May Wrap Up

This May, I finished 10 books, which is a little less than I thought I would read this month, but War Storm was SO LONG, so that took me longer than expected. I’ve also been sicker than normal this week, so all of that extra sleeping has meant less reading that I would have wanted. I’m aiming for 15 books read in June, so let’s see if I can actually make that happen.

May Reads:

The Wish Granter 3 star 3/5 Stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Traitor Prince 3 star 3/5 Stars

Legend 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Diviners 3 star 3/5 Stars

City of Heavenly Fire 4 star 4/5 Stars

War Storm 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Pirate King 3.5 stars 3.5/5 Stars

Sky in the Deep 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen 4 star 4/5 Stars

Top 3 Books read in May:

War Storm- I love the Red Queen series and I think Victoria Aveyard ended Mare, Maven, and Cal’s story in the best way possible. While this book was super long (over 600 pages!), I think it did a really good job encompassing everything needed to really give a satisfying ending without drawing things out or making things seem too quick and easily tied up.

Daughter of the Siren Queen- I had been sitting on Daughter of the Pirate King for about 7 or 8 months, planning on reading it at some point, just not now, and then my hold on Daughter of the Siren Queen at the library got checked out to me, so I had to start reading them. While I was just ok with Daughter of the Pirate King, I liked Daughter of the Siren Queen so much! I thought that Alosa was a little less self centered and definitely less annoying, and I love Riden in general. I also really enjoyed being able to really get to know the crew of the Ava-Lee. The story seemed to be better paced and it was just a cute, fun summer read.

City of Heavenly Fire This was the month of finishing series for me. Not only did I finally finish the Mortal Instruments Series, but I finished the Red Queen series, all of the currently published Ravenspire books, and the Feyre/Rhys story arc for ACOTAR. I read City of Heavenly Fire as an audiobook on the way to/from work for like 1/2 of the month, and it was so good. Sophie Turner was one of the narrators and I thought that she was an amazing narrator. I liked this as the ending for the Mortal Instruments books, and since I’ve already read the Infernal Devices books and the Dark Artifices books, I loved seeing Tessa and Jem as well as the Blackthornes and Emma. It felt like I was coming back to family.

3 Least Favorite Books read in May: (NOTE: none of these books were bad or even less than 3 star books- they were fun reads and I don’t regret reading them, but they weren’t the most amazing ones I read)

The Wish Granter- I loved the Shadow Queen when I read it earlier this year, so I was so excited to read the other two Ravenspire books. Both the Wish Granter and the Traitor Prince was good books, they were just a lot slower than I expected. They had great plots and were really interesting re-tellings of classic fairy tales, I just wish that they had been a little more plot driven. I loved most of the characters in this book (well, let’s be real, I loved Ari. Thad annoyed me.)

The Traitor Prince- Like with the Wish Granter, I thought that the Traitor Prince was a good book, and I really enjoyed reading it, it just moved more slowly than I would have liked. Rahim seemed like an interesting character, and even though he was evil, I was rooting for him in some parts, because he was so much smarter and more wily than anyone gave him credit for! I also really enjoyed all of the easter eggs from the other books that were sprinkled throughout this one. They really tied everything together and brought me back to the parts of the first two books that I liked.

The Diviners–  I liked the Diviners- don’t get me wrong. There were so many interesting aspects to the book and I learned so much about the 20s, which is definitely a time period that I know pretty much nothing about. There were too many characters that weren’t really explained (I’m 90% sure that’s setting up for the future books, which I’m for sure going to be reading) and so much going on that didn’t really have anything to do with the main story. I can’t wait to have everything tied together in the next book or two.

 

What all did y’all read in May? Anything you really enjoyed or really did not enjoy?

The Diviners

I finished the Diviners last week, and man do I have some thoughts. Back in middle/high school, I was obsessed with the A Great and Terrible Beauty books (the only other ones I’ve read by Libba Bray). I loved the historical setting, the magic, and each and every character, and the Diviners looked to include all of the same elements that I loved, so I could not wait to pick it up!

The Diviners Goodreads|Amazon 3.5 stars 3.5/5 Stars

Quick Summary: It’s the 1920s and flappers and speakeasies reign supreme over the cool cats of the era. Evie O’Neill is one of those cool cats. (ok quick question to people who are into the roaring 20s vibe- is cool cats a phrase that people would use in the 20s? ) She’s too much for her small town in Ohio, so after her most recent escapade, her parents decide to “punish” her by sending her to New York City to stay with her uncle until things blow over. Once in New York City, Evie feels as though she’s where she has always supposed to have been. She’s friends with an up and coming actress, she finally gets to hang out with her best friend/pen pal, and she has two cute boys vying after her- what else could a girl want?

Well, here’s one thing she definitely does not want- a serial killer on the loose. Because Evie’s uncle is obsessed with the occult, and because all of the bodies seem to have some sort of occult symbols drawn on them, Evie’s uncle gets pulled into the investigation, and what’s a girl to do but join in on the excitement and help catch a murderer!

 

All in all, I thought this book was really interesting! There was a lot of information in it and there were so many characters to keep track of, and it didn’t really seem like all of them were following the same storyline, which is why I gave it 3.5/5 stars. I think there was a lot of great set up for book 2  (which I definitely bought because it was on clearance at Barnes and Noble), but there was a lot of book for this storyline. I did like the elements of the occult and the supernatural, but I feel like the concept of diviners was just thrown out there and not explained very well. I don’t understand how everyone pretty much knows what a diviner is and how everyone knows that it’s a big deal to be one…

Overall, the Diviners was an interesting book with a lot of promise. Am I probably ever going to re-read it? No, but I’m definitely going to read the other two books in the series.

Let me know what y’all thought of the Diviners if you’ve read it!