April was a slower reading month for me, so I was a bit worried coming into May that I was losing steam. I managed to read a solid 9 books in May, though, so I’m happy with that!
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
I completely devoured this book. It was so beautiful, full of magical realism, and a truly important story. It’s a subtle romance between Miel, a strange girl who spilled out of a water tower and has a rose growing from her wrist, and Sam, who paints moons and hangs them in the trees around town. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman
It’s been a while since I read Alice Hoffman. (By that, I mean read Practical Magic in junior high.) This was a quick read– interesting at times, ultimately a story about people. There are parents worried about their young child’s lack of physical growth, but with their own issues as well, an old lady and her rebellious granddaughter sent as her caretaker. I felt like it lacked enough resolution for me to really connect with it.
The One by Kiera Cass
The Selection Series really went downhill for me. This was my least favorite of the original trio. I know there’s one more in the core series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it. People that like these books seem to prefer just the story of America and Maxon. Knowing he was going to ultimately choose her, the book just felt like filler to get to that point.
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I have fond memories of reading The Wrath & the Dawn, since I did so while I soaked in the bathtub of my Kyoto hotel room. I preferred this, its sequel, because of how much more magic played into the story. While the first in the duology was more of a straight-forward retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, The Rose and the Dagger found its own story.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow and Bone trilogy really surprised me. Once I got into the first ook, I truly enjoyed every moment of the quest for the magical beasts that would amplify Alina, the Sun Summoner’s, powers. I loved the Darking, twisted and complicated. We get the history of Morozova in this book and finally some resolution to the Alina and Mal story. Ruin and Rising was extremely satisfying!
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
This was my least favorite of the Miss Peregrine’s series, I think. It felt like a lot of filler, as did the second book, really. It was a satisfying ending if you really enjoy this series, but I think I just didn’t? I was intrigued by the first book, but after that the story really felt dragged out for me.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
After When the Moon Was Ours, I was DYING to read more by this author. I can’t say that this one captivated me quite as much, in fact, I found it a little hard to get into. The alternating perspective between two main characters is not as distracting as the fact that one of them speaks French and the other Spanish. It’s about rival traveling performance troupes– both of which seem so cool! Once I got into it, I loved it. There is a heavy dose of magical realism at the end instead of throughout, which is a slightly jarring if you’re not expecting it!
An Ember in the Ashes by Saaba Tahir
Wow, this one really surprised me! Again, I found it a bit difficult to get into. Once we get into the world of the Masks, things get really interesting. The story feels familiar, but unique. It’s about Laia, whose brother is captured by the empire. She joins the resistance to get him back, but is sent as a slave spy to a deadly military academy where she meets Elias, who struggles morally with his place in the empire. It’s a great adventure, and I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel!
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