May Wrap Up

May was a really good month for me as a reader. Read more than my goal of 5 books and was able to purchase more books for low prices. Let’s hope it continues into June.

Total Books Read: 7

Books Read from TBR: 4/5

Some of the Books I Read:

1. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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Summary: 

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“Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances and rivals can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?”

My thoughts:

I just feel that the novel could have been a lot better and more fleshed, but it ended up turning into a solid, but run of the mill opening novel. While the twins were well-written, Carys fell a bit flat in terms of her arc. The supporting characters were fairly stock and the plot was quite predictable. The ending does leave the series at an interesting place and kept me interested for future books. Still, it is still worth reading, just not buying it.”

2. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer

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What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all – three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he is not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he is unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or even worse than prison?”

My Thoughts:

 

Goodbye Days was a fantastic and moving book that tackles its subject with respect and sincerity. The characters elevate this book from other young adult novels and their experiences and interaction with one another was beautifully done. Just read this book.

3. BZRK by Michael Grant

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Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement.


Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal  to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will.  Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.
BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose?  How far would you go to win?”

My Thoughts:

“Overall, BZRK was a solid, sci-fi novel that thrives due to its brutal world and badass characters only hampered by little character development from Noah and Sadie and terrible dialogue between Noah and Sadie as well.”

 

 

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