Happy end of spring and start of summer! I’m so excited for some warm summer days. I would love to spend my days lounging outside reading (when possible, summer can be hit or miss in Ireland) but I’m moving house this summer so I’ll be spending all my spare time packing and cleaning.
As for spring, I finally found my reading mojo again! It’s been missing since the start of the pandemic so I was very happy to have it back. I didn’t realise just how closely my enjoyment of reading was tied to my mood and anxiety levels. I always thought reading was an escape but when I needed an escape, I couldn’t focus on books. Instead, TV and movies distracted me during the craziness.
It’s no coincidence then that I got excited about books again when the vaccine roll out began and our lockdown was finally finally starting to be lifted. We’re not out of the woods yet but things are certainly looking up.
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During spring, I dove headfirst into new urban fantasy series, some popular YA fantasy and I explored a contemporary romance subgenre that was way out of my comfort zone. I recently joined the Romance Books subreddit on Reddit which has made my TBR and Wishlist EXPLODE!
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
I received an ARC of this book a few months ago and just got around to reading it in April. I wish I hadn’t put it off but like I said above, I was being moody. I haven’t read any of Maniscalco’s very popular Stalking Jack the Ripper series but after reading this beaut I may check it out.
This is historical young adult fantasy that will make you so hungry for Italian food. The Wicked are the demonic embodiment of the seven deadly sins believed to be trapped in hell but make an appearance in Emilia’s village. Her world is shattered by their arrival but she must team up with one of them to find her sisters killer.
The Bone Witch by Ivy Asher
Ok, I’ll admit it. I got this book because of the cover. I was 100% sold on it and since it’s on Kindle Unlimited it was no skin off my back to throw it on the pile. It kind of gave me the impression of being a young adult fantasy but the cover was so cool I figured I’d give it a whirl. It isn’t YA. It’s firmly urban fantasy complete with a kick-ass female lead and a very interesting male lead.
Lennox is all set to live an ordinary life when she unexpectedly inherits her grandmother’s bone magic pushing her into the centre of a world she was happy to be on the fringes of. Now she’s forced to take on her grandmother’s job and help find missing witches.
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Year of The Chameleon 2 by Shannon Mayer
The first three books in this series were written by Shannon Mayer and K.F. Breene. Breene is what lead me to this series initially (love her) but I’m delighted to have discovered Mayer through it. I think she did a great job at keeping the energy of the series going though there may have been a few less humorous moments.
This series is like a mash-up of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and Mulan. It’s pretty straight forward YA but coming from urban fantasy writers it’s just that bit more fun.
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How to Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards
I jumped headfirst into this series after it was recommended to me from a friend on Goodreads. I was looking for good urban fantasy on Kindle Unlimited. The first book felt kind of slow with little plot but the characters were so engaging they easily carried the story forward. There was a fair amount of world-building (which is to be expected with first books in series) for most of the book but we get into the meat of story soon enough. I ended up binge reading the first 5 books and had to make myself stop. I only stopped because I have a tendency to get a little obsessed when binge reading and didn’t want that to happen here.
Our leading lady, Grier is trying to start her life again after being released from prison after 5 years false imprisonment. She wants to move on with her life but the reasons for her imprisonment and the confusion around her release keep dragging her back.
Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I’ve read very little Armentrout but what I have read I ‘ve absolutely loved. I quite like her style of writing but I’ve been holding off from her books because they are mostly Young Adult. I went ahead with Wicked cause it’s actually New Adult (it feels like YA though to be fair) and it’s been adapted by Passionflix, due for release at the end of May.
Very enjoyable read though insta-love isn’t really my thing and it’s pretty heavy in this book. Ivy and Ren are part of a group protecting humans from fae in New Orleans. The real story here is the romance but I feel like the suspense plot will get more interesting as the series continues.
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Credence by Penelope Douglas
I cannot sort out my feelings for this book! This is the one I mentioned above that is way out of my comfort zone and came to my attention through the Romance Books subreddit. It’s an age-gap ménage romance that veers closely towards dark and taboo. There are moments of questionable consent, physical violence, and under-age sexual situations with an almost relative. It was a little bit crazy but I could not stop reading it. I absolutely gobbled it up! I had to see what these people would do, how they would resolve this mess, fix their relationship and grow as people. Cause that’s the rule in romance books. The characters have to come out the other end of the books events better people than when everything began.
I had some issues with the events of this book but man, I loved reading it and I loved who she ended up with in the end even though his behaviour was questionable at times.
Tiernan had a very strained relationship with her parents. After their death, she goes to live with father’s estranged step-brother and his two sons in the mountains of Colorado. A lot can happen when you’re snowed in in the mountains alone for six months…
So, it looks like everything was a 4-star read for me this spring but, being honest, some of the subsequent books in The Beginners Guide to Necromancy were 5-star reads. I also did start one or two books that I dropped cause I wasn’t enjoying them. I’m a big fan of DNFing books I’m not enjoying. There are too many books I want to read to waste my time on one I don’t.
I hope you had a wonderful spring, Thank you so much for reading my post 🧡 I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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