A quick wrap-up of last month and sharing plans for this month!
May Book Haul
Note: I got the synopsis’ from Amazon.
- The Splintered Series by A.G. Howard: This has been on my to-read list for a while and I went on a special shopping trip and decided to start reading them at last. The synopsis for the first book: “This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.”
2. The Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith: I found this at a second-hand bookstore and seemed to remember wanting to read it. I picked it up just for a nice stand-alone novel read. Sadly, I read the first five chapters and decided to return it to the book store. I could really tell that it was geared towards younger readers and kept wishing that I could start reading something else, which is never a great sign. Synopsis: “When twelve-year-old Lady Lilah decides to disguise herself and sneak out of the palace one night, she has more of an adventure than she expected–for she learns very quickly that the country is on the edge of revolution. When she sneaks back in, she learns something even more surprising: her older brother Peitar is one of the forces behind it all. The revolution happens before all of his plans are in place, and brings unexpected chaos and violence. Lilah and her friends, leaving their old lives behind, are determined to help however they can. But what can four kids do? Become spies, of course!”
3. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes: I have a super special review for this book coming out eventually, so I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I finally got to read this book after a long wait. Synopsis: “The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.”
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
- Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
- Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
- The Agency by Y. S. Lee
- The Stranje House Trilogy by Kathleen Baldwin
- The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
What I Watched in May
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – I went to see this for my friend’s birthday. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I have never seen the first movie and didn’t know anything about it. I think that seeing the first movie would’ve improved the experience, but it was actually a good movie even without the background knowledge.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales – I love these movies and as soon as it was in theaters, me and my best friend high-tailed it there. This movie provided closure for the third movie, which I greatly appreciated. It also brought in some awesome new characters and set it up for the next one (So excited!). I could rant all day about how awesome it was.
- Upstairs Downstairs – I have seen this around a lot and thought I would try it out. It turned out to be a pretty good show, but I won’t be continuing after the second season because it didn’t quite charm me. I feel like the plot is always going so fast and has almost too much drama. I like drama television shows, but this one just feels like it’s unnecessarily dramatic.