What I’m reading – May 2017 Wrap Up

In may I was on break, and I clearly had more time to read. I’ve read a total of nine books and over 4.300 pages. My reading month was filled with some fantasy, some romance, some old and new favorites… It was a great reading month !

A Court of WIngs and Ruin - ACOWAR - LEBOOKCORNERA Court of Wings and Ruins (ACOTAR #3)– Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 705

Genre: Fantasy – New Adult

Synopsis: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Rating and review: 6/5 – This was the first book I’ve read this month, so you’d think by now I’m over it… You’d be wrong. I am still overwhelmed by many emotions every time I think about this book. I love it so much, it was everything I wanted for this epic finale.


Aristote et Dante - Le Book CornerAristote et Dante découvrent les secrets de l’univers – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 359

Genre: Contemporain – Young Adult – Romance

Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Rating and review: 3.75/5 – I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a beautiful story, that really moved me. However, it was so hyped I expected a lot from it. Too much perhaps. The writing also threw me off, but I’ll definetely read more book from this author soon.


The Indigo Spell - Bloodlines - Le Book CornerThe Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) – Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of pages: 401

Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult – Vampire

Synopsis: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch -a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood -or else she might be next.

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – I am obsessed with this series, and this month I read half of it in just a couple days. This book really focused on the characters and their evolution. It also sets things in motion for the second half of the series perfectly. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… this series is amazing.


The Fiery Heart - Bloodlines - Le Book CornerThe Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) – Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of pages: 420

Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult – Vampire

Synopsis: In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her… But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Rating and review: 4.75/5 – This one is my favorite of the series thus far (I have yet to read book #6). It was action-packed and thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and the tension was insane. Again: read this series!


Silver Shadows - Le Book CornerSilver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) – Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of pages: 380

Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult – Vampire

Synopsis: In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – The first part of this second to last book was slower, especially after the intensity of the previous one. But is was nonetheless an amazing read, that often caught me by surprise. I have no idea how this series is going to wrap up but I’m excited to find out.


The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Number of pages: 376

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Mythology – Aventure

Synopsis: How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Rating and review: 5/5 – I was so happy to be reading this book. I love Rick Riordan so much, I adore the Percy Jackson series so going back to Camp Half-Blood was amazing. I had so much fun reading this book, it was fantastic and I especially loved Apollo as a human.


Lady Midnight - Le Book CornerLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 698

Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Rating and review: 5/5 – It was my second time reading this beautiful book, and it still completely blew my mind. This book has everything: the action, the humor, the tension, the feels and an amazing cast of characters. This one remains my favorite first book in a series by Cassandra Clare.


Lord of Shadows - Le Book CornerLord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 720

Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Rating and review: 5/5 – Fourteen month. That’s how long I’ve been waiting for this baby. I loved this book so much. It was everything and more. I couldn’t say whether I loved it more or less than Lady Midnight. It was darker and heavier for sure because the tension and the stakes were higher than ever. A more detailed review is to come.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 332

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy

Synopsis: When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Rating and review: 5/5 – It was my first time rereading this book, and it had been seven years since I had last read it. It was amazing rediscovering this world, especially via audiobook, it was so nostalgic. I’ll be rereading the entire series in the coming month, and that makes me so happy.


So this is it for what I’ve read in May. I want to know about your reading month, let me know in the comment section.

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

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