Well….. this month didn’t go as planned! I started the month off ready to go! I had so much motivation to read in the beginning of the month. Then stress happened – and a lot of it. Days were filled with work and not much else. So my dreams of completing my OWL’s for the OWL readathon were crushed lol. Despite not reading much the last 2 weeks, I still had a great reading month! But towards the end, all I had the brain power for was re-watching Game of Thrones….. no regrets! So, let’s see what I actually managed to read:
THE BINDING by Bridget Collins <—– click for full review – 2.5 stars
As much as I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t. After reading the synopsis, I think I expected a lot of fantastical elements. But this wasn’t what I was expecting. The book wasn’t awful, but it was so different from how I imagined. It was a little underwhelming.
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch <—– click for full review – 5 stars!
This book was SOOOOOO good! It was literally everything I’ve ever wanted in a fantasy novel, all in one. This was the perfect mix of humour, brutality, brilliance, cunning, magic, and so much more! I need to get to the sequel badly! I loved this so much!
THE BEAR by Claire Cameron <—– click for full review – 2 stars
Yet another book I assumed I would love and didn’t. This is set in my favourite place in Ontario (Algonquin Park), and is written by a Canadian woman. It’s a story of 2 young children as they’re left to fend for themselves after their parents are brutally killed by a bear. I really did enjoy the writing style of the author, but the perspective of a small child is what made it impossible to love this.
BITTERSWEET by Sarina Bowen <—– click for full review – 4 stars
This was such a sweet story! I wasn’t sold on the characters immediately but, I really loved what they turned into as the story went along. I especially loved the family aspect of this book! I really enjoyed reading this and hope to read more from this author at some point!
NOCTURNA by Maya Motayne <—– click for full review – 4.5 stars
Right from the first chapter – I fell in love! I quickly fell in love with this author’s writing style and couldn’t wait to read as quickly as possible! This one had a great story mixed with a unique magic system. I know that this one is going to get great reviews!
KISS THE GIRL by Tara Sivec <—– click for full review – 5 stars!
This series is HANDS DOWN by favourite romance series EVER!!! I can’t express my love for these books enough! There’s so much inspiration and girl power in each of these stories. There’s also steam and humour…… A LOT of humour! This series had me smiling and laughing the whole time. And I love that they were all loose retelling of princesses as they were stripping as princesses…… I need more from this author ASAP!
HELLO GIRLS by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry – review to come – 4 stars
This book can really only be explained in one word – adventure! There’s so much happening in this book and it’s all hilarious and outlandish! Some of the things that happened made my eyes roll because it was totally impossible…… but it was hilarious and I couldn’t stop reading! I think that the more impossible things were, the more I was interested. Review will be coming soon.
THE MISSING SEASON by Gillian French <—– DNF @ 50%
I just couldn’t do this book – and I was SO looking forward to it! The premise of this was amazing. A legend called the Mumbler would take children…. and there was also an epic halloween prank war….. sounded so amazing! But after reading the first chapter, I knew that the writing style just wasn’t for me. In fact, the writing style is the only one I’ve ever come across that made my eyes roll and I was literally annoyed. I just couldn’t do it!
THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden <—– review to come – 4 stars
And to think, I almost didn’t read this series! For some reason, when the first book was released, I wasn’t sold on the hype. I don’t know why, but I just assumed that I wouldn’t like this series – I was SO wrong! And what a way to end the series! I’ll have a full review up hopefully next week!
Even though I didn’t complete my OWL’s, I can’t be mad at 9 books this month! I really hope that May will bring my reading mojo back. I’m actually expecting my copy of Aurora Rising in about 2 days! Nothing can break a reading slump just Jay Kristoff!!!! Wish me luck! I hope you all had a great reading month 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!