May 2013 Wrap-Up

Books Read: 9

Hey, folks. I turned out to be busy sooner than I expected. As mentioned in my previous post, I was lucky enough to land in a different job which is closer to my educational background and interests. My first day in my second work experience blew myself away as I was immediately exposed to the nature of my company. Now, on my second month I can say that work is exciting and challenging for me. I am learning a lot and meeting various important people in the society. I even got an offer for a scholarship abroad!

But it will not be called life if it will only be full of the good things. The company is far from where I live, with a one and a half hour travel time! So I usually arrive home sleepy and tired to do other things. I know it is not really an excuse for my decreased amount of books read, but at least now I know how it feels for others to be satisfied after finishing a single book for an entire month. Well, I sacrificed my sleeping hours just to catch up with my reading so if you can see me now, you might be surprised to see a two-legged panda!

Let’s move on and see which lucky books took up by May reading list.

Ceaseless by Abbi Glines

ceaseless

Rating: 4/5

Finished the third installment of the series which I have started last month. I can say that this was the best book in the trilogy. It was written better than the earlier novels. It was more emotional and I think the author made me feel attached with the characters as the story continued. The plot was good, but I have already guessed what the twist would be in the end. I still pity Leif and if there’s anything I would like Glines to change in the book that would be for Leif to have a better life after Pagan. Speaking of the heroine, I kind of dislike her in this series. She was transformed into a dull girl who easily fell to Dank when her memories were deleted. Later, she’ll mutter a thousand “Oh my” like Anastasia Steele. Good thing Dank’s sweetness and songs made up for Pagan’s 50 shades attitude.

Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

everneath

Rating: 5/5

I think I have a weakness for romance stories set in the Underworld. This one is no different. I am amazed as to how unique this story is compared to several others I have read in the past. I specifically like the idea of Everneath, Everliving, Forfeit, Feed, and the Tunnels. True, the author had used old myths as her bases, but she’s creative as to write one also inspired by Orpheus and Eurydice. The characters were okay, nothing to gush over. I did not fall either for the hero or the other guy here, which I think was weird. Still, the story was able to make me smile and imagine a realm different from our own.

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent

my soul to take

Rating: 4/5

Like the book above, this one was also refreshing for me. Aside from vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, and nephilims, this one was related to the folklore about banshees. I haven’t read a novel with this theme and I immediately liked that I have learned something new. As for the story, it went the same like any other YA paranormal romance, but I have to say that it was executed well. I just felt unrealistic with some of the characters’ actions and motives that’s why I did not give it five stars.

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent

my soul to save

Rating: 4/5

Just like before, whenever I like a series I would immediately start with the sequel right after I finished the other. I continued reading the story of Kaylee as she adapted with her new-found life of being a bean sidhe and Nash’s girlfriend. I liked this second installment because the story got better with mythology and Irish folklore. Moreover, I loved the way Tod was given more attention into this book than the first. Personally, I would want to try the book with Tod as the lead, but well. There were more actions in this book, but most of them were due to Kaylee being so impulsive. Yes, she’s portrayed as strong and helpful, but she always ends up entangled with demon problems which she inevitably dragged her boyfriend into.

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers #0.5) by Rachel Vincent

my soul to lose

Rating: 3/5

It was a good choice to read this after I finished the two books. It made me travel back to the first installment and received glimpses of Kaylee’s life when she was hospitalized. It was good as it served the purpose of a prequel, but I found it lacking in some ways. I felt like reading a boring biography and I would’ve expected the author to write better than that.

Every Day by David Levithan

every day

Rating: 5/5

I want love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on it’s own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.

I was so lucky to pick up this book. It was fresh and original and I wonder how the author created such captivating story. It presented a different dilemma one faces every day. From gender issues to human connections, this novel was beautifully written with thoughts and philosophies which I tried to memorize all. It was inspiring and emotional literary book I have read this year. Simply put, this is such a touching, heart-breaking, and thought-provoking masterpiece. I highly recommend it!

Inferno by Dan Brown

inferno

Rating: 5/5

I honestly learned about Brown’s newest book after local channels featured this Dante’s inspired novel with controversy. My city’s current sad state was mentioned as the gates of hell which provoked comments from Church, politicians, writers, etc. Just like what I did when they reacted vehemently with Da Vinci Code, I ignored them. Few hours after I got my copy, I swam into the story which was Langdon’s another adventure.

