May 2018 Wrap-Up

Didn’t I just do one of these posts last week? I swear, time is going by faster and faster. Early to mid-May was a whirlwind of mental health issues and emergency hospital visits, so I’m kind of surprised that I still managed to squeeze in 11 books. So let’s dive right in:


Shirewode (The Wode 2) by J Tullos Hennig: (9.0/10)
If you saw the new Robin Hood movie poster and thought, “So it’s exactly same as the dozens of other Robin Hood adaptations except Robin gets to wear a machine-stitched hood?” then boy, do I have a series for you. With The Wode books, Hennig weaves Welsh mythology into the classic tale and reimagines Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne as lovers and Maid Marian as Robin’s sister–and all three entwined by magic and fate. The worldbuilding is intricate, the language is gorgeous (though some of the Welsh slangs flew over my head), and the characters are achingly flawed. It’s the best Robin Hood retelling I’ve encountered and I’m definitely going to need to do a full review on it sometime in the near future.

The first two books also feature a “friends to lovers to enemies to lovers” arc and I can’t believe this isn’t a more common trope, because holy hell, it is a beauty of an emotional rollercoaster.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle 2) by Maggie Stiefvater: (8.5/10)
This was a great sequel to a book that I thought was interesting but still lacking something. Ronan is fascinating and I adore stories that explore dreams, so this one was just made for me. Review here.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: (8.5/10)
Worth all the hype. Explores the atrocities of war and the dangers of vengeance without blinking an eye. I had some issues with the pacing and prose, but those are very much just new-author problems. Review here.


Armistice (Amberlough Dossier 2) by Lara Elena Donnelly: (8.0/10)
A slower-paced sequel to Amberlough that was, at times, a little too slow, but the excellent character work makes it worthwhile in the end. Review here.

The Enchanted Chest by Jean-François Chabas: (6.0/10)
A weird little graphic novel that doesn’t seem to know who its intended audience is. The subject matter is a bit to mature for children, but the story is too hand-holdy for adults.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: (9.0/10)
A beautiful genre bender that explores mental health and codependency in microfiction-multimedia format. Review here.


A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White:
A fun space opera featuring a bisexual car racer (who’s also a WoC) and a mouthy veteran-turned-treasure-hunter. It’s not without problems, but I had a great time with it overall. Review to come!

The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark: (4.0/10)
This was supposed to be a character-driven historical fiction set in Victorian England, but I found said characters uninteresting and their relationships flat. I did appreciate the exploration of mental health and LGBTQIPA+ issues through a 19th century lens.  

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno: (5.0/10)
I’d expected a lot of great things from this book but was left severely disappointed. At least the cover’s pretty. Review here.


The Rig by Roger Levy:
This is a very ambitious story that’s reminiscent of Black Mirror, with the cynicism dialed down a couple of notches. It juggles many complex subjects, and while I can’t say that it’s a complete success, I have to give props to the author for trying. Review to come.

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist 2) by Rick Yancey:
A reread–or a re-listen, rather–of one of my favourite series of all time. Though I’ve read and listened to the first and third book many, many times, it’s been years since I’d picked up the second one, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. Not as good as the third, but still very, very good, and the narrator does a pitch-perfect job.




Then and Now: “Strong Female Characters”


T5W: Favourite Non-Written Novels
T5W: Favourite SFF Covers
T5W: Intimidating Books on My TBR


DST: Historical Fantasy
DST: Portal Fantasy


And that’s it! Tell me how your month went and if you’ve read any books that you think should go immediately into my TBR!


34 thoughts on “May 2018 Wrap-Up

  1. Justine says:

    You had such a good month! How are you liking the Raven Cycle as a whole so far? I’ve been thinking about trying to read it again after I put it on hold while reading Harry Potter last year lol >.>

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  2. auroralibrialis says:

    Looks like you had an amazing reading month! I’m sorry Summer of Salt was so disappointing, I had such high hopes for it. I hate it when the story doesn’t live up to the blurb. You’ve made me even more excited to read The Wicker King though, it sounds perfect!

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  3. Susy's Cozy World says:

    How many interesting books!!! *_* I liked the second Raven Boy books more than the first, too. I wasn’t so enamored of this series, but the second and third book weren’t bad (it’s not that the first was bad, but it was lacking something and I wasn’t so interested in it), and I have to read the last one. I have to read the last one for some time, now, and I keep on postponing it, because too many books and not enough time! But I hope to finish this series sooner than later.
    And I have on my wish-list some of the books that you have mentioned, like The Monstrumologist and The Poppy War, while I have to add on the list some of the others, like The Wicker King and The Wode series because they seem so awesome!!!
    Sorry for the long comment, but you have put on display so many interesting books!!! *_*


  4. arubunwritten says:

    Shirewode looks really cool. Did you ever watch the BBC Robin Hood series years ago? I used to love it at the time, but rewatching it recently means it doesn’t really hold up that well. I don’t think I’ve really been interested in the Robin Hood story since, but I might give this a go. Plus the “friends to lovers to enemies to lovers” storyline sounds AMAZING.


  5. Anna @MyBookishDream says:

    I have no idea how it’s already June either! May passed by way to fast.
    I’m so happy to hear that you loved The Curse of the Wendigo and that it’s one of your favourites. I have read that book and The Monstrumologist and I adored them both! They were such fantastic reads. 😀 For some reasons I never actually picked up the last two books in the series, though I definitely plan on doing that in the future. Great post! 🙂


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