May Wrap Up

I’ve had a pretty good reading month! I participated in the Tome Topple readathon that went for about two weeks of the month and I did manage to finish 4 tomes during that time. One book in particular I have been meaning to read for over two years now so I was stoked I managed to get to it and LOVE it as well! Though reading these long books did kind of stall my usual pace for the month. I realise 12 books is still a massive achievement, I just feel like I didn’t read as much as I wanted to.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco⭐️3/5 stars

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo⭐️3/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐️5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire⭐️2/5 stars

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett⭐️4/5 stars

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara⭐️5/5 stars

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali ⭐️5/5 stars

Beach Read by Emily Henry ⭐️5/5 stars

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos⭐️4/5 stars

Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

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June TBR

This month I have a few books that are high on my priority list and then I have the rest of the books on my physical TBR that I really want to get through as well! I don’t have a lot of plans for June so hopefully I will have a great reading month!!

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The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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Beach Read Review

52867387._SY475_Beach Read follows January and Gus two authors that were rivals in college who end up being neighbours. They are currently both suffering from writers block so they come up with a bet to swap their respective genres and see who can get their book sold first.

This was a fantastic book. I went into it with the expectations that it would be a light fluffy contemporary yet it delves so much more into deeper topics and was quite thought provoking and touching. 

I loved January’s character. I was drawn into her life from the first chapter and she kept me highly engaged throughout the course of the book. I found her to be highly relatable and her optimistic way she perceives life refreshing. Moving into that house and being forced to face what her father has done to her and how it has affected her life whilst also having run ins with Sonya was highly entertaining.

Gus I was a little hesitant about at the start. He didn’t really evoke any kind of emotion from me, he was too closed off and standoffish. Once he started opening up more to January and revealing his emotions and thoughts was when I started warming up to him. He definitely has an enigmatic nature to him that initially draws you in to his character but once we got more of his backstory with Naomi and even with Pete and Maggie he became a lot more well rounded and developed.

I loved the actually writing that took up a lot of time in the plot. The way they prioritised their work even though they were crazy for each other I think was very mature of them. I feel a lot of time in romance the main protagonist would just give up everything for their love interest and would of missed the deadline. 

This was definitely a slow burn. There were various scenes that got me very eager to read on and find out whether or not January will get her happy ending!

⭐️5/5 stars I devoured this book!!!!

🔱The Heroes of Olympus Series Reread🔱

12127750._SY475_This month I completed The Mark of Athena which is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series and I have thoughts. I loved the fact that we are going back and forth between the different point of views. I think this was the first time in all off the books that we are given chapters from Annabeth’s perspective and I really enjoyed and appreciated hearing her thoughts and fears from her. This book really explored all of the different heroes and their own self perceived inadequacies, which I think is a great subject to explore in middle grade where a lot of the targeted readers might be struggling with. In terms of the plot I think this was quite a filler book where not a lot happened but also we are given a lot of answers to questions that have surfaced throughout the series. I highly enjoyed this book and I am super excited to continue on with the series, I honestly can’t really remember a lot of the details from the last two book so it’s going to a lot of fun to read!

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Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is opening lines, and I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

“It’s often said of old buildings that they have a soul.” 

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

 “There was no warning.”

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“The disrupter blast hit the Betraskan right in her chest.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.”

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

“Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

“A boy went missing the night of the storm.”

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmuring of horses.”

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