Summer is upon is, June is here, and so it’s time to talk about all the books I read in May. May was the month that I used to finally set aside time to explore sci-fi, a genre I love but never read enough of. I also had another five star read, Seven Devils, which I can’t stop raving about!
Here’s all the books I read in May…
May Wrap Up
- Seven Devils: ★★★★★
- Realm Breaker [ARC] ★★★★☆
- In the Ravenous Dark [ARC] ★★★★☆
- Heartstopper Vol.4 ★★★★☆
- Crier’s War ★★★☆☆
- The Bright and The Pale ★★★☆☆
- Shards of Earth [ARC] ★★★☆☆
- Cinderella is Dead ★★☆☆☆
- Kingdom of Souls [65% Read]
- The Wolf and The Woodsman [25% Read] [ARC]
Let’s Get into the Details
This book blew my mind and I will have a full review for it as soon as I can. Seven Devils follows a cast of seven women in space who are on a mission to overthrow the empire. The only issue? None of them trust one another, and not everyone is who they seem to be. This book has one of the best found families and the best female characters I’ve come across for a long time, and I adored this book! Review coming soon.
Realm Breaker is the first book in an epic fantasy series following an unlikely cast of characters as they set out on a quest to save the world. If you’re looking for an interesting magic system, found family, court intrigue, pirates and immortals then you’re in luck. Realm Breaker has it all. I’m really liking this new direction Aveyard is taking with her writing, and I’m highly anticipating the sequel already! Read the full review here.
In the Ravenous Dark
This was a solid, fantasy standalone, with a rather intriguing plot and characters. It was a little predictable in places, but it also had twists I didn’t see coming. The best way to get the most out of this book is to go in blind, without knowing too much. With blood mages, magic, and stubborn characters, I can see myself recommending this one as a spooky season read. I really enjoyed this book! Read the full review here.
Heartstopper is my guilty pleasure. I never expected to love it, but I cannot get enough of this series! Volume 4 of this graphic novel delves further into Nick and Charlie’s relationship, and the strain of mental health. These issues were depicted with such care, it truly warmed my heart. This is a LGBTQ+ series perfect for Pride Month!
Crier’s War is a Sapphic, young adult sci-fi following two young women, Crier and Ayla. This is a sci-fi that feels like a fantasy, there is no space, jargon or intricate concepts. There are robots and humans, but the main themes are humanity, freedom, identity, justice. Read the full review here.
The Bright and The Pale
At the start of the month I hosted the March FairyLoot Readalong! The Bright and The Pale is a fantasy book set in a really interesting world. It’s atmospheric, full of ice and mystery and we slowly see it unfold as the cast of characters travel to Knnot. Knnot is an eerie, claustrophobic mountain, full of haunting voices and monstrous creatures. My favourite part of the book was set inside Knnot. Rubinkowski knows how to create tension. Read the full review here.
Shards of Earth
Sci-fi readers will be familiar with jumps through space, but where do they go during those jumps? Tchaikovsky introduces unspace, a dark, shadowy void where only you exist. This concept felt so unique and eerie and was the shining feature of this book. Tchaikovsky brought a little bit of fantasy into space to create something fresh and exciting, capturing both the claustrophobic and dangerous potential for life in space. Read the full review here.
Cinderella is Dead
This was The Midnight Readers Book Club book of the month for May and I’m afraid that I felt really let down by this one! The start of this Sapphic, Cinderella retelling was so strong, and I felt so excited to dive in, but after a few chapters, it fell flat. A lot of the plot came together too easily, and instant romance is always a no from me.
What did you read in May? Let me know!
Thank you for reading,
Until next time,
Nicole / HalfWildBooks