Well, May is coming to a close and I am proud to say that amidst finals and finishing school I was able to complete a total of five books! My favorite read of the month was Fill-In Boyfriend (not pictured above) and my least favorite read was Meant to Be, although I still enjoyed it. Here are my ratings and overall thoughts on the books I read this month:
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: 3.75/5 stars
Cruel Beauty is a fairy-tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a spin on Greek mythology that is unlike anything I have ever read before. The writing is exquisite and the world is extremely imaginative and interesting. This book truly exudes individuality. However, I found the plot rather predictable due to extensive foreshadowing and I also found myself bored in particular parts of this novel, which is the primary reason I deducted stars. Overall, a very solid, creative read!
The Heir by Kiera Cass: 4/5 stars
The Heir is the fourth book in Kiera Cass’ series, The Selection, following a new lead character, Eadlyn, as she participates in her own Selection. I immensely enjoy The Selection series and have found each book highly addictive and consistently entertaining. This book is no exception, certainly delivering its fair share of romance and drama. I took off a star because the lead character, Eadlyn, is extremely egotistical and selfish, and I also felt as if a few of the plot points were rushed at the end of the novel. I reviewed this book, so be sure to check it out!
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: 5/5 stars
There is no question in my mind that Kasie West writes perfect contemporaries. She is able to get to the point of the story during the first few pages of each of her books in order to give the readers what they want… the relationships! There are never filler scenes and the dialogue in each of her books is funny, cute, and realistic. The Fill-In Boyfriend opens as high school senior and student body president Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom. Desperate not to go alone, she begins to look around the parking lot and finds, well, a Fill-In Boyfriend. Mystery, cuteness, and adventure ensues post-prom in a character driven plot. Pick up a Kasie West book, you won’t regret it!
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: 3/5 stars
Although this was a fun read, the plot definitely felt unrealistic and cliche to me which made it difficult to connect with the characters. I was skeptical going into this book, I mean, a female quarterback on her high school’s male football team? Unlikely. But a female quarterback on her school’s all-boys football team who is respected and treated like one of the team who is also the best in the state and wanted by the best college football team in America? Yeah, right. This book was certainly predictable, but most cutesy contemporaries are. I loved the football element to the book, being a football fan myself, and I really appreciated that the author addressed the relevant topic of stereotypes throughout the book. Not my favorite of the month, but a fun read nonetheless.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill: 3/5 stars
This book was an enjoyable read for me. A light contemporary about a school trip to London with a teeny bit of mystery and romance. Quite honestly, this book seemed to drag in several places and the true thing that kept me reading was my curiosity about Julia’s love triangle (square?). I thought that Julia’s character was rather contradictory and she frustrated me at times, and Jason was highly annoying and immature, but I ended up growing to at least like them by the end of the book. A predictable plot, but still a fun read if you are looking for something quick and easy to get through.