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So May started out as a very diverse month of reading and ended with my complete consumption of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Which I have so many thoughts and feels on I will probably give it its own post sometime soon. Honestly, I don’t know how I am going to tackle my June TBR as I have yet to recover from the series. But aside from that, I did read some other awesome offerings that I would love to share to with you!
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: I don’t know that this is a book I would have just picked up, but I heard Morgan speak during the LA Times Festival of Books and she seemed so fun and cool, I went out and literally bought all of her books. This one started a little slow for me, but I really got into it about halfway through. Her characters are so real and I loved their flaws and dimension. I also appreciated that the ending didn’t just slap a pretty bow on everything. Her style is very true to life and I enjoyed her writing. Definitely looking forward to reading the rest of her books.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green: So I rambled on about this one quite a bit on my Instagram. A couple of weeks ago, Jane commented on one of my pictures of one of her books and offered to send me an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of her newest book. I about peed my pants. I have been reading Jane Green novels for years and throughout college, I reread them constantly (mostly because I was too poor to buy new books). Her writing has had a big impact on my own writing, and I was so thrilled to get a sneak peek at this new book. I loved The Sunshine Sisters so so much. It’s the perfect summer read, and will especially hit home for anyone with siblings and imperfect parents. Highly, highly recommend checking it out!
Stray by Elissa Sussman: This is another one with a personal connection for me because I will be coordinating Elissa’s wedding next year! When we met for our consultation, she told me she wrote YA novels that were about “fairy tales, feminism, and food”. I was like girl, you are speaking all my languages. This was a fun read with a unique twist on some classic fairy tale characters. I especially loved all the fairy tale imagery. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series, and I am seriously looking forward to working with Elissa on her wedding!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: This was a fun read, though definitely not as strong as I was expecting. It was entertaining, great for summer, and perfect if you love pirates. But I thought everything–story, plot, characters–was pretty surface level. I wanted a more in depth story and more complex characters, especially considering the subject matter. I think a lot was left unexplored. With that said, I could definitely see myself reading the sequel to see what happens next.
The ACOTAR Series by Sarah J. Maas: So. Many. Feels. My original plan was to read ACOTAR this month and then finish the rest of the series over the summer. Yeah, that did not happen. I almost immediately jumped into ACOMAF (AMAZING!!!) and then immediately into ACOWAR. And then after ACOWAR I gave myself a day to recover. And then last night I started to reread ACOMAF. Other than Harry Potter, I can’t tell you the last time I reread a book. Seriously, so much love. I will go into more details on all three books once I finish my reread. Suffice to say, I’m in love.