May wrap up

This month I have been in an incredible slump. Not just when it comes to reading but also blogging. I honestly thought getting in a blogging slump would never happen to me but sadly, it did. I have just been so incredibly busy this month and have lacked motivation to blog. I have also been feeling like I can’t write at all and that everything I post is crap, so I figured I probably shouldn’t write while feeling like that. Hopefully this wrap up will be the end of my slump but I can’t promise anything seeing as how I just started my summer job at the library (so awesome) and will be quite busy there.

I did read 10 books and 2 graphic novels before the slump kicked and ruined everything. My slump is actually so bad that even being at the library, surrounded by YA books all day can’t snap me out of it. I mean when you can’t find one single book you want to read at the library it is BAD!

Anyways I’ll stop complaining now and share the books I did read with you guys. Pictures48.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas . I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing! It was such an improvement over book one and I just loved every part of it. The night court was amazing and I ended up liking Rhysand, which I didn’t think, would happen because I really disliked him in ACOTAR. Did I mention I loved it? I DID!! I gave this book 5++ stars.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown. This is the second book in the Red Rising trilogy and although I liked it a lot it did not quite meet my expectations. I loved Red Rising so much and I just did not like this book quite as much. This was still an awesome book though and I will definitely read book three really soon. I gave this book 4,5 stars.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead . This book has been getting a lot of hate lately and I can definitely see why because it had some big Problems. Like the plot holes and weird fantasy countries that are obviously supposed to be England and America. I have to admit that I really liked this book though. It was just a fun read when overlooking the faults and I will probably (definitely) buy the companion novels. I gave this book 4 stars.

Pictures49.jpgWhen We Collided by Emery Lord. This book was part cute summer romance and part girl dealing with mental illness. I really liked that this book did not do the typical all it takes for the mental illness to get better is to fall in love trope but instead showed that even if everything is going great the illness is still there. I gave this book 4 stars.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Lauren Oliver’s books tend to be a hit or miss for me and sadly, this one was a miss. It’s not that it was a bad story or badly written, it just didn’t grab me. I did not feel invested in the characters or the story. I gave this book 3 stars.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. This book is one that EVERYBODY seems to love. I have heard so many amazing things about it and my expectations were sky high. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. This book was beautifully written and I really enjoyed it. I may not have loved it quite as much as most people seem to but I did like it A LOT! I gave This book 4.5 stars.

Pictures50Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This is another one of those super popular and hyped books. I mean there is even a movie adaptation of this one that’s hoe popular it is. I went into this with high expectations and although the whole mystery was not as shocking as I expected it to be, it was still an awesome book that is really well written. I gave this book 4.5 stars and I can’t wait to see the movie.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This book was Hilarious. I laughed so much while reading it and even just thinking back to some of the crazy things that happened in this book makes me crack up. On the surface, this book is about beauty queens that is stranded on a deserted island and has to survive, but really, it is mocking the ridiculous beauty standards in todays society. It was just amazing, unique and really funny. I gave it 5 stars.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This book was not for me. I really disliked all the protagonists and honestly did not care what happened to them at all. I gave this book 2 stars.

Pictures51.jpgThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. I finally did it, I continued on with the Percy Jackson series. This book was just as good as the first one and I really liked it. I gave it 4.5 stars and hopefully it won’t take me a year to get to book three.

Grimm Fairy Tales Vol 1 by Ralph Tedesco and joe Tyler. I’m not sure if this is a comic or a graphic novel but it was shelved the most times as a graphic novel so I’m going with that. This is the first graphic novel I have read in years and it reminded me how much I enjoy them. I really enjoyed the stories and the art was gorgeous. I gave it 4.5 stars.

Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. I have been seeing this a lot on booktube lately and decided to try it. It was a fun read and I liked the illustrations a lot and will definitely be picking up vol 2 soon. I gave it 4 stars.

That concludes my may wrap up and I must say I feel like I read some great books this month. What did you guys read in May? Any of the books I did? I would love to know!:)

Luna.

 

 

 

The Wine book tag

I was tagged by Lois@ mymidnightmusing to do this tag. You should check out her blog. 🙂 It is somewhat ironic that I’m doing this tag seeing as how I don’t like wine but I don’t think liking wine is a requirement. (At least I hope not!!)


Box Wine – a book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!

Atlantia

 

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

This book gets a lot of hate on booktube and has many bad reviews but I liked it!


Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

Just Listen

 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

This book was just so perfectly written and there was nothing unnecessary in there.


 

Gluehwein – a really spicy, wintry read.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

 

Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I don’t know how spicy this book really is but it’s definitely wintery!


Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down!

Vicious (Vicious, #1)

 

Vicious by V.E Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

This book is about a villain fighting a worse villain and it is dark, brutal and super addictive.


Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

 

Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Even with all the hype about how amazing this book is I expected to dislike it. It just did not sound like my thing, but I ended up loving it. It was just amazing.


Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super-zesty?

Caribbean Cruising

 

Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne

The perfect summer story of a girl, several boys, and a cruise ship full of possibilities.

Lindsay has never been on a cruise, but she knows exactly what she wants to do now that she is: climb a waterfall, snorkel, meet lots of cute guys, and look for one perfect guy for a summer fling.

But her to-do list isn’t going according to plan, especially when she discovers that it’s impossible to have a fling-when you’re actually falling in love.

 

This book is just super fun and it totally made me wish I were on a cruise in the Caribbean.


Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

Revenge and the Wild

 

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.