In this book, Brown did not disappoint with vivid (and very numerical) descriptions of various settings. I felt like travelling in Florence in the story. Every symbolism was there and history was touched almost everywhere. What’s more, the maestros were once again featured which made me appreciate art more. As for the plot, Brown created another conspiracy which could really make people think. I don’t know the numbers, but I can guess that Brown’s numbers may be closer than we realize. After my first Econ class years ago, it seems Malthusian Theory is not completely bad.

If you could throw a switch and randomly kill half the population on earth, would you do it? What if you were told that if you didn’t throw that switch right now, the human race would be extinct in the next hundred years?

Much Ado About You by Eloisa James

much ado about you

Rating: 4/5

After reading Inferno, I went for my comfort genre and found another Eloisa James. This  one is the first in the series of orphaned young women and I was glad to know that it wasn’t what I expected. For example, I thought I already knew what the last page would contain after reading the first five pages. Good thing the eldest Miss Essex did not end up with her guardian!  Now, I must get the second installment.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

the truth about forever

Rating: 5/5

I was scared to read a Dessen after all the raves I’ve seen in my Goodreads homepage. Is it really that good? The title did not help me think that it would have a happy ending. As a girl who gets nightmares after reading emotional books, I try to steer clear from heartbreaking stories if I could. However, I picked up this novel which received the highest rating in the entire author’s works and braced myself. It was a good decision.

This is what a contemporary YA novel should be. The characters were normal, lovable people who had realistic problems. It was about beginnings and how we stand up and handle our loss. There was romance too, but it didn’t feel like being the main topic, which was nice for a change.  There were overwhelming sadness and happiness in the story which made me cry a few times, but the lesson was clear:

The truth about forever is that it is happening right now.

How about you guys? What books have you read in May and what are you currently reading? Were you also busy last month? I would love to hear from you! Please stay tuned for the announcement of my Chicnova giveaway. Since the recent contest is successful, what can you say about another international clothing gift up for grabs?

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15 thoughts on “May 2013 Wrap-Up

  1. Interesting choices!

    I’ve just finished ‘Shaman’s Crossing’ by Robin Hobb – it’s the first in the “Soldier Son” trilogy and now I can’t wait to read the others. Robin Hobb is a very experienced author and it shows in the quality of her writing. She’s also got really original and thought-provoking fantasy ideas, which is rare when there’s so much similar dross being published.

  2. I loved Everyday. It was such an incredible story, so poignant and multi-layered. I gave it four stars however, because I didn’t like the ending too much. 😉

    I read Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer in May, and they’re both equally fantastic! Currently reading The Magician by Raymond E. Feist…. not toooo fond of it at the moment, haha.

    1. Ah, yeah that last part. In that section I was crying like crazy because I already guessed what A would do. It’s really heartbreaking, but who knows? A must have found a way.

      Oh, are they? I started reading the first few pages of Cinder then put it down. Is it the cyborg version of Cinderella? I am now trying to read Hannibal Lecter series. You might try that 🙂

  3. I was also rather busy in May, but fortunately managed to fit reading into my lunch breaks. I think considering you were really busy starting a new job you’ve still managed to read a great amount. Well done! I really want to read Dan Brown’s new book.

  4. Hello again! So glad that you were able to find a job that is more exciting to you 🙂 But the hour and a half drive seems pretty daunting…

    I’ve read Every Day and am about to read the Soul Screamers series. Good to know that you enjoyed them!

  5. I’ve read Dan Brown before. He is a pretty interesting writer. The plot is quick and action pact. And I agree it is very descriptive, makes me feel like I’m going through that part of the world.

  6. Will be adding those books on my TBR list in GOODREADS except for ABBI GLINES book I’m forever her fan I’ve read all her books so I’m always updated whenever a new one comes out hahaha Thanks for those awesome reviews can’t wait to read it. Oh and Happy New Year!!! ^^v

  7. I love your book review. Ran out of books to read. will try the ones with your 5/5 rating. Thanks! More book reviews please. 🙂

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