Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May Wrap-Up

Oh dear. I read so many books this month and I've been dreading writing up this post because SO MANY BOOKS! And SO MANY REVIEWS! But here goes nothing!

Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel

I heard about this book from The Regulator when they announced that they were doing an event with the author in early April. I was stoked to get to meet another YA author, especially of a book that looked right up my ally! I loved the author and I loved the book! I can't wait to read the second one!

The Spring/Summer Before I Met You by Sarah Rees Brennan

This is actually two different novellas, but I'm combining them into one review. I love Sarah Rees Brennan, but especially her Unspoken trilogy. (Which the last book of comes out this fall!!!!) I've had these novellas (which are free by the way), for a while and have been meaning to read them. So when I was behind on my Goodreads goal, I thought, why not? I loved these and they helped to hold me over until the final book releases.

The Night After I Lost You by Sarah Rees Brennan

While The Spring/Summer Before I Met You are prequels to the Unspoken series, The Night After I Lost You takes place right at the end of Unspoken. It was interesting seeing the ending from a different persons' point of view.

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

I have much love for this book! It was so much fun to read and was a very original story. I still don't like how the romance ended though. Grr...

Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Thank you to the Regulator Bookshop for this ARC!

I have many things to say about this book!!!!! First of all, if you add an 'I' to the beginning of the author's last name, it becomes my name! I was majorly freaking out! Also, there was a character with my name in the book! Which shouldn't come as a huge surprise, considering where it takes place, but I actually don't come across many Isabel's in books.

Read the full review here.

The One by Kiera Cass

I can't even put my feelings into words about the end of this series. As many of you know, I did not overly enjoy The Elite, but The One made up for it! So many questions are answered, and most importantly, you learn who America choses. Barnes & Noble and UPS didn't get the book to me until Friday, three days after the release when I had preorder guarantee, which left me spitting mad. I was preparing to make them go die in a hole filled with vipers, that was how angry I was. But then it got here and everything was all better!

Read the full review here.

Empower by Jessica Shirvington

THIS BOOK WAS BLEEPING AMAZING!!!! I loved it SO much! A beautiful conclusion to the Embrace series! Also, I REALLY hate Amazon/UPS right now. They took THREE extra days to deliver when I had preorder guarantee. Grr... Anyways, Empower was amazing! If you haven't already, you must read the rest of the books! This review will probably contain spoilers for previous installment in the series.

Read the entire review here.

You Are So Undead To Me and Undead Much? by Stacey Jay

I don't read a lot of zombie books, so this was a first for me. The books were fairly meh. They weren't fantastic but they weren't horrible either, which is how I usually think of Stacey Jay's books. The final book ended with a cliffhanger, and I'm hoping a novella that's out will fix that.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

I was hooked from the very first page of this novel. I flew through the pages faster than the characters were running. I loved how creepy it was and can't wait to see more!

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

This book is not short in awkward moments, nor is it appropriate for younger readers. It has many beautiful scenes as well. Overall a heartfelt and good book, with a few dips and turns.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book was so fun! I was on a trip while I read it, and was practically screaming at the characters to kiss already, something that must have driven my car mates crazy. If you have not read this, the last book comes out in a couple months, the perfect time to binge-read the series!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My second John Green book! This wasn't nearly as good as The Fault in Our Stars, but it was still super fun! I loved reading it and seeing all of Colin's problems and as the resolved.

Academy 7 byAnne Osterlund

I was not expecting this book to be like it was. I was expecting some sort of historical fiction, similar to Eva Ibbotson's books, but no! It was science fiction! On other planets in other solar systems, possibly other galaxies. This was a quick read and lots of fun!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

You have no idea how much I loved this book (unless you read it/watched me read it). After Clockwork Princess, I was really worried I'd be sobbing at the end, but surprisingly, I was not. I got the book the week I was volunteering at a local elementary school, so I didn't exactly get much reading time. Which means, I got it Tuesday evening and finished it Thursday evening. And by Thursday evening, I mean really early Friday morning. So what if I stayed up past midnight to finish it, right? RIGHT? As I told me parents when I was explaining myself, it was SO worth it! There is a good possibility that part of this review will be be whited out for spoilers, so prepare yourselves.

Read the full review here.

Just One Night by Gayle Forman

AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I heard about this a few days before it came out and I was extremely psyched! I've always wondered what happened after the last thirty seconds of Just One Day/Year, and this has the answer! It was so amazing and has a whole new set of fan fiction going in my mind (which I can't write, but imagine that I can).

Ignited by Corrine Jackson

So, I actually won a free copy of this from the author, but I knew it wouldn't get here by release date, my library wouldn't order it, and I wanted it NOW NOW NOW! So I bought it and, once my other copy gets here, this will go to the giant giveaway stack for the blog's two year blogoversary in August!

Take Me On by Katie McGarry

I really need to review this in a full post. I love Katie McGarry's books and this did not disappoint. I loved reading about West and Haley and I can't wait for Breaking the Rules this December, the continuation of the first book Pushing the Limits!


I didn't finish a number of books this month. First off Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley. I got a little ways in and, while it's okay, I can't do it right now. The other is Shattered by Teri Terry. I was super excited for this book, but it's taking a while to get into.


I heard the news that The Retribution of Mara Dyer was being delays (AGAIN) until November, so I decided that I'd reread the first two books instead. The Unbecoming and Evolution of Mara Dyer are even better the second time around. I noticed a lot of details I hadn't before and really enjoyed it!

Currently Reading:

By the time I'm writing this, I have finished We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, but at the end of May I hadn't. So, yeah.

Stacking the Shelves:

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (ARC)
Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel (ARC)
The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (ARC)
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings (ARC)
Ignited by Corrine Jackson
The One by Kiera Cass
Empower by Jessica Shirvington
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Signed)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (Used)
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (Signed)
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
Parallel by Lauren Miller (ARC)
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller (ARC)
Loki's Wolves by K. Armstrong and M. Marr (ARC)
Odin's Ravens by K. Armstrong and M. Marr (ARC)
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani (ARC)
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker (ARC)
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (Signed)

1 comment:

  1. Oh my! You DID read a lot of books! I'd be a little overwhelmed writing up reviews too!