Reading Wrap-Up, May 2016

readingwrapupMay was a great month. I read nine books and really enjoyed most of them. Check out my mini-reviews below, and my June TBR.

Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan RhodesREAD OF THE MONTH! I loved this book so much. I won it from a Goodreads giveaway but was hesitant to read it because I also won A Book of Spirits and Thieves last year and didn’t enjoy it all that much. I wish I had read this last year. It is YA Fantasy at its finest. The world building is spectacular, and the voices are each distinct and relatable. Even though the story was largely character-driven, I was never bored, not with any of the POVs. Magnus was my favorite from the get-go, and my new book boyfriend. Then there was sweet, naïve Cleo, and brave, vengeful Jonas. I ordered book 2 and plan to read it this summer. Go buy this book and it read it immediately.

774A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2), by V.E. Schwab – My second favorite read of the month. I met Schwab at an event at Malaprops Bookstore when she was on a panel with other amazing authors. She was so great to listen to, and even though she signed the book, I ended up listening to the audiobook version, which was wonderful. I love the world she’s created in this series, the strong characters, and the excellent pacing. Lila and Kell are perfect in their imperfections. Check it out here and prepare yourself for the third book.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness – Oh my gosh, what a fabulous premise. Have you ever wondered what everyone else is thinking? Everyone who isn’t the Chosen One? Each chapter starts off with a synopsis of what’s usually the “A story,” but this story is the B story. It follows Mike and his friends as they just try to graduate before the “indie kids” blow up the high school. The characters are diverse and relatable, and I liked how it pokes fun at the usual tropes. You can find it here.

295Soundless, by Richelle Mead – I met Richelle Mead at an event at Flyleaf Books and purchased this book for her to sign. I have somehow never read her Vampire Academy series. I found the premise of Soundless to be very intriguing – a community that grew up without sound, and suddenly one of their teenage girls gets that sense back – but something about it just didn’t work for me. I listened to the audiobook and was not a huge fan of the narration, so that could have been part of my issue with it. Regardless, I’m a big believer in forming your own opinions, so if you want to, check it out here.

The Elementalist, by V.V. Mont – I debated on whether or not to include this because I beta read a very early version of this story. It got picked up for publication when I was about halfway through, and will be released next summer. I’m including it because it’s on Goodreads and you should go add it to your TBR now! The story follows Karina Delane as she discovers that she’s no normal human, but a changeling. It has everything a good YA Fantasy needs – magic, a relatable MC, and a swoon-worthy sergeant. I’m so excited to get my hands on the final version next year.

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby – I had no idea what to expect with this one, and it’s a good thing, too, because I’m still not sure what I read. It’s like Ruby had two different stories she wanted to tell and figured out a way to squish them both into one book – and it works! I was so confused but so into it. It was quirky and lovely and strange. I listened to the audiobook and found the narration really great. Go see for yourself here.

Echoes of Silence, by Elana Johnson – I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All in all, it was a good NA Fantasy with an intriguing – although sometimes confusing – plot. The magic system was fascinating and unlike anything I’d ever read before. You can check it out for free on Kindle Unlimited here.

Royal (Rixton Falls #1), by Winter Renshaw – Not my usual read, but good nonetheless. There was a lot of angst and tension, and I really hated that no one would tell Demi what was going on. They should have trusted her to make her own decisions, but then the big reveal wouldn’t have been the big reveal. It’s also free on Kindle Unlimited here.

Messenger (Great Lands #1), by K.M. Tremills – I am going to be featuring this author on Writer Wednesday later this year before her sequel comes out and running a giveaway of a digital copy of Messenger. The story is YA Fantasy, but it has a different feel to it – the language is elegant and it seems as if there is always an underlying message in her words. It also does not have your typical villain, which makes for a nice twist. Find it here on KU for free or wait for my giveaway later this year.

June TBR:

I don’t even know why I try to make a plan for the month because I literally never follow it. What I can say is that I’m part of Elise Kova’s Crystal Crowned release celebration, and will be posting a review of Fire Falling, the second book in the Air Awakens Series later this month. I have to read it first, of course. So that’s the only one I know for sure is coming up this month.

[Tweet theme=”basic-white”]@Cassidy_Writes’ May Reading Wrap-Up includes books by @AuthorVV_Mont, @KateTremills, @MorganRhoadesYA & more:[/Tweet]

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts below!

Tune in Wednesday for Writer Wednesday featuring an indie author.

Until then! <3 Cassidy

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