It was another slow month for me, reading only 15 books again, and about half of those were volumes of Deathnote which makes me feel like a little bit of a cheater. I had a few exciting standout books and a few big letdowns this month so it was definitely just a mostly okay sort of reading month.
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: I was a little nervous by how short this book was but it was so fun and whimsical with darker undertones, I had such a good time with it. Even though it was short, you get a feel for the characters and the world and find yourself wanting more just because it’s so interesting.
The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg: The sequel to The Paper Magician, and maybe even more fun than the first book. The sequel gives you everything you were hoping to get after the first one, more depth in the characters you love, more world-building, and an equally exciting plot.
Deathnote Vol. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 by Tsugumi Ohba: I’m just going to have one summary for all of the volumes I read this month because the verdict is basically the same for all of them; each one just gets better and better. This manga is constantly blowing my mind with all of the twist and turns and I just absolutely love how smart it is and how nothing is really black and white.
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop: I waited so long for this book and it was just as amazing as I had hoped. This is probably my favorite urban fantasy series, each book more intriguing and suspenseful than the last, adding so many layers and depth to the world and characters and I absolutely love it. If you haven’t read this series yet, you should definitely check it out.
The Cage by Megan Shepherd: I really loved this author’s other series, The Madman’s Daughter, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book and see what new story she was delivering. This book actually didn’t really work for me, the strange insta-love/love triangle romance mess that took up most of the book and ruined the potentially interesting story of survival, making it difficult to trudge through.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda: I was so surprised by how awesome this book was since I haven’t heard any hype about it. This book was so cool and creepy and badass and extremely refreshing in comparison to a lot of YA books I’ve been reading recently. All of the science and spooky stuff was intriguing, the supernatural creatures and creepy settings give you the chills, and the characters really grow on you. I would definitely recommend this as a nice break from the typical YA books I’ve been reading lately.
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: This book actually ended up being a huge disappointment to me, which I wasn’t expecting. I kept hearing about how this was a dark, gritty story about revenge, and I was beyond exciting. But don’t be fooled, ultimately this book is just a weird story about a super cheesy romance that makes all other aspects of this book, including the revenge, take second place.
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I re-read this book in preparation for the sequel coming out in July. Reading it while you know which boy was which was definitely a different experience than when you first read it, but I still had a few minor problems with the story. I’m definitely excited to see where the next book takes us though.
The One by Kiera Cass: I finally got around to reading this book and it went almost exactly as I had expected. Honestly, this whole series really annoyed me; America annoyed me, the plot annoyed me, the romance and love triangle annoyed me, and the happy ending annoyed me. Annoyance was definitely a main emotion I felt while reading this book.