Wrap Up: May 2018

Hey you guys! You might have noticed that things have been a bit quieter over here recently and that’s honestly just because I haven’t had any real ideas for blog posts and because I needed a little break. It would’ve probably been easier to just announce that I’m taking a break but I never planned on doing it – it just happened, really.

And things might be a bit quieter for a few more days as I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed later today and I have no idea how I’ll feel after. Basically, I’ll extend my announced break until after my surgery and until I feel 100% myself again. If you guys want to send some positive thoughts my way, I’d highly appreciate it! πŸ™‚

But for now, let’s just talk about the books I’ve read during the month of May (excluding any books I read for the Spring Fling Readathon, those will get a separate wrap up)!

reviewed books

I think at this point, most of you guys know that I like to link to any previously posted reviews to shorted my wrap-ups a little bit, so please click on the images below to be redirected to their respective reviews!

the smoke thievesΒ shelter

unreviewed books

wrap up imageThis is the first Sarah J. Maas book I have read in about a year and it was so much fun to be back in this world and even more fun to be back with these characters. It’s no secret how much I love the Inner Circle which made this novella perfect for me.

In A Court Of Frost And Starlight, we follow a couple of different POVs, mainly Feyre, Rhysand, Cassian and Mor and I adored being inside Cassian’s head for a change! I adore the guy, so getting to see things from his perspective was super fun! And from what we found out I might love the spinoff even more than the original trilogy because I have a feeling Cassian might be the focus and I am here for it.

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i was born for thisFor the first time in quite a while, a preorder of mine actually arrived on time? Like, I know Leah did too but I still don’t understand what happened there so we’re overlooking that for a second! BUT. I Was Born For This literally arrived on the morning of its release day? And that never happens. Guess I made the right decision when I preordered this with a different bookstore.

And because I am who I am, obviously I read this entire book the very day I got it and then got angry with myself for doing just that. I mean, why can’t I savor books more??? Luckily for me, I still have another Alice Oseman book left that I can read before I am all caught up – but what will I do after???

I also don’t want to talk too much about this particular book because I do plan on reviewing it in some shape or form in the upcoming weeks, I Just need to go back in for a reread and focus on the aspect I want to talk more about. But as you can see from my rating, I did really enjoy this book and I would 100% recommend it!

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nevernightNow, this book took me way too long to finish and it was pissing me off quite a bit. I don’t know if you guys have read Nevernight, but there are about a million and one footnotes throughout the entire book. I decided to get the ebook for this one to read along while listening to the audiobook and this was just way too long. Especially the footnotes. Which sometimes took up at least two pages. In a smaller font than the usual text. Please, for the love of god either incorporate them into the story itself or leave them out.

And obviously the same is the case for Godsgrave (which I got a review copy of – in the German translation) which doesn’t help with my motivation to actually pick up the book and continue on with this series.

Also, to all the people who complained about the way Sarah J. Maas writes her sex scenes – have you read Jay’s? Because while yes, I agree, Sarah’s can be cringe-y at times but my god. Jay’s are so much worse, in my opinion. But also, the language. It’s like he wanted to make sure we all knew Nevernight wasn’t YA with all the swearing he threw in there. And it’s not like the swearing had much of a purpose? It was just there. Which I hate. Do something with the words you choose to use.

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cast long shadowsOkay, so let’s talk about this. We all know I’m a big fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and the world Cassie created within all of those books, right? But. Cast Long Shadows was just so boring? It wasn’t even a long novella but it felt like forever until I was done reading?

I guess I just don’t really care about Matthew Fairchild? Which sucks because he is part of The Last Hours and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll follow his POV for parts of the trilogy too and how am I supposed to get through that??? I couldn’t even get through a freaking novella.

But at least there is still Jamie in The Last Hours too who I am sure will get me through about anything because I adore my little Herondale copy so much. And yes, you read that right. He is basically a copy of ANY other Herondale you’ve ever read about. These people apparently don’t have too many of their own character traits – they’re all the same. xD

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the iron trialsYou guys, I actually read two Cassandra Clare books this month? Well, one was a novella, but still! And I have to say, The Iron Trial took me way too long to get through, considering it’s just under 300 pages (for comparison, it took me less than 24 hours total to read Twinkle) which definitely affected the way I felt about the book overall. It was a good start to the series, I think. And if my local library has the other books available, I’ll probably continue reading but if not, I’ll stop here.

I never really grew attached to the characters so I don’t have this need to know what happens next for any of them. Though they did set up some rather interesting plot points that I kind of want to explore further, we’ll see!

