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April Wrap Up 2022

What I Read In April:

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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green – NON FICTION – 5 STARS

I really enjoyed reading this book and finding out more about a very random bunch of things through John Green’s thoughts on them. I was surprised at how interested I was in some of the things talked about and I liked how John Green made these random topics feel more personal.

Compelled (Shadow Beast Shifters #5) by Jaymin Eve – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, FANTASY ROMANCE – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book and liked it slightly more than Deserted. I liked reading more about the vampire world, I thought it was very interesting. I also liked Simone and Lucian’s chemistry together but again like with Deserted I wish the focus was more on them and not on Mera and Shadow.

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor – YA SCI-FI, FANTASY – 3 STARS

The world and writing of this novella were very interesting and I was quickly drawn in the story. I liked Binti and reading about her but I just found the ending wrapped up too easily.

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Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – ADULT FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the writing in this book and thought the story was just as whimsical as House on the Cerulean Sea. I liked the overall concept and idea of the story and the questions it raised about death. I didn’t like Wallace, I know he’s meant to be an unlikable character but I felt like his development wasn’t believable and even by the end of the book I still didn’t like him.

Heartstopper volume 1 by Alice Oseman – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS
Heartstopper volume 2 by Alice Oseman – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I heard great things about this series for years now but I didn’t actually pick it up until just before the tv series was released on netflix. I really enjoyed both these two volumes and the tv series, I think the tv series follows the book so well. I can’t believe I waited so long to read about Nick and Charlie and can’t wait to read the next two volumes that are released.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and I liked reading about Liz. I thought Liz’ friendships were interesting with how they changed and developed throughout the book, I also liked the romance between her and Mack.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Magical Readathon: Orilium Spring Equinox Tbr 2022

Books With Flowers on the Cover

March Wrap Up

What book did you read in April?

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March Wrap Up 2022

What I Read In March:

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Daughters of Nri (The Return of Earth Mother #1) by Reni K. Amayo – YA FANTASY – REREAD – 4 STARS
Descendants of the First (The Return of Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo – YA FANTASY – 3 STARS

I read Daughters of Nri years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to reread it before starting the second book in the series. I enjoyed Daughters of Nri just as much as I did the first time but I didn’t enjoy Descendants of the First as much. I still thought Descendants of the First was an okay read but the story felt more disjointed than the first. I felt like the characters didn’t know what they were doing most of the time and the plot lacked the purpose that the first book had but I still liked the writing and the world of this series.

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Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells – ADULT SCI-FI – 3 STARS
Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5) by Martha Wells – ADULT SCI-FI – 2 STARS

I was a bit disappointed in Exit Strategy, I felt bored by the overall plot and I didn’t enjoy Murderbot’s internal thoughts as much as I did with previous books. It was an overall okay read but it just didn’t hold my attention as much as the other books and I feel like it’s very forgettable. I also struggled to see the point of the Home novella since I felt like it didn’t really add anything to the characters or storyline.

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King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair – ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 3 STARS

This book started off well and I really enjoyed the beginning. I liked how the main characters interacted with each other but I felt like this book was similar to other books out there which isn’t bad but I just felt that other books did these tropes, characters and storylines better. This was still an enjoyable read and I’m interested in the story and will most likely read the next book in the series.

Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert – ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 3 STARS

The book had some hype surrounding it and I did enjoy it. I liked how the world was described in this book but I didn’t have any strong feelings towards either of the main characters. I thought they were okay characters but not very memorable, I did find some of the side characters interesting so I’m still excited for future books.

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Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I love the Mercy Thompson world and I usually enjoy reading each new book but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I hoped. It was an okay read but the plot felt like filler and on top of that there was some relationship drama added to the mix that I didn’t really care for.

Moon Touched (Zodiac Wolves #1) by Elizabeth Briggs – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE – 3 STARS

There were parts of this book I liked and parts I didn’t. I didn’t like the first part of this book especially with how Ayla was treated at the beginning by her pack but I enjoyed the parts where Kaden and Ayla interacted and how the met. I thought they had good chemistry but as it went on I felt that fade away a bit.

Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga #5) by Stephenie Meyer – YA PARANORMAL – 4 STARS

It’s been a lot of years since I’ve been in the Twilight world but I really enjoyed all the nostalgia this book brought back for me. I was smiling at so many things in this book and I liked reading from Edward’s pov. Obviously this book isn’t for everyone but as a fan of the Twilight series I really enjoyed it.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

Books On My Spring TBR 2022

Book With Adjectives In The Title

Message Not Found by Dante Medema Book Review

A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

February Wrap Up 2022

What books did you read in March?

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January Wrap Up 2022

What I Read In January:

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Crush (Crave #2) by Tracy Wolff – YA PARANORMAL – 4 STARS

I’ve been really enjoying this series so far and I liked this book slightly more than the first. I liked how this book twisted things around in the story and how we get to find out more about Hudson in it. I’m excited to continue with the series.

Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu – YA SCI-FI, FANTASY, DYSTOPIA – 3 STARS

I was disappointed by Skyhunter, it was an okay read but I felt that there wasn’t anything stand out about it and the story and characters felt very forgettable.

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The One and Only Crystal Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #1) – NEW ADULT/ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS
The Long-Forgotten Winter King (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #2) – NEW ADULT/ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I’ve been excited for this series since it was announced because I loved reading about Zak in the previous Guild Codex books and wanted to know more about him. I’ve enjoyed the first two books and I also loved reading about Saber and finding out about her and how she gets mixed up with Zak.

Blog Posts I Did In January:

My Favourite Books of 2021

Books I Have Got Recently

My Most Anticipated Releases for January, February and March 2022

What books did you read in January?

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October Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In October:

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – YA PARANORMAL – 5 STARS

I loved Cemetery Boys, it was the perfect read for October. It has such an autumnal feeling as it features ghosts and I really liked the characters. I liked how Yadriel and Julian interacted with each other and I thought their romance was well developed. This book also had some great themes and I would highly recommend reading it.

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS (I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher after winning a giveaway)

I really liked this book and liked how it discusses feminism. I liked how Eliza realises different things about herself and others throughout the book and I enjoyed reading about her friendship with Len.

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff – YA PARANORMAL – 4 STARS

I’ve heard a lot of hype surrounding this book series and a lot of people’s views on it seem to be mixed. This book is about a school full of different paranormal creatures and the main character who is thrown into the world without any clue of what’s going on. I did really enjoy this book and thought the writing had an addictive quality to it. It didn’t feel as long as it was and I’m interested to see what happens next in the story.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – YA HISTORICAL FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked this book and the talk of women’s rights and how it mixes that with witches. It was a really interesting read and I enjoyed reading about the sister relationships in it. It was a bit slow at times but I enjoyed it none the less.

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Merry Kissmas To You by Jenni Jennings – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS – (I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher for review)

I really liked Merry Kissmas To You and thought it was a great festive filled story. The characters all felt very real and I liked how this book has multiple povs because it gave each character more depth as you read from their pov. This is a great book to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw – YA PARANORMAL – 3 STARS

This book is about vampires, which I love, is set in the 90s and talks about horror movies and I really wanted to love it but I didn’t. I thought it was an okay book but I didn’t feel an attachment to any of the characters and I found their reaction to things a bit unbelievable. I also thought the romance was very quick but the book does have a nice spooky feeling to it which I liked.

The Ex Hex (Ex Hex #1) by Erin Sterling – ADULT PARANORMAL – 3 STARS

This was a fun witchy book and I liked the setting and atmosphere of it but I thought the romance was just okay. I also thought the story and romance were predictable but still it was a fun quick read.

Blog Posts I Did In October:

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach Book Review

A Void of Magic by Sandy Williams Book Review

Book Covers That Have A Spooky Aesthetic

Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season

My Favourite Vampire Books

Most Anticipated Book Releases for October

My October TBR 2021

September Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in October?

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June Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In June:

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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

This book is a continuation to Jack and Jill’s story and I didn’t enjoy this book as much as previous books. I feel like The Moors wasn’t as atmospheric as it was previously but I did like seeing what had happened to Jack and Jill.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 3 STARS

I think I prefer the darker stories of this series like In An Absent Dream and Down Among the Sticks and Bones compared to the brighter whimsical stories like Beneath the Sugar Sky and this one. I enjoyed the writing of this book but the story with the unicorns just wasn’t as compelling to read.

