May 2021 Wrap-Up

May was definitely a busy month for me! I spent a majority of it studying and taking my final exams for school, which was pretty stressful. And with schoolwork taking up most of my time, I didn’t get the chance to read that much in May, and that was a big bummer for me! But in the end, it all paid off, because now I’m on summer break! Classes have only been over for a few days, but I’m already having an amazing time relaxing and enjoying all of this free time. This past week, I’ve already been able to catch up on my reading and blogging, and I’m looking forward to spending the next two and a half months discovering more incredible books and writing new blog posts!

Total Number of Books Read: 8

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson: This book was, to put it simply, perfection! It’s a gender-bent Phantom of the Opera retelling that had me hooked from the very first page. It was literally impossible to put down, with its unique magic system, fascinating morally grey characters, and gripping plot. Jessica S. Olson is a truly talented author, and I still can’t believe that this magnificent book is her debut novel! I’m so excited to see what she writes next… You can rest assured that whatever it is, I’ll be first in line to read it! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Wing Builder eBook: Braxton, Mel: Kindle Store

Wing Builder by Mel Braxton: Wing Builder was such a fun book! It’s set in a very unique world that is a gorgeous blend of science fiction, fantasy, and even a little bit of dystopia! The characters were very well written too, and I had an amazing time following their journey. If you’re looking for an enjoyable standalone novel to get lost in, Wing Builder is definitely the book for you. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Series) by William  Shakespeare, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet was my first Shakespeare play EVER, and it surprised me in the best way possible! I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, because, prior to reading it, I had so many people tell me that Shakespeare’s work was boring and difficult to understand. But I had so much fun meeting his characters and dissecting all of his beautiful language choices! I’m really looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals Book 1) eBook: Watt, Erin:  Kindle Store

Paper Princess by Erin Watt: Here’s the thing– This book is extremely cringe-worthy, ridiculous, and problematic. Buttttttt… IT WAS SO ENTERTAINING!! It’s one of those books that falls under the “so bad it’s good” category… A guilty pleasure read, if you will. I feel embarrassed for liking it so much, but something about it was so addictive! Is it the finest work of literature out there? Definitely not. But if you don’t take it too seriously, you’ll have such a good time reading it. The mature, “sophisticated” part of me is giving it three stars, but make no mistake, it deserves five stars for entertainment value! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Broken Prince: A Novel (The Royals Book 2) eBook: Watt, Erin:  Kindle Store

Broken Prince by Erin Watt: Practically everything I said in my Paper Princess review applies to Broken Prince as well. This book wasn’t any less ridiculous than its predecessor, but boy was it entertaining! If not for all of the exams I had last month, I probably would’ve read Broken Prince in one sitting! This series is basically a mash-up of every teen soap opera I’ve ever watched, but in book form! Think Gossip Girl meets Riverdale meets The Fosters. SO ENTERTAINING. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Twisted Palace: A Novel (The Royals, 3) (9781682305065): Watt,  Erin: Books

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt: There was so much drama in this book, I could barely keep track of it all! But just like Paper Princess and Broken Prince, Twisted Palace was impossible to put down. I’m so glad I found this series when I did, because it ended up being the perfect form of escapism from exam stress. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) by Jane Austen |  NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble®

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: After binge reading the Paper Princess series for a whole week, I decided to pick up something a little more serious: Pride and Prejudice, my first Jane Austen novel! I absolutely loved the book, and now I’m super excited to watch the movie adaptation, because I’ve heard great things about it (the 2005 edition, of course). I also plan to read more of Austen’s work later this year since her other books get lots of praise as well! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) - Kindle edition by Thalassa, Laura.  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa: Holy crap, this book was good! It was so easy to get sucked into with its fascinating characters and compelling romance! It kind of felt like a darker, steamier version of ACOTAR, but at the same time, it was totally refreshing and definitely wasn’t a copy-cat version of Sarah J. Maas’s work. I absolutely LOVED Callie and Des, and I’m obsessed with the way Laura Thalassa developed their complex relationship through events taking place in present day as well as intriguing flashback scenes. My only complaint is that the one POC character in this book was portrayed quite stereo-typically. She didn’t really have much of a character arc of her own, and it would have been nice if she’d been more thoroughly developed. However, I do understand that this book is heavily focused on Callie and Des, leaving little room for the development of secondary characters. Hopefully the cast of characters will expand in book two, though! Rating: ★★★★½

April 2021 Wrap-Up

Upcoming Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Review: Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

ARC Review: Wing Builder by Mel Braxton

Summer 2021 TBR

I’m so excited to spend the rest of June relaxing, reading, and enjoying summer break! I have quite a hefty June TBR planned out, but with all of this time on my hands, I have faith that I’ll be able to take it on! A few of the books I want to read this month are Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee. I’ve heard amazing things about all of them, so let’s hope they end up being good!

I have a feeling June is going to be a pretty great month for me! With summer almost here, I can already tell that the next few weeks are going to be lots of fun.

I hope you all have an amazing June as well, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what your reading plans for the month are! I’d love to chat with you!

Until next time,

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