May Wrap Up


This month has been a fantastic reading month for me. I’ve finally gotten over my reading slump (fingers crossed it stays this way).

I’ve read a total of 12 books this month. (Granted, two of those books were graphic novels, one of which was an incredibly short one.)

1. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton.

Rating: 4.75 stars

This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, which I enjoyed, though, shockingly, I’d say I liked the second book better (*gasp*). I feel like the world was developed more and we went deeper into the personalities and thoughts of old and new characters. Rebel of the Sands won for Best Debut Goodreads Author, so I highly suggest you check this series out. 🙂

2. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Rating: 5 stars

This book perfectly summed up what happens in summer. The experiences. The laughter. The fun. The roadblocks. Overcoming the roadblocks. And, ultimately, the end. As this was a graphic novel, the illustrations were also gorgeous (I loved the style of drawing). The pale, purple color palette really added to the feeling of the book. It’s more than 300 pages, but is an extremely quick read because some pages only include a picture and others have very little words. This story was meant to be appreciated through shorter dialogue and illustrations.

3. Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

Rating: 2 stars

Honestly, this was just a filler book because I was feeling slump-y. I couldn’t find a book I wanted to read, so I picked this up on a whim, thinking it would be nice to reread the story of Day and June (I’d read and loved Marie Lu’s Legend series). However, as I was reading, I felt like turning it into a graphic novel took away from the actual story. They were not meant to be graphic novels. The characters looked completely different from my imagination, parts of the story were left out, and other parts were simplified and shortened through the dialogue. But, again, though I was disappointed, I didn’t mind too much as I was just reading it in between finding a new book. On the other hand, if you haven’t read the actual Legend series, then I strongly suggest you pick it up!

4. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Rating: 4.25 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I hadn’t gone into it with high expectations, as I only picked it up because a friend pushed me to read it, saying it was amazing. However, once I got into the story, I was engrossed. I’m glad I listened to my friend. I enjoyed the story, and I think a dark retelling of The Wizard of Oz is incredibly fascinating.

5. Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliot

Rating: 4.25 stars

This is the second book in the Court of Fives series. Once again, I’d say I enjoyed this book more than the first (it’s odd since normally the sequels aren’t as good as the first books). I felt the story became much more intricate, drawing me in. There were a few twists that I didn’t catch, unlike the first book, which was simpler (less complex). There weren’t many twists that I wasn’t expecting in the first book, whereas in the second book I was actually surprised a few times. Though this isn’t my favorite series, I still would recommend it because the books are interesting and fairly quicker reads. Don’t be fooled by the thickness of the books—the lines have larger spaces in between them. 😉

6. This Song Will Save Your Live by Leila Sales

Rating: 3.5 stars

I was a bit disappointed because I expected to relate to the character, as many have said her story was relatable, as she wasn’t popular and she was quiet. However, I suppose I went in with too high expectations, as I realized her story wasn’t all that relatable. Yes, she wasn’t popular and she was quiet, but then she discovers an underground nightclub. What are the chances of people actually discovering a nightclub no one else knows about accidentally one night? Quite slim. Still, the book is shorter and I still enjoyed the story a bit, so maybe you can pick it up and you’ll like it better (everyone has different tastes).

7. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Rating: 4.25 stars

This book was almost just as good as the first one. I definitely think you should pick up this series!

8. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Rating: 2.75 stars

*sigh* I was so disappointed in this book. I definitely went into this book with my expectations way too high. The only good thing that really stood out to me was how quick of a read this was. I finished it in one day even though I had problems with the writing and story/plot. You can find my review here.

9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 4.5 stars

This book did not disappoint. Becky Albertalli’s books never do. It was a quick, fun contemporary read. I flew threw it and really liked the characters. If you’re looking for a read for the summer, this is the book to pick up. You should also pick up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by the same author, although I might even go as far to say that I liked this one even better.

10. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terill

Rating: 4 stars

This storyline was incredibly intricate (so much so that some parts I didn’t fully understand until the end of the book). There were also many, many twists and turns. That’s all I can say, as I do not want to spoil the book. You must read it to find out. Highly recommend.

11. Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Rating: 4 stars

I was not expecting this book to be so dark. In the beginning, though the main character wasn’t exactly Miss Goody-goody, I didn’t expect the story to take such a dark turn. It seemed innocent enough (though still a bit suspicious) at first, but then we really got into things and I realized “wow, this is… wow.” Everyone had secrets… Everyone. And none of the secrets were good, innocent ones. And the person with the worst, most frightening, and darkest secret of all was the main character. You don’t know the true extent of it until near the end.

12. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Rating: 5 stars

This was a reread, and I did not enjoy it any less than the first time. I plan on continuing rereading the series, and if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? Go and pick it up! The books are incredibly quick reads and you’ll be finished with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in no time, wanting more. Thankfully, Rick Riordan’s got you covered. He’s got a second Heroes of Olympus series with characters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians and new characters. (Though, in my honest opinion, I think the best books were still the original Percy Jackson ones.)

Thanks for reading! See you in my June TBR! 👋