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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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Book Review: Message Not Found by Dante Medema

message not found1Book: Message Not Found
Author: Dante Medema
Age & Genre: YA contemporary mystery

Bailey and Vanessa shared everything: laughter, secrets, and packets of Pop Rocks to ward off bad days. But that all changed the night Vanessa left Bailey’s, headed for home, and ended up swerving off a cliff nowhere near her house. Now Bailey, who thought she knew Vanessa better than anyone in the world, is left with a million unanswered questions, and the only person with answers is gone.

To help grieve her loss, Bailey creates a chat bot of Vanessa using years’ worth of their shared text messages and emails. The more data she uploads to the bot, the more it feels like she’s really talking to her best friend. That is, until the bot starts dropping hints that there was more going on with Vanessa than Bailey realized–a secret so big, it may have contributed to Vanessa’s death.

My Rating: 4 STARS

(I was sent an arc of this book by the publisher)

My Review:

I was intrigued by this book right away, I thought the writing flowed very well. I liked how it is formatted with short chapters and Bailey’s chat logs with ‘V’, it made it feel like such a quick read.

I liked the chat bot part of this book and thought it was interesting how Bailey tried to deal with her grief by setting up the chat log with Vanessa. I liked how the friendship of Bailey and Vanessa is the focus of this book and how we see Bailey go from having such a perfect version of her best friend in her head to questioning some of the things she thought she knew about her. I also enjoyed the mentions of book blogging and bookstagram.

I liked Bailey’s friendship with Esther that slowly develops throughout this book, I thought it was a nice easy friendship. I didn’t care much about the romance of the book, it was okay but felt like it was an obvious thing from the beginning.

There is a mystery aspect to the story with Vanessa and what she was doing the night she died. I did enjoy the build up of the mystery and I liked how the author kept me intrigued throughout but I did think the ending was a bit cliché.

Overall I did enjoy Message Not Found, I thought the story was intriguing and the writing was emotional. I did think the ending was cliché but I liked the themes of grief and friendship that were the main focus of the book.

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February Wrap Up 2022

What I Read In February:

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A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – NEW ADULT/ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

A Shadow in the Ember is a prequel to the Blood and Ash series and I loved it. I was instantly captivated by the story and characters and loved reading about them. I enjoyed reading and theorising about the connections between the two series and how they foreshadow each other.

Message Not Found by Dante Medema – YA COMTEMPORARY, MYSTERY – 4 STARS – (I was sent an arc of this book by the publisher)

I enjoyed Message Not Found and thought it was intriguing. The writing in this book was emotional as it focuses on friendship and grief. I liked the chat bot aspect of the book and thought it really added something to the story.

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas – REREAD – NEW ADULT/ADULT FANTASY – 5 STARS
House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas – NEW ADULT/ADULT FANTASY – 5 STARS

I reread HOEAB to remind myself of the details of this series before going into HOSAB. I loved HOEAB just as much as I did when I first read it. I also loved House of Sky and Breath, I love the characters and finding out more about the world of Crescent City was so interesting. Sarah J Maas really knows how to keep readers hooked in the story and I can’t wait for the next one in the series to be released.

Blog Posts I Did In February:

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

Redemptor (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko Book Review

January Wrap Up 2022

What did you read in February?

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Book Review: Merry Kissmas To You by Jenni Jennings

merry kissmas to youBook: Merry Kissmas To You
Author: Jenni Jennings
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

(I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher for review)

Milly, Robert and Sam usually love Christmas. But this year, they’re all out of joy. Milly is worried about her dad. Sam is desperately trying to avoid her ex, Nadia. And Robert is convinced he’s destined to always fall for girls who don’t like him back. As their high-school’s Christmas Snow Ball approaches, they are all out of festive fun. But as the snow starts falling and the sleigh bells ring, maybe it’s not too late for a sprinkling of Christmas sparkle after all… Will each of them get their magic moment under the mistletoe?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Merry Kissmas To You is such a cosy festive filled book that I really enjoyed reading. This book is centred on three friends on the build up to Christmas as they each try to deal with their own problems.

There are multiple povs in this book as it focuses on Milly, Robert, Sam and Laurence and I feel like the multiple povs made this book feel like such a quick read and also gave each character more depth. I also thought it was interesting that we get Laurence’s pov too since he isn’t a part of the group of friends initially.

The characters felt so real and I loved how Milly, Robert and Sam all got along and I enjoyed reading about them video calling each other when they needed to update each other on what happened that day. You can really feel how close they are as friends through the writing.

I liked how the book discussed the financial worries that people have like Milly and her family and how it shows the other side with Laurence who has a lot of money but is also having a rough time of his own. I liked their romance and how they each try to open up to each other but also find it hard to open up since they fear the judgement of other people. I also really enjoyed Sam and Robert’s povs and how they each have their own things they are focused on too.

Overall I really enjoyed Merry Kissmas To You. I liked how real the characters felt and I loved the Christmas backdrop of the story and the cosy festive feelings it gave off. It’s definitely a perfect book to get you in the Christmas spirit as it describes the Christmas holidays so well.

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Book Review: Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach

not here to be likedBook: Not Here To Be Liked
Author: Michelle Quach
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

(I was sent this book for free by the publisher after winning a giveaway)

Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. Eliza Quan fully expects to be voted the next editor-in-chief of her school paper. She works hard, she respects the facts, and she has the most experience. Len DiMartile is an injured star baseball player who seems to have joined the paper just to have something to do. Naturally, the staff picks Len to be their next leader. Because while they may respect Eliza, they don’t particularly like her ­- but right now, Eliza is not here to be liked. She’s here to win. But someone does like Eliza. A lot. Shame it’s the boy standing in the way of her becoming editor-in-chief…

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Not Here To Be Liked is a YA contemporary about Eliza who ends up accidentally starting a feminist movement in school after one of the boys in her school gets picked as editor of the school’s newspaper instead of her despite her having more qualifications.

Eliza is described as an unlikable character but I didn’t find her unlikable at all, I thought she was just very focused on what she wanted which I think is obviously the point the novel is making. I really understood what Eliza was trying to do and I liked the realisations she makes throughout the book.

I enjoyed Not Here To Be Liked and I liked the messages it discusses. The main message being feminism and what it means to be a feminist. I liked how the whole school was involved and how each person had their own opinion on it. Eliza starts this feminist movement and ends up doubting herself as she starts to develop feelings for Len and we see how other people react to that with the book also discussing internalised misogyny.

I liked how Eliza and Len went from enemies to friends and I liked how they got to know each other more. I didn’t really care for their romance that much, I didn’t feel a connection for their romance as I did for their friendship.

Overall I liked Not Here To Be Liked and I liked the topics and messages discussed in it. Although I didn’t care much for the romance I still really enjoyed the development of Eliza and Len’s friendship.

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September Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In September:

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I’m glad I enjoyed it too. I liked the characters and I thought the world and plot was very interesting. I was also really intrigued by the romance and how it progressed, I liked reading about Lara and Aren together and I also liked how we see both povs of their relationship.

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really enjoyed Not My Problem, I loved Aideen and her interactions with all the other characters. I loved how it focuses on friendships and I really enjoyed reading about all the different situations her and her friends found themselves in.

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – ADULT/NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the premise of this book and how everything centres on a hotel called The Rain which is key in keeping the peace between supernatural enemies like werewolves and vampires. I didn’t really care much about Kennedy throughout this book because she is a bit standoffish and I feel like you don’t see many sides to her besides being caught in the middle of the supernatural things but I hope I’ll like her more as the series progresses.

Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I had such high expectations of Redemptor because I loved Raybearer so much and I’m so happy that Redemptor not only lived up to them but surpassed them. I loved Redemptor and thought it was an amazing ending to this duology, I loved the themes of justice and found family throughout this book. The writing is so beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I loved this book just as much as I loved the second book in this series. I loved that we see what the shock ending of AKOFAF means for not just Poppy and Casteel but for Atlantia as well. There was a lot of shocking information unveiled throughout this book and I loved that I was never bored. I liked reading how the different turns changes things for the characters and their interactions with each other.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn TBR 2021

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth Book Review

Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Books That Will Make You Smile

Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

August Wrap Up 2021

I participated in both the Magical Readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon in September and only managed to read half the books on my tbr before I got distracted by reading The Crown of Gilded Bones (which wasn’t on my tbr).  I still ended up passing the Magical Readathon since you only needed to read two books to pass and I loved all the books I read in September so I’m not disappointed in my reading. 

What books did you read in September?  Did you participate in any readathons?