May Reads

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (5/5*s)
Winter is the final book in The Lunar Chronicles, focusing on Princess Winter and her evil step mother. I loved the introduction of Winter in this book and her relationship with Jacin. This book was an exciting finale to what is now one of my favourite series and I think Meyer managed to create a pretty satisfactory ending for all of her characters.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan (4/5*s)
This series follows Riordan's usual formula of a teenage boy discovering that he's actually a demi-god and one of his parents is a God, this time following the Norse Gods. Although I didn't enjoy this as much as the Percy Jackson series, I enjoyed learning about the Norse Gods. I also loved the introductions of Loki and Thor! The start was a little slow but once the plot became clear it was much more exciting!

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan (4/5*s)
The Hidden Oracle was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint! It follows Apollo as he is made human and cast down from Olympus. Apollo was one of my favourite Gods from the Percy Jackson series and I was so happy to get a full series about him. The overall plot was really good, although I did manage to guess a few of the twists. I also loved that old characters such as Percy and Nico were included!

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas (5/5*s)
A Court of Mist and Fury centres around Feyre as she tries to overcome what happened under the mountain, and becomes immersed into Fae politics. This is one of my favourite reads of the year. I loved finding out more about Rhysand and his Inner Circle, along with Feyre's new powers. The last 50 pages were absolutely amazing!

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer (4/5*s)
Stars Above is a series of short stories about the characters of The Lunar Chronicles. This was a nice addition to the series, which filled in some gaps that had been mentioned in the main series. Out of the 9 short stories, my favourite was definitely The Princess and the Guard which focused on Winter and Jacin.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (3.5/5*s)
The Picture of Dorian Gray focuses on Dorian as he exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. I did enjoy this story and the characters, but there were a few things about it that bothered me. I couldn't stand Henry's rambling speeches or the whole chapter that described every single hobby that Dorian had ever taken up.

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo (4.5/5*s)
Siege and Storm continues the story of Alina and Mal as they try to outrun the Darkling and save their country from his new power. I felt this book was much better than Shadow and Bone, although there was less action. I really liked the introduction of Nikolai and I also felt a lot more connected to the characters. Overall I think it was a good set up for the final book.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare (4/5*s)
City of Lost Souls is the penultimate book in the TMI series, and focuses on Jace being bound to Sebastian. This book was enjoyable but for some reason I just don't find myself loving this series. I can't help but be bored by Jace and Clary's relationship. My favourite parts of the book had nothing to do with them, which is annoying since they're the main characters. However, I did like the actual plot and the continuation of the Vampire storyline.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton (3.5/5*s)
Rebel of the Sands follows Amani as she escapes her small town of Dustwalk and becomes involved with a rebellion against the Sultan. I think the world building in Rebel of the Sands could have been better, especially because Amani goes on a journey through the country rather than staying in one place. However, after a slow start, I ended up really enjoying the plot and liking the characters. I'm sure this series will get better as it continues!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han (5/5*s)
To All The Boys I've Loved Before is centred on Lara Jean and what happens when the letters she wrote to the boys she's loved are accidentally sent out. This has quickly become one of my favourite books. I loved the Song-Covey family, particularly Kitty and Lara! I also really loved Josh and how much he cared about Lara. Although some of the situations were a bit over the top, I really connected to the characters and I found the plot really enjoyable.

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han (4/5*s)
P.S. I Still Love You is a direct continuation of To All The Boys I've Loved Before and follows Lara Jean and she struggles in her relationship with Peter and is reunited with another boy that she wrote a letter to - John Ambrose McClaren. At the end of TATBILB I was really starting to warm to Peter, but I didn't like him in this book. I feel like he completely ignored Lara Jean and her feelings. However, I loved John! I really hope Lara Jean ends up with him in the final book.

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (5/5*s)
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland follows Alice as she tumbles down a rabbit-hole into a completely different and peculiar world. I really enjoyed reading this book. Alice In Wonderland has always been one of my favourite Disney films and it was fun to piece together the different elements they took for the film!

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