This book has so many elements that really should not work together but somehow do. It is super unique and weird (in a good way) and I really liked it.


Shiraz – A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I just finished this book yesterday and it was so AMAZING! Just prefect and juicy and dark and all things good.


Merlot – a smooth easy read with a soft finish.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

 

Amy & Roger’s epic detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

 

This book is super fun, easy to read and low on drama.


Champagne – Your Favourite Book.

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.


I tag anyone that wants to do this tag! 🙂

Luna.

 

My unfinished series part 2

I recently did a post about my unfinished series. Since then I have remembered a lot more series I have not yet read. In my last post I only included completed series but in this one I have decided to include unfinished once that I’m not caught up on yet. I hope you enjoy seeing how awful I am at finishing series and that maybe it makes you feel better about your own huge TBR piles.

The Diviners series by Libba BrayPictures40This series sounds interesting and somewhat scary, which is probably why I have yet to pick it up. I have a very low tolerance for ghosts; they scare the shit out of me. I do really want to read this series though because it takes place in the 20s in New York and has flappers and all that good stuff. This series is not completed yet and it looks like there will be two more books although there is no info about when these will arrive or what they will be called

The Remnant Chronicles Trilogy by Mary E. PearsonPictures42.jpgI read the first book in this series when it was released in 2014 and absolutely loved it. Then for some reason I never got around to picking up the second book and now it is almost time for the third book to be released. I have decided to wait until the third book is out and them marathon the entire trilogy because I don’t really remember much from the first book anymore. The third book comes out August the 2nd for those of you wondering.

The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead Pictures43.jpgI have read four books in this series and plan to read the last two soon. I have no idea why but Richelle Mead series take me ages to finish, not because I don’t like them but because I just can’t marathon them for some reason. I did really enjoy the first four books in this series though. 

The Graceling Realm series by Kristin CashorePictures44.jpgI started reading Graceling about a year ago and then I got distracted by other books and completely forgot about it. I really did like what little I read and I hope to pick this series back up soon.

Snow like Ashes Trilogy by Sara RaaschPictures45.jpgThis is another series where I read the first book when it came out and never got around to reading book two. I have decided to just wait to read it until after September 20th when book three is published so I can just marathon book two and three.

The Malediction trilogy by Danielle L. JensenPictures46.jpgYet another series where I read the first book and then never got around to picking up the second. That really seems to happen a lot! I really liked the first book in this trilogy and I hope I can get around to finishing it soon. 

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick YanceyPictures47.jpgThe last book in this trilogy is being published this month and I have yet to start book one. This series has so much hype and the first book has even been made into a movie so yeah I need to get to it. I do plan to read the 5th wave this month and if I like it, I’ll probably read the infinite sea as well.


I’m sure that there is still a ton of series that I’m forgetting but for now, these are the ones I can think of. I would love to know which of these you have finished or are caught up on, and what you thought of them. I would also love to know which series you haven’t finished yet so comment and let me know! 🙂

 

Luna.

May TBR

This month I have decided to participate in the May book pool hosted by the goodreads group crazy for young adult books. The book pool works by everyone participating contributing three YA books to the pool and whoever reads the most books win. You don’t get a price or anything but it’s fun. Most of my TBR books for May are from this pool but some are not. If you want more information about the book pool click here.

Here is my TBR: Pictures35Wicked lovely by Melissa Maar . This book is part of the book pool so maybe this will be the month I finally move past book two in this series.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown . I read Red Rising in April and I loved it so much I added book two to the book pool myself.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown . When I borrowed Golden Son from the library and saw that they had this one as well, I just had to borrow it. Turns out this was a good decision since someone has now added it to the book pool.


Pictures36.jpgDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige . This is one of those books that I really want to read but never seem to get to. Hopefully I will this month seeing as how it is in the book pool.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book has been on my TBR for ages and I need to read it. It is also in the book pool so I will get a point for reading it.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I’m not going to lie I mostly want to read this because of the cover and because it’s in the book pool.


Pictures37.jpgCarry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am a bit hesitant about this book but I have enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s previous books so I will give it a chance. It is also in the book pool so I will get a point for it.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This book is my most anticipated May release and I am so excited to read it. It is in the book pool to which is a bonus.

The Rose & The Dagger by Renèe Ahdieh. This book was one of my most anticipated April releases and I actually entered this into the book pool myself.


Pictures38.jpgWhen We Collided by Emery Lord. This book was also one of my most anticipated April releases and I can’t wait to read it. The fact that it is in the Book pool is a bonus.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver . This book was my last contribution to the book pool and I want to read it because it sounds really intriguing and good. I am nervous though because Lauren Oliver’s books tend to be a hit or miss for me, hopefully this one is a hit.

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales. I started reading this book months ago and never finished it because other books distracted me. When I saw it in the book pool, it reminded me of the fact that I want to finish it so that’s what I’ll do.


Pictures39.jpgThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I love Morgan Matson’s books and I am pretty sure this one won’t be an exception. It just sound super cute and fun and I can’t wait to read it.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I picked this one up on a whim when I saw it at the library. It looked beautiful and sounded intriguing so I figured I would read it.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I am currently on page 98 of this book and so far, I am enjoying it.


There are a lot more books in the book pool that I want to read this month but these 15 are the ones I’m prioritising. I don’t know if I will get to all of them because I am moving into a new apartment this month and that will probably take up a lot of my time, but I can always hope.

What are you planing on reading in May?

Luna.