Monthly Wrap-Up โ€” May 2021

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ‚

I hope you had a good May! ๐Ÿ˜ This month went by slowly and quickly at the same time – a weird thing to say, but still. I spent a lot of time reading Chain of Gold, but I still managed to get through quite a few books this month. And they were, for the most part, amazing ones! I don’t regret reading a single one of them.

I have some exciting news to get to, but first let’s go through the books I read this month. ๐Ÿ˜€

Books Read This Month (5)

  • The Surface Breaks – Louise Oโ€™Neill

I unfortunately DNFed this book. ๐Ÿ˜ข

The premise sounded interesting, but I just couldn’t get into it – then again, I never really took interest in mermaid stories. Three-quarters of the reason why I read this one in the first place was the cover ๐Ÿ˜‚

Beneath the waters lies the kingdom ruled by the Sea King. Gaia, more commonly called Muirgen, is the youngest of his daughters, and has the most beautiful voice, but she wants more than these cold waters. On her first visit to the surface, Gaia falls in love with a human man. She is determined to make her own life on land, but how much will she have to sacrifice? And is it worth it?

I did like the writing style, so +1 star for that, and I did manage to get through nearly half the book before getting too bored, so I’ll add half a star from that. All in all, The Surface Breaks was a YA book with an interesting premise, but did not live up to my standards. 1.5 stars from me, unfortunately!

  • Rumpelstiltskin – Susanna David

I know, this one must look so random ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have an idea for a writing project based on Rumpelstiltskin, so I thought itโ€™d help (obviously) if I reread this to refresh my mind. This was one of my favourite childrenโ€™s fairytales as a chils too, so I loved rereading this.

Rumpelstiltskin follows Anna, who is the millerโ€™s daughter. She has always dreamed of becoming the Queen – but first she has to spin straw into gold. A mysterious little man appears one night, promising to help… but what does he want in return?

  • Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

What a way to start it off ๐Ÿ˜‚

I can’t believe I haven’t been binge reading all of Clareโ€™s work, because I sure have been missing out on so much! This was everything I needed and tons more. The characters were amazing, the plot was flawless, and the worldbuilding was perfect! WARNING: FANGIRL CONTENT AHEAD

Clare honestly deserves so much more praise than the tons she already receives. If you couldn’t tell already, this oneโ€™s full stars from me ๐Ÿ˜

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter – a warrior trained to fight demons. But when her father is accused of an outrageous crime, she, her brother and her mother escape to London in the hopes of preventing the Carstair family’s ruin.

Here, Cordelia finds her childhood best friends Lucie and James and is drawn into their busy London lives of secret missions, glittering ballrooms and powerful magicians. She has to hide her love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordeliaโ€™s new life is wrecked when a series of demon attacks begin to land on London. These monsters are different to the ones the Shadowhunters have fought before; these ones attack in broad daylight, strike people with uncurable poison and seem impossible to kill. Cordelia and her friends soon discover their connection to a dark legacy which hs gifted them with amazing new powers – and they learn the cruel price of being a hero.

I definitely recommend this to fans of fantasy, and I’ll have to get to Chain of Iron soon!

  • The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

I absolutely loved this one, and I can’t wait to dive back into the beautiful world Black created when I get the next book! I’m so glad all that waiting was worth it and this was – if it wasn’t already obvious – a 5-star rating! ๐Ÿ˜

Jude Duarte was seven years old when her parents were murdered by a faerie, Madoc, and she and her two sisters were whisked away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude and her siblings still live here, and she wants nothing more than to belong, despite being a mortal that most of the fey look down on and despise. None more than Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the High King and the meanest by far. To win her place in the Court, she must defy him…

And face the consequences no matter how bad.

As Jude becomes entangled in the deceptions and intrigues of the Court and the palace, she learns her own uses. But when a devastating betrayal occurs, Jude must risk her own life to save her sisters.

And Faerie itself.

Aw, I wish I had the second book on me already – I would read it straightaway! This is on my priority list, so as soon as it’s available Iโ€™ll read it. What an amazing world; Jude was so relatable at times and I loved her all the more for that. I’ll definitely have a review out for The Cruel Prince soon (:

  • The Cousins – Karen McManus

I don’t normally read YA books on the more horror-y side of the spectrum, but I’ve enjoyed the two books from McManus that I’ve read before. Now, that’s yet another of her books to add to my 4-star list!

Three cousins – Milly, Aubrey and Jonah, barely know each other. That’s because years ago, their parents were dropped by their mother with one cryptic sentence: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID. They never heard from her again.

When the three cousins receive a mysterious invitation to go to their grandmother’s resort and spend the summer there, Milly, Aubrey and Jonah finally get the opportunity to meet the person whoโ€™s impacted their lives so much.

They are determined to discover the truth about why their parents were disowned – but some secrets are better left uncovered…

I felt like some of the plot twists came a bit too early in, but it was still amazing! Also, I liked the final plot twist but the ending was a bit disappointing – a lot of the characters didn’t get what they deserved. Oh well, The Cousins was a great book that I recommend to all. I hope that, if you read it, you enjoy it as much as I did ๐Ÿ˜€

  • King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

YES, FINALLY! Ah, I got round to reading it finally. My first reread since January, I believe, and that one was also a GrishaVerse novel! Of course, King of Scars deserves a 5-star rating from me and the first book I’ll be reading next month is Rule of Wolves (:

*WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY AND SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY AHEAD!*

Nikolai Lantsov went through a lot during the civil war three years ago – a lot that the people of Ravka don’t know. And he means to keep it this way. But each day, dark magic grows stronger inside him, threatening what he has built and making it harder to keep his secrets.

Zoya Nazyalensky has put her whole lifeโ€™s worth into rebuilding the Grisha army after the devastation that was the Darkling. But they cannot survive without Ravka as their sanctuary – so to keep them safe, she will stop at nothing to make sure Nikolai stays on the throne.

North of Zoya and Nikolai, Nina Zenik is battling her grief while also battling people who would see the Grisha destroyed. Burdened by the grief Matthiasโ€™ death gave her, and possessing a terrifying new power, Nina must face the past to defeat the dangers in front of her.

All three of them will risk everything to save the broken nation of Ravka. But some secrets are not meant to stay hidden, and some wounded are not meant to heal.


This Monthโ€™s Blog Posts

This month I published 7 posts on this blog. They included a book review, a tag and two book memes.

Click here for my version of The Sunday Post.

Over here you can find the Get To Know The Fantasy Reader Tag, which was really fun to do ๐Ÿ™ƒ

If you tap the link here, you’ll find my book review for The Silent Companions.

Hereโ€™s my Six For Sunday post – the theme was Botanical Books (:

Click here for my reading update from 9th May!

And lastly, my May TBR is over here.


Life Updates

Not much happened this month, but I do have some very exciting news to share with you all (:

In early February, I submitted an entry to the Wales Young Poets Award, and I was highly commended ๐Ÿ™Œ

The theme was empathy, and I really enjoyed writing the poem. Sometime next week, I’ll be releasing the poem in a separate post, so watch out for it. I hope you like reading it!

You can find the full list of results here!


That’s all from me for this month. This post was a bit shorter than the super long one from last month ๐Ÿ˜…

If you have anything to say, such as if you’ve read any of the books on this monthโ€™s list, feel free to tell me in the comments section. My next post, June TBR, will be coming tomorrow so until then, bye! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

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