I said April would be a better month for reading, and I was right! This month, I read seven books and am on my eighth, putting the tally for my Goodreads’ Challenge of fifty books read in a year at seven books ahead of schedule! I’m feeling good, and now I have a great backup should I have another bad reading month like March.
Let’s get to the haul!
Books Bought/Borrowed, April:
- The One by Kiera Cass
- The Heir by Kiera Cass
- Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
- The Crown by Kiera Cass
Yeah, I know. A lot of Kiera Cass. It’s my guilty pleasure; don’t look at me.
Now for the ‘read’ list.
Books Read, April:
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (4.5/5) — This book was such a great successor to “A Darker Shade of Magic.” Not as good, which is why it only got four and a half stars, but it was still great. Honestly, I wasn’t sure where the story would go after ADSoM, but this book delivered with more shenanigans, magic, pirates, and a tournament arc! Also, can we talk about the tension between Kell and Lila? It’s palpable any time the two are near each other, and that’s some damn good writing right there. Now I only have one more book left in the series, but so many mysteries remain unsolved! I imagine the final read will be more than a little emotional for me.
The One by Kiera Cass (4/5) — I’ve talked before about my love for this series, and while this book was probably one of my least favorite (for a series that runs on unnecessary drama, this one had way too much, and that’s saying a lot), I still loved it and was tearing up by the sappy, happily-ever-after ending.
The Waking Land by Callie Bates (1/5) — This book, unfortunately, was a DNF at 36%. It had so much potential, though! I really loved the first few chapters, but then I started to hate EVERYONE. Elanna, her father, her mother, Finn, the characters you were already supposed to hate (whom, might I add, were very one-dimensional villains), to the point that picking up the book felt like a chore. The main character, Elanna, was bitchy and hypocritical, contradicting herself at every turn and making the stupidest choices until I was shaking the book, screaming “why!?” The only character I liked was Jahan, but he was barely there, so it wasn’t worth it to keep reading. I had to DNF it for my own sanity, but I’m still sad. I kind of want to throw this book away so I never have to look at it and get disappointed all over again.
The Heir by Kiera Cass (4/5) — This book was the continuation of the love story, centering around America and Maxon’s firstborn daughter, Eadlyn. Also, I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I actually enjoyed this book more than the others. There was less ridiculous drama and more character building. Eadlyn started out as a bratty teenager, but by the end she had grown, and I love watching characters grow (as long as they’re not too insufferable). I loved learning about all the different boys, and even the side stories were good! I finished it in two days, and I was so psyched to pick up the next one.
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (4/5) — This book would have gotten five stars if it hadn’t started so goddamn slow. I didn’t really get into it until about 150 pages from the end, when everything began to come together. That being said, this was an amazing mystery, and I loved the ending. I knew Cass was an unreliable narrator, but I didn’t realize how much she lied. It was so good, and the last few chapters definitely bumped up the rating for me. Also, this book dropped some truth bombs. See the quote below:
“Some people just [betray you] and they don’t care. They don’t think twice about it. But others do it and they justify it in their heads so you can’t even blame them. They have their reasons.”
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (5/5) — Honestly, I picked this book up because the cover was beautiful. That being said, what I found within was a masterpiece of poetic writing that wasn’t trying too hard, lyrical words that were so beautiful I often had to re-read sections just to let it sink in. It more than deserves the five-star rating, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I finished. I had an inkling of what was going to happen about halfway through, at least in terms of who the sisters would possess, but the ending was a curve-ball for me, and I enjoyed every second. (Also! Netflix will be making an adaptation!)
The Crown by Kiera Cass (4.5/5) — A heart-wrenching, tear-jerking ending that was as beautiful and sappy and perfect as The One. I was so scared half way through the book that my initial (annoying) prediction was going to come true when it came to who Eadlyn would choose, but I was pleasantly surprised! An ending to a wonderful series that was equal parts guilty pleasure and just pure fun. I hope Kiera Cass continues writing, because I will read everything she puts out now. (Planning on reading The Siren next!)
And that’s it!
This posting was a bit early, but I have good reason for that. My birthday is tomorrow, and I have so much planned in the next few days that I doubt I’ll get any more reading in. That being said, I’m hoping to get some books for my birthday, or at least some gift cards to purchase books with.
See you in May!