What I Read in May.

These reading lists are not going to be reviews, just introductions to the books and possible additions to your TBRs. I'll make some comments on them, but if you want a more in-depth review on a certain book, just let me know!


Best,

Lev



1. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart


-A boy finds an antique watch and embarks on an adventure to save his city-


Another adventure from the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society, this time following one boy throughout an adventure that takes him through a ghastly city, to a family of lighthouse keepers, and in the clutches of a maniac villain. Although this book is longer (and slower) than it needed to be, it was truly a delightfully fun story.



2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty


-A con artist flees Cairo with a powerful djinn and finds herself thrust into the politics of a magical and violent land-



If you are looking for a lush yet gritty tale of adventure and politics, centered around Islamic cultures and beliefs, then this is the book for you. Although it was slow for the first two hundred or so pages, the descriptions were wonderful and the weaving of the narratives was excellent. It became confusing at times (there were a lot of tribes and languages and political rivalries to remember), it was one of the best adult fantasy books I've ever read.



3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan


-A girl who speaks to gods, a boy carved from monsters, and a bloody prince find themselves entangled in a violent and war-torn world.-


This book was heavily influenced by Slavic cultures and by Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy. In fact, the three main characters and several scenes felt very similar to ones that Bardugo had created. There were some obvious flaws with the book (more originality and more explanations would be nice) but I did enjoy this book a lot! The atmosphere was lush, I liked all the characters, there seems to be a hint of a love triangle, but I've also read that the author has some tricks up her sleeve for book two, regarding a different romance. Definitely pick up Wicked Saints if you're a fan of villains, fascinating and dark magic, and Leigh Bardugo!



4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


-A young girl falls down a rabbit hall and enters a wonderland full of oddities-


This is such a delightful and classic story, but you really do have to be in the mood for nonsense when you read it. It's a very short read, but very fast paced, and the language can be a bit difficult to understand at time. The characters are all entertaining and unique, and Alice herself makes for a fantastic protagonist. This is definitely a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime, both because of its influence on literature and its sheer craziness.



5. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


-An angel, a demon, and a slew of strange characters tumble through the end of the world-


This is one of the most chaotic books I've ever read. It is full of wit and clever humor (mostly British humor, so I'm sure lots of things went over my American head). If you are looking for a story that nimbly hops from character to character, and bounces between different points of the end of the world, then this is perfect for you! I do have to say, it did drag a bit for me, and I think it definitely could have condensed. Overall, it was a fun read, but I'm not sure I'd pick it up again.



6. Vicious by V. E. Schwab


-When an experiment goes wrong, two young men fall into a deadly game of hero and villain-


This was such a refreshing read! I was a big fan of Schwab's Shades of Magic series, and I was so delighted that I enjoyed Vicious just as much. The writing is concise yet full, the story is intriguing and definitely kept me on my toes, and I thought all the characters were very interesting. This was a one of a kind read, containing something for everyone, and I really recommend it.



7. Accidental by Alex Richards


-A teenage girl discovers that when she was a toddler, she accidentally shot and killed her mother. Her world begins to spiral.-


This book releases July 7th and I will be posting a full review on July 11th, in exchange for my early copy. I will say that this book was very poignant and emotional, written in a voice that definitely felt like a teenager. I felt as though there were a few flaws regarding character, but on the whole it was a great read. If you're a fan of contemporary YA, you will definitely want to pick this book up.

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