Mini Reviews: May 2016

May has been a whirlwind month! I’ve been busy prepping summer programs for work, travelling home almost every weekend for various events with family and friends, and prepping for my vacation (which I’m leaving for today)! Amidst all this craziness I’ve somehow managed to read….ALOT! Which is fantastic! Unfortunately, due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had much time to do any reviewing, so this month I’ve opted to do some mini reviews of a select few of the books that I read instead. Enjoy!

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover
I wanted something light and fluffy to read over the May long weekend, and so I raided my library for some Colleen Hoover books! November 9 focuses on Fallon and Ben, two strangers who agree to meet each other every year on November 9th for the next 5 years. As you can imagine, a romance starts to bloom between the two until a sudden revelation threatens to tear them apart. This was the perfect book for my mood at the time, and I loved getting these glimpses into Fallon and Ben’s lives each year. An all around enjoyable romance with a few twists up its sleeve.
4 Stars

maybe

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
After finishing November 9 I was still in the mood for something light and fluffy, and once again Colleen Hoover delivered! The story focuses on Sydney, a music major who discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her roommate. When she moves in with her neighbour, Ridge, a guitar player, the sparks start to fly until Sydney discovers that he already has a girlfriend. Queue drama. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Maybe Someday as much as November 9. The book started off great, but I started to lose toward the end. The last 50 pages or so dragged, and I started to get slightly annoyed by the main characters and all of their constant angst and misery.
3 Stars

roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I love Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, and so A Court of Thorns and Roses has been on my to-read list for a while now. Luckily it didn’t disappoint! The story was a bit predictable at first, as it very obviously follows a Beauty and the Beast formula (a girl is taken away to live with a beastly Faerie Lord whose kingdom has been cursed), but it picks up the pace about halfway through, and by that point it was impossible to put down! I enjoyed the world building in this story, and the slow and subtle character development. I definitely can’t wait to read the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!
4 Stars

ants
I’d been reading rave reviews for this book on several book blogs that I follow, so I decided that I should probably check it out for myself! The story focuses on Henry Denton, a teen who has been getting abducted by aliens since he was 13 years old. Four years later and the aliens present him with an ultimatum: push a red button and save the Earth from destruction, or don’t push it and watch the world explode in 144 days. But is humankind worth saving? This is a question that Henry contemplates and struggles to find an answer to. Thought provoking and absorbing, We Are the Ants was a heartbreaking tale that was reminiscent of Andrew Smith’s Winger (without as much humour).
4 Stars

emma

Emma Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
I stumbled across this graphic novel while I was doing some weeding at work, and I just had to bring it home and read it! The story focuses on Emma, a maid living in England during the Victorian Era. When young aristocrat William Jones knocks on her mistresses door, the last thing either one of them expects is to fall in love, but that’s exactly what happens! The plot and character development are a bit slow at first, but overall this manga makes for a quick, light, and fun read! I’ll definitely be reading the next one in the series!
3.5 Stars
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One thought on “Mini Reviews: May 2016

  1. Aaaand now I have to add some books to my tbr pile! I’m glad you’re getting so much reading done even though your busy. Have fun on vacation.

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