AKA This was long overdue…
I read a lot during my ‘downtime’, which was the only good thing to come out of May. Honestly, you could tell me that May didn’t even exist and I would accept that as truth, that is how little I was aware of the month passing. Here’s a full recap of my reads for the month.
I Never (ARC)by Laura Hopper – 1 star
This book…Lord, this book. I ended up skimming the last few pages because I could take no more of the torture. I felt like I was seated in a sex-ed class, that I didn’t sign up for, while the instructor preached at me while also judging me for even being at the class in the first place. The POVs didn’t feel genuine to me and I reaaaaally didn’t like the MC.
On the positive side, it was a fast read. I really wanted to love this book but this was not what I was expecting at all. I am not the target market for this book, quite clearly.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – 4 stars
A very interesting read and I could see now why people complained about the ‘white saviour’ trope in the movie.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – 4 stars. A full review of this will be coming soon.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars. An author I would definitely read again.
I’m not big on rereading books, but this book would definitely be the exception. Becky Albertalli’s writing is smooth and feels authentically teen, so much so that I added Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda onto my TBR immediately after finishing this one. It is cute, and fluffy, and heartbreaking and gaaah! I don’t know how to be coherent about this one…
One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus – 4 stars
This is one of those thrillers that, if you’ve got a keen sense of observation, you should be able to figure out whodunit. But, the ride to getting there is simply enjoyable, and if you think it starts off slow and builds you are wrong. Right out of the gate we get right into it and these poor teenagers go through the most stressful moments they will EVER experience. I loved Nate, our resident misfit/outcast/scapegoat, more than any other character that we met. I also really loved the conclusion, there were warm and fuzzies.
So many shady characters, such horrible friendships. Have I mentioned that I loved Nate? I did? Okay.
TW: There’s a forced outing in this one, so please go in knowing that. It’s never okay to declare someone’s sexuality/gender without their permission.
Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian – 4 stars
This book is exactly what you would expect it to be: steamy paranormal romance with lots of dark violence. It would have gotten five stars if not for Eliza. Ugh.
Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3) by Lara Adrian – 3.5 stars
Tegan is the only thing that saved this book for me. Because, Eliza. Ugh.
In May I also started, but did not finish:
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (ARC)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4) by Lara Adrian
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff