May Reading Challenge Update

May Reading Challenge Update

I’m still going strong on this years Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve participated in this for 3 years [I used to run a book blog after all :)] and I think it’s a great way to keep yourself on top of your reading list. Here are the books I read during May.

I challenged myself to read 50 books this year and so far I’ve finished 25. That’s 50% of my goal.

may11. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) – Claudia Gray

Orphan Black meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

2. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) – Danielle Paige

The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.
may23. Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) – Rachel Hawkins
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins is sassier than ever in this page-turning follow up to Rebel Belle, perfect for fans of Buffy and Veronica Mars.

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him.  The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an an ancient trial that will either kill her . . .  or make her more powerful than ever.

4. The Pledge (The Pledge #1) – Kimberly Derting
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.


5. Justice Calling (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1) – Annie Bellet
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.

As long as she doesn’t use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.

Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.

6. Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) – Kevin Hearne
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.


7. Landry Park (Landry Park #1) – Bethany Hagen
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

8. The Taking (The Taking #1) – Kimberly Derting
The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?


9. The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) – Danielle Paige
In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz. To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?

10. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

My favorite book of the month was A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I simply could not put it down and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Today I am linking up with:
Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books

  • Cruel Beauty sounds the most intriguing to me, but since I’m from Kansas the Dorothy books have looked interesting too. I am in love with all the book covers here, YA has so much to look at!

    • I really didn’t think I’d LOVE the Wizard of Oz retelling… but it was incredibly interesting :) Cruel Beauty was good too, there are a few more like it by the same author. The pacing was a bit on the slow side, but the writing was beautiful. I enjoyed it :)

  • A Thousand Pieces of You is on my must read list. I’m trying to hold off since I know there is atleast one more book coming out in the series.

    • IT WAS SO GOOD. I didn’t realize the sequel wasn’t coming out until November. As soon as I finished it I looked up the sequel and my heart just dropped. I HATE waiting. You’re going to love it though :)

  • I think I’m going to try The Pledge and Landry Estate, I added them to my goodreads. I haven’t heard of either.

    I’m intrigued by the angle of the Dorothy books but am not a huge Wizard of Oz fan in general…which might help in this case? LOL

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Yeah, it throws everything you know about the Wizard of Oz out the window. It’s much darker than the classic tale too. I enjoyed the Pledge a bit more than Landry Park, but they both were good. I’m such a sucker for dystopians :)

  • I’ve never heard of any of these, but the Oz one sort of reminds me of Wicked (the book that inspired the musical). I like the idea of reimagining a popular and beloved story like The Wizard of Oz.

    Thanks for linking up!

    • Yeah, it definitely gave me that Wicked vibe. It turns everything on its head, which made everything so interesting. It was a whole knew take on the classic characters and Oz.

  • Great job on your reading goal! The year isn’t even half over! I think the Dorothy Must Die series sounds pretty great!

    • I was behind for a few months, but now I’m ahead of schedule. I’ve had a bit more free time so I’ve been reading constantly. Also… you should definitely check out the Dorothy series!

  • i have heard lots of people recommend the dorothy books but then have seen a few bad reviews, but i think i just need to read them and decide for myself! added a thousand pieces of you.. and ok most of the others too.

    • I was on the fence about the Dorothy books too. I read them on my kindle through the library. I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to go out and buy it from reviews I had read. But… they were really great! And… A Thousand Pieces of You… I CANNOT wait for the sequel. It was one of my favorite reads in a while :)

  • Justice Calling looks like it’s right up my ally! I’ll have to pick it up the next time I’m at the bookstore :) Keep up the great work with your reading!

    • It was a good one! I think it’s an independent book though, so you might have a hard time finding a printed copy… I read it on my kindle. It was really short, but it was only .99 cents :) They do have printed copies on amazon though!

  • I’m adding The Pledge and The Taking to my list!

  • I just placed a hold on Dorothy Must Die! That series sounds great, I can’t believe I have not heard of it before. I loved Wicked. I like when classic fairy tales are twisted. Donald Barthelme’s twist on Snow White, I thought was so witty.

    • It was a lot of fun! I can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out. It was VERY different from the traditional Wizard of Oz story. I hope you enjoy it!

  • A Thousand Pieces of you sounds interesting! (PS There’s something funny with your graphics on Firefox. They keep resizing and they’re huge)