal with on their hunt for the Horcruxes, the build up of tension, the most incredible plot twist ever with Snape, my mind was absolutely blown the first time I read this book. I think I definitely have to do a reread of this series at least once every year! I love it so much and it has really put me in a great reading mood!
This was a random spur of the moment pick up and I was not disappointed!
The Kiss Quotient is about a thirty year old woman names Stella who is obsessed with her job as an economist. She comes up with algorithms that help predict future purchases for online shoppers. It’s recently come to her attention that she may be a bit under experienced in terms of relationships and sex so she hired a male escort to help her practice.
Stella was a really relatable character I felt. I loved her arc over the course of the storyline, how eventually she wasn’t ashamed of her little flaws and her quirks and just accepted herself for who she is. I like how honest she was with Michael from the start and how she stood up for him and spoke her mind after her father grilled him.
I like the fact that Michael wasn’t just a one dimensional character. Even though he is an escort he had a backstory and familial problems that lend to why he is that profession currently. I also enjoyed the fact that he wanted to be a designer; it was a nice change from a lot of other male protagonists in these adult romances who are usually tradesmen or executives.
The relationship and how it progressed was definitely a little awkward and cringey at first but evolved and become something a little more believable in my opinion. A bit more graphic than what I originally thought it was going to be but I did still enjoy it nonetheless! I did love how the sexual tension built up between Stella and Michael and how accommodating he was of her.
Overall I really enjoyed the read. I just needed a little romance in my life and this was exactly what I hoped it would be! I will definitely need to pick up The Bride Test by Helen Hoang soon and continue on my spree of adult romances!
⭐️4.5/5 the perfect amount of romance and drama to keep me entertained!
This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is my favourite books released in the last 10 years (one book for each year). This was a lot of fun to come up with, there were some years where I had 3-4 books that were all released together and it was really difficult to just choose one, but I think this list represents my reading tastes well!
2019 – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Published Jan 22nd 2019)
2018 – The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Published May 29th 2018)
2017 – Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Published April 4th 2017)
2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Published May 3rd 2016)
2015 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Published September 29th 2015)
2014 – Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Published March 4th 2014)
2013 – Inferno by Dan Brown (Published May 13th 2013)
2012 – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Published August 2nd 2012)
2011 – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Published May 5th 2011)
2010 – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Aug 31st 2010)
2009 – The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Published October 6th 2009)
My new favourite fantasy series ever??
This was absolutely perfect in my opinion. Everything I love about fantasy all wound together to make this absolutely wonderful conclusion to a series that may have made its way to the top of my all time favourite list!
Raisa was everything that I needed her to be in this book. She followed her gut and her heart and never strayed from what she believed in until she thought all was lost and even then she still tried to figure out a way to prevent war in the Vale and save as many people as she could. She is more than willing to trade her life for the good of her people and she didn’t let me down in this book. I had a few misgivings about her throughout the series but she really took everything she has learnt and put it to play and ultimately went with her heart, which I absolutely loved!
What can I say about Han… ever since The Demon King he has steadfastly been my favourite character in this series and he has honestly gone above and beyond my expectations. He has proved time and time again that he will do anything for the people that he loves and is loyal to a fault. You never know what to expect from him and he is such an entertaining character. His arc over the course of the series as well was momentous; from a street lord at Ragmarket to the High Wizard of the Queen. I loved seeing him manipulate and also struggle in his attempt to overthrow the Bayers and how eventually his plan unfolded and came to fruition was everything that I hoped for. There was so many obstacles that Han and Raisa had to overcome and knowing that it didn’t come easy and without loss only made it more satisfying.
It delved so much deeper into the history of the Seven Realms and all my questions about what happened between Alger and Hannalea was unearthed and I was completely blindsided. I honestly didn’t predict anything that happened and I tried to go into to the book without thinking to much about what plot twists could happen next and I was rewarded with so many convoluted, intricate storylines that shocked and amazed me!
I truly loved this book and the Seven Realms series as a whole. Cinda Williams Chima is now one of my favourite fantasy authors and I will without a doubt be picking up the Stormcaster series as soon as I can get my hands on it!
⭐️5/5 stars Perfection!