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May Wrap Up | Part Two

I seriously upped my reading game this month! I read a total of 13 books which blows my usual 5 or 6 right out of the water! I got through so many because I read a few short books and listened to more audiobooks than usual. It was a fantastic reading month nothing I read was below 4 stars. What are the chances of that?!

If you’re not familiar with my wrap ups, I like to just give a mini review with my thoughts on the book and not go into too much detail about the book. I do full reviews of each book as well later and give a bit more detail in my video wrap ups.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy

This one was so good! Usually the middle book in a trilogy slows things down a bit but this one picked up speed instead. So much happens in this book that if you enjoyed the first one you should love this one.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ★★★★☆

The Great Gatsby

Classics

Sometimes I feel like with classics there’s no point in saying anything about them cause pretty much everyone is familiar with them in some way. This book especially since it was required reading for a lot of people in school. Anyway, I found this story very interesting. Gatsby and Nick are two fascinating parallels to pair together. Nick seems to barely feel whereas Gatsby feels intensely and obsessively.

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter ★★★★★

The Bloody Chamber

Short Stories, Feminism

Very interesting collection of stories inspired by fairy tales. Some of them are pretty disturbing with heavy sexual and violent themes. I really want to do a deeper reading and check out some analysis of them online.

The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street #2) by Amanda Quick ★★★★☆

The Mystery Woman

Historical Romance, Paranormal

This was really good. A lot of focus on the story instead of just the main characters hooking up. It was kind of like a paranormal historical romance adventure. That’s a lot of genres for one book! Paranormal is a favourite of mine but I think I would have preferred this book without it. I’m probably just not used to it in historical’s though.

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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★★

Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery #1)

Cosy Mystery

This one surprised me! I loved Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books but these are nothing like them. No paranormal activity and it’s definitely PG. I really enjoyed it though. Aurora is a librarian and member of the Real Murders club who like to discuss past murder cases. On the night Aurora is to talk at the club one of the members is found dead.

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A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★☆

A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #2)

Cosy Mystery

Continuing on with the Aurora series, Aurora finds a skull in her new home and is tasked with discovering how it got there and where the rest of the skeleton is. There are a lot of changes happening in this one…. pretty much everything I’d adjusted to about Aurora and her life from the first book gets switched up so it was a little bit jarring but still enjoyable.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden #3) by Charlaine Harris ★★★★☆

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden, #3)

Cosy Mystery

This one I didn’t enjoy this one as much but I think that was because I was getting tired of listening to audiobooks. The mystery in this one has been the best so far.

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I hope you all had a wonderful May and that June will be just as good.

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May Wrap Up | Part One

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I had a lot of catching up to do to get back on track for my reading goal so I read a bit more than normal this month. I’m now two books ahead of schedule 🎉

This has been an urban fantasy and paranormal heavy month because of the Vampire Wars reading challenge but those genres are pretty much my bread and butter so it’s been a very good month.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

Urban Fantasy, Romance

This was my third time reading this book. The first time I hated it and the second I really enjoyed it. I decided to give the audiobook a go this time round and really enjoyed that too. I have no idea why I hated it so much the first time…

The series follows Cat and Bones, a dhampire and a vampire who hunt vampires.

Reap the Wind (Cassie Palmer #7) by Karen Chance ★★★★☆

Reap the Wind (Cassandra Palmer, #7)

Urban Fantasy

My favourite series 💜 I’ve been rereading this in anticipation of Brave the Tempest coming out this year. The series has an overarching storyline so I can’t tell you about what happens in this one but the series follows Cassie, a time-hopping clairvoyant during a war between supernatural factions. It’s a fast-paced and action packed series.

Ride the Storm (Cassie Palmer #8) by Karen Chance ★★★★★

Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)

Urban Fantasy

I loved this book! I’m so glad I reread it before starting Brave the Tempest because there were some introductions in this book that I had actually forgotten about. This one isn’t as action focused as Reap the Wind but it’s better for it.

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One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★☆

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)

Urban Fantasy, Romance

I decided I might as well listen to the second book in the series after listening to the first. The audiobooks are pretty good for this one though the narrators British accent for Bones grates on me a little bit.

Pleasure of the Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9)

Paranormal Romance

One of my favourites from this series 💜 I absolutely love their journey on the rubber boom ship in the Amazon. It adds an element of natural magic and mystery to a paranormal story.

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Brave the Tempest (Cassie Palmer #9) by Karen Chance ★★★★★

Brave the Tempest (Cassandra Palmer, #9)

Urban Fantasy, Romance

I was so excited to get this ARC from NetGalley! I absolutely loved it! It felt like a book written specially for fans of the series, connecting events from much earlier books and just being amazing! Due for release July 30th, 2019.

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare ★★★★★

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)

Historical Romance

Humorous and sweet. A good one for fans of romances inspired by Beauty and the Beast

A Ghost in the Glamour: A Linx & Bogie Story by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★☆

A Ghost in the Glamour: A Linx & Bogie story

Paranormal, Mystery

A very short book but very well written. Hunter is great at writing fantasy/paranormal that focuses mainly on a good story instead of romance or action.

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May Wrap-Up

It’s monthly wrap-up time again folks!! Hope you all had a good reading month. I had a pretty good one, got about 10 books in and enjoyed them all.

Unmasqued Unmasqued by Collete Gale ★★★★☆

(FYI this is a durrrty book) Retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. So much better than I was expecting, this one is for everyone who wanted the phantom to get the girl.

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor ★★★☆☆

I wanted so much more from this book. I expected it to be a cheesy and silly as the cover but it was a bit….boring.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams ★★★★☆

So witty and mental and fun to read! I didn’t enjoy it as much as Hitchhikers Guide but it was still great.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

My favourite one!!! A lot of people dislike this one because of teenage angst but I think it’s well founded. Love it!

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill ★★★★★

Awesome urban fantasy series. Merit kicks ass!!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★★☆☆

Interesting but not really for me.

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) Drink Deep by Chloe Neill ★★★★★

That UF series again. This one is my favourite so far. Merit really comes into her own here and the world gets so much bigger.

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith ★★★★☆

Steampunk vampire apocalypse, you say? Hell yes!! Very heavy with the world building at the beginning but awesome story.

Zombie's Bite (Dorina Basarab, #0.1) Zombie’s Bite by Karen Chance ★★★★☆

Prequel novella to Chance’s Dorina Basarab series, available for free from her site. It’s set before the series but I wouldn’t recommend reading it before Midnight’s Daughter.

Bossypants Bossypants by Tina Fey ★★★☆☆

I thought this would be a lot funnier. It was very interesting though.

The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★

Harrowing. Everyone should read this.

Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4) Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance ★★★★★

There are only two book worlds I would like to live in and they are Harry Potter (obv) and this series. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!


Had one DNF this month and that was…..

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

100 pages in and zzzzz boring. I’ll check out the show when it comes out.