Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Reading Wrap-Up

April was a busy month. Even though I had a lot going on, I still managed to read a very good amount. A lot of what I read was preparing for upcoming book adaptations or trying to get caught up/finish series or books from my book subscriptions. I also got the chance to review my VERY FIRST book for the publishers. There were some amazing books I finished this month, so let's get into it.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: While not necessary to the Miss Peregrine's story, this collection of Peculiar "fairy tales" was a lot of fun. Each story was so unique and perfectly encompassed what everyone loves about the Peculiar world. They read just like something you would read to a kid as a bedtime story. If you like the Miss Peregrine's series, then I would highly recommend reading Tales of the Peculiar!

Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Series: Just One Day #2.5

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: Now this is what I was hoping to get out of Just One Year. This novella picks up right where both books ended. If you went into Just One Year thinking it was going to be a sequel (as it was described on Goodreads), just skip that book and read this novella. It was so cute and the perfect wrap-up to Willem and Allyson's story. After being disappointed by the second book in the duology, I was hesitant to read this novella. But as someone who has a really hard time quitting things, I decided to go ahead and read it. I'm very glad I did because I got the story I wanted. So thank you Gayle Forman.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that this book seems like something I would love. Adult family dramas are right up my alley. However, I had the hardest time following everything that was going on. There were too many characters and too many time periods, and honestly the fact that I listened to this one on audiobook didn't help. Sometimes audiobooks can be fantastic and sometimes they just don't click. This was one of those times I think.

Starfall by Melissa Landers

Series: Starflight #2

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: This is the sequel and conclusion to the Starflight duology. Even though this book was technically a sequel, it also focused on two new main characters. I liked Cassia and Kane, but I prefer Solara and Doran. Overall, the first book was better. The space exploration was more pirate-like and the characters were more complex and a lot funnier. This sequel wasn't bad, but it did lose some of the things that made the first book special.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: This book is known today as one of the great modern classics. This book was also a futuristic dystopian, before that genre was cool (i.e. The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner... etc.). I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this book. I knew very little about the story or the author really. Overall, I think this was the best way to go into The Handmaid's Tale. I was thoroughly surprised and entertained. Even though this book talks about some really uncomfortable topics, I couldn't stop reading. My original decision behind reading this book was because the Hulu TV adaptation starts at the end of the month. Now I can't wait for to watch this show and I will always hold this book up there with all my other favorite classics.

Full Review: The Handmaid's Tale

Preacher, Book 2 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

Series: Preacher #2

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: This comic is really something else. While not as good as the first book, book two still threw me for lots of loops. We also got more backstory for our main characters, particularly Cassidy, which ended up being very interesting and insightful. The gore is never ending, but is really part of the essence of the graphics and the story. There is also a twist in this book that I would have never seen coming. I look forward to continuing on with this series.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. Beautiful, important, eye-opening, and so well written. This is Angie Thomas' debut novel and you would think she had been writing for years. I was aware of the Black Lives Matter movement before this book, obviously, but I got a new understanding after reading THUG. I really can't say anything more. Please go read this book!

Full Review: The Hate U Give

The Circle by Dave Eggers

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: I read so many books in April that had to do with futuristic government control... it all started to get me paranoid! Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. The Circle is kind of a dystiopian novel about a world where technology grows to the point where it threatens to "be" the new democracy. I was intrigued, creeped out, and super invested. The further you get into this book, the more you realize that it's possible it could happen in a near future. With that being said, I look forward to the movie adaptation that comes out at the end of the month. I think that this book was made to be turned into a movie and I am hoping that it will be as good as the novel. Definitely recommend this one!

Full Review: The Circle

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Series: Frostblood Saga #1

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: Frostblood was good, but very similar to other books I have read. The writing flowed nicely and provided just enough background to get to know this new world. However, the magic system, major plot points, and even the main characters all seem like tropes that were influenced by several other books. With that being said, sometimes it never gets old. The dueling nature of Frostbloods versus Firebloods was really fun and training montages are something I always find to be entertaining. I will probably give the second book a chance, but I hope it manages to be a bit more creative.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engle

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: The Roanoke Girls surprised me in so many ways. I knew that this book was supposed to be a mystery, but there were other aspects that came out of left field. To say that I enjoyed The Roanoke Girls may sound crazy. This book was dark, disturbing, and uncomfortable. However, Amy Engle's writing is amazing and is what made me want to keep writing. I enjoyed this book through its entirety and would recommend it to anyone who likes adult mysteries.

Full Review: The Roanoke Girls

Sleeping Arrangments by Madeleine Wickham

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that Madeleine Wickham is also known as Sophie Kinsella. I think I have mentioned one other time on this blog, that I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella books. They are funny, witty, and such fast reads. However, this book was just not for me. It was too dramatic and lacked any real point, in my opinion. All of the characters were cheating on each other, which seemed like the main plot point of the book. Sophie Kinsella fans... stay away from this one.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: Confess was my second Colleen Hoover book and while I didn't enjoy it as much as my first, I still really liked this book. Colleen knows how to write interesting and romantic love stories. It had me tearing up towards the end of this book. This book has been on my TBR list for a while, but with the TV adaptation out I figured it was time to move Confess to the top of my agenda. The best part about this book was the incorporation of the art. I have heard that Colleen does this kind of thing with a lot of her books, but the art (and the confessions) really made this book stand out among other similar books. I look forward to reading more Colleen Hoover books!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

My Rating: 

My Thoughts: I received Hunted in my March Uppercase subscription and I was very excited to read this book. It had been one of my most anticipated books of the spring and I knew that Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast (BatB) retelling. I have read a couple other BatB retellings, and while Hunted was good, I would not call this one my favorite. On the plus side, Hunted sticks very closely to the original BatB story line. It also has a kickass Beauty that is a trained hunter! However, those positives did not outweigh the negatives for me. I thought Hunted was a little slow, with very little action happening throughout. This book probably could have benefited from being about 50 pages shorter. I also thought that there was no chemistry between Beauty and the Beast, which is a big no-no for me. Overall, I did enjoy Hunted but it is definitely not a tale as old as time.

Full Review: Hunted

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