May started off rather slow for me in terms of reading. I guess all the excitement for A Court of Wings and Ruin got to me, along with the emotional trauma I endured through Crooked Kingdom. But I was determined to get back into the swing of things and improve on my reading from last month; because I am so far behind on my Goodreads Challenge – it’s no longer funny!! So when I want to get back into reading and bust out of an impending reading slump, I like to reach for contemporary romance books; which is exactly what I did. Be prepared for a list of sappy love stories in this wrap up…
CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO
Man, this book killed me! It’s right up there with Empire of Storms in terms of how devastated I was by the end of this book. I loved Six of Crows, I really did; but Crooked Kingdom was a whole different level of brilliance and I’ve found a new respect for author Leigh Bardugo… I put off reading CK for a long time because I wasn’t ready to let go of these characters just yet. But after chatting with Andrew from Okay So Booksically, I finally decided that it was time. (Andrew just started his own website to showcase chapters of the book he is writing. Show him some love over here.)
I’m still not over this one, and it is a big reason why I struggled to get back into reading at the beginning of May. I loved everything about it – and I’m not being dramatic right now, it was fan-freakin-tastic!! It’s definitely one of the best books that I read this year, and I’m actually relieved that I didn’t read it last year because it would’ve killed me to choose between Crooked Kingdom, A Court of Mist and Fury and Empire of Storms for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards! So I guess there was a reason for my delay in reading it after all!
Goodreads rating: 5/5
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
I’m sure by now this book needs no introduction over here, because I’ve been raving about it for the past year! I buddy read ACOMAF with Moonlight Books, making this my fifth time reading it… I have a problem, I know. But if you read this post then I’m sure you’ll understand a little better why I enjoy reading this book so much. We decided to do a reread of ACOMAF in preparation for ACOWAR which was released on 2nd May; and yes I loved it every bit as much as I did when I read it for the very first time.
Goodreads rating: 5/5
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J. MAAS
Oh jeez, I cannot even describe how excited I was for this book! I have the hardback edition and it is beautiful! Even though I already finished reading it, I still haven’t placed it on my shelf yet because it has made itself pretty comfortable on my nightstand. Unfortunately, ACOWAR didn’t manage to shake ACOMAF from my number one spot for favourite SJM book, and I had quite a few issues with the characters. But I draw comfort from the fact that there will indeed be another title in this series and its due for release in 2018! To read my full review (it’s filled with spoilers so please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet!) check it out over here.
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
MY SISTER’S BONES BY NUALA ELLWOOD
Penguin Random House South Africa sent me My Sister’s Bones in exchange for an honest review and I finally managed to write said review over here. I quite enjoyed this thriller since it’s been a while that I picked up a book from this genre. Even though I found it predictable, I still appreciated the storyline and the important issues that were raised within the plot.
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
THE GRAVITY OF US BY BRITTAINY C. CHERRY
The first book I read by Brittainy C. Cherry was The Air He Breathes, which made it to my top 5 favourites for 2015. I really loved that book because it was filled with all the elements that I enjoy in a romance. I read the second book in the series as well (The Fire between High & Lo) but that one wasn’t as good as the first. Still, I wasn’t about to abandon Brittainy C. Cherry just yet, and had to read The Gravity of Us. I quite enjoyed the storyline but there were a few things that bothered me too. It didn’t surprise me much and I felt like there was something missing… But overall it was a pretty good read and more importantly, it made me want to read more! So in that aspect, it got the job done.
I would love Brittainy C. Cherry to write a book with main characters who are POC. I’m actually disappointed that she’s never done this by now…
Goodreads rating: 3/5
THE WINGMAN BY NATASHA ANDERS
I read the Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders years ago and absolutely loved it! And I only discovered later on that she is a born and bred Capetonian too, so my original review is not biased in any way. The Wingman was my favourite kind of romance book – the one where an unlikely pair find their way together and something beautiful develops between the two. It was filled with angst and chemistry which made it unputdownable. I cannot wait to read more books by Natasha Anders!
Goodreads rating: 3.2/5
COLE BY TIJAN
This is not the first time that I read Tijan’s work, but it’s been a while since I read any of her newer books. So it was quite lovely to see how her writing and storytelling improved – not that it wasn’t good before; I enjoyed her previous books. I really liked Cole – the book and the character, but I felt at certain points that things were a little too convenient and that the female love interest accepted things too easily. Even though I enjoyed the book, it isn’t something I’ll read over and over again. It was highly entertaining and it certainly pulled me out of a slump, so in my mind it’s definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of contemporary romances.
Goodreads rating: 3/5
PRESTON’S HONOR BY MIA SHERIDAN
I love Mia Sheridan!!! After reading Midnight Lily last year, I seriously questioned this addiction I have to her books; but then I read Preston’s Honor and all my reservations melted away. I enjoyed this book so, so much! The writing, the storyline, the heartache, angst and build-up – I was hooked from the very first page and could not put it down until I finished the entire book. I had some issues with the male love interest, but the rest of the characters in the book more than makes up for that. Also, I really enjoyed reading about the Mexican Culture and appreciated that Mia Sheridan went above and beyond to make sure it was written appropriately.
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
THE STATE OF GRACE BY RACHAEL LUCAS
I completed The State of Grace last night, and it was one of those books that I don’t recall making an active decision to read anytime soon. I just sort of picked it up and started, and then before I knew what was going on, I’d completed the entire thing – not that it’s a long story, being just under 300 pages. Pan Macmillan South Africa sent me this unsolicited copy to review, and I plan to talk more about it in a later post.
Goodreads rating: 3.5/5
That brings April to a total of eleven books read! I am currently reading Wait for Me by Caroline Leech and it’s going really good!
What was your favourite book for May? And what are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!