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May Wrap Up 2020

What I Read in May:

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Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel Collection) by Helen Scheuerer – 4 STARS

As a fan of The Oremere Chronicle I enjoyed reading more about the characters back stories and I think this is a great collection for fans of the series. If you haven’t read The Oremere Chronicles yet I’d recommend starting with Heart of Mist (book 1) first. Dawn of Mist doesn’t provide much new information but I still enjoyed it a lot because of the characters.

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven – 3 STARS

I enjoyed the writing style of this book and witty humour but I did find the story to be strange. I loved the focus on friendship in this book and I liked the in depth talks about science and physics but I disliked Caro (the main character). I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – 2 STARS

I was looking forward to this book but I was disappointed by it. I thought it would be an intriguing and exciting sci-fi but instead the story felt very boring. It didn’t even feel like a story, it felt like I was reading an article full of information on terraforming. The characters felt very impersonal, as if they didn’t have their own personalities.

 

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Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker book 1) by Pippa DaCosta – 3 STARS

I really liked the Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta so I really wanted to try something else by the same author and the blurb of this sounded fantastic and like something I’d love but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem was that I felt very disconnected from the story and characters for the first half of the book, I don’t know why. I felt like there was something missing and I wasn’t clicking with the story and I debated if I should just gave up on it but then at around the halfway point I started to feel more attached to the characters and the story and I loved the different turns the story took and I felt so hooked by the story. I’m glad I stuck with this book and I’m excited about the next in the series.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn – 4 STARS

Dangerous Remedy captured my interest from the very first page as we are introduced to a group of characters who are trying to break someone out of a prison. I loved the characters in this book and the found family aspect of the story. I thought the overall plot was very intriguing and full of twists and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – 4 STARS

This book is about a group of competing teen pageant girls who crash land on an island and have to fend for themselves. This story was very bizarre but I really enjoyed it. Beauty Queens is a satire filled book about teen girls and the views and judgements of teen girls, I loved how it explored such important topics that centre around teen girls and I liked how it did this in such an interesting unique way by using satire to do it. I enjoyed it so much and found it such a refreshing and interesting book.

 

Book Posts I Did In May:

Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing #1

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth Book Review

Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Interesting Opening Lines

 

I watched a tv show called Outer Banks in May and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a surprise since I hadn’t heard much about it but my sister loved it so she recommended it to me and I’m glad I watched it, I loved the friendship in it. It’s about a group of teens who end up going on a hunt for some hidden gold, it’s an exciting story.

What did you read or watch in May?

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April Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In April:

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A Damsel and a Demigod (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #0.5) by Annette Marie – 3 STARS
I liked reading about Kai and Izzah’s first meeting in this short story and I thought it was fast paced but I wasn’t as excited about the story as I am with the main books in the series but it was still an okay read.

Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I enjoyed this book and I liked how we get to see more of Kai and Zak in this. The overall plot felt more intense and I could really feel the conclusion of the story get closer (I think there’s going to be eight books in the series) so all the stakes were raised.

The Golden Sheep Vol 2 by Kaori Ozaki – 1 STAR
I liked the first volume in this manga because it was about a group of friends reuniting with each other after so many years and you see how they’ve all changed. I liked that about volume one but I thought the second volume didn’t focus much on that aspect of the story and then there was a sexual assault scene in the middle and I feel like the story is going in a direction where it’s trying to make you feel sorry for the assaulter and I really didn’t like that.  I don’t know for sure if that’s the case but it felt that way to me.

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Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped (The Guild Codex: Demonized #3) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I like this spin off series a lot, I liked how we see Robin and Zylas talk with Ezra in this book. I really enjoy the interactions between Robin and Zylas the most especially the everyday mundane things like Robin showing Zylas a box of chocolates and seeing how he reacts to them. I also liked how Robin and Zylas’ relationship developed in this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – 5 STARS
I was very surprised at how much I loved this book. It feels like a Narnia retelling but is about two sisters and a brother who end up in the ‘Woodlands’ which is a fantasy land and the focus of the story is on what happens after they return home and how it affects them all individually. Evelyn (the youngest sister) never wanted to leave the Woodlands and she has depression so it’s quite a sombre book but I loved it and the writing of it.

