Never in my blogging life am I so happy and excited to write and post a reading wrap up because this is the month where I conquered my reading slump and became addicted to a new crime/romantic suspense series!
Seriously, I am over the moon!
There are quite a few books to get through so let’s just dive right in!
The first four books (including novella) in the Tracers series by Laura Griffin
Untraceable (book 1) – 4★
Unspeakable (book 2) – 4★
Unstoppable (novella between books 2 and 3) 4★
Unforgivable (book 3) – 4★
I did not need to find another long and new crime/forensic science book series, but find one I did thanks to You’re Never Going to Read This podcast. In short, this series centres around an elite forensic science lab called the Delphi Centre and the help they give to law enforcement in solving unsolvable crimes. What I like the most about this series is that we see a vast spectrum of specialities within the Delphi Centre. There are forensic anthropologists, DNA analysers, cyber crime experts, trace evidence experts etc and more often than not, they will all rely and bounce off each other to help solve these cases. And even though one book might not be centred around one particular speciality and character, the characters regularly pop up and have a role to play in other instalments across the series.
Alongside the crimes and forensic science, this series has many romantic plots and they’re not afraid to be steamy at times! So far, I’m liking all of them as they’re prominent without being too in-your-face to take over the entire story. I can’t say which book or character is my favourite but they’re all pretty good, fast-paced, and they helped me get out of a reading slump which is great!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I made a complete left turn from American crime to come back to one of my main loves – historical fiction and fantasy. Honestly, my brain needed a break from fantasy but after a bit of a family health setback a few weeks ago, it called to me. Oh boy, that call was strong because I’ve not read The Night Circus since 2014/15 and it was more enchanting and magical than I remember. Yes, the reasons behind the circus are not exactly the most palatable but like all the guests, you can’t help being dazzled by the enchantment of it all. The descriptions draw you in, the flawless writing carries you through the story, and the characters of the circus contain enough intrigue and mystery to last a lifetime. It might have taken me over a week to read but I just wanted to savour every word! – 5★
Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James
Has there ever been such a perfect book for lifelong readers and book lovers? From the first page I felt nothing but comfort and nostalgia for my childhood books and the magic of reading came flooding back. One pretty significant plot detail did bother me somewhat and I still feel a bit uncomfortable about it, but that doesn’t stop this book from being fun, enjoyable, and I think important for its target audience. Surprisingly, Sarah was the one to finally encourage me to read this (she read it earlier this year) and if I’m taking recommendations from her now, then it has to be a good book! – 4★
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Again, not a book I had on my bedside table (in terms of Meagan Spooner that would actually be Sherwood), but when a favourite calls out to be re-read you don’t ignore it. Or I certainly don’t anyway! As Beauty and the Beast retellings go, this is one of the best I’ve read as it captures both POVs of Yeva and Beast equally, and the inclusion of various mythologies really create that fairytale dynamic and style I absolutely love in retellings. I’m also grateful for the sisterhood shown between Yeva, Asenka and Lena and the genuinely nice, supportive love interest in Solmir. I need more characters like him! – 4.5★
And that is it! 7 books. I just hope I can carry this through into June because I’m absolutely buzzing right now and I’ll need all the bookish love and comfort I can get over the next month.
What books did you read in May?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!