In the month of May I read a total of 10 books. Yup, I was a little sad in the month of May and had some free time to really read whatever I wanted. So let’s go through it.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I really enjoyed the idea behind this novel. It deals with all those children that went through magical portals into other lands but don’t know how to live within the real world anymore when they return. It’s a little gruesome in some parts but I really liked the writing. It left me wanting more, and the shortness of this novel is what made it lose a star. I really wish it had been a full book.
I gave this book four out of five metal horns!
Grit by Gillian French
Grit was a good little mystery novel following Darcy, her cousin, and her sister as they work in blueberry fields during the summer. The story includes the mystery behind her best friend who went missing the summer before. It has a wonderful cast of characters, but I had some issues with the writing. All in all it was still a good story, and if you’re looking for a YA mystery then give this one a shot. I have a full non-spoiler review on my blog as well.
I gave Grit three out of five metal horns:
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
One thing you should know about me is that I absolutely cannot stand Cassandra Clare. I will leave it at that because I know so many of you love her. I gave this book a chance because I have been looking for a fun middle grade read. This was fun, but not a fresh idea (surprise surprise) I also didn’t care too much for any of the characters. I tried to focus on the fact that someone other than Clare also worked on this novel because if I focus too much on Clare I realize just how much she doesn’t have a single creative thought that is all her own.
I gave this three out five metal horns.
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
I continued onto the second book in the series hoping it would get better but I was in for a rude awakening. This second book felt like such a blatant copy of Harry Potter (flying car included) that it made me cringe the entire time I was reading it. Once again proving that anything written by Clare is just not for me. I despised this second book with every fiber in my body. I have read many magic school books that have received great reviews from me (Black Magician Trilogy and The Name of the Wind) This isn’t a case of “you compare every Magic School book to HP” it’s a case of lazy writing.
ONE out of five metal horns for me
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
This was one of my absolute favorite reads this month! The world that Robin Hobb has built is so fascinating and beautiful. This is the start to her massive series that is made up of a few different trilogies if I am not mistaken. The Farseer trilogy is the beginning of it all. It’s where you meet Fitz for the first time and become so engrossed in his life and story. I loved every page.
I gave this a full five out five metal horns!
Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley &others
This graphic novel has been popping up all over the place in the book community. In other words, it’s been really overhyped, and maybe that’s why I didn’t like it so much. The story follows Lottie who is famous online. She’s also vapid and shallow beyond belief, and I understand this is a flawed character but she irritated me and made the entire story less enjoyable. This story has some potential, so MAYBE I will continue it later on, but for now I am not that interested.
I gave this three out of five metal horns.
How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
This is not a self help book, but it is a wonderfully empowering book from a female who’s had to overcome her own issues and obstacles to reach the top. While some aspects of this novel were repetitive, I think Lilly Singh’s advice is coming from a place of love and experience. Her success didn’t happen over night, and she let’s you know that right from the beginning. Anyone who’s trying to follow their dreams should give this a shot.
I gave this four out of five metal horns
Chew by John Layman
This graphic novel follows Tony Chu who is cibopathic, that basically means he gets psychic impressions from what he eats, and as a detective he starts to eat bits of people to solve crimes. SOUND FAMILIAR? yea, to me it’s iZombie without the zombie factor. Chew is a great graphic novel on it’s own, but the idea isn’t fresh. It takes a pretty gruesome turn, and if you do not like really graphic stories with tons of blood and such I would keep away from this one.
I gave this four out of five metal horns.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I needed another mystery/thriller in my life this month so I picked up The Woman in Cabin 10. In the story you follow Lo who is on a small cruise ship for a job assignment as a journalist. It is on this trip that she wakes in the middle of the night to screams and witnesses a body being thrown overboard. Or so she thinks? She is supposed to come off as an unreliable narrator and she certainly is, but I had the ending figured out about half way through, which took the fun out of the book.
I gave this three out of five metal horns.
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
This is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy and we now follow Fitz as he’s getting a bit older. The political intrigue of this novel has grown a lot and had be hooked right from the start because I was so desperate to know what happened after the ending of the first novel. I have to admit that I am ashamed that it has taken me so long to become a Robin Hobb fan, but a fan I have definitely become. I have started the third in this trilogy now, and I can’t wait to read them all!!!
This was a five out of five metal horns for me
That’s what I read in the month of May. Tell me what you read in May, or comment and leave links to your own wrap ups!