May Wrap Up
I had gotten a lot more productive towards the end of the month reading-wise, which is weird because I was starting to get super busy prepping for my New York trip (I'm going to BookCon and I'm so excited!). I was able to get through two audiobooks for the Dregs Society read-a-long, and many other reads this month that I enjoyed. So let's get to it — here is my May Wrap Up.
City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
As I mentioned in my TBR post, I couldn't really remember where City of Fallen Angels left off and where City of Lost Souls began, but there is SO MUCH that happens! I can't go into details, because of spoilers, but I did really enjoy this re-read. This is when Ed Westwick started reading the audiobooks as well, which totally brought me back to my high school days where I was obsessed with Chuck from Gossip Girl.
Overall I gave City of Fallen Angels 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Warcross by Marie Lu
This was hands-down my favourite read from the month of May! Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors and her books have never disappointed. I've actually done a full review for Warcross if you would like to read all of my non-spoiler-y and spoiler-y thoughts.
This book follows a young hacker and bounty hunter named Emika Chen, who becomes an overnight gaming sensation when she hacks herself into the Warcross Championships. She then travels to Japan in order to help investigate something that could threaten the entire world of Warcross. Warcross is fast-paced and intriguing; it will have you flipping the pages so fast because you have to know what happens next.
Of course, I gave Warcross 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
After City of Fallen Angels, this is the next book that I had to read for the Dregs Society read-a-long. I binge listened to this via audiobook and I have to say that this is probably my favourite re-read so far in this read-a-long. The audiobook is about 14 hours on regular speed and I typically listen at 1.5x speed, but about halfway through I had to bump it up to 2x speed because I was absolutely obsessed and need the story faster. This is also the book where I start to really fall in love with the relationship that Will, Tessa and Jem have with each other. We actually get a lot more awesome Jem moments in this book, which were super adorable. Jem is one of those characters that I just want to cuddle them and tell them that everything is okay. Overall, this is a fantastic second book and sets the stage for the third book very well.
I gave Clockwork Prince 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Like the first book in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword was a really fun ride. It was fast paced and had tons of action to keep the reader engaged, making this a book that I flew through (even though it's over 400 pages). That being said, I did not enjoy this one as much as I did the first one mostly because I really didn't like how Mare was portrayed in this book. She spent most of the book on her high horse, blocking people out and making dangerous decisions out of selfishness. It was essentially like Mockingjay but only with Katniss's worst character traits. Don't get me wrong — I do enjoy a protagonist who doesn't always have the best intentions, however, for Mare felt very hit and miss in this sense. Sometimes she would be kicked to the ground and feel remorse, and then this is the moment when another yells at her for being this way, which really didn't help and only strengthen her resolve to continue to shut people out. That being said, a few of these "interventions" were well timed, but Mare kind of just stayed up there on her untrusting high horse. I know that this is a part of a larger character arc for her, as this is a 4 book series, however, I would have liked to have seen more gradual character growth throughout.
The rest of the cast, on the other hand, is what made this story much more enjoyable to read. I loved the whole X-Men type recruitment adventure that we went on and the new interesting newbloods that we got to meet, who have these fascinating new powers that we haven't been exposed to before. That being said, it did feel like the time for when they found certain newbloods was a little convenient, but regardless, I loved the new characters and the relationships that formed in this book.
Overall, I gave Glass Sword 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Cruel Crown is a bind up of two novellas from the Red Queen series, Queen Song and Steel Scars, so it’s quite short. It was a very quick read and enjoyable, however, they didn’t really blow me away and I’m not sure how much this added to the story overall. That being said, I really enjoyed reading from the perspective in Queen Song, because she’s a character that is only really talked about or “seen” during this series through the lens of other characters.
Overall, I gave Cruel Crown 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
Your Welcome, Universe was great contemporary to follow up reading the stories from the Red Queen series that I've read this month. This book follows Julia who is kicked out of Kingston School for the Deaf after her "best friend" snitches on her for graffitiing the side of the school. Why had she graffitied the side of the school? To cover up a slur about her "best friend". Because she was expelled, Julia is forced to go to a mainstream school in a suburb. At this school, she's an outcast because she is the only Deaf student. All she has left is her art, but Julia soon learns that she is not the only vandal in town and accidentally finds herself in a graffiti war.
This book was impactful and had great diversity, particularly in our main character Julia. Julia is a Deaf Indian girl who has two mums, and I loved that the two mums thing wasn't a big deal and was never made a "thing".
You're Welcome, Universe opened my eyes to Deaf culture and I love that even though Julia is constantly frustrated there is never a point where she wishes she could hear, which I think is a good representation for people to see. It’s also great for people to see that ASL is a language, not just a translation of English. I can't speak directly about the Deaf representation because this is not something that I relate to or am familiar with, so if you’re looking to read this book specifically for Deaf representation I would also recommend checking out some own voices reviews.
That being said, everyone in this book (except for Julia's mums and YP at times) was pretty horrible. Some of them unnecessarily so, which I interpreted as in part a portrayal how people are still horrible to Deaf people and refuse to try and understand them, even in the school system. However, it also felt like this was also partly because of the author trying to create conflict and it felt a little forced. It was if on the emotional scale many characters, including Julia at times (but you could relate to her more as the protagonist), existed at a constant 10. No matter what they were feeling, they were a 10 of that emotion. I also cringed every time Jordyn was on the page; she’s the kind of fake friend that I cannot stand. The 顔文字 (Kaōmoji) at the beginning of each chapter were really cute and I loved the illustrations throughout, but overall, I was not a fan of the writing style.
I gave You're Welcome, Universe 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Ship It was a last minute addition to my TBR because my hold had come in at the library, so I've ended up pushing Tower of Dawn to a later TBR post. It follows a young girl name Claire who is obsessed with a show called Demon Heart. Not only has she seen every episode multiple times, she is a well-known slash fan fiction writer. All she wants is for her ship to become canon, so when she goes to a convention she ends up asking this at the Demon Heart panel. It doesn’t go as she would have hoped but the after effects of this panel has Claire now on tour with the Demon Heart convention crew for the rest of their tour. I'm about 100 pages in and so far I'm enjoying it. It's in no way Geekerella or Fangirl level of enjoyment, but it is keeping me engaged. I'm not loving the dual-perspective, but I'll give it the rest of the book to see how it goes.
That's all for my May Wrap Up! What was your favourite book that you've read this month? Was there a book that you didn't enjoy as much as you would have hoped? Let me know!
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!