🍂 Hi guys, I hope you’re having a beautiful day, today I bring you my Wrap Up of the month of May, where I’ll tell you all about my reading of the month. OMG, you GUYS, I can’t believe we’re almost in June, I honestly feel that May flew by. I know that in my last Wrap Up I said that I would push myself a little to read more, but it ends up being a pretty average month in terms of readings and I’m completely fine with it. 😊
I’ve been experiencing a bit of anxiety this month so I’ve been trying to take care of myself and not push myself too much to read if I’m not feeling like, you know, so I did that, I hope next month is better, and taking advantage of what we’re talking about, I want to remind you how important it’s to take care and take time for ourselves, because our mental health is first, and sometimes having a blog, read and be in social networks, you know, staying “relevant” can be too much, and it’s okay to take a couple of days for yourself, it’s healthy. 💕
So, in other news, I’m hosting Twitter Giveaway, 🎊 so if you haven’t joined yet, DO IT!, I’d love for everyone to have the chance to win a book of your choice, ends tomorrow so come and participate!. I do this as a thank you for all the love that each one of you gives me, I’ll be forever in debt, and I love you ALWAYS! 😍
Going back to my reading month, which is why we are here for, I read a well-known and well-loved sci-fi, and actually, I LOVED IT, which makes me wonder many things, now I know that I should give more opportunities to this genre and that makes me happy. On the other hand, I’ve read a couple of ARCs, which this month have honestly disappointed me, in fact, I took the decision of DNF one of them, but I’ll talk more about that later & finally but no less important I’ve read a fantasy sequel that I HIGHLY enjoyed! who says sequels are bad?!! 👏🏻
I’ll jump immediately to tell you a little more about my monthly statistics, Top 5 Favorite Posts on the Blog and to tell you about each of the books I’ve read. Probably a rather strange month, but considering that I read quite huge books, I’m fine with it, so… Let’s start! ❤️
Top 5 Favorite Posts on the Blog
💫 Books Read: I’ve read 4 books this month & 1 DNF 🙄
💫 Total Pages: 1959, a little more than the previous month, so let’s celebrate that together 🎉 😅
💫 Authors Gender: I read 1 male author and 4 female authors 💞
💫 Book Genres: I read 2 Adult and 3 YA books || Within these genres, I read: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery & Magical Realism
💫 Releases: I read 2 2019 ARCs, the other ones are books of 2016, 2017 & 2018
🌾 Monthly ARCs 🌲
The book at first is about Danny, she moves with her mother to Tempest, California, and there she meets a group of queer witches, called The Grays, who have “summoned” her as she seems to be the only capable to bring back one of her friends, who has disappeared after going into the woods on her own. I swear I thought I would love this book, it has everything I love from witches to an atmospheric setting, that’s why I requested it, but I honestly couldn’t connect with it at all, and it’s largely due to the plot construction which I can’t decipher. I think you could enjoy it even though it hasn’t been for me since it has a lot of diversity and representations, which is wonderful. I can’t understand many aspects of the plot, though, and the POVs are really confusing
As always, I’ll leave you my review in case you want to know more of my thoughts about it. Published: May 14th, 2019 by Candlewick
I decided although it’s not my favorite things cause is an ARC, not to continue with this one. Being honest I’ve been wanting to experiment with other kinds of genres and plots that I don’t usually read and although I’m still determined to try, this one didn’t work for me. This is something 100% personal and not so much about the book. I’ll leave you a mini-review that I wrote with my clearer thoughts when I had just made the decision and so you’ll understand a little more and also know what the book is about
I want to thank Edelweiss + and Soho Crime for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review
I’m really sorry, I don’t tend to do this and less when it’s an ARC, but it’s not my kind of book and I can’t really keep pushing myself to finish it, I don’t think it’s a good idea, I’m already feeling kind of slumpy so I’ll leave it here and I can tell you a little about what it’s about, in case you’re interested
My opinion as always is 100% honest and in this case, my decision is more than anything because I don’t feel connected to the characters or the plot or the writing style and continue with it, will be only worse for me and for the book, as well, who doesn’t deserve that.
