March Wrap Up

March has come and went in a blink of an eye. It was an okay month, super busy as always and I’m still feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. The struggle is real. It’ll get better, that’s what I keep telling myself. I’m so happy that I participated and managed to complete all prompts of Becca’s Bookoplathon! It was an amazing weekend and I was able to relax for a while and get little fun breaks from studying. Anyway, here’s the wrap up:

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – 4 stars. I listened to the audiobook and the story was confusing for a while in the beginning. I thought it felt a little messy, maybe it wouldn’t be as much if I had read the physical copy or ebook. But as I slipped into the story, I was overwhelmed by how perfectly Backman can write about people and life. I really enjoyed it and I was very surprised by how much. Definitely, a very unique and powerful story. It was my first Backman’s book and I already think Backman is a master of storytelling. I think I’ll read Bear Town soon.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars. I also enjoyed this one. Great mental health rep. A lot of theories for the next book(s). Check my full review, with spoilers, here.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey – 3 stars. I listened to the audiobook. Matthew McConaughey’s narration was really good and he was a funny story teller. I had mixed feelings through it, some of it was interesting and enjoyable, part of it felt unnecessary and oversimplified or maybe Matthew McConaughey just wanted to keep it light. I enjoyed listening to it but I didn’t love it.

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A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy – 5 stars. I loved it! Couldn’t put it down, so I read it in one day. I just NEEDED to know what was happening. Can’t believe I’ve had it in my shelves since 2019! Addictive story set in a beautifully crafted world with great characters. SO GOOD! Top favorite of the year for sure. Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, ​Queen of Gilded Horns.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 4 stars. I picked it up because I’ve read The Six of Crows duology and I wanted to read this trilogy before the Netflix show’s release. I had low expectations, everyone said that the SoC duology was much better. I think the fact I went into it thinking it would be an okay