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Brimstone Bound (Firebrand #1) by Helen Harper – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I enjoyed Brimstone Bound and thought it was a fun read. I liked the overall mystery and liked how the main character gets dragged into it but I also thought some of the story was predictable.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins (A Song of Wraiths and Ruins #1) by Roseanne A. Brown – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book and found the story and world so captivating that I wanted to just keep reading. I really enjoyed the dual pov and seeing the different choices Karina and Malik both had to make. I loved the writing and how the magic was described, I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ADULT CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL – 3 STARS

I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved the writing and the setting was described in such a great way that you could vividly picture the scene of 1950s to 1980s Malibu and I loved the focus on siblings but I just found this book to be a bit lacklustre, it felt like it was building up to an explosive moment that never really happened. I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and they’ve all been so emotionally poignant but I just found that Malibu Rising lacked a bit of that complex emotion.

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Asterion (The Court of the Underworld #1) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and thought the world was interestingly set up it focuses on mythological figures (like Medusa and Hades and more) who rule the city in this book and a group of humans rebelling against them. I really liked the romance of this book and I thought the plot was interesting too.

Medusa (The Court of the Underworld #2) by Alessa Thorn – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, MYTHOLOGY – 4 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I liked that Medusa was the main character of this one because I found her interesting in the first book. I also like the over arcing storyline that is still following on from the previous book.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I loved this book, I loved how the great libraries were described and how each book had their own personality and danger level. I liked the characters and thought they worked really well together which made their interactions interesting to read. I enjoyed the overall storyline and loved how this was a standalone fantasy.

Blog Posts I Did In June:

Most Anticipated Book Releases For July, August and September 2021

My Summer TBR 2021

Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews Book Review

Books I Loved That Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Bookish Memory Check #1

May Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in June?

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May Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In May:

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Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I loved being back in this world again and reading about these characters. It was great to read from Julie’s pov and I was so very intrigued to find out what had happened to Julie and how she had changed. I loved the writing and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and just like with Slay the writing hooked me into the story immediately. I loved finding out about Alex and his relationship with his brother and how it developed more over the course of this book, I loved the focus on the brothers. This is such a moving story that is told in such an interesting way.

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Cold Iron Heart by Melissa Marr – 2 STARS

I was very excited to be back in the Wicked Lovely world again and I enjoyed that part of this book, the part of reintroducing to some of our past favourite characters in this prequel but I was disappointed in the actual plot of this book. I disliked the storyline with Thelma Foy, I found her character not very interesting and thought she and Irial had no chemistry. I still love the world of Wicked Lovely and the atmosphere it has.

Summer Bound (Wicked Lovely 5.2) by Melissa Marr – 3 STARS

This is a short story set after the events of the last Wicked Lovely book and I definitely think you should read Cold Iron Heart before reading this because it this short story revolves around what happened in that story. I liked this story better than Cold Iron Heart and I loved seeing where all the characters ended up after Wicked Lovely.

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Black Sunshine (Dark Eyes #1) by Karina Halle – 4 STARS

Black Sunshine is a dark vampire romance book and I really like it. I was instantly intrigued by the story from the start and I felt the book had a great atmospheric feel to it. I liked some of the side characters and I’m excited to read more about them in future books.

A Memory Called Empire (Teixacalaan #1) by Arkady Martine – 3 STARS

This is a sci-fi space opera that I thought was an okay read. It was slow and felt dense in the beginning and although it did perk up and I got more into the story as it went along, I still felt not very connected to the story or characters. The pacing also felt a little off to me but I still felt intrigued enough in the story to keep going.

Blog Posts I Did In May:

Underrated YA Fantasy Books

The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Quotes About Books

Most Recent Additions To My TBR

Books With Leaves and Branches On The Cover

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Guard You Heart by Sue Divin Book Review

Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong Book Review

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

April Wrap Up 2021

What did you read in May?