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May Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2020

May was a so and so month reading wise but a weird one weather wise.

I did TomeTopple this month of which a wrap-up can be found here.

Overall this was the month of big books. I finished 7 books this month. My TBR had a lot more on that I didn’t get to. I’ll shove them over to the June TBR. However I didn’t really deviate form my TBR this month which I’ve already patted myself on the back for ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s just dive in ๐Ÿ™‚

As a reminder: To me, 5 ivy leaves is an amazing book that stuck with me, surprised me, one I could stop thinking about, I got lost in, etc. 4 ivy leaves is an enjoyable read something I really liked, but that’s it. 3 ivy leaves are either a disappointing read, or the book is just OK.

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Audiobook – Library

The book is a dual perspective between Travis and Georgie as they join forces to win in life.

Travis has retired as a professional baseball player against his wishes. An injury made him sit on the bench for too long. He arrives back in his old home town without a clue of what to do now nor how to get over his guilt of failure.

Gorgie is the town clown, literally. She is a birthday clown and has an entertainment company that hosts all sorts of birthdays for children. Problem is, people in her family and in her town still see her as a child and will not take her seriously. When she want to expand her business and actually used that business degree she has, she needs to find a way to work around the issue of not being taken seriously.

Travis is Gorgie’s childhood crush and her brother’s best friend. Everyone treats him as a hero or as someone who has just fallen down. But not Gorgie. She storms in and throws left over takeaway at his sleeping form and tells him to gets his shitty act together.

I hardly remember this book now. I finished it on the 1st of May and it feels so long ago. I liked their chemistry and their lives and how easily they fell into each others company. The pretend relationship was a bit of a cliche but fine. It was cutely executed.

I did have issues with it and something felt a bit too convenient or too cute, but all in all I enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu

Audiobook – Library

This story continues a few months after the ending of book 3 and follows Day and Eden in Antarctica. Their struggles with their real life now that everything is over.

The first book, Legend, takes place in a dystopian America where Day is the outlaw rebel and June is the inlaw rebel who join forces to try and topple the regime.

This book was so and so. I enjoyed it but I didn’t see why it was needed. Yes it’s nice to get an ending that closes things off, but it was kind of pointless to the series. I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The Tigers Daughter (Their Bright Ascendancy #1) by K Arsenault Rivera

Physical book – Owned

The empress receives a letter from an old friend. She takes two days reading the letter. Her friend recalls their entire joint history. They were born around the same time. Their mothers were best friends and they grew up around each other but also separate. They kill a tiger together after camping in the jungle. They hunted demons and got infected by demon blood. It’s an epic tale.

It was not what I expected. I read a blurb about two warrior women falling in love. I expected swords and fighting and badassery with some sweetness on the side. I got something very different in a good way. The story it told by two people through one person if that even makes any sense. We have the Empress in present day who gets a letter from her friend who reminds her of their journey together. The letter last the entire book with some tips back into present day. Overall the Empress spends two days reading the letter. This letter is told from her friend point of view but the Empress is reading it and the writer keep saying things like โ€œDo you remember?โ€, โ€œYouโ€ did this and โ€œyouโ€ did that. Itโ€™s was very different than I normally read. I rarely read second person texts, but this was well thought through.

Yes there were some swords and some badassery but a lot of it was just travelling and I enjoyed it. It was almost a rose-tinted action book with magic. Oh did I tell you there is magic here too. The empress can walk bare feet and the next day flowers blooms from the empty path. She can grow herbs and fruit at will. I would love to have this ability! I could grow a mango from my hedge for lunch!

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Audiobook – Owned

Second instalment to the Illuminae Files and continues somewhere after or just before the end of the first book but from a different point of view.

We follow a dual perspective between Hanna the Captain’s daughter, and Nik the son of a notorious crime family on Heimdall Jump Station. However, Beitech does not want them to be there and invades the Jump Station. Hanna and Nik goes from business partners (she buying drugs from him) to join forces and fight against BeiTech.

This was just as fun as the first book. The cover-up expends and I loved it. 

