Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

May 2019 Reading Wrap Up

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*Hello! Long time no see. If you didn’t notice I missed my Book Chat post this month. It’s been a busy and long month. My oldest was sick for a week and we have had appointments every week so I just forgot about it. Anyway, I’m back and I’m bringing you my wrap up for the month of May 2019!

Here's the books I read in May 2019! I read a whole series, finished a series and started a new series! Check out the reviews and add these to your TBR.

My really short “reviews” of the books I read in May 2019.

A book that wasn’t for me.

The Priory of the Orange Tree {⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Samantha Shannon
This was my first read for May 2019 and it is a mammoth. And unfortunately, I just didn’t care for it too much. I love Samantha’s series The Bone Season, so I was really disappointed in this book. The world building and writing were phenomenal, but it contains themes that I don’t agree with. Specifically, men being in the service of women.

Please do not get all in my face with any kind of feminist stuff. I am not being anti-female. I do not think that any one gender is better than the other. Women are not on this earth to serve men. Neither are men here to serve women. I firmly believe that we (men, women, and people) are here to help each other.

The men in this book are basically domestic workers who were used to reproduce more women. I really can’t stand that. Women shouldn’t be treated that way either. It’s just not right. It would have been much better if both men and women served the priestesses in the Priory. And that the men had a choice in if they were going to help create another human.
Bottom line: I can’t recommend this book to anyone.

Finale {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Stephanie Garber

This book was amazing! I seriously had to take breaks after each chapter to think about what had just happened. Such a good finish to an amazing trilogy.
Bottom line: I recommend this book to lovers of magic and mystic and the bond of family.

Aurora Rising {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Jay Kristoff + Amie Kauffman

After reading the Illuminae Files last month this was one of my most anticipated reads. It did not disappoint. I loved Squad 312 and the plot. I’m so excited to discover more about the world, I should say space, and to find out what the squad has to do next.
Bottom line: I recommend this book to fans of The Illuminae Files and who like easy to read books that hold a lot of meaning.

A new-to-me series.

The Queen of Blood {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Sarah Beth Durst

This book took me completely by surprise! I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a book that is so original. I love the characters and the story is deep without being too complex. There aren’t a lot of new words and lore to learn and the world of Aratay is explained thoroughly but simply.
Bottom line: I recommend this book for people who love high fantasy but also need a break from most of the dense worlds out there.

The Reluctant Queen {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Sarah Beth Durst

This is the second book in the Queens of Renthia trilogy. It had a bit of a rough start for me. A new character was being difficult. Now I understand that it was necessary for the story. So, at first I wasn’t a huge fan, but I love the middle and the ending. Ven is also my favorite character in the series.
Bottom line: I recommend this for people who have read The Queen of Blood and for those who like to have female main characters but isn’t considered feminist.

The Queen of Sorrow {⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️}
By: Sarah Beth Durst

This is the third book in the Queens of Renthia trilogy. I’m really sad to say that this was not my favorite book. I had a hard time caring about one of the main characters and a secondary character was making choices that I thought she was too young to be making. It was a mostly aggravating read. I’m glad I read it so that I could finish the story, but it just wasn’t as good as the first book.
Aside from that the writing was excellent and the world building was also really good. I just wish I had enjoyed it more than I did.
Bottom line: I recommend this book if you’ve read The Queen of Blood and The Reluctant Queen.

Edit: I forgot to add my May book haul!

As always I created a special shelf on Goodreads where you can find all of the books I purchased in the month of May 2019!

You can find that list right HERE!

In Conclusion:

That’s my wrap up for May 2019. I read some great books and some ok books. Overall it was a decent reading month for me. I’m really excited about June because I have a lot of books I want to get to!

Happy Reading,

Alicen

P.S. You can see my entire June TBR right here!


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