Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer & Stephen Gilpin (Wires and Nerve, Volume 2) / ★★★★☆
Summary: Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate (Wires and Nerve, Volume 1) / ★★★★☆
Summary: When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.
To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of books to wrap up this month because APRIL KICKED MY BUTT. That is to say that this month flew by and I hardly remember half of it, and also that it was very busy with…some good things, some bad things.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid / ★★★★★
Movie star Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the story of her life, of her rise to fame and fortune, and of her seven marriages. She chooses unknown journalist Monique Grant to do the job, and no one is more surprised than Monique herself. As Evelyn’s story unravels, however, the connection between them begins to unravel, in a story of tragedy and love.
Movie stars are movie stars are movie stars. Sure, we all fade after a while. We are human, full of flaws like anyone else. But we are the chosen ones because we are extraordinary.
So I’m pretty sure it’s been 23948329 years since I’ve done a Top 5 Tuesday. But I’m BACK AT IT. And I love this topic.
Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the rest of her Top 5 Tuesday May Topics!
When it comes down to it, I think the biggest reason for me not to continue a series is the characters. I can suffer through the most mundane, nonsensical of plots if I like the characters and care about where they go (i.e. why I read all 13 books of the Series of Unfortunate Events). That said, all of the following series had characters that just did not enter my heart for one reason or another. I didn’t even find all of these books bad. It’s just that sometimes, the only thing that follows book one is a Wikipedia summary of book two.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (Creekwood #2) / ★★★★☆
Leah Burke is in her senior year of high school, and she’s not very good with goodbyes, with interpreting the intentions of others, and dealing with her own problems most of the time. So when her friend group starts to rupture with fighting, breakups, and college decisions, Leah’s anxiety runs high. Especially when she realizes she might be in love with one of them.
It’s strange, because good-byes are a thing that I can understand intellectually, but they almost never feel real. Which makes it hard to brace for impact. I don’t know how to miss people when they’re standing right in front of me.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)/ ★★★ 1/2
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters.
It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he felt human only after doing something monstrous.
HEY GUYS! Sorry I have been so…absent recently. There are many reasons for this, but the two main ones are that at the end of December of last year, I was starting to kind of burn out, and at the beginning of 2018 I got a new burst of energy, but for things like music, and photography, and other hobbies that took away from book blogging. But I have still been reading! Just more slowly.
That, and work has been TOO BUSY. And I’ve started a photography program at a college nearby. And I’m looking for apartments. Life is busy, and it’s good, but I’m also the type of person that very much enjoys not being busy, so it’s tiring, and when I get a chance to rest my brain, it’s mostly not by writing blog posts.
But! Thank you for all who have followed me in the last few months, who have commented on my posts and tagged me in theirs! Even if I have not responded, I am really, really grateful and love the friendships I’ve made here!
Even though this is a “wrap up,” I only feel like talking about the books I’ve read and really enjoyed, SO these are the best books I’ve read so far this year:
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah / ★★★★☆
Summary: Leni Allbright’s father, a restless and violent former POW in the Vietnam war, likes to move their family around the country, and is never able to hold a job for long. When they end up in Alaska, it’s just remote and wild enough to seem like the perfect resting place- until winter comes, and Leni learns what it means to be truly resilient, for both herself and her mother.
Leni had seen all of this before. Ultimately, it didn’t matter what she or Mama wanted.
Dad wanted a new beginning. Needed it. And Mama need him to be happy.
So they would try again in a new place, hoping geography would be the answer. They would go to Alaska in search of a new dream. Leni would do as she was asked and do it with a good attitude. She would be the new girl in school again. Because that was what love was.
I was tagged by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm this morning for this tag, and it looked fun, so thank you Shanah!! I must say that some of these answers turned out to be more challenging to come up with than expected, but I like a tag that makes me think 😉
THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE
One day…I will overcome my intimidation of this series! I actually tried starting it back in December and read the first few chapters of book 1, and I enjoyed them, but I wasn’t in the mood for committing to something so long. And it probably wasn’t my smartest move starting it the day before Christmas when I got a bunch of new books the next day. BUT ONE DAY!!