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thunderheadDo you guys ever make reading plans (however loose they might be) and really want to stick to them but then someone keeps talking about that one book on your TBR and you just can’t wait any longer to read it yourself? Yeah, that was me with Thunderhead! I read Scythe earlier this year and really enjoyed it but I didn’t have any plans to read the sequel this soon but then this German blogger kept updating her reading and she was having such a fantastic time that I decided to jump into the book sooner after all.

And I have to say, I’m so glad I did! This book was just as good as the first one and actually had me yelling out loud while listening to the audiobook? I was doing the dishes and suddenly here I am yelling ‘No! SHIT SHIT SHIT.’ at my cupboards. It’s wild around here, you guys.

Remember how I kind of wasn’t feeling the romance that was there in book one – however small it may have been? I am happy to report there was none of that in this book. None. Thinking about it, there isn’t any romance in this book. Some people talk about being interested in the opposite sex, but nothing ever happened. So refreshing to read! And I do love me a good romance, we all know that, but it’s nice to not have it in a book too!

So, if you’ve been thinking about reading this series but weren’t quite sure – do it! Both books ended up being such page-turners (or in my case, listening for hours on end) and 100% worth my time!

Grab Your Coffee And Let's Talk!

How about you guys? How has your reading month been like? Are you happy with what you read? What was your highlight of May? And what’s a book you weren’t too happy with? Did you read any of the books I talked about before? If so, how did/do you feel about them? Let’s discuss in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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17 thoughts on “Wrap Up: May 2018

  1. I read Cast Long Shadows too and I’m so bummed I didn’t enjoy it! Especially since all the TID characters are actually there! I just wasn’t interested with the second gen stories since I felt like I’m dumped in the middle with no background… I think after TLH came out, I might like this even more. I love Son of Dawn to pieces though!

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  2. I’m sending you all the positive thoughts and hugs for your surgery, Swetlana and I hope you’ll feel good soon. I always love reading your posts and I noticed your little break and missed you! ❀
    I'm so happy you enjoyed Alice OSeman's new book – she is such a brilliant writer. What is the Alice Oseman book you have left to read now? πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful month! xx

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  3. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling a little uninspired blogging lately Swetlana, but I hope you manage to come back soon, and oh I’m sending all my best wishes your way for your surgery too. I hope it all goes well.
    I’m glad you enjoyed Thunderhead, I have that and the first book in the series on my TBR list so can’t wait to get around to them both, and oh it’s a shame about Nevernight, so you plan to pick up the second book still?
    Great post, and I hope you have a great June. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. Thank you, Beth! And thank you for the well wishes – my surgery and recovery ended up being much better than I expected overall, so that has been great! πŸ™‚

      You should ABSOLUTELY give Scythe & Thunderhead a read! They were both really, really solid 4 star books for me! Yeah, I think so! I’ll at least give Godsgrave a chance to swipe me off my feet because I do have the review copy and it would feel wrong not to, you know?

      Thank you! I hope you have a great June too!

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  4. Sometimes we just need a break. I don’t think we always have to announce that. This isn’t a job after all. πŸ˜‰ I hope pulling your wisdom teeth went well. I had mine done 5 years ago or so and thought it was pretty managable. The first two were the worst but then things went fine. I hope it went the same way for you. ❀

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    1. That’s true, but I like letting people know I might be less active with posting because I do have a schedule usually and stuff like that. But hopefully this little break is going to give me the needed motivation & inspiration to come back stronger. πŸ™‚

      It did go well for the most part, luckily! I had a tiny scare at the end of the day when I lost consciousness for a few seconds but other than that it has been a pretty good recovery! But I was probably also lucky because all four of them had been out already which made recovery easier on a lot of fronts! πŸ˜€

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  5. Oh my god I really need to read ACOWAR so I can read the novella, because I love Cassian as well and getting his POV? That’s amazing! πŸ’— I also need to finally read Scythe (and books by Alice Oseman), the book has been on my shelf too long given that I’ve wanted to read it forever πŸ˜… I’m so sad for you that Cast Long Shadows wasn’t so great 😦 Maybe the next novellas will be better?

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    1. YESSSS. Read ACOWAR! Hopefully, you’ll have some time over the summer when uni isn’t taking up all of your time!

      I certainly hope so! I have another novella waiting for me but somehow I haven’t gotten to it yet – probably because I’m a bit worried that I won’t like it either. xD BUT. There is hope for some of the ones that are yet to come out because there is some content for my OTP for that world!!! And I’ll probably be a sobbing mess reading it. xD

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      1. Well since I’m rereading ACOMAF now I have to get to ACOWAR next!! But then I will also have to buy ACOFAS 😱😱

        I really hope that you will like the next novellas! And feeling all the feels is something I always do as well πŸ˜€


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