Wrap-Up: May

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)I Owe You OneRed, White & Royal Blue

Skyward (Skyward, #1)White RoseAn Affair of Poisons

Fiction: 6
Non-fiction: 0
Short stories: 0
Graphic novels: 0
Total: 6
Page count: 2 281

3 Favourite Covers:

  • Skyward
  • White Rose
  • An Affair of Poisons

3 Favourite Books:

  • Skyward
  • White Rose
  • Red, White & Royal Blue

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Spensa (Skyward)
  • M-Bot (Skyward)
  • Jorgen (Skyward)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Spin & Jerkface (Skyward)
  • Alex & Henry (Red, White & Royal Blue)
  • Fixie & Seb (I Owe You One)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • Spensa & M-Bot (Skyward)
  • The Skyward Flight (Skyward)
  • The White House Trio (Red, White & Royal Blue)
To Be Brief…

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2): It feels like I’m the last person on earth to read a Narnia book, but better late than never, huh? Hopefully, I’ll get to the rest of the series sooner rather than later, but I won’t make any promises. It was good, though. 4/5 stars

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think”

I Owe You One: When you’re in a reading slump (like I have been for the last three months), there’s nothing like a nice Sophie Kinsella book to help you get out of it. This wasn’t even my favourite of hers, and it still did the trick! Sure, Fixie is a lot like most of Kinsella’s heroines, and Seb is a lot like most of her heroes, but I can’t act like I mind that much. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the banter. However, while I did enjoy the dynamic between Fixie and Seb, I just couldn’t deal with pretty much any of the other characters. Most of them were complete and utter morons, which would have been fine if not for the fact that I don’t feel like Kinsella quite managed to redeem them by the time the story was over. I also wanted more from the plot itself, but that might be a matter of personal preference. In conclusion: this book is worth a read if you’re in need of a pick me up, but I do think Kinsella can and have done better. 3/5 stars

Family first is trumped by Don’t get sued.”

Red, White & Royal Blue: A fun and cute contemporary romance about the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England. For some reason, I expected this to be YA when I picked it up, and it’s definitely more in the area of New Adult/Adult. While I didn’t really mind being wrong, I just thought I ought to mention it. Overall, I enjoyed this one. The author did a pretty good job with the relationships in the story, both romantic and platonic, which I think is important. I wasn’t that interested in the political aspect of the story, however, and personally feel like the book was a bit longer than it needed to be, which is partly why it doesn’t get a full 4 stars from me. 3.75/5 stars

“Are you psychoanalyzing me?” Henry asks. “I don’t think royal guests are allowed to do that.”

Skyward (Skyward #1): A Sci-fi story where humanity has been trapped on an abandoned planet. It follows Spensa, the daughter of a known coward, as she attends flight school in an attempt to finally become a pilot and prove everyone wrong. To put it simply: I loved it. It was funny, exciting, full of fantastic battle sequences, aaand there’s a sentient space ship (which is my JAM). The MC is a tiny and fierce rat girl and I want only good things for her and her ragtag crew. It’s a Brandon Sanderson book, however, which of course means you will constantly fear for the characters’ lives. Have fun! 4.75/5 stars

“Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.”

White Rose: Depicts the life of Sophie Scholl, a young woman who, along with her brother Hans and the group called the White Rose, rebelled against the Nazi regime through distribution of anti-war leaflets during WWII. This book is told in verse, which may not be my prefered method of storytelling, but worked really well in the context of this story. While Wilson mixed reality with fiction, I also think she did a very good job portraying Sophie Scholl as the real, breathing person that she was, and if you’re interested in her and the role she played in WWII, I do recommend picking up this book. 4/5 stars

“The thoughts are free.”

An Affair of Poisons: Historical fantasy set in 17th century Paris following Josse, the bastard son of Louis XIV, and Mirabelle, a young alchemist. While I liked the setting, this book wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be. To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure where it failed me exactly, which I know is super unhelpful, but I really don’t know what else to tell you. The book wasn’t bad per say, I just really wasn’t that interested in the story or the characters. Unfortunate, but you know, it happens. 3/5 stars

“We are all cannon fodder in our parents’ war.”

Sorry for being absent lately, I really haven’t been in the mood for reading, but now I’m back! I hope…

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