A Torn Paige (Hidden Kingdom #1) by L. Rose – 3 STARS
I picked up this book on kindle and didn’t know too much about it but I did end up liking it. It’s a paranormal reverse harem book and I really liked the main character in it, I thought she was a great character. There were a few slight problems I had with it like how Paige (the protagonist) hated on every other girl in this book simply for being in the same room as her mates but since it is a paranormal book I tend to not hate that kind of thing too much because they are all different species.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers Book Review

Easter Readathon TBR 2020

Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

I read six books in April which isn’t bad but it probably isn’t the best since I participated in two readathons in April (Easter Readathon and The Reading Rush) so I had hoped I would’ve read more during them but I still had fun and that’s the main thing. I started a new tv series in April called The Expanse and I’ve nearly caught up on the four seasons that are out, I’ve been loving this show. It’s a sci-fi show set in space and I feel like nearly every episode is so exciting and intense, it feels like every episode is a season finale episode. I also played The Sims 4 a lot in April so I’m blaming that and The Expanse on my lack of reading, haha.

What did you read or watch in April?

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March Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In March:

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS
This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and I’m so glad I loved it. I loved the world Sarah J Maas has created and the characters are very interesting especially Bryce, I loved her. I’ve already talked about my feelings on this book in a much more SPOILER detailed post earlier this month so if you want to read my spoiler talk of this book, here it is.

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 4 STARS
I enjoyed this book and I loved reading about Alec and Magnus’ adventures. I’m so surprised at how much I love Alec now compared to when he was first introduced in TMI. I was a bit underwhelmed by the plot of Red Scrolls. It didn’t feel like a full length book plot, it felt more like a short story kind of plot set in the Shadowhunter world if that makes sense. I still enjoyed it but what I loved about the book was definitely reading more of Alec and Magnus, I loved seeing Alec come more out of his shell with Magnus.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 STARS
I really wanted to love this book, it sounded so good but I was disappointed by it. I liked the dual past/present timelines and I loved the slight magical elements to the story but I really disliked the protagonist Meche. I know Meche is a teenager and obviously since it’s a YA book I try not to judge characters too much but Meche was very unlikable even in the present timeline when she was older. I didn’t like the way she talked about her friends and I thought she was a very selfish character.

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J.R Ward – 3 STARS
I enjoy reading about the BDB world and the characters within it but I find a lot of the trainees in the Legacy series to be forgettable. I didn’t really care much about Boone and Helania and I disliked their ending but I still enjoy the writing and world of these books so I ended up giving it a 3 STAR rating. I was mainly interested in Syn in this book and I’m excited to read his book.

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare – 4 STARS
I loved Chain of Gold and reading about the characters from The Infernal Devices as parents made me so emotional. I loved the characters in this series and Cassandra Clare does such an amazing job of bringing characters to life and making you love them. I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas *SPOILER* Talk

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4) by Annette Marie Book Review

Spring 2020 TBR

Single-Word Book Titles

Emotional Historical Fiction Books

 

What books did you read in March?

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February Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In February:

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The Golden Sheep volume 1 by Kaori Ozaki – 4 STARS
I really enjoyed this manga which surprised me since I hadn’t heard much about it before reading the blurb. The story is emotional and has a lot of depth to it and I liked the interesting character dynamics between the group of childhood friends who have all grew up and apart from other. I was also surprised that this was a series but I’m very interested in reading more of this story.

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
The Alchemist and an Amaretto (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I really enjoyed these books and I loved finding out more about the characters in each. In Demon Magic and a Martini we find out more about Ezra and his secrets and in The Alchemist and an Amaretto we see more about Aaron and his relationship with his parents. Each book in this series is so much fun and I love how Tori is getting more comfortable in this paranormal world. I’ll be posting a full review of each of these books soon.

Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (The Guild Codex: Demonized #2) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this spin off series as much as the main series but I did. Robin is a very different protagonist from Tori so it was interesting to read from her pov. I will be posting my reviews of them sometime in March.

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The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray – REREAD
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray – REREAD
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray – REREAD
I reread these first three books in The Diviners series before starting The King of Crows and I’m very glad I did because everything was fresh in my mind when I went into the last book. I enjoyed these books even more, they are all so atmospheric and I love the characters and how real they feel. This series feels very unique and I think it’s a series I’ll remember for a long time.

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray – 4 STARS
I enjoyed The King of Crows but I didn’t think it was as good as the first three books in the series. I think this book was anticlimactic especially the ending and a lot of the story felt like filler but that being said I still enjoyed it because I was so emotionally invested in these characters and I still loved the atmosphere and the writing of the book. I love all the character interactions in this series and I’m sad it’s over, I really wish there was more books in this series.

 

Blog Posts I Did In February:

Underrated 5 STAR Reads
Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu Book Review
Book Covers That Have Hearts On Them
Favourite Series Endings
Characters I’d Follow On Social Media
Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie Book Review
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie Book Review
Two Witches and a Whiskey (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #3) by Annette Marie Book Review

My February Bookstagram Pictures (kylaslibrary):

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I read a lot of books in February and I hope I continue with the same pace in March.

What books did you read in February?

