May Wrap Up

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Do I even need to say anything? 

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review with and without spoilers here.

Goodreads page here.

Autumnlands Volume One

It wasn't long ago that I read this and in all honesty I can't remember half of the plot. The art was beautiful and the original concept of magical humanoid animals was great but far too confusing. The animals seemed to live on floating islands that were suspended with magic. But magic was beginning to fade so in an attempt to regain it they cast a spell that was meant to bring forth the champion... and it all went horribly wrong. There were so many elements to it and they didn't all gel together as well as I wished they had. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads page here.

Black Science Volume One

This is another graphic novel that I felt was meh. I neither loved nor hated it. Yet again I loved the art style but the story fell flat for me. A group of Scientists that create a device that transports them between dimensions. On paper it sounds exactly like the sort of thing I love but in practise it not so much. The characters were unlikable and one dimensional and again the plot seemed extremely confused with itself. The redeeming factor was definitely the settings - each of the dimensions were so rich with detail. 

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads page here.

Steven Universe Volume One

As much as I adored this graphic novel I struggled with the plot, but that's because I've never watched the show. Guess what, I definitely want to now! The art is so bright and happy. It reminds me so much of adventure time and I loved that!

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads page here. 

The Girls* by Emma Cline

So far we I've dipped my toe into the literary genre I've been pleasantly surprised. The Girls was no different. It's very clearly inspired by the Charles Manson murders of the 60s so possibly not for the faint hearted. Though I will say that the murders were never explicitly described - that was saved for the drug use. Which was intense.  Whilst reading it was terrifying to see how easily Evie became embroiled in the chaos and pull of the commune. For anyone with any interest in either Charles Manson or cults this is a must. 

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads page here.

Blue Exorcist Volume One

This was one of my absolute favourite animes and I adored the manga series. The characters are all so out there and you just want to root for them. The main character Rin struggles with fitting in being half human and half demon. Though not everyone can empathise with the half demon, they can definitely empathise with feeling like they don't belong. 

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads page here.

Deadman Wonderland Volume One

This is by far one of the best mangas I have read in a long time. Its so messed up and I love it for that. Set in a death row prison that also serves as an amusement park. Um what? Quite simply read it. 

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads page here.

1. Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo

This is a series that I'd heard so much about and thought it couldn't be that good...could it? Yes. Yes it was. Leigh Bardugo's writing is second to none. Her ability to write realistic and discernible characters is unparalleled. 

Rating: 4.5/5

I have a full spoiler full and spoiler free review here.

Goodreads page here.

3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The second instalment of the Six of Crows duo-logy was even more incredible than the first. I can't fathom how Leigh managed to create such powerful character arcs in only two books. Translation - I want more books! The Six of Crows world is unlike any other. Its so well rounded without being overloaded with detail. If you love morally grey characters then you need to read this series. 

Rating: 5/5

I have a full spoiler full and spoiler free review here.

Goodreads page here.

Those are all the books I read this month. 

What did you read this month? 

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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