May. How are we out of May? The fifth month of the year? Just, wow. I am speechless. This month was a little out of the norm for me. I went away for five days to a friends house for her 21st. This meant going back to the town I actually spent five years of my life in. It actually went super well. I had such a good time and definitely made some amazing memories, so much so I actually want to go back soon. The biggest hindrance of this trip is that I have developed a cold, blah. Additionally, I also had no time to read. I was either chatting with friends or sleeping after staying up to 3am drinking (oops).
I still managed to read a pretty great amount of books this month. Twelve is definitely something I am personally happy with. I know I’ll have heaps of time to read next month because I’m going to be on uni break which will be 90% part-time job hunting.
Anyway, time to jump into what books I did read this month. I, unfortunately, didn’t read a bunch of books I loved this month but, oh well.
Trigger Warnings: racism, violence, gang violence, drugs
Publisher: Marvel Press
Genre: young adult, middle grade, superheroes, fantasy, urban fantasy
“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”
Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.
But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.
As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.