We follow a different set of people this time around. The first book follows Kady and Ezra escaping an illegal mining operation and tries to reach Heimdal a space station also refereed to as โ€œsafetyโ€. The second book follows people at Heimdal prior to the potential arrival of Kady and her lot. Itโ€™s set after book one and I enjoyed the mystery of them meeting or not. 

I quite look forward to reading the last and final book in the series ๐Ÿ™‚

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Audiobook – Owned

Rodger and Doger have been made (alchemically) to take over the world. Godhood is what their father wants but first the twins needs to grow up and survive away from each other.

Rodger is language. He is skilled with words and instantly knows who the world works through words. Dodger on the other hand is maths. all she understands is numbers, equations, and formulas. The power of maths is hers.

Then add into the mix their ability to communicate mentally which they should do.

This was interesting. It was very different and it took some time for me to understand exactly what I was dealing with. Itโ€™s not fantasy, itโ€™s not sci-fi, itโ€™s somewhere in between. I loved the relationship between Rodger and Dodger and all the twins names. The alchemy in here was also very fascinating. The twins powers were super cool and the timelines got a bit confusing but I get the point. I enjoyed this right but its not s new favourite.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch

E-book- Owned

Locke Lamora is no ordinary thief. Locke Lamora puts on act and grad plays of distraction that doesn’t only distract the people they are trying to rob but the robbers too. And draws out every other robber in the area.

So Locke Lamora ends up in a different gang as a last resort after accidentally causing the death of two other thieves. The Gentlemen Bastards. A group of pretend priests who actually live in wealth and steals from the wealth without anyone knowing. Their grand schemes sets up the nobility and takes months to prep and plan for.

Enter The Grey King. The Grey King wants revenge and uses Locke to get it. Locke’s threads with his schemes become tangled and messy. Can he pull them off, while doing the Grey King’s orders, with stay alive?

This was something different, style wise, than anything else I’ve read and it took some time before I could enjoy it properly.

The story didn’t blow my mind but I enjoyed it. What I did love about the book was the brotherhood of the characters. I loved their family situation. Even when the medical guy joins int he end it feels more family that doctor. Jean is the sweetest. Though Bug and the twins breaks my heart.

I will definitely continue with the series at some point.

The Girl and The Stars (Book of the Ice #1) by Mark Lawrence

ARC – NetGalley

Yaz lives on the ice. She has always lived on the ice with her tribe and her family. But this year its the gathering. All tribes for miles gather by the Black Rock to let the priests assess their children and to party. Yaz knows that the priests overlooked her last year, and this will be the year she gets pushed in. She knows something isn’t right with her. She gets colder than the others and she cannot run as far nor as fast for as long as everyone else in her tribe. She will get pushed in. She is so sure she doesn’t even let Quil tell her he want to share tents after the gathering is over. She should be happy but she can’t.

The her younger brother gets pushed in instead of her and she can’t take is, she jumps in after. Below the ice, there is a world of mystery and .. people?!? miners, forgers, fighters, growers, and all of the were children of some age when they got pushed in. The ice holds secrets. One of them is the blackness. The black ice infects people with demons while other secrets shows Yaz a different world and a greater picture. Is Yas really the only one who can do these things? Will she save her brother?

Such an original concept and world building. It took me almost half the book before I realised where we actually were. I did a full review which should be out in the next week or so, but in short I will definitely continue with this series ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading Challenge check:

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month. I can move the points between the months and if I don’t use them in one month transfer them to the next month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    • none

Available credit from last month; 2

Credit transferring over to next month: 4

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    • Deadly Education by Naomi Novik ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
    • Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May โœ…

Available credits from last month; 2

Credit transferring over to next month: 2

TBR Shelf Reads

I also had a goal of reading one book form my physical shelf and one books from my e-book shelf per month. None of these can involve 2020 acquired books. Based on all the books I read this month these are the once from my shelves:

  • Physical shelf
    • The Tigers Daughter
  • E-Book shelf
    • The Lies of Locke Lamora

That’s it!

Have you read any of these?

Of all of them I think either the Gemina of The Tigers Daughter were my favourite. What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

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