How are you all! I’ve not written a post in ages. I was studying for my exams and then I took a couple weeks off to move home for the summer and chill etc, but I am back to my 4 days a week scheduling system and I can’t wait to get back into the flow of things.
I thought the perfect way to jump back into it was to end out May on a wrap up so I can catch you up on what I’ve read over the month if you haven’t been following my Goodreads updates! (Which you should be😉) I won’t be giving detailed reviews for the books I am mentioning because I read a lot this month, because when I am stressed I read to procrastinate. As always if you want in depth reviews, comment below and I will happily provide.
I read a total of 11 books this month. For me, that’s a hell of a lot.
First one was Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken. It was a cute and quick romance. Off-putting title and I for one are just as confused as Lucas about the whole Cheating thing?? I am still unsure if he actually cheated? I think that’s an element where it fell down, I felt in the flashbacks that it was not the clearest when it came to explaining what truly happened all those years ago. I liked the age gap between them and the banter they developed from it rather than letting it hang over them in a negative aspect. Lucas’s mother was my favourite, her pushiness was so smothering it was perfect! The scene at the hospital was one of the most perfect moments I have ever read – the banter and jealously and awkwardness all rolled up, simply great. Read for this part alone. I gave it 4 stars, looking back I would say it deserves 3.
The second book I read this month was Drumline by Stacy Kestwick. Now this was incredible. I adored this. This was the perfect mid-study destresser. Quick and easy, read in one day. A sassy female protagonist (Reese) who didn’t make stupid decisions daily for once. An incredible male lead (Laird) who has drive and passions beyond gaining the female’s affections. Laird’s chapters were my favourite to read because I loved his character. I also loved Smith, great supporting friend role who wasn’t there solely to boost Reese. Well written. Love the drummer elements and hazing in the early chapter. Sad elements to balance out the humour perfectly as to create tension but not drag the book down. Recommend. I gave this 4 stars.
Then I read 6 books in two days, all by Alexa Riley. I was just going through a phase where I was obsessed with her quick and hot reads. In no particular order…
Shielding Lily – A decent and quick read. This is first book I have read by these two and really enjoyed it. Ren was very sweet and I love the stories premise.
Snow and Mistletoe – After finishing Shielding Lily I just needed more Alexa Riley so I read this start away. It was a very interesting premise that I haven’t seen before. 4 stars.
His Hostage – I really loved this, another great Alexa Riley story. While they are becoming slightly predictable, I still find them extremely gripping and I love the way the epilogues not only resolve the story but give you an insight into their continued relationships together. This was by far the best Alexa Riley that I read, the story was far more fleshed out and the characters were more dynamic. 4.25 stars.
Thick – I liked the juxtaposition between the two central characters. It was another predictable Alexa Riley but it was still a good quick read. However, it lacked in substance like many of the others I have read. 3 stars.
Sheltered – This was so odd. Definitely disturbing. Yet oddly enjoyable? I liked that this novel held more than just romance, the art scandal and family dynamic was a nice twist after the predictability of the previous couple of novels I’ve read of theirs. This also got 4 stars, because while the premise was very creepy, the characters again had more depth than previous ones I had read.
Closer – Of all the Alexa Riley novels I read, this was my least favourite. It was very short and lacked all sense of purpose and direction. The romance was decent enough but nothing special or changing. There was a lack of description when it came to Ava and why she was so different from other girls, she lacked personality and other than a nice body she seemed bland. I want more of Ben though! He was great! 2 stars.
Next book of the month was Escorted by Claire Kent. I gave this 3 stars. It was an interesting premise, but predictable. And very very very slow, for not much to happen. The romance was literally all the plot, neither character seemed to have a life outwith the plot. But the writing was good and the idea was intriguing.
The final two books of the month are actually the same book but from each of the main characters points of view.
The original book was a The Price of a Kiss by Kinda Kage. I read it and fell hook line and sinker for everything about it. This is not at all what I expected when I picked this up. It was funny. There’s one line that had me in hysterics (maybe because I related so much to it):
‘Mason blinked at me.
“Only on Thursdays.”‘
I don’t know if you need the context to find this as adorkable as I do but I just found it hilarious and I am going to go through life waiting for the moment which I can quote this.
I totally recommend. I expected it to be far smuttier than it was. I think I would have enjoyed it no matter how it was sexualised it was purely because the characters were all so real and loveable and brilliant. Totally recommend.
Then I read The Price of Mason, which is the same story but from Mason (the male protagonist) POV. I thought I would enjoy this book more from Mason’s POV but surprisingly i think i preferred Reese’s. There were times in this version that felt forced, like she was trying to write a different book entirely and then there were some incredible moments that made it stand out from the original. It was still incredible and I am so glad we got it from his POV too because it was very very interesting. Maybe its because I read them in such quick succession that I found elements forced? Who knows? I still really enjoyed it.
I’ve given up on reading Matched by Allie Condie. Maybe another year?
The other thing I should probably give up on but haven’t yet is Obscured by C.M Boers. I read this a couple of years ago when it was sent to me to review however, looking back I don’ think I gave it a very fair review so I am rereading it to see whether I still agree. I started this months ago, but it’s got supernatural/fantasy elements and I haven’t been in the mood for that recently so I haven’t wanted to pick it back up, even though I am sitting at about 70%.
Abby Martin thought she was an ordinary girl about to start high school. But when her mom announces that they’re moving to Arizona, vivid nightmares start plaguing Abby’s nights. As she settles into her new school and a cute guy named Pete catches her eye, she hopes that life might somehow get back to normal. To Abby’s horror, “normal” becomes a thing of the past as she’s swept up into a world of immortal protectors wielding supernatural gifts. When Abby realizes she’s a pawn in a centuries-old feud, she must figure out who she can trust before she’s caught in the crossfire. Prepare yourself for heart-pounding suspense in the world of Obscured, where nothing is as it seems and danger lurks in unexpected places.
I only have a few music faves because I have been falling into old habits and just listening to most of my old playlists.
White Collar – I just finished the final season yesterday and I was balling. I can’t believe it’s over. It was incredible. 4/5 stars.
Lucifer – I watched all of season 4 on the first day it came out because I had been waiting so impatiently for it hehe. Another great season, can’t wait for more. 4/5 stars.
iZombie – I am currently watching the 5th season as each episode comes out on Netflix. It’s still great but not as great as the original seasons where the existence of zombies was unknown.
Favourite Thing This Month:
This month my favourite has been my ukulele again! I recently got a strap put on it and have been practising non-stop since. I feel like I am running out of things to play haha.
So that’s it for this month’s wrap up. It’s great to be back! I hope you enjoyed this and that May has treated you well ❤ See you on Sunday with another book review!