What I’m reading – May and June 2018 Wrap-Up

I am slowly but surely making my way through all the articles I must write ASAP. As you may have noticed, I have been a terrible blogger, as I’ve chosen to focus on my thesis during the last month. However I did find some time to read and so I really needed to wrap things up. In the past couple of months, I read 7 books. Including one novella, one reread and lots of audiobooks.

Long story short, here’s my bookish wrap-up for May and June 👇

Renegades - Marissa Meyer - Le Book CornerRenegades (Renegades #1) – Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Number of pages: 556

Genre: Fantasy – Science Fiction – Young Adult

Synopsis: Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Rating and review: 5/5 – I absolutely loved Renegades. The plot, the universe, the characters… I adored everything about this epic novel. In fact, it might be one of my favorite books of the year so far. It was perfect for the superhero fan in me and I can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

➡ My review of Renegades

cast long shadows - cassandra clareCast Long Shadows (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #2) – Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher: Kindle

Number of pages: 65

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: Matthew Fairchild is the Consul’s son and the golden-haired boy of the Nephilim. He has the love of his family and his parabatai James Herondale, and nothing to wish for, except excitement and artistry and beauty that do not seem to fit in with a warrior’s way of life. Matthew gets more than he bargained for at the Shadow Market, where he commits the greatest sin of his life – something he can never tell his parabatai, or any of the honorable Shadowhunters around him.

Rating and review: 3/5 – I kept on reading the new Shadowhunter novellas with Cast Long Shadows, which came out in May. This short story was interesting and sets up a lot of things for the coming trilogy (The Last Hours). That being said, it didn’t blow me away, and I have very high expectations when it comes to Cassandra Clare.

The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3) – Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Number of pages: 431

Genre: Fantasy – Mythology – Young Adult

Synopsis: The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . .

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – Apollo is back, and so I could finally dive back into a Riordan book. It was an intense and highly entertaining book which I truly enjoyed. The explosive finale almost made me forgot the slightly slow and predictable first chapters.

➡ My review of The Burning Maze

Big Bones de Laura Dockrill chez Collection R - Chronique par Le Book CornerBig Bones – Laura Dockrill

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 504

Genre: Contemporary – Young Adult

Synopsis: It’s a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That’s the point.

Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food.

Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . .

Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

Rating and review: 1/5 – This book was a struggle. To be completely truthful, there’s nothing I liked about it. I disliked the plot, the characters, and even the format. Too bad for a book with such potential.

et ils meurent tous les deux à la fin - adam silveraThey both die at the end – Adam Silvera

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 414

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Rating and review: 4/5 – Adam Silvera knows how to play with our feelings, and this book was no exception. It was a powerful read that got me thinking a lot. Although the plot sometimes felt rush, it was overall a great story. I especially loved the characters, who were moving and hit me hard in the feels.

➡ My review of They both die at the end 

City of Lost Souls ( The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 534

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Rating and review: 4/5 – This past couple of month, I kept going with my reread of The Mortal Instruments which is coming to an end. I was very excited to dive back into this book, five years after reading it for the first time. I had forgotten many details, but now I remember why this is one of my favorite book in this series. Of course it’s not perfect, but I enjoyed it very much.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Number of pages: 358

Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult

Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Rating and review: 5/5 – One year after receiving this as a birthday gift, I finally read it. It was about damn time and I should have read it a long time ago cause I loved it. I loved the dark universe and found the characters to be quite unique and fascinating (I’m looking at you Darkling Boy). No doubt you’ll hear more about it soon.

That’s it for this two month wrap-up. Next time, I’ll try to be on time 😉

In the meantime, let me know what you’ve been reading lately !

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