So, first off, I’d like to apologise for randomly taking half of May off. I genuinely thought I would be able to keep up with blogging while I plunged into my first exams, but I failed pretty early on. That being said, I still managed to read 8 books in May (of which only 3 were on my TBR), because I’m the absolute queen of procrastinating.
Books I read
- The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh: While I wasn’t as impressed as others by The Rose and the Dagger, I did like it more than The Wrath and the Dawn. Admittedly this was probably because I went into it with little to no expectations, but the magical flying snake also helped a lot. Overall, however, I was let down because the thngs I was really looking forward to were glossed over, while several sublots seemed to just come out of nowhere, which ultimately just weighed down the story.
- The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan: One word. Yes.
- The Raven King by Maggie Stievfater: Yet another series conclusion that I was disappointed in. Again, here there were issues with cramming new unnecessary subplots in the book, but the biggest problem I had with TRK was its ending in relation to one particular character, who had already been sidelined during most of the novel. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book, on the contrary there were aspects of it that I adored but I think it’s the weakest book in the series overall.
- Stasis by Kim Fielding: Stasis did not nearly live up to its premise, and felt like a watered down version of The Captive Prince.
- Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman: So my sister asked me for a book rec and, after
shovinggently nudging her towards Eon, I figured it was time I reread it too. I loved it the first time around, and I loved it now too. While it’s heavy on the description (seomthing I didn’t remember and have now come to realise it’s part of Goodman’s style), the world she’s created is entirely captivating and I highly recommend it!
- Eona by Alison Goodman: I loved everything about this book but the central romance. It is my honest opinion that Eona should’ve dumped the lot of them and ruled the empire herself, she would would’ve made a far better ruler than anyone else from that lot.
- The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic: I read this one because of tumblr and, while I’m not starry eyed over it, it has its merits. I don’t usually read contemporary and I’ve never read a novel that relied this heavily on sports before, so I wasn’t immediately sucked in but I’ll definitely continue with the series to see where it goes.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I read this book for Hype or Like Friday and I was decidely not impressed by it. There were problems right down to the novels’very structure that prevented me from enjoying it and I definitely don’t see what all the fuss is about with this one.
- The Goodreads Reading Challenge: Being 8 books ahead of schedule I’ve come to the conclusion that I seem to binge-read as a way of procrastinating. Who would’ve thought?
- The Series Challenge: With The Raven King and The Rose and the Dagger, I can cross off two more series from my list!
- The New Releases Challenge: I read 3 newly released books this month which brings my total up to 10 right now.
- The Commenting 365 Challenge: I’m still behind on this challenge, but I’m slowly working on it!
So that’s a wrap! May was more productive than I thought it would be but I do really regret falling behind on blogging like this.
How was May in terms of reading for you? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?