Remember all those books I said I wanted to read in my May 2017 TBR? Yeah…I only read four of them.
I tell myself it’s OK. All the books were the finales of series I wanted to finish and none of them received lower than four stars. Still, there is that lingering feeling I could have read more than I did, because I had the time in my commute to do so.
Oh well…shoulda, woulda, coulda.
In May, I read:
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice is the sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Like all the other five books before it, the story was filled with action and the plot was fast-paced. The writing was not the worst, not the best, but it made the book fly by despite its size. Rose and Lissa’s bond grew stronger as the girls came into their own as individuals. The second half of the book was more romance-heavy than I would have liked, and I found the love triangle in this book to be unnecessary. Overall, I enjoyed Last Sacrifice, as well as the Vampire Academy series, as a whole.
If you want to know my full thoughts, I have a series review of Vampire Academy up on my blog.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
The third book in the Unearthly trilogy, Boundless was an ultimately satisfying conclusion. The plot was wrapped up nicely, answering questions either presented during the book or in previous books. The whole trilogy does a great job at challenging fate and whether or not the angels’ destiny is already decided. There was little character development, now that I think about it, yet they were likeable and flawed. Clara, the protagonist, is one of my favorites from young adult literature; she was smart and levelheaded, using her brain rather than her angel powers to solve problems.
Like all other young adult novels written within the last ten years, there is a love triangle. Both Tucker Avery and Christian Prescott had their qualities, though it was obvious to anyone who Clara was going to choose in the end. The boy she did not pick I think is worthy of his own spin-off trilogy. There is more to his story that I think Cynthia Hand can build on in future books.
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
People either love or hate the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. I fall into the former category.
The plot of Wayfarer picks right up where Passenger ended. While there is a lot of info-dumping regarding the time-travel aspect, I appreciated the explanations offered by characters. The way it was written made sense to me—maybe because I have watched Back to the Future so many times. I liked the characters and I liked how Nicholas and Etta were kept apart in Wayfarer, even though I love them together. (Serious question: why is no one else as obsessed with Nicholas Carter like they are with Rhysand?) I also liked how there was not really a distinct villain in this novel, too.
I know this duology are polarizing books, but I found Wayfarer to be a worthwhile sequel as well as a satisfying conclusion to the story.
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I have to be honest: I was not as blown away by City of Heavenly Fire, the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series, like everyone else.
I liked it don’t get me wrong. Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, Simon, and Magnus are my squad goals. I fell in love with Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, making me desperately want to read Lady Midnight (once all my other priority TBR books are read). Sebastian Morgenstern is a fascinating villain. I especially loved the appearances made by my favorite characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy.
But if you ask me, City of Heavenly Fire could have been at least 200 pages shorter and there could have been more noteworthy character deaths that made me feel more than I did. Yes, I said it…not enough people died. I mean, it’s supposed to be an epic Shadowhunter war right?
I’m not disappointed. I’m just glad I finally finished The Mortal Instruments series so I can finally get on with Tales from Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices trilogy.
What was your favorite book that you read in May?