I’m not going to give the book a rating since I haven’t finished it
The story is told in a dual perspective, one of them told in 1978 and the other in the present. The story is about a man named Anton, this man lives on a very scary and full of secret farm, he asks his nephew Jacob to investigate what happened to Elle, a girl who was there in the summer. But Jacob also has his own ghosts and his own affairs to settle with the past, because there’s a reason why he has never returned to that farm
If you like complex mystery and melancholic and atmospheric stories, you may enjoy this book
🔥 Unexpected Reading 💛
This book was very unexpected because it wasn’t in my TBR and the author was super nice to send me a copy to review. The book follows Blake, and in addition to having a difficult life and a very delicate mental state, has a power that doesn’t want. She can hear other people thoughts and then her power is being more and more explored. One day the king sends people in her search due to her power. But on the trip, she realizes that the king isn’t the only one interested on her power, they cross path with the Valia Kindred, who is a society of warrior women, they rescue Blake and take her with them. From there many things will happen.
I really enjoyed the book, I think it’s a very complex fantasy, it has many characters and the plot focuses on at least three of them, so you’re not just with Blake all the time. I think many things happen in a single book and at times I feel that it was too much, the author doesn’t play much with anticipation, just keeps adding situations and revelations, it’s a wild ride, but it’s really easy to read.
Even when I enjoyed it, I think it needs a lot of work especially in the aspects of the magical system and dialogues, but the construction of the world is really interesting and I’m very curious and excited to continue with the second one, especially since the ending has left me with many questions
☄️ Huge & Amazing Books 🌟
God, I LOVE this book, I still can’t believe that I’ve enjoyed it so much since it’s a very difficult genre for me and also is a book with more of 500 pages, but for me, it was an incredible experience. The story is about Spensa and she has been all her life treated in a terrible way for being the coward’s daughter, who left his crew in full attack.
Spensa’s dream is to go to the Flight School and become a pilot like her father was, but due to his reputation, her dream will be very difficult to achieve. One day, when she makes a discovery in a nearby cave she’ll realize that life could be giving her a second chance.
Spensa’s one of the strongest and bravest characters I’ve read about, many may think that she’s kind disrespectful and that has a violent character, and I understand where that may come from, but being honest, I think that once you know everything that has happened in her life you can understand her personality and even admire her resistance against adversity.
I can’t believe that I’ve finally read a Brandon Sanderson book and I’m more than happy that was this one, now I know that I’ll probably love his fantasies because it’s more my thing, so I can’t wait to read more of his works.
The book, in short, is AMAZING, I’m not a big fan of space battles, but this book has wonderful descriptions that will leave you breathless, so I managed to enjoy many aspects of the battles. Super excited for the second book, This one has a super unexpected plot twist towards the end that will surely make the story to take another course and I can’t wait to know what will happen. I recommend it A LOT
This is the second book in the Shades of Magic trilogy and I must say that it was even more fun than the first one, I really liked it, and you’ll be thinking then why I gave them both 4 stars, right?. Well, the thing is that I don’t feel like I’m loving them madly like the whole world, but I’m enjoying them especially the characters and the worlds, which are wonderful, so I felt that the first book was very good and deserved that rating, but now I feel that I love this one, but it can’t get past the 4 stars, yet, I guess I’m just complicated, but my feelings are like that lol. Don’t judge me, I see you there
Basically, in this book, we continue with the adventures of our characters, mostly Lila and Kell, and it’s wonderful, I love that they have separate paths because although I love when they’re together I think it has provided good conflicts to the plot and has made the characters also grow up a lot. There’s much more exploration of magic in this book, which is one of my favorite things and that ending was really intense and the possibility that has been left open is VERY interesting and intriguing. I highly recommend these books and if the hype scares you, don’t worry I think they’re worth reading.