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May Wrap Up

May would probably be my best reading month so far for 2015! I don’t want to go into too much detail on each book, as there are quite a few, but be sure to check out my goodreads here to check out more of my thoughts!

1. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen – I really enjoyed this as I was reading it, however looking back I don’t think it was a comic that will stick with me. Loved the concept, unfortunately took quite a few turns that I couldn’t get with. 3/5 stars

2. Batgirl, Vol 1: Burnside by Cameron Stewart – I dropped Batgirl and picked it up again here when the creative team changed and I’m so glad I did. Unfortunately there were a few issues with transphobia in issue #37 that I couldn’t get past which lowered by rating. I did however LOVE the new art style and it was a really fun read. 4/5 stars

3. The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark – I had to read this one for University but I surprisingly really enjoyed it. About a young woman Lise who is rather disturbed (can’t say more, spoilers). 3/5 stars

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I loved this one far more than I thought I was going to. I hadn’t read a paranormal book in quite some time and found out that I really like psychics in books! 4.5/5 stars

5. Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker – I had to read this play for University, and while it was alright, it wasn’t something I ever would have picked up otherwise. 3/5 stars

6. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz – I found myself on a major Disney Channel Original Movie kick this month and when I found out there was a new one coming out this year, I had to pick up this novel which is the prequel. Basically, Disney villians have kids in this book, and I actually found myself enjoying it more than I expected. 3/5 stars

7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I also had to read this one for University, but luckily for me this had already been on my TBR for quite some time so it was nice to finally have an excuse to pick it up. I did really enjoy this one, especially the set of characters, however I do think I was overhyped quite a bit and overall I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. 4/5 stars

8. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas – This is the prequel collection of novellas for the Throne of Glass series and I really thoroughly enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – A Beauty and the Beast re-telling in a fantasy world written by one of my favourite authors. What more could I want? 5/5 stars

10. Gotham Girls by Paul D. Storrie – This was a 5 part comic series that I found on a whim but absolutely loved. Starring the all-female cast of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Batgirl, I was overwhelmed by the amount I was enjoying this! 4/5 stars

11. The Kill Order by James Dashner – As much as I loved the Maze Runner series, this prequel novel fell flat for me. I didn’t like the characters and thought that the story should focus more on when the solar flares originally hit earth, rather than months later. 2/5 stars

12. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher – This is a memoir come self-help book written by Youtuber Carrie Fletcher (one of my favourites) and I absolutely devoured it. I may be a few years too old to fully get the lessons that are told, but I think I can still apply most of what she said to my everyday life. Loved it. 5/5 stars

13. Wonder by R. J. Palacio – This would have to be one of the most heart-warming stories I have ever read. I truly believe that everyone should read this book at some point in their lives. I already want to re-read it, and it’s only been a few days. 5/5 stars

14. In Real Life by Joey Graceffa – I picked up the audiobook of this one out of some unknown interest but I actually really enjoyed it. Joey has been through so much growing up and I found it really comforting (?) listening to what he has been through and some of the struggles he’s had. 4/5 stars

15. Solitaire by Alice Oseman – I was really enjoying this book at the beginning as I felt I related quite a lot to the main character, Tori. However after a quite graphic description of mental illness/eating disorder I became quite triggered and struggled to read on. And when I did finish it, the ending was quite dry and boring compared to what I’d been hoping for. A bit of a let down. 3.5/5 stars

16. The Batman Adventures: Mad Love by Paul Dini – This was the exact look at Harley Quinn and The Joker that I’d been craving. Short, sweet and a whole lot of crazy! 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed most of what I read this month (with only a few let downs) and feel that I’m being much more selective with what I’m reading nowadays which I love. Definitely let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought in a comment below! X

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