May Wrap Up

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

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Favourite Books Released in the Last Ten Years (one book for each year)

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)

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2018The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Published May 29th 2018)

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2017Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Published April 4th 2017)

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2016A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Published May 3rd 2016)

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2015Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Published September 29th 2015)

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2014Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Published March 4th 2014)

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2013Inferno by Dan Brown (Published May 13th 2013)

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2012Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Published August 2nd 2012)

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2011A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Published May 5th 2011)

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2010The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Aug 31st 2010)

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2009The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Published October 6th 2009)

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Red Sister Review

51oBuBFqgHLPerfection, I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!

Nona was saved by the High Priestess Glass just as she was about to be hanged. Falsely accused of murder Nona is sought after by some powerful enemies. The Priestess sweeps her away to the Convent of Sweet Mercy where all their novices are raised to become lethal killers.

The premise of this book is everything that I love about fantasy to be honest. The school setting was wonderful, all of the different classes that Nona has to attend surrounded by the other novices. Even the different bells and their meaning were interesting and utilised throughout the course of the book.

I really liked Nona; she is such an interesting character. Super loyal to all of her friends and isn’t afraid to speak up in their defense or even sacrifice herself to save them from any harm. She has a lot of secrets and I like that we aren’t made aware of some of the more significant ones til the end of the book. I like that her ignorance was kind of used as a way to be able to explain everything in a lot more detail letting the reader absorb all the knowledge slowly. Being that a majority of the characters are very young only 9-11 they are really discovering themselves as the plot progresses.

The story is incredibly rich with magical lore and also political machinations. The whole trial that the High Priestess Glass and Nona had to endure and the eventual reasoning’s behind it really took me by surprise. I was stunned that Glass put everything in place and saved Nona just on the off chance that this would occur, putting herself and Nona in danger. Her cunning and intellect really engaged me and I was deeply invested in the plot after that!

The way that the story shifts and the revelations really start to come out was so well done, multiple layers of plot lines with different characters with different intentions. Convoluted fantasy books with a multitude of characters and magical elements are my favourite books of all time and this really blew me away!

⭐️5/5 High stakes, magical, bad ass fighting nuns, I am IN!

May TBR

All the books I’m hoping to read in May! Pretty diverse group of books that have been on my radar for a while now that I am very excited to get to!

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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Red Sister by Martin Lawrence

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