April Wrap-Up

The Devil’s Thief – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review Here)

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review Here)

 

Caraval – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

Red Rising – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

 

Golden Son – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


April Reading Stats

Books Read this Month: 5

Young Adult: 2 / Adult: 3

Rereads: 1

4 ⭐ : 2

5 ⭐ : 3


May Reading Goals

  • Read 3 of my BOTM books.
  • I’m starting college this month so I want give myself a realistic goal of reading 6 books this month.
  • Focus and put my best effort into my courses this month.

 

May TBR

March was an off month for me. I was only able to finish 6 books last month despite my annual average of 8 books/month. This month, I am planning to read as much as I can and pick up the books I am most excited about. I plan to read two more of my Book of the Month selections as I am very excited over the selections I’ve made over the past few months.

1. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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I selected this book as an add-on for my Book of the Month box in January. I have already started reading as of the time this post goes live. I know there are some concerns over the mature content of the book, causing me to be careful as I continue through the novel. I think the fact that this was chosen as the 2016 book of the year by BOTM users sold me on buying this book.

2. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

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Every time I read a historical fiction, deviating from fantasy novels, I am surprised. I don’t know why I don’t expect it when initially pick up the book. You would think I would learn by now. In 2019, I have been paying attention to this trend. Every historical novel that I’ve read this year has been great and I do not believe this book will be any different.

3. Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of only two authors that I consider an auto-buy when a new novel of theirs is published. The only other is V.E. Schwab. This is book one of a new Shadowhunter series following Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. Many people would agree that Magnus is their favorite Warlock in the Shadowhunter realm.

4. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

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I own every book by V.E. Schwab. I am very excited to have the chance to read one of her very first books to be published. While I own the regular cover of this novel, I am very tempted to buy the Barnes and Noble edition only to have both editions on my bookshelves.

5. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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I selected this book as an add-on to an earlier BOTM box this year. I have heard many good things about this fantasy and I am very excited to start it. Reviews have said that this murder mystery is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

6. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints is currently heading in my direction after winning a Twitter giveaway. I am so excited that I was so lucky to win this book. This book is one of my most highly anticipated books, as it was with many others in the YA community. I have heard of it described as a gothic fantasy.

7. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

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OK. I JUST FINISHED THE RED RISING TRILOGY AND IT WAS AMAZING!!! Apparently this book happens ten years in the future and I am fascinated how their new world has shaped. Is it how Darrow and the Sons of Ares imagined it to be? Or did it go back to the way it was? Iron Gold moved up on my TBR list after the ending of The Morning Star. WHAT AN ENDING!!

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Normal People was my BOTM selection for April. When I found out that it was an option to choose, I was very excited. Since I was unable to read it in April, it will definitely be read in May. Hopefully. I always say that, but then choose ten other books first.

9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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One of my favorite Booktubers is Gabby over at GabbyReads. Fun fact, she was the one who introduced me to Book of the Month. Gabby was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and she loved it. I have read a few books based on her recommendation, such as Verity by Colleen Hoover, and I have not been disappointed yet. I am not a huge fan of Romance novels, but I am curious to see if I will enjoy this book.

What Books are on Your May TBR?

Recent Reads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Before this year, I was not fond of rereads. I felt like there were so many unread books on my TBR that needed my attention more. I made it a reading goal this year to reread a book I own once a month. For April, that book turned out to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. When I read it before, I only gave it 3/5 stars and wanted to give it another chance. There are so many people that are enthusiastic over this series and I wanted to see what I missed my first read-through. This time, I did enjoy it more giving it 4/5 stars. The appeal of Caraval is the rich, magical setting of the games. The author does a good job giving us such vivid descriptions which allow us to experience the world as if it were our own. You need to let yourself go to get the full experience intended. However, I felt like there was a lack of action. There wasn’t much quality action to the games.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I was so disappointed with how the book turned out. I ended up DNFing it around 40% through because I found it to be boring. The premise of the story is MC Jack falling for a girl named Kate whom he met at a party. Months later, she dies and he somehow travels back in time to party where they met. He takes this as an opportunity to prevent her death which he knows is coming. I like getting to know Jack and Kate’s relationship, but it was so short. They only knew each other a few months before her death. However, he put this new relationship above each family and long-time best friends. When the story began again, it was so boring to me and I did not finish the book.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This may be one of the most hyped novel I have heard of in a long time. EVERYONE talks about how they love reading this book and they were not wrong. I love a book that has an unique perspective to it. The story is told through 7 parts separated by husbands. BUT that isn’t the only reason I found this book to be exceptional. The book is told as a story from current day Evelyn Hugo reflecting on her past. I think that it is unique in this sense and I enjoyed that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a sci-fi dystopian novel by Pierce Brown. We find ourselves in a society where people are categorized by colors. Reds are the lowest tier and they are considered miners and slaves. We follow Darrow’s journey as he infiltrates the Golds, the rulers of the society, in his attempt to stand up for low Colors. I love getting to know this futuristic world where the moon and other planets are inhabited and the fascinating way that society is ran. Darrow meets Golds along the way that he considers friends and we get to see how different Golds act and think. In a situation like this, we get to experience the conflicting thoughts Darrow has as he attempts to justify his Gold-like behaviors. We get to experience him justifying these cruel behaviors as ‘means to an end.’

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

This is the second book in the Red Rising series, taking place after the events in Red Rising. In this book, we get to see what occurs after the Institute as he furthers his cause. I can’t say much as I want to avoid any spoilers but I enjoy this book as much as the first. I can already tell you that this series is going to become one of my favorites as it is SO GOOD. I will definitely have a book review diving deeper into my thoughts posted after I finish the rest of the book.

Which recent read of yours is your favorite?

 

Book Review | Devil’s Thief

Title: The Devil’s Thief

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Author: Lisa Maxwell

# of Pages: 700

 

Synopsis (From Goodreads): 

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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Easter Readathon TBR

The Easter Readathon is ran by Kate over at Reading Through Infinity. It takes place over the long Easter holiday weekend from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22.

You can keep track of your progress using the hashtag #EasterReadathon and by posting your TBR on your blog this week.

There are optional Reading Challenges to participate in throughout the weekend. Completing one challenge earns you an entry into her giveaway! To see all of the reading challenges and enter her giveaway, visit her blog here.

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Onto my TBR pile for the weekend….

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I recently started reading Red Rising, the first book of the Red Rising trilogy. For the Easter Readathon, I plan to see how far I can get into the series. I hope to finish Red Rising and start Golden Son before the end of the weekend.

Goodreads TBR Challenge

My Goodreads TBR list is an overwhelming mess. To organize and control it, I decided to make up my own challenge which I am going to refer to as the ‘Goodreads TBR’ challenge.

These are the steps I took in order to make the following list;

1. Eliminate all books that you DO NOT own.

2. Set aside books that coincide with your monthly and yearly reading goals.
For me, I set apart books that fit within these goals;
– Read 1 Book from my Book of the Month selections a month. (Annual goal)
– 1 Reread chosen from books I read 1+ years ago per month. (Annual goal)
– Catching up on my unread V.E. Schwab books. (April goal)

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