Welcome to my very first Monthly Reading Recap, everyone! Let me start by saying that reading SEVEN books in the span of one month is totally insane and never happens, but I guess with my junior year of college wrapping up in April, I decided to celebrate by hitting some serious literary sauce (and yes, I also ended up with some terrible book hangovers because of it, let me tell ya). Anyhoo, without further ado, let’s jump right into this thing!
What I Read This Month
Let’s Break It Down
New Books Read: 4
New Novellas Read: 1
Book Re-Reads: 1
Novella Re-Reads: 1
Monthly Total: 7
Average Rating of this Month’s Reading: 3.86 stars
Favorite Read of the Month: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Most Surprising Impressive Read of the Month: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Least Favorite Read of the Month: Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren
This is the second book in the Cursebreakers series, and I really enjoyed it! I gave A Curse So Dark and Lonely a read earlier this year after letting it sit on my bookshelf for almost a year. I’m not sure why I didn’t pick it up sooner– totally regretting that now! I was so in love with it when I finally decided to give it a shot that when A Heart So Fierce and Broken came out this past January, I picked it up on its release day! Reviews for this book as well as A Curse So Dark and Lonely are coming soon, so stay tuned for those!
If you’ve read my review for this one, the fact that it’s my favorite read of the month (and will likely be one of my favorites of the year!) probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I picked up this book because I was in the mood to read a high fantasy that I knew was going to have both incredible world-building and a cast of crazy awesome characters. House of Earth and Blood had everything I was looking for and more, and now I’m counting down the days until the next book comes out. Not to wish my life away or anything, but can it be 2021 already?
As a whole, this book wasn’t HORRIBLE by any means. I think a lot of the issues I had with it had to do with the setting and all the hockey references, which I just simply wasn’t all that familiar with or interested in. Obviously there were other things I didn’t particularly love about this book, as I wouldn’t give a book only two stars due to my own ignorance on some of its main components. If you are looking for more details on my reservations rather than just reading my vague ramblings, give my review a read. But on the positive side, this book has a stunning cover, complete with an iridescent finish!
I gave this novella a re-read this month since Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked series is being turned into a film and in preparation for The Queen coming out in July of this year. I am in love with the characters in this series and it was so nice to reconnect with old and meet some new ones in this novella.
This second novella in the Wicked series has been sitting on my shelf for awhile, and with the next one in the series releasing in July, there was no time like the present to give it a read, right? The plot twists in this one were crazy, and, as usual, the characters continued to steal my heart. I only gave it three stars because there were moments I wasn’t expecting that gave me the creeps big time.
It really shocked me how much I enjoyed this book! It’s been on my shelf for a long time now, and I finally decided to pick it up and give it a shot. So glad I did! If you’re looking for a beautifully written coming-of-age story, check out my review for more details to see if this beauty is right up your alley!
I had such a great time reading this book again in prep for the release of Rage and Ruin, the second book in the Harbinger series, on June 9th! The Dark Elements series is my favorite by JLA, and this spin-off is literally everything I wanted and more. New characters, some old favorites, and being thrown back into a world full of Wardens and demons? Yes, please!