I feel that doing a Wrap Up post is something I’d like to start trying to do. I read a ton of books in May and wanted to share my thoughts about them, but without doing a huge review for each one. This seemed like the perfect solution.
Note: I will list, but not really talk about the books that I wrote reviews for already. If you want to see my thoughts on those books there should already be reviews on my blog about them.
Leah On The OffBeat by Becky Albertalli: 3/5 stars. I had a few unpopular opinions about this book, but still had some good things to say about it. You can read my full thoughts about it here.
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts: 4/5 Stars. I enjoyed this book and it definitely made me want to read more Lisa Brown Roberts. You can check out my review for it here.
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker: 2/5 Stars. I really had high hopes for this book, but it was honestly pretty dull and nothing really happened in my opinion. The characters also were not very likable (which I don’t have a issue with sometimes, but in this case it just annoyed me). Even when the part of the book that was supposed to make me feel sad happened, I didn’t feel the emotions and had predicted it since the first few chapters. I did want to like this book, but it just felt like a 1.99 purchase that I regretted. I am happy to say at least I didn’t pay for a regular price of this novel.
Animus by Antoine Revoy : 3/5 stars. This was the first graphic novel I read in a while and I thought it had both positive and negative aspects. I did a guest review here for Meredith at Pandora’s Books that I’d love for you to check out.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel: 3/5 stars. This book took me a while to finish. I can’t really remember much about it, but I do know that it wasn’t as emotional and appealing as the premise made it out to be. It was an okay book in the end, but I really wished it had been something more.
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages: 4/5 Stars. This book is possibly one of the best middle grade books I’ve ever read. I loved everything about it. My only complaint is that I wished it had been longer and given us a little more closer, but maybe they’ll be a sequel. If you want my full review please click here.
Girls Can’t Hit by T.S. Easton: 3/5 Stars. This was a pretty interesting read. Some parts were a little dull, but I still enjoyed the premise and other aspects of the book. If you want to see the full review I did for Pandora’s Books please click here.
From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon: 4/5 Stars. I really enjoyed When Dimple Me Rishi and her newest book was just as enjoyable (though I may have liked WDMR a little better). I wrote a full review of it here.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne: 4/5 Stars. I am not usually a huge science fiction reader, but this book was extremely entertaining, romantic, intriguing, suspenseful, sweet, sad, and so much more. I wrote a review of the book and believe it should be available to read on my blog by now.
The Traveler by L.E. DeLano. 3/5 Stars. I have always been intrigued by the concept of time travel & want to read more books about it. So when I got the chance to read this book I jumped at it. This was book was overall an okay book. I am not sure if I want to read the sequel, but at the same time I kinda want to see what happens next. I did really ship the main pairing and enjoyed the story, even if It was confusing at times. I think that if you like science fiction mixed with contemporary you’ll enjoy this read, though I think Invictus by Ryan Graudin was a better YA time travel book.
Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Robert Brown: 4/5 Stars. After reading The Replacement Crush I wanted to read more of Brown’s work. I am happy to say the second book I read by her didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed the main character’s internship, I really liked the fellow interns and the bond they share, The Star Wars references, and just so much more. While the culprit of the mystery of the book was not really a twist & the romance was a little meh, I still enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it.
Skylarks by Karen Gregory: 3/5 Stars. This book wasn’t really what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it regardless. I thought the romance between Annabel and Joni was sweet and the side plot regarding the eviction was interesting and relevant. I thought the book was a little slow at times and that it was going to deal more with Joni and Annabel’s relationship more than it did…I was sadly wrong. However, I do think it is at least worth checking out.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: 4/5 Stars. This book was fun & feminist. I really enjoyed the main character and the plot of her being a witch. I really liked the way the author mixed fantasy and realistic fiction together. I think this book would be a great read for both contemporary and fantasy lovers, especially during Halloween.
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde: 4/5 Stars. I really liked Queen of Geeks (Jen Wilde’s last novel) and while I think I liked that more than this one, I still thoroughly enjoyed The Brightsiders. I really liked the diversity especially regarding sexual and gender identity. I think this book really makes you feel for the character’s, especially the main character in regards to her home life and being in the spotlight. This would be a great read, especially during Pride Month.
Out Of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee: 3/5 Stars. I read three baseball YA books this month and this was probably my least favorite. It wasn’t really a bad book, but I feel it could be really slow at times and the romance wasn’t that great. The liar reveal trope gets pretty old and is something that I didn’t really like in this book. It was pretty predictable and just not all that enjoyable. I still liked the baseball aspect and showing Marnie’s life being affected by it, but that really wasn’t enough to make me love it. I think that if you are a big baseball fan and YA fan you’ll enjoy this, but I don’t know about anyone else.
Life Inside My Mind Edited by Jessica Burkhart: 4/5 Stars. I had put this book down for a long time because one of the stories had kinda affected me a lot regarding the anxiety description. I did eventually go back to the book though and decided to try and finish it all the way through. And for the most part I liked it. I think having YA authors share their stories regarding mental health and mental illness was a great idea. Some stories I liked better than others, but that it is to be expected in anthologies. This was a pretty good book overall and something I am glad I read for Mental Health Awareness month.
The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo: 4/5 Stars. I love finding connections with books that I never expected and that’s especially true with this book. This author is from an area around me & the book takes place in my home state so having her reference different stores or places that I visit frequently made me smile. I also really loved this YA girl on boy’s baseball team story better than the last one I read (though Klages’s Out of Left Field book was still the best baseball YA book I read this month and maybe ever). I liked the dueling narrative and getting to see each person’s perspective. A lot of times when I read two different points of view in a book I always want to go back to one or other character’s chapter instead of what I am read, but that wasn’t really the case here. I really enjoyed what is explored in this book and think that any reader of this book will like it too.
The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante: 4/5 Stars. This book was a short and touching read. The author puts so much into the story in so little time. I really loved the relationship the main character forms with her new neighbor and the little boy from the floor below her. It is a very short read, but an enjoyable and emotional one.
Once Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer: I have seen Robin Palmer books for years now. So when I was given the chance to read one I decided to go for it. I am so happy that I took that chance. This was such a sweet contemporary book and also somewhat of a sweet science fiction book too. I really liked that this reminded me a lot of 13 Going on 30 and that it had the main character being frequently confused and learning new things about living 30 years later. Without giving away the ending it is a really nice ending and something I actually found totally unexpected. It may have been one of my favorite parts of the story. I am glad I finally read a Robin Palmer book and am happy to say that it definitely won’t be that last one I read.
What’s you think of my list? Do you have any recommendations for me? Should I do another one of these wrap up posts? Please let me know in the comments below and please like this post and follow my blog for alerts on more content from me.
Until next time dear readers.
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