May Recap | Read but not reviewed #4

Happy Wednesday, everyone. I have been sick the last couple days but have still been going to work through some of them, which probably has not been so conducive to my recovery so I am still not at 100%. But today is my birthday and I am off from work, so I’m glad to be here with another blog post.


In today’s post, I am featuring all the books I read during the month of May but did not review on my blog. I was able to finish 17 books last month, which helped me to meet my goal for 85/200 for the month of May (though I’m currently at 88/200 for the year).

*Note: There are a few books that I am not sharing for professional purposes because I reviewed them for a book review magazine that I work for.

young adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, 🌟🌟🌟
The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan, 🌟🌟🌟

I just finished Crooked Kingdom over the weekend while resting up in bed and I must say this this duology is, hands-down, one of the best YA fantasies I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It is no wonder that Bardugo is one of the biggest names right now–she crafts her characters and builds her world with pure artistry. A great selection for readers seeking out a fantasy story that truly balances romance, action, intrigue, and cleverness. I was completely deaded by the end! Brava, Bardugo!

new adult

Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward, 🌟🌟🌟
Sweet Spot (Irresistible #1) by Stella Rhys, 🌟🌟🌟
Bad Boss (Irresistible #2) by Stella Rhys, 🌟🌟🌟

We are all aware of how trash I am for steamy romances and anything by Vi Keeland alone or along with Penelope Ward has won my heart. I was so excited to read Rebel Heir, but just slightly underwhelmed with the characterization and completely annoyed by the cliffhanger ending. Keeland’s and Ward’s stories always seem to teeter on the edge of being overdramatic, but this one was nearly melodramatic to the point of annoyance. As for the ending, I knew exactly where this story was headed. I had hypothesized in my head a potential plot twist but did not actually believe the authors would go there. But they so did and I realized it as I picked up on certain clues as the story unfolded.

Note to the authors: YOU TWO CAN’T FOOL ME. Y’all are messed UP, LOL.


Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep (Shadow Creek #4) by Victoria James, 🌟🌟🌟
Made for Us (Shaughnessy Brothers #1) by Samantha Chase, 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Love Walks In (Shaughnessy Brothers #2), 🌟🌟🌟
Always My Girl (Shaughnessy Brothers #3), 🌟🌟🌟
Then There Was You (Angel Falls #1) by Miranda Liasson, 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I’m so thankful to a rep from Forever Romance Books for sending me a complimentary copy of Miranda Liasson’s latest romance novel to feature on my Bookstagram. I am a glutton for small town romances and her new Angel Falls series is perfect for those of you, like me, who love anything by writers such as Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis.

The first installments in series such as this one generally feature a character returning to their hometown which they’ve escaped in the past and then they fall for someone who finally convinces them to stay. The romantic formula is absolutely predictable and yet I’m hooked every time!

What were your favorite and least favorite reads in May? Anything you were surprised you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m going to go read and rejuvenate (which I should’ve probably been doing more of the last few days) before going out to dinner tonight with family. Have a lovely day, everyone.


Twitter: @jasminesreading
*2018 Reading Challenge Update: 88/200


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