Hello everyone, I’m back with another wrap up. I didn’t managed to read any novels in April since it is my finals. Now that finals are over and it is the summer break, I can finally catch up on all my book reviews and readings. Yay! With that said, I’ve read a total of 13 books in the month of May. Of which, 6 are novels while 7 are manga volumes.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Obsidio is classified under one of my most anticipated reads on 2018. Needless to say, Obsidio certainly live up to my expectations. It is a good final conclusion to ‘The Illuminae Files’ trilogy. I don’t think I have to say much about this trilogy as I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of you have heard about this trilogy. It was, still am, a huge buzz in the book blogging society. For those who have yet pick this novel up, I highly recommend you to do so right now.
Happyland: A Fairytale in Two Parts by Tes Mekonnen & Anthony Resto
Happyland is one of the more unique novels I’ve ever read. This novel revolves around happiness and the journey the main characters take in order to define what happiness means to them. The gem in this novel is how the words are phrased in a weird manner, resulting in readers having to re-read what is written a few times to understand the message the author is trying to convey. More often than not, most readers tend to scan through the written words quickly in order to facilitate our reading process, resulting in us missing out the important messages the authors are trying to convey. Happyland forces readers to re-read the written text.
Mahou Shoujo Site Volumes 1 – 7 by Kentaro Sato
I’m sure some of you are aware that Mahou Shoujo Site is an anime that is currently airing. Yep, I get to know the existence of this manga through the anime. I’ve always been a fan of ‘dark magical girl’ anime so *ahem*, I’m hooked to Mahou Shoujo Site. So much so that I can’t resist the suspense in the anime and decided to read the manga instead. For those who don’t know what a ‘dark magical girl’ anime is, it is pretty much a psychological thriller anime with a very dark twist to it. Sometimes the dark element comes subtlety while in other occasions, it comes suddenly, blowing your mind away. I wouldn’t say Mahou Shoujo Site is one of the best ‘dark magical girl’ anime but it is an anime that is worth watching.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
After the cliffhanger in ‘Three Dark Crowns’ I was dying to have my hands on the sequel. I finally have time to read the sequel after my finals. With that said, ‘One Dark Throne’ didn’t really live up to my expectations as it could have been way better. I’m hoping for more action in this novel but there isn’t much. Overall, this novel is pretty mundane. The characters are still as lovable as always. My three dear queens and their friends… I’m still looking forward to the 3rd novel since ‘One Dark Throne’ did ended with a cliffhanger too…
Looking for Dei by David A. Willson
‘Looking for Dei’ isn’t an amazing read nor a bad read. It is an ‘okay’ read in my opinion. I love how the author portray ‘broken’ people as the ones who hold the power to change the world while ‘normal’ people are well, normal people without any powers. That alone, is sufficient for me to continue on with this novel.
Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
‘Queen of Fennbirn’ consists of two short 100+ pages novellas. Though they are novellas, the story which unfolds in just 100+ pages is so vivid and mesmerizing that I truly wonder how Kendare Blake is able to do just that. I’m hooked right from the start and I feel so upset for ‘The Oracle Queen’… I recommend readers to read ‘Three Dark Crowns’ first before reading this novel. Just in case you get spoiled.
The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin
The main reason why I picked up this novel is because I want to get scared and/or mind-blown. However, this novel did neither of those. I’m still bummed about it. One thing for sure though, I will never want to live in the dystopian world. It gives me chills when I picture myself as one of the teenagers going through the call. Other than that, the world building and characters are really well done.