May Wrap-Up

Hey guys, happy June! I hope May was a good month for you all and have enjoyed the books you have read. I managed to read 9 books this month, this is the largest amount of books I’ve read in one month ever! It might not be a lot to some, but I can’t believe I actually read that much.

Here are the books I’ve read and my thoughts on them.You can stay updated on what I’ve finished reading and what I’m currently reading here on Goodreads.

What Goes Around by Julie Corbin

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Synopsis: What Goes Around is the story of two women – Ellen and Leila. Ellen is the ex-wife and Leila is the new woman, living in Ellen’s house, sleeping with Ellen’s husband. Each woman has her own secrets to keep. Leila’s brother is back in her life and is determined to rake up their past while Ellen is out for revenge. She wants her home back and she wants Leila to pay for breaking up her marriage. Her plan will make her do things she never thought herself capable of – but it will also put her in danger. Because Ellen has no idea what sort of a woman Leila is and when she finally finds out, it could already be too late…

One of the women will end up dead. But which one?

This is one of the worst books I have read along with The Girl on The Train, this just isn’t good and not worth reading.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_1_star

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

If you saw my April Wrap Up you will have seen that I started The Mortal Instruments series and I gave City of Bones a 4 star rating, well after I read City of Ashes I knocked a star from that rating as I found that City of Bones was very average and I was just hoping for more in the next book, which I didn’t get actually a lot less happened in City of Ashes and nothing major enough happened to get me excited for the next in the series, I probably could have gone into the third book without reading this one and still understand what was happening, there was one major change in a character but as I don’t actually like him I just didn’t care, so yeah, not impressed by these up to now.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_2_stars

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Synopsis: The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
               
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I really enjoyed this read, it helped that it was such a quick read and I was hooked, it only took me one day to read this one. I do think I found it amazing because I actually watched the TV series first, without the TV series I think it would have been too short and a bit boring but because I had the whole story in my head already I just flew through it and enjoyed my time with it.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_stars

The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme #1) by Jefferey Deaver

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Synopsis: Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics — until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City’s past — and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.

I read this through an audiobook and really disliked it, I’ve heard such good things about The Bone Collector and the full Lincoln Rhyme’s series but I just couldn’t get on board with Rhyme’s character, he was horrible and the whole thing just fell flat for me.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_1_star

The Sleeping Doll (Kathryn Dance #1) by Jefferey Deaver

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Synopsis: When Special Agent Kathryn Dance — a brilliant interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation — is sent to question the convicted killer Daniel “Son of Manson” Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of the wealthy Croyton family in Carmel years earlier — a crime mirroring those perpetrated by Charles Manson in the 1960s. But Pell and his cult members were sloppy: Not only were they apprehended, they even left behind a survivor — the youngest of the Croyton daughters, who, because she was in bed hidden by her toys that terrible night, was dubbed the Sleeping Doll.

But the girl never spoke about that night, nor did the crime’s mastermind. Indeed, Pell has long been both reticent and unrepentant about the crime. And so with the murderer transported from the Capitola superprison to an interrogation room in the Monterey County Courthouse, Dance sees an opportunity to pry a confession from him for the recent murder — and to learn more about the depraved mind of this career criminal who considers himself a master of control, a dark Svengali, forcing people to do what they otherwise would never conceive of doing. In an electrifying psychological jousting match, Dance calls up all her skills as an interrogator and kinesics — body language — expert to get to the truth behind Daniel Pell.

But when Dance’s plan goes terribly wrong and Pell escapes, leaving behind a trail of dead and injured, she finds herself in charge of her first-ever manhunt. But far from simply fleeing, Pell turns on his pursuers –and other innocents — for reasons Dance and her colleagues can’t discern. As the idyllic Monterey Peninsula is paralyzed by the elusive killer, Dance turns to the past to find the truth about what Daniel Pell is really up to. She tracks down the now teenage Sleeping Doll to learn what really happened that night, and she arranges a reunion of three women who were in his cult at the time of the killings. The lies of the past and the evasions of the present boil up under the relentless probing of Kathryn Dance, but will the truth about Daniel Pell emerge in time to stop him from killing again?

Another book series by Jefferey Deaver, I know I said I hated The Bone Collector, the first in the Lincoln Rhyme series but it seriously is because I simply hated the main character, well the storyline was a bit dull too, BUT, The Sleeping Doll is the first in the Kathryn Dance series and I love Kathryn, she’s a badass strong woman! The story is much better too, but I think that’s all depending on what you enjoy as a reader because Lincoln’s side of things are forensics whereas Kathryn’s job is more about profiling and detective work which I find much more interesting so I got into this book a lot quicker. 

This was actually a strange read because it was really good at first then there were a couple of hundred pages were it just got really boring but then the last 100 pages or so were SO good! There was about four different twist and I just couldn’t believe what I was reading.

Because of this, I found it difficult to rate and I’m just hoping the rest of the series has faster-paced stories.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

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Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

I was so excited to finally read this one and it didn’t disappoint, it was the first ever book to make me cry. It was rather slow paced but it was an easy short read so I didn’t mind but them last few pages, ugh, it just totally got me, lump in throat and loads of tears!

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_stars

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I enjoyed this, it didn’t reach my expectations but it was another fast and easy read. I loved the illustrations and the different text styles but the plot itself wasn’t great. 

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_3_stars

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

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Synopsis: Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Another that I was disappointed in, I enjoyed everything but there just needed to be more, it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would have been but I will give the others in the trilogy a try.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_3_stars

Fire after Dark by Sadie Matthews

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Synopsis: A story that will captivate, exhilarate and intoxicate you like no other, perfect for those who loved E. L. James’ bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey but were left wanting more…

The first novel in a provocative romance series that will captivate, exhilarate and intoxicate you like no other, perfect for those who loved the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey but were left wanting more…

It started with a spark…

Everything changed when I met Dominic. My heart had just been broken, split into jagged fragments that can jigsaw together to make me look enough like a normal, happy person.

Dominic has shown me a kind of abandonment I’ve never known before. He takes me down a path of pure pleasure, but of pain, too – his love offers me both lightness and dark. And where he leads me, I have no choice but to follow.

Deeply intense and romantic, provocative and sensual, FIRE AFTER DARK will take you to a place where love and sex are liberated from their limits.

Fans of E. L. James and Sylvia Day will find themselves kept awake late into the night with FIRE AFTER DARK…

I read this because as it states in the synopsis, it’s supposed to be for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.. well, a lot of the scenes in this book might as well have been copied and pasted from Fifty, it was so similar but not as interesting. I did enjoy the characters though and I hope the rest of the series pick up.

My overall rating: 5_star_rating_system_2_stars

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in July for the next wrap up!

Sarah xoxo

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