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January Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In January:

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Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu
– 4 STARS
I enjoyed Rebel, it was so good to read about the characters from Legend all grown up, I liked how the characters reflected on the past and their lives back then. Rebel brings a new plot and villain but I liked how it had similar themes to the original Legend trilogy (like fighting back against the government) and I also liked reading about Day and Eden and their feelings towards each other after ten years.

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Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers – REREAD
I really liked rereading this book and loved it just as much this time around. Annith’s story is very interesting and I liked her character arc.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – 3 STARS
I enjoyed reading Courting Darkness but I didn’t like it as much as the His Fair Assassin trilogy. It’s told from a dual perspective from Sybella (from Dark Triumph) and Genevieve who is a new character. I liked Sybella in Dark Triumph and I liked seeing her again in this but I didn’t think we needed to revisit her character and I didn’t really care for Genevieve’s character. I didn’t dislike Genevieve, I just thought she did nothing for most of the book and she wasn’t really needed in the overall storyline.

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
Two Witches and a Whiskey (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #3) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I saw the first book of this series on a lot of people’s favourite’s lists of last year so I thought I’d start it to see what it was like and I ended up really liking it. It’s such a fun urban fantasy series with a funny main character and interesting storylines. I’ve read the first three books so far and I really enjoy the plots and character dynamics of each book.

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman – 5 STARS
I liked the first two books in this trilogy but The Toll is definitely my favourite. I thought this book wrapped things up wonderfully and I was so enamoured by the complex world that Neal Shusterman created. I loved how the world is the focus of The Toll and you get the see all the threads of story woven together. The Toll had so much going on in it but I never felt bored or confused by anything.

Blog Posts I Did In January:

This Is How You Lose the Time War Book Review
Backlist Books I Want To Read In 2020
Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf
Surprising and Disappointing Reads of 2019
Most Anticipated Book Releases For the First Half Of 2020
Favourite Book Covers of 2019

My January Bookstagram Pictures (kylaslibrary):

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I read a lot of books in January and I enjoyed them all so that’s a good start to my reading year. I started watching the tv show GLOW in January which is on Netflix and I’ve been loving it.

What did you read or watch in January?

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December Wrap Up 2019

What I Read In December:

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Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
– 3 STARS
I want to read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s backlist books because I love her writing so that’s why I picked up this short story. I don’t have much to say of the story, it’s exactly what the blurb described and although I thought it was an okay read I don’t think it’s very memorable.

gm1Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin book 1) by Robin LaFevers – REREAD
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin book 2) by Robin LaFevers – REREAD
I wanted to reread this trilogy because I want to read Courting Darkness at the start of 2020 sometime so I thought I’d pick them up to remind me of the little details of it. I do plan on rereading Mortal Heart soon as well. I enjoyed these books a lot and was just as hooked by the story as when I first read it and I’m glad I decided to reread them.

legend trilogyLegend (Legend book 1) by Marie Lu – REREAD
Prodigy (Legend book 2) by Marie Lu – REREAD
Champion (Legend book 3) by Marie Lu – REREAD
I reread this trilogy for the same reasons as Grave Mercy, I wanted to remind myself of the details before reading Rebel. I flew through these books, I had forgotten about how quick they were to read. I enjoyed this reread as well although I didn’t really care for the insta love between Day and June this time around. I still love June and Day together and I know these complaints are just because my reading tastes have changed over the years. I loved rereading this trilogy and even though a lot of people hated the ending of Champion I loved it, both the first time around and this time so I can’t wait to read more about these characters in Rebel.

byBecome You Vol 1 by Ichigo Takano – 4 STARS
This is the first volume of a new manga series and I loved it. Become You is by the same author as Orange (which is one of my favourite manga) and Dreamin Sun (which I was disappointed by), so I was wondering what way I’d feel about Become You and I’m so glad that I ended up loving it. It had so much depth to it and I loved finding out about the main character’s past as the volume went on.

Blog Posts I Did In December:

The Christmas Carol Book Tag
My Winter TBR 2019
Christmas Cracker Book Tag
Most Anticipated Winter 2019 Releases

My December Bookstagram pictures (xo_reader_kyla):

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I had a lovely Christmas with my family and I loved watching all the Christmassy movies in December. I watched a lot of the old favourites and I enjoyed new ones like Klaus which was such a heart warming film and I’ll definitely be rewatching it every December. In December I also watched a Kdrama called W: Two Worlds Apart. This Kdrama has been on my to watch list for a while and I loved the concept of it but I felt like the romance didn’t mesh well with the storyline so every time a romance scene happened I felt like the story had stopped and then I was waiting for it to get going again and I was kind of a bit confused on the villain but overall it was an okay watch.

 

What did you read or watch in December?
How was your Christmas (if you celebrate it)?