In the 31 days that May provided me, I was able to tackle five new books. This month we had one historical fiction, two young adult and two fiction. Let’s do this thing.
- Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter – I know what you’re thinking, Queen Liz I was the Virgin Queen and LIKE HELL did she have a daughter. In this regard, you would be correct. But in this fictional retelling, our dear Lizzy had a young orphan cousin named Mary who she took under her wing during her reign. I love historical fictions about the Tudor dynasty, Lizzy in particular just because she was such a bad ass for refusing to marry because she knew it would mean surrounding her power. This book was a fun read for some general insight into the Tudors (and my fave Lizzy), but was a little lengthy for the story it was trying to tell. (PS I also LOVE the CW show Reign and Lizzy is a new character this season so it was fun to read this historical retelling as it aligned with certain plot lines in the TV show.)
- A Study in Charlotte – This is the first novel in a new YA trilogy that focuses on Charlotte Holmes, descendant of the famous Sherlock Holmes. Char is a student at an American boarding school and can you guess who is the new student? None other than Jamie Watson, a descendant of John Watson. Holmes and Watson while chilly toward one another at first, soon strike up a friendship and have to work together to solve a murder they are being framed for. I loved this right off the bat because HOLMES, THE BRAINS OF THE OPERATION, IS A YOUNG GIRL. Let me repeat that again. The smart detective is a GIRL. I love that this is available for young women to read and be inspired by and can not recommend it enough. The language is most definitely young adult so if you are looking for something a bit sturdier this is not your book. But if you love quick, simple reads, definitely pick this up on your next trip to Barnes and Noble.
- The Crown – This is the fifth and final installment in the Selection series. Like the fourth novel The Heir, this book follows Eadlyn as she tries to find her one true love through the Selection process. (If you’re not familiar with this series, it’s a YA dystopian fiction that is kind of like The Hunger Games and The Bachelor had a baby. Less gore, more love.) I’m going to be honest, I HATED Eadlyn in The Heir but this book changed my mind. She is stronger, more mature and MUCH more bearable in this book. I won’t ruin the ending but she does choose her hubby to rule Illea with and the ending gave me the kind of closure I craved after following this series from start to finish.
- The Nest – The Nest follows a family of four super dysfunctional siblings in Manhattan all over the age of 40. When Melody (the youngest sibling) turns 40 “The Nest” (essentially a trust fund) is supposed to be distributed among the four brothers and sisters. Of course one of the siblings sucks (Leo) and most of The Nest is liquidated to help him out when he nearly ruins his life in an accident. The rest of the novel tracks the siblings and their families as they try to cope with the loss of The Nest as they were all banking on the cash to help them out in their respective lives. What I really loved about the flow of this novel was the Love Actually-esque character format. All of the characters are connected in some weird way that ties them all together by the end of the novel which helps the reader become more invested in the story. This book only took me three days to breeze through and I really enjoyed watching all of the siblings’ stories play out. (Without giving anything away, all I will say is #TeamStephanie.)
- Miller’s Valley – Okay I’m not going to lie, this book took its sweet ass time and crept up on me out of nowhere and made me fall in love with fiction again. The writing is sharp, the storytelling is beautiful and the character progression was fantastic. Miller’s Valley takes place in a small town and follows Mimi Miller throughout her life from young girl all the way to an old woman as she discovers who she is. Being from a small town myself, this really hit home for me. Miller’s Valley covers family ties, death, addiction, love, growth and best of all, finding out what you’re made of. I cannot recommend this novel enough. If you’re looking for a book that will knock you off your feet and make you reassess what’s important in a lifetime, this is the one. Favorite quote, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.”
Looking forward to seeing your #TGSReads photos! See you back here again at the beginning of July.