Confession time! I’ve been a terrible reader over the last few months and have read very little in the way of published work. I’m trying to get back in to the routine of reading during my commute, so hopefully that will change. I’m currently 13 books behind schedule for my 2017 reading goal, so I really do need to step up my game!

Here are the books I read, and the ones I added to my bookshelf in May.

Pick of the Month

 “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

Have you ever have a book that has been on your TBR for a while, that all your friends rave about, but for some reason you’ve been reluctant to pick it up? For me, that was this book, and having now read it, I’ve no idea why. I loved it!

Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, a series retelling the fairytales we all grew up with and transporting them to a futuristic world. I admit, I can be a little wary of retellings. Often they are almost an exact copy of the story with the setting and names changed, or so different that the names are the only things that are similar between the new and old works.

Cinder doesn’t have that problem. The basics of the original story are there, but the is setting so different, and the characters changed enough that it still feels fresh, and leaves you unsure of how the story is going to turn out. It’s a great opening to the series, giving us a fun read that sucks you in and makes you root for the main characters, as well as giving us teasing glimpses of those characters who will be the stars of their own books later on in the series.

May Reads

These are the books I read in May and the star rating I awarded them.  Click on the covers to be taken to their Goodreads page.

 

 

 

Added to My Bookshelves

Whilst I’m trying my best not to purchase any new books until I’ve made more of a dent in my TBR list, I couldn’t resist picking up up a few new books that I’m excited to read.

Replica” by Lauren Oliver (Replica #1)
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, which I was made me really happy. I never win anything, and what could be better than winning a book you already had on your ‘to read’ list? I love the ‘double-sided/flip’ aspect of this book, and the duel storytelling. I look forward to reading both girls stories.

A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Everyone I know raves about this series so I finally caved and thought I’d give it a go! Hopefully I’ll be able to start reading it this summer.

 

City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)
I’ve recently started watching the Shadowhunters TV series and find it to be a fun show to watch. It’s peeked my interest in the book series, as I’d like to know more about the characters and world than the television series shows. I’m hoping The Mortal Instruments will be the next series I start, after I finish The Lunar Chronicles.

Concealed” by R.J. Crayton (Virus #1)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven’t heard much about this book, but I do love to read dystopian fiction, so will give this series a try and see what I think.

 

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