Month in Review is back y’all! I unintentionally missed two months of MIR posts due to some unforeseen circumstances but I’m here and ready to talk about all the bookish May releases and posts! So let’s get ready to spring on forward to June after we say farewell to the month of May!
- [3 May] Overruled by Emma Chase ★★★
- [5 May] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
- [8 May] Black Iris by Leah Raeder ★★
- [10 May] Elements of Chemistry Part Three: Capture by Penny Reid ★★★★★
- [19 May] Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones ★★★★½
- [26 May] Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh ★★★★
- [28 May] Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★
Favorite May Release
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Also in this series: A Court of Mist and Fury
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, A Court of Mist and Fury
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
Sarah J. Maas has topped the list as one of my favorite YA Fantasy authors. Period. This is fae reimagining of Beauty and the Beast and trust me when I say that ACOTAR was EVERYTHING! OMG. The feels. The mythology. Tamlin ::inserts swoony eyes::
Other posts you might have missed….
- [6 May] Waiting on Wednesday: The Veil by Chloe Neill
- [11 May] Fifty Shades of Blu-Rays: Retail Exclusive Comparison and Highlights
- [13 May] Waiting on Wednesday: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
- [13 May] Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
- [15 May] The Premature Connoisseur: Volume #3
- [20 May] Waiting on Wednesday: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
- [21 May] Things your readers don’t want to read about…
- [27 May] Waiting on Wednesday: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
- [31 May] Month in Review: May 2015
Fifty Shades DVD Release
Fifty Shades of Grey finally released on film and it ’twas an awesome movie night at home. Universal Pictures (on behalf of the Official Fifty campaign) sent me 3 retail exclusive DVD’s to review. Each one had either special feature (packaging, content, etc.) You can learn more about them here.
The Premature Connoisseur VOL. 3
I went through a slight motorcycle binge and read 3 upcoming MC romances. I think that my heart isn’t ready to let go of Sons of Anarchy so I submerse myself in biker books as often as they release. Do you have a favorite biker? Club? You can check out my early recommendations here.
The season finale of Outlander premiered last night and I cannot bring myself to watch it. Call me a wimp. Call me a baby. You would think that having read the first book and moved on from it that I would be ok to see it come to life and I just can’t. I caught a preview after last weeks episode (that I had to psych myself up to watch) and I just am not sure when I will find the courage to watch. I might be a big wimp and wait until the premiere of Season 2. I just don’t think I can take watching it.
Did you watch the finale? What was your reaction?
*Please try to keep this spoiler free for those that haven’t read the books/watched the episode.
Deciding to shelve a book is not fun. I used to read EVERY book I started (whether I liked it or not) but with the amount of books releasing each week I can’t find it in me to waste time on something I’m not enjoying. This month I DNF’d:
Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh
Why I DNF’d: I was really looking forward to this one after seeing so many 5 star reviews pop up among my blogger peeps. I am never one to shy away from love triangles or angst so I figured this would be right up my alley. WRONG. Within the first 5% the heroine makes out with one of the love interests, slaps him, and then agrees to go out on a date with his best friend. Top that off with the heroine’s inner monolgue about how broken and damaged she is (mind you, I’m still at 5%) I just couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. I gave myself up to 10% and then basically skimmed till the end. From what I gathered View Spoiler » nothing really happens. It’s a lot of back and forth between the heroine and both the guys who are apparently dealing coke, are in love with her, and then participate in an awkward menage scene. Oh, then the heroine is kidnapped in the end. « Hide SpoilerBizarre barely scratches the surface for what this book is. No thank you.
A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson
Why I DNF’d: I’m so sad that I didn’t like this one enough to finish. I have had it on my TBR for awhile and many of my friends LOVE the fan-fic version of this. The first 20% was good but it quickly fell downhill. I gave up around 50% and I’m glad I did. I skimmed ahead and there was just SO much going on that it felt crammed. Should I be concerned about their families, the fact that their relationship is taboo (which in the end really wasn’t a conflict as it played no part in the conflict of the story) or the fact that issue after issue keeps popping up but seemingly it feels the all the resolution is rushed? I think there are a lot of people that will LOVE this but it just wasn’t working for me.
Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy
Why I DNF’d: I love Elle Kennedy. I love romantic suspense. I thought this would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, I am not the biggest fan of multiple stories, character introductions, and POV swaps in one book. It just became too much too soon. I might pick this one back up again because I can see the potential for greatness but I don’t want to have to take notes just to understand what is going on with who and who WHO is. You know?
With beach season quickly approaching (it’s still too cold for us in Michigan to hit the water just yet) it’s that time again for all the beach reads coming out! Atria was gracious enough to send me 3 upcoming books that are perfect to read while your lounging by the pool. Check out more info below:
For fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes comes a riveting family drama with a dark mystery at its core, from the internationally bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In.
In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?
At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge…
With psychological nuance that gets into the heart of its characters, The Third Wife is a gripping story about a man seeking the truth behind his seemingly perfect marriage and the broken pieces left behind.
From the author of the internationally bestselling ‘A Man Called Ove’, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
‘My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’ is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, ‘A Man Called Ove’. It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Set in the weeks leading up to an idyllic New England wedding, this “enticing and refreshing” (Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author) novel sparkles with wry wit, sweet romance, and long-kept family secrets.
Iris Standish has always been the responsible sister: the one who studied hard, settled down, and always made the right choices—even when they came at the expense of her passions. Meanwhile, her sister Leah dropped out of college to “find herself” by hiking through Yellowstone and switches jobs nearly as often as she switches lovers, leaving Iris to pick up the pieces in her wake.
But now Iris’s life is coming apart at the seams, and when Leah calls her back to their childhood home with a desperate cry for help, she is thrust headfirst into preparations for her sister’s wedding to a man their New Hampshire clan has never met…with her own marriage and family on the brink.
Still, despite the rush of dress fittings, floral arrangements, and rehearsal dinners, Iris is learning to put herself first. And amid a backdrop of late-night swims and a soul-restoring barn renovation comes Cooper Woods, a high school crush who beckons with the promise of a new start.
While Leah faces a past that has finally caught up to her, Iris prepares to say goodbye to a future that is suddenly far from certain. As Hampstead Lake shimmers in the background, Iris must decide when to wade in cautiously and when to dive—and, ultimately, how to ferry herself to safe harbors in this “glittering…memorable” novel of second chances and the ties that bind (Michelle Gable, nationally bestselling author of A Paris Apartment).
Let’s Show Some Love…
Each month I want to show my love to some fellow bloggers. This month I’m showing love to…
Cristal @ Three Little Birds Book Blog
Thoughtful reviews. Interesting topics of discussion. And a new feature that has grabbed my attention! This blog is the real deal, folks! I
stalk follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog and I suggest you do the same!
What’s coming in June?
- Asking for It by Lilah Pace <–me and my blogger friends are LOVING this dark erotica. It was un-put-down-able!!!
- The Devil You Know by Trish Doller <—I might need someone to hold my hand!
- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes <—religious cult, you say? Sign me up!
What was your favorite May release? What are you most looking forward to in June?