- Denika Mead
Books in May
This May, I read four great books. The first was Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. It wasn’t on my to-read list, but I found it at the library and was hooked. It’s a YA fantasy about teenager Veronyka and her older sister, Val. Veronyka has always wanted to be a Phoenix Rider, but learns that only boys are allowed. She disguises herself as a boy to join them, and calls herself Nyk. But how long can she keep her secret?
The next book I read this month was the latest Wings of Fire novel, The Dangerous Gift, by Tui T. Sutherland. I have loved this series for years and am now a bit beyond the target age range. But I still care about the characters and am interested in what happens to them. I thought this book was slower to move the plot forward than the others, but I still enjoyed it.
I was very excited to read Amanda Gormen’s The Hill We Climb. It was emotional and inspiring, I would definitely recommend it. I loved watching her reading this poem at the American inauguration earlier this year.
The last book I read this month was another I picked up from the library, The Thief, by Megan Whealen Turner. This YA novel is about a thief named Gen, who is trapped in the king’s prison. He is enlisted by the king’s scholar, the magus, to steal a precious jewel. The story is interspaced with tales of the ancient gods, which was interesting, but I found that it disrupted the flow of the plot.
I’m currently reading Magisterium The Iron Trial by Casandra Clare and Holly Black and the The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.