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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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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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August Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In August:

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I loved A Dowry of Blood, I loved the writing and the gothic setting of it. The writing and story were so captivating to read and I loved how this book is told in letter form from Constanta to her vampire creator. This book is filled with some beautifully poignant quotes.

Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 5 STARS

I loved Caliban’s War but I knew I would since it follows very close to the tv series of it and I loved that also. I loved reading from more povs in this book and I just really enjoy reading this series especially after watching the show because I can picture everything clearly in my head.

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer – YA FANTASY – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved how it’s about Cyrens (Sirens). The history of the Cyrens in this book was very interesting and I liked the descriptions of the setting. I also thought the trials were very exciting to read about.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I’ve been meaning to start this series since it came out years ago and I finally did in August, I don’t know why it took me so long since I ended up loving them. This series has all the markers of a great urban fantasy series, it has a badass heroine who helps people and along the way there is a slow burn romance. The world building is also fantastic and I loved the writing of it too. I really can’t wait to read more books in this series.

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Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections (The Guild Codex: Warped #2) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS
Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants (The Guild Codex: Warped #3) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I thought these two books were okay reads but I don’t seem to be clicking with the characters as much as the characters from the other Guild Codex series’. I like Kit’s laid back style but sometimes I find him a bit annoying and I don’t think Lienna is an interesting character at all. The storyline is entertaining and I do love the Guild Codex world and the glimpses of other characters within this series.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson Book Review

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Life’s A Beach Book Tag

Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

July Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in August?

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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?

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April Wrap Up 2021

What I Read in April:

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS

Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors so it’s no surprise that I ended up loving ACOSF. I loved Nesta’s story and I was so invested in her story and her recovery, this book has many emotional moments and I loved reading about these characters and world again.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this short story and I liked how it told the story within another story. It did take me a while to get into the book at the beginning but I enjoyed it once I did and I liked the last section of the book.

Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland – 3 STARS

I liked the set up of the world in Havenfall with the different worlds being connected by this Inn but I thought the overall story and characters were a bit predictable. I still did enjoy the book and I wish there was more exploration of the different worlds within it.

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS

I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one even more. I feel like you see the relationships between the characters really grow and develop in this book and I really enjoyed reading about all of them. It felt like the stakes were raised with both the plot and the characters interactions with each other. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

Reborn was a really good conclusion to Mera and Shadow’s story and I enjoyed reading about their adventures in this book. It did take me a while to get into this book because of where Reclaimed (book 2) leaves off but I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the spin off books set in this world.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – 2 STARS

I was really disappointed in this book, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought she was very selfish. I know that is a point the book tries to make with fame changing a person but I didn’t really care for her character before she got ‘famous’. I also didn’t really like the plot and thought it was a bit random, it reminded me of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which is another book I disliked.

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Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Wicked Deal (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #2) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Darkest Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

I originally wanted to read Darkest Moon first but even though I think it could be read first it is part of the larger Shadow Guild series so I decided to read the first few books in that series first. I liked all these books but I don’t feel fully connected to the story yet. I did like the description of the Guild City, it felt like a cosy setting with the way all the guilds were in one place. I also enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books and thought they were enjoyable reads.

Dark Horse (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane – 3 STARS

Dark Horse is a reverse harem paranormal book about Fury, a demon, tasked in the afterlife to go back to earth and help sort out three powerful supernatural beings who might end the world. I thought this was a fun read and I’m interested to see where the story goes. There were a few times in the book where Fury was passed around for the guys to ‘mind for her safety’ and that kind of threw me off.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune Book Review

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Colourful Book Covers

Non-Human Main Characters

March Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in April?

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March Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In March:

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Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve – 5 STARS

I loved Reclaimed, I loved the chemistry and banter between Shadow and Mera and I loved that this book focused on the shadow realm instead of on Mera’s pack. I really enjoyed reading about Mera in this book and loved how open her personality is, I can’t wait for the next book.

Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin – 3 STARS – {I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher}

Guard Your Heart is set in modern day Northern Ireland and is a YA contemporary that focuses on the political history of Northern Ireland and shows the effects of it on two teenagers from opposite sides who start up a friendship with each other. I liked the first half of Guard Your Heart but I felt the second half was a bit rushed and had some drama that wasn’t really needed in the story.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – 5 STARS

The House in the Cerulean Sea was just as wonderful as all the hype said it was. I loved this book, I loved how it gradually built up this beautiful story that not only had interesting characters but also amazing themes and messages to it. I loved the writing and think it’s a great story for all ages.

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The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 3 STARS

I’ve been a bit disappointed with this series so far. I love the overall Shadowhunter world and I love Magnus and Alec but this book and the first book in the series felt boring to me. They don’t really feel like a full story, more like short stories and they don’t feel that important to the overall Shadowhunter chronicles. Saying that, I still love the characters and their interactions so that’s why I’ve given it a 3 star.

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – 2 STARS

I was intrigued by this book in the beginning but I gradually grew a bit bored of it and felt like nothing really happened in it. I don’t think this is a bad book, I just didn’t connect with it.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

Easter Readathon TBR 2021

Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams Book Review

Venandi by K.C. Luck Book Review

Books On My Spring TBR 2021

New Beginnings

Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

February Wrap Up 2021

My March Bookstagram Pictures (KylasLibrary):

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What books did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?