Books Read in May 2016

Posted by on May 31, 2016 | Leave a comment


  • Vendetta by Catherine Doyle — YA romantic thriller. I’ve wanted to start this trilogy for a long time as I’ve seen so many rave reviews. Having read book one, I can confirm it’s worthy of the hype! Billed as a Mafia Romeo & Juliet, it’s got action, humour, a strong female main character, and lots of unashamedly hot boys. My favourite read of the month.
  • Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy — YA fantasy / horror. I’m a huge Derek Landy fan, and Desolation was as action-packed, twisty and gory as I’ve come to expect. Eager for the final Demon Road instalment later this year.



  • The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements — Adult historical fiction. This isn’t the kind of book I’d typically read, but I picked it up as Katherine Clements was speaking at a book event I attended. Also, it’s about a real-life seventeenth century highwaywoman, so given all the research I did for Glimpse, it sounded right up my street! Very well written, and I found myself caring deeply for the main character and her plight.
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke — YA mystery. April Genevieve Tucholke writes quirky, dark, sensual stories, and is a pro at characters who are not always what they seem. Wink Poppy Midnight is the story of three such complex characters, with a mystery at its heart. It didn’t grab me as much as Tucholke’s debut, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, but that is one of my favourite ever books and would be tough to beat.
  • Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin #2) by Jonathan Maberry — YA post-apocalyptic zombie novel. I read the first book in the series last year, so thought I’d give book two a go. I don’t expect to read the rest of the series, but maybe I’ll change my mind.



  • Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard — MG adventure. About a boy who has to solve his dad’s disappearance with the help of intelligent beetles, this is a book my ten-year-old, bug-loving self would have loved. It’s beautifully designed, with illustrations and colourful sprayed edges. If middle-grade books are your thing, it’s well worth a read.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo — Non-fiction. I’d heard lots of people raving about this book, and since I’m on a decluttering spree I was intrigued to read it. Kondo’s basic philosophy — which is that you should only keep things which “spark joy” — I found really helpful, and it alone was worth the read. This is more than a book on tidying up, though — Kondo talks a lot about possessions’ feelings and what makes them happy, and even goes so far as to suggest that the things you throw out will still be around in spirit, and will later be reincarnated as objects you do need. What?! It all gets a bit bonkers at times, but it’s not a very long book, and the useful parts outweigh the crazy.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — YA classic from the 1960s. I borrowed this from my sister, who got it in her Prudence & the Crow vintage book subscription box. I wasn’t riveted by the storyline, but loved the complex characters and fierce friendships.



  • Breaker by Kat Ellis — YA thriller. I adored Kat Ellis’s debut, Blackfin Sky, so was excited to get an early read of this. Breaker‘s out now, and you can read my full review here. (Spoiler: I thought it was ace.)
  • Tinder by Sally Gardner — YA illustrated retelling of The Tinderbox. I read this in one big gulp after a couple of glasses of wine. Lyrical and often surreal, with dark illustrations — being slightly sozzled definitely enhanced the experience! Like many old fairytales, there’s darkness, violence and metaphors a-plenty.
  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell — MG adventure about a Russian girl who lives in the forest and re-wilds ‘pet’ wolves, and her mission to rescue her mother. I didn’t love it as much as Rundell’s Rooftoppers, but it had some sweet moments.


What did you read in May?


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