Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to my May 2018 wrap-up!

During the month of May, I read 15 books. It was another mediocre month.
The first two books are the best books I read this month from two very different genres then the rest are in the order I read them. A lot of these reviews are scheduled to release later in the month, so the links I provided are to my reviews posted on Goodreads.

Best books of the month




A Court of Frost and Starlight is a beautiful addition to the series that reaffirmed my love for these characters and this world.

When They Call You a Terrorist is infuriating, emotional, and thought provoking because Khan-Cullors is unapologetic in her writing of events that have happened to herself and those around her. When They Call You a Terrorist is a stark look at what it looks like to grow up in a society that sees your skin colour first and implements every trick in the book to disenfranchise you and everyone who looks like you.
everything else




Waking Gods ups the stakes, thrills, and mystery as the reader is thrown headfirst into the fallout of Sleeping Giants. 
4 Stars

The one word I would use to describe All the Little Lights is irresponsible.
1 Star

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a masterfully written and comprehensive exploration of the Golden State Killer. Michelle McNamara’s understanding of the crimes and key players within the investigation is organized in an easily digestible format and concise in its explanations.
5 Stars

Ware excels at creating atmosphere within her novels. From the first page to the last, the setting enthralls the reader. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is Ware at her best.
4 Stars

Cast Long Shadows is pretty boring. Maybe I would have liked it more if I could have remembered who most of the characters were.
2 Stars

Much like the previous novel, Love Lies Beneath, A Sin Such as This is a slow paced mundane novel with an explosive ending. If you enjoyed the first novel, then you’ll definitely love its sequel.
4 Stars

Is it a sign that I’m getting older when I say I found Bad Habit to be incredibly problematic? Almost everything about Bad Habit has some problematic twist on it. From the age of the characters to the male love interest, there’s something that makes the reader uncomfortable throughout.
2 Stars

I didn’t enjoy White Sand Vol. 2 nearly as much as the first.
I enjoy Kenton as a character, but the writing wasn’t as tight as the first, especially near the ending.
4 Stars

I Flipping Love You has cemented my love for Helena Hunting. Her novels are always laugh out loud funny, maintain the perfect balance of serious plot and frivolous extras, and steamy connections.
4 Stars

I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to my thoughts and rating of Malice. I found it to be too slow and didn’t bring anything new to the genre.
3 Stars

Unfortunately, Moonlight Seduction doesn’t pack as big of a punch compared to its predecessor, Moonlight Sins. Though, it’s still one of the better-written romances you can get your hands on.
4 Stars

I read Ayiti in one sitting. It captured my attention from the first page to the last. Gay’s writing is beautiful, articulate, and comprehensive. I would absolutely recommend this to everyone and anyone.
4 Stars

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
What was your favourite book of the month?

10 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2018

  1. 15!!! How y’all even read that many books is tooo much for my brain to handle. Share your secret to reading so much in a month! 😛 Glad to see you tried Malice out. It definitely doesn’t bring anything really new to the table. It really just takes some of the best fantasy tropes and puts them together to give us something enjoyable hahah Hope June has some nice goodies in store for you. 😉

    1. I have a job with a lot of down time and they don’t mind me reading. If not, I wouldn’t be reading nearly as many book.
      I really tried with Malice. Really tried, but for whatever reason I could connect with the story. I enjoyed Corban as a character and have never read anything with giants. Maybe it was just my mood.

  2. 15 books is insane! Sucks that you didn’t like the majority. I hope you find more to your liking this month!

    1. Me too! 🤞🏻
      Right? I couldn’t believe what I was reading, especially since it’s a romance. I kept going back and forth with myself debating whether or not I was being too sensitive since I couldn’t find another review that criticized the author for that choice. Then I decided that’s why I should.

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