So, May in Germany is basically a month where you don’t really go to work a lot. This week we had Thursday and Friday off at my workplace, and of course I took the time to read a little! I have 23 books from Netgalley and 15 from Edelweiss… plus the books I bought myself, that is, which I have lost count of. So I definitely needed the extra time to attempt to catch up.
I am still on a book ban, which failed this week. But those books look amazing, so no regrets:
I read the Bernard Cornwell’s Winter King trilogy back when I was a teen and I loved it, but his books tend to be too similar to each other, so I haven’t quite read anything since. But this one is about William Shakespeare’s brother and sounds so cool and intriguing! Also, I love the title, Fools and Mortals.
Neverworld Wake is from the author of Night Film, so it was an auto-buy for me.
The Anne Frank book is the illustrated version, so I risked getting the German edition. I need to practice German anyway, plus it would be truer to the original.
I was disappointed they didn’t have Exile (from The Extinction Trials), but my bookstore is very limited in its English books, so it wasn’t a surprise… BUT THEN. The next day it was there!
I also received this book for reviewing, and I am so excited to read it:
Also, Riveted has a bunch of really cool books for free this month!! I’ll read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! If there’s time I might read The Unexpected Everything… thoughts?
AND LASTLY, BUT NOT LEAST…
Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen has a “So Your Character Is…” series which aims to break stereotypes, and she invited Thai @ Read Breathe Repeat and me to write about Brazil!! The post turned out awesome and I’d love it if you guys read it! There are also many other posts from her series posted which are such a great read!
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My Readings This Week
I finished Furyborn and I am officially in love. This book gets such polarized reviews and I will be joining the team that ABSOLUTELY LOVES this book so, so much. I love the characters, the magic, the world, the romance (which isn’t overwhelming). I loved both POVs. Oh my gosh I need this book sequels right now. My heart is happy just writing about Furyborn. 5 shiny stars.
I finished Rich People Problems! I was so much looking forward to the end of this series, but also I’m pretty bummed there are no more books. This series was so much fun, so ridiculous and full of drama! I’m finishing up my review of the series and will post it in a few weeks. An overall 4 stars for all the books!
I read The Price Guide to the Occult, which I got from Netgalley a while ago. I have read so many mixed reviews about it, but I’ve really enjoyed and… unpopular opinion alert… I like it better than The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Where Ava Lavender felt like it was trying to be a lyrical magical realism, Price Guide was more fluent and consistently fairy-tale/witchy/not too flourished narration, which I really liked. Also the story was very cool! The big problem is that it was WAAAAAY too rushed, which deducted a few stars. I need the gorgeous hardcover. 3 solid stars!
Oh my god. After finishing Furyborn, I didn’t think I’d read a fantasy YA I’d like as much any time soon. But then – To Kill a Kingdom deserves more than 5 stars and I am SO in awe of this book, it stole my heart (hahaha… get it?). It’s so beautifully narrated, the story is amazing, the characters are awesome and I LOVE that it’s a siren story. I was of course a bit disappointed that it was a love story, but that was okay. I actually love the OTP ❤ Oh my god, I need a movie of this. 5 (hearts?) stars.
I also got to read Foolish Hearts, which I finished on the same day. It’s so adorable, I love all the Shakespeare in it, I love Claudia and Gideon’s sense of humor, I love the MMPORG and it was all around a pleasant read. It’s no new plot – it follows the usual YA plot of miscommunications, everything going wrong at about 75-80% of the book, everyone is friends again, etc… but oh, this was so sweet. I loved it. 4 cute stars.
So, I started Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe via Riveted! I tried We Are the Ants, but it didn’t work for me. I’m really enjoying Ari and Dante so far, the writing is so interesting, a bit like it’s a flow of thoughts from Ari. I love how bookish this story is.
This was a week where I DNF-ed a lot. Here is what I started and didn’t click with: