Scratch-Off List: May 2018

I am so excited that I began my blog last month because now I can gush to you all about the six awesome books I read in May! Not to mention I read two new books from two of the most amazing authors (among many) in the young adult community, Sarah J. Maas and Tahereh Mafi.

At the end of each month, I will include a “Scratch-Off List” to update you on the books I have marked off my TBR. Books are an integral part of my life so I would not be able to share with you a complete look at my lifestyle without including them.

I firmly believe that everyone will enjoy reading if they are given the right book. Just as there is a TV show for everyone, there is also a book for everyone. The hardest part is finding a genre that you enjoy.  I hope you find something that interests you here.

So what exactly did I read? Let’s get to it—

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

5. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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1. The Shatter Me Series:

I’m embarrassed to say that this is my first time reading this series after hearing quite a bit of hype over Thaereh Mafi’s work in the YA community. The Shatter Me trilogy is somewhat older, originally. The first novel, Shatter Me, released in 2011. I finally picked up this series because of her newest novel, Restore Me, released in March of 2018. The cover is stunning in shades of white. Seriously, if you’ve been to the bookstore recently, then you’ve probably marveled over this cover as well.

I think the fourth addition to a supposedly complete trilogy is so awesome. Not only does this revamp excitement over a series that was considered finished four years ago, but it gives the rest of the reading community hope that some of our other series may be revisited as well. Publishers, please make this the next big trend!

Shatter Me features a protagonist named Juliette who is first seen in an asylum. She was arrested and placed in isolation because of her lethal touch. I don’t want to say much more because this novel is better if you go in without much information. I will say, though, that this series gave me serious X-men vibes and it features a riveting love-triangle.

I’ll leave you with this little teaser, “I am not insane” (Mafi Book I & IV).

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2. Ace of Shades:

I was so impressed with Ace of Shades. This was a high stake novel with sharp plot twists and a rich, casino-esque world. I haven’t read a book with such deep world building in a very long time. Despite being incredibly fleshed-out from the family history to the unique magic to the economics, the world was easy to follow.

A small word of warning, the plot doesn’t really pick up until about 50 pages in, but after that—wow! I don’t want to spoil any of the details, but there were some really interesting surprises in this novel, especially involving the magic system.

Also, I’m happy to say that Ace of Shades is part of a duology! I will definitely read the next installment.

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3. A Court of Frost and Starlight: 

It’s May so of course, I had to read Sarah J. Maas’ new novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight. There will be two other novellas published in this series. I heard in an interview with Maas that she wrote these stories as a fun side-project, sort of like fanfiction for her own work. Then on one tipsy night, she revealed them to her agent. And waa-la, the first one is here!

Honestly, Maas could just write a novel titled ‘A Day in Their Life’ and I would read it. No plot necessary. Similar to all of Maas’ writing, this novel is slow building. I felt like the inciting incident didn’t take place until page 100. Honestly, though, I can’t complain. I still absolutely loved this book and Feysand’s relationship.

If you’re new to this series, the first novel is A Court of Thrones and Roses. This series began as a Beauty and the Beast retelling but developed into a rich world with massive plot twists. Maas is, also, known for her smutty romance—the second novel, A Court of Mist and Fury, being the most 50 Shades-esque.

A quick Maas update, Catwoman: Soulstealer will be released on August 7th of this year. I’m beyond excited for this. Maas is the most perfect YA author to write Selina Kyle’s novel.

I’d love to discuss any and all of these books with you below. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Leave me a comment!

 

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