May Reading Wrap Up

Target: 8

Read: 4

To say this was the worst reading month would be an understatement. I’m embarrassed to even talk about it because I read a total of four books. Only four! I wanted to read more, I really did but life had to get in the way and I do have other things that take up my time which made it difficult to focus on reading. So with the shortest wrap up of the year so far, here are the books I read in the month of May. 

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

This is book 1 in the series of the same name by Jay Kristoff and follows the long and sordid story of Gabriel de Leon as he is taken prisoner by the enemies. Story unfolds within a story as Gabriel is forced to recount his past—the events that made him who he was and in all of that the search for the Holy Grail. 

Let me be honest here. I’ve never felt overwhelmed by a book before, but this book made me feel exactly that. Not only due to its size but the amount of detail and description given as Gabriel recounts his past. There’s so much to the story that one can easily get lost in its depths. 

This book took me the majority of the month to read and finish, hence why I wasn’t able to meet my monthly goal. I often felt lost and kind of drifted off while reading this book because I felt there was just too much packed into it. However, one thing which I absolutely loved was the formatting of this book, and the story overall was really interesting and I would highly recommend it. 

Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters

This is book 1 in the Twisted Love series and follows Aubrey who is a counseling student in college and has suffered a huge loss in her life and is studying counseling in order to help people and stop history from repeating itself. Maxx comes with his own set of demons that he has no choice but to fight, but does his best to appear in control to the rest of the world. 

But when a chance encounter has lust and attraction bubbling to the surface between Aubrey and Maxx, there’s little anyone can do to come between them. Aubrey knows that having a relationship with Maxx is not a good idea but she is unable to control her heart’s desires. And Maxx… let’s just say when Maxx Demelo wants something, he damn well gets it. And right now he wants Aubrey Duncan. 

This book along with the others that A. Meredith Walters has written are exceptionally close to my heart simply because they tickle my thirst for psychology and all things related to it. And as someone who has worked with people suffering from addiction, this book really hit home. A. Meredith Walters has done an amazing job with fleshing out her characters and giving them flaws that one sees around them. I would highly recommend this book to everyone and all the books written by this author, as everybody needs to have a knowledge and understanding regarding mental health and issues. 

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

This story follows Jessica Miller who is going to her college reunion party with six other people who in college were inseparable. However, a murder and a false accusation forces the estranged group to come together and try to figure who among them is the murderer. 

Jessica Miller is out to prove that she had turned her life around and was now the best and most sought after person, however, with memories threatening to invade her perfect persona, Jessica might just realize she’s not as perfect as she led herself to believe.

My, oh my! This book was my absolute favorite of the month, so you’ll be seeing a review of it soon. But wow, this book was just stunning. From the plot, to the characters, to the pacing, everything was perfectly executed. The plot twist at the end and the way the writer keeps you guessing who the murderer is makes this an epic read. 

Head on to your local bookstores or to Amazon and purchase this book ASAP. Everyone needs to read this book. It’s that amazing! 

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

This is book 4 in the Artemis Fowl series and follows our group of fairies and trolls and other supernatural creatures along with our child mastermind Artemis Fowl, who is planning to steal a popular painting in order to become the youngest thief in the world. However, with supernatural enemies vying for revenge Artemis’ plans might just have to take a back seat as he fights for his life while trying to bring a criminal pixie to justice. 

I’ve already read the first three books in the series and this book was a re-read for me as I had not read the other books when I read this one the first time, so now I’m reading them all in order and plan to get to the rest of the books soon. 

Anyways, this book is just as interesting as the previous books. And I love just how smart Artemis is at such a young age. I wish I was that smart and analytical. I really enjoyed Holly’s character and how she and Artemis work together to bring Opal down. Everything was just fantastic and I know the rest of the books in the series would be just as exciting. 

So there we have it. These are the four books I read in the month of May. I really wish I could’ve read some more as I feel really disappointed in myself for not reaching the goal. However, I will try harder next month and hopefully will be able to read more. 

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