June is finally here and I am so ready for the summer heat to arrive! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year… how crazy is that!? May has been a good month of reading, I only read 5 books but two of them were thick, so I don’t think I did too bad.
What was my favourite read from this month? I’m torn between The Wicked King and Queen of Shadows, they were both amazing reads, but I think Queen of Shadows comes out on top, carry on reading to find out why!
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) Author - Cassandra Clare Publishing - March 27th 2007 Genre - Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance Pages - 485 Rating - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to start reading the Mortal Instruments series, because City of Bones is really, really good! A kinda cheesy, romantic story with supernatural creatures… what more could you want? It was a little predictable, I found myself already knowing the twists before they even happened, however, this didn’t make the book any less enjoyable.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author – Sarah J. Maas
Publishing – Bloomsbury, September 1st 2015
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages – 648
Rating – 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
I thought Heir of Fire was the best book in the Throne of Glass series but I couldn’t be more wrong! Queen of Shadows blew me away. This book is an emotional rollercoaster and I was a mess reading the last couple of hundred pages.
Queen of Shadows is thick but don’t let that put you off. It’s a fast-paced read, the action is non stop, and the tension is crazy. I have never felt so on edge whilst reading a book, I don’t think I had any nails left after reading this!
The plot follows Aelin, who is back in Rifthold once again, on a mission to retrieve a family heirloom, avenge her loved ones and tie up loose ends (and by that I mean… kill a lot of people). There’s a huge amount of characters in this book, and despite the action-packed story, Maas manages to give each character their own plot and development throughout the book, and I honestly mean it when I say there isn’t a single boring character.
How Hard Can Love Be? (Spinster Club #2) Author - Holly Bourne Publishing - Usborne, February 1st, 2016 Genre - Young Adult, Romance, Feminism Pages - 480 Rating - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.
And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.
Ambers mother became an alcoholic and her family fell apart. After seeking treatment and getting sober, her mother meets someone else and moves to California, leaving Amber behind. Two years later and Amber has had no contact with her mother, so she decides to visit her for the summer hoping it will help them reconnect (and hopefully convince her to move back home).
Once in California, Amber starts work at her mother and step-father’s summer camp, where she makes new friends, including the super-hunky, typical American Prom-King Kyle who Amber can’t help but fall for, despite her head (and mother) telling her not to.
Amber became my favourite of the three girls after reading this book. She’s feisty, big-hearted and so lovable. Not to mention… she likes Harry Potter! This book has everything you could wish for, it’s lighthearted and romantic, whilst still managing to tackle important issues.
What’s A Girl Gotta Do? (Spinster Club #2) Author - Holly Bourne Publishing - Usborne, August 1st, 2016 Genre - YA, Feminism Pages - 432 Rating - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
HOW TO START A FEMINIST REVOLUTION:
- Call out anything that is unfair on one gender
- Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)
- Always try to keep it funny
- Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…
Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas…
This book starts off strong. Lottie is on her way to college when two men driving a van sexually harass her in the street. Naturally, Lottie is shaken up by what happened, but what troubles her the most is how she didn’t fight back. This inspires her to start a month-long project, calling out every single bit of sexism she sees.
With the help of Will, her handsome cameraman, along with her two best friends and the support of their feminist group, her projects takes off and soon her youtube channel goes viral. She starts to get noticed by various journalists and news stations, but this also brings unwanted attention. The trolls hit hard and it all begins to get too much. Lottie considers giving up, but she doesn’t realise just how many people she is helping with her #Vagilante project.
What’s A Girl Gotta Do? Is such an inspirational book, it even made me want to be more vocal and active when it comes to feminism. Lottie is an incredible, strong character and a perfect example that one person really can help to make a change.
War Storm (Red Queen #4) Author - Victoria Aveyard Publishing - HarperTeen, May 15th 2018 Genre - YA, Fantasy, Dystopia Pages - 672 Rating - 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
Picking up after the events of King’s Cage, the plot follows Mare, Cal and their allies in a final push against Maven.
Montfort is a country that has no King, instead, their leaders are elected and allowed to rule for a period of time, and in this country, the Silvers, Reds and Newbloods are all treated equally. After seeing all of this first hand, Mare and the Scarlet Guard come up with their own plan to destroy the crown and lead Norta towards a future similar to Montforts.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Red Queen series, and War Storm was no exception. This book is long and it’s slow. I feel there was a lot of filler and despite having almost 700 pages, not a lot actually happens.
Something I did really enjoy, however, was finally getting to read from Maven and Cal’s perspective, which I have been waiting for since book one. Maven’s chapters made me love him even more (controversial, I know), but these chapters really allowed us to see just how broken Maven is, and how much Elara messed with his head, cutting out pieces of love and compassion to replace them with hatred.
I’m not sure when I started loving Evangeline, but now she’s my favourite character. She is so strong, badass and deep down, she’s very soft-hearted. I love her new friendship with Mare, and Evangeline playing matchmaker between Mare and Cal was actually very funny.
War Storm was very politics/war focused, with romance and betrayal being strong themes throughout the book. I think Aveyard wrapped up the story and series very well, tying up a lot of loose ends. And, despite having mixed feelings for most of the books in the series, I have enjoyed reading all four books. I will definitely pick up Broken Throne so I can read the novellas that take place before and after the series.
The Wicked King (The Folf of The Air #2) Author - Holly Black Publishing - January 8th, 2019 Genre - YA Fantasy Pages - 322 (Hardback) Rating - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.
Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.
Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. I adored The Cruel Prince, and loved this book just as much! Holly Black really is the Queen of Faeries! The Wicked King is full of twisted romance, violence, not to mention the betrayal… almost every character is plotting and scheming something, it’s hard to know which characters to trust!
Jude is my favourite. She could stab me through the heart and I would thank her for it. She’s incredible, and such a strong character! Then there’s Cardan, oh my god I fell for him even harder in this book. He is such a complex and wonderful character to read, and he never stops surprising me. The romance between Jude and Cardan is twisted and confusing, but I also want to squeal every time they’re together!
The main antagonist, Orlagh Queen of the Undersea, was a really interesting character, and although she is the main villain of this story, I didn’t dislike her at all (I do however dislike her daughter Nicasia). I also really liked the undersea/mermaid element in The Wicked King.
The ending took me by surprise, the author always manages to make me think something is going to happen… and then does the opposite! This is quickly becoming one of my favourite series, and I cannot wait for the Queen of Nothing to be released!
Have you read any of these books? If you have let me know what you thought in the comments! Let’s discuss!
Thanks for reading! x