Monday, 8 June 2015

What I Read in May 2015!

Hi lovelies,

Today I'm bringing you what I read in May 2015, and I can't believe it but I managed to read 14 books! I put this down to the great readathons I took part in (which is why I'm taking part in #TBRtakedown!). I wasn't sure if I was going to do another wrap up but I quite like it as a new feature however I wasn't really that happy with the format I used, and it wouldn't work with 14 books! So this month I'm giving you a one line plot, a one line review and a star rating. I'll do reviews in full for a few, or any that are requested, so if you'd like to see a full review of any of these, please let me know below!


Novels
 
Every Day - David Levithan
Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy changes body every day.
I really liked the writing style of this, but I found it dragged in the middle.
7 out of 10
 
I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
Typical rom-com but with a "borrowed phone"
funny, but far too long and female characters typically weak.
5 out of 10

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Growing up in a terrifying alternative reality
Loved the writing, very emotional, still not 100% sure of the story.
7 out of 10

The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury
Generic fantasy-lite with a splash of plot turns.
Didn't love it, but it read super quickly AND is the first fantasy novel I've really got my teeth into, I will continue on with the series.
6 out of 10

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The designer of a computer game people can practically live in (think Second Life) dies, and leaves his entire fortune to anyone who can finish the quest that he leaves behind.
Chock-full of the ultimate geek and gamer references, with an endearing main cast of diverse characters this was the perfect tonic to all the serious stuff!
8 out of 10

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Another compelling fantasy-lite with travel between parallel universes
A solid effort from Schwab, it read very quickly and I'm looking forward to the next book!
7 out of 10
 

Audiobooks & E-books

Red Shirts - John Scalzi
A Star Trek spoof.
Enjoyed it, but found it confusing at times, excellent Wil Wheaton narration as per.
6 out of 10

Me, Earl & the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
All about friendship, less about cancer.
Really funny and realistic, ten times better than Fault in Our Stars.
8 out of 10

Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
Alien comes to earth, decides to pick up a Hollywood agent before he introduces himself to the world.
Loved it, just really bloody funny, Wil Wheaton narration, as always, perfect.
9 out of 10
 
I really struggled to get a good picture of the comic books, sorry!


Comic Books

Mind the Gap Vol. 1 - Jim McCann
Paranormal murder mystery!
LOVED it. Artwork is stunning, and the story matches it.
10 out of 10

Mind the Gap Vol. 2 - Jim McCann
Paranormal murder mystery part two!
Liked it, but not as much as the first one
6 out of 10

She-Hulk Vol. 1 - Charles Soule
A new origin story for She-Hulk.
Was loving it until it hit the AWFUL artwork in the last two issues.
5 out of 10

Sex Criminals Vol. 1 - Matt Fraction (mature content)
What happens if you could stop time by having an orgasm? Find out in this comic book!
Loved every bit of it, but was really let down by a SW slur in a couple of panels.
9 out of 10

Chew Vol. 2 - John Layman
Here we have a dude who can see the history of anything if he eats it, so of course he's a detective solving gruesome crimes (part two!)
Enjoyed it, funny, kinda gross but easy to read and enjoy.
7 out of 10

And my favourite read of May 2015 was...

A four way tie! I can't choose between Mind the Gap Vol 1, Sex Criminals Vol 1, Agent to the Stras or Ready Player One!
Let me know if you'd like to see a full review of any of the above, and if you like this format. But most importantly, link me your book reviews, bookish blog posts and any information about upcoming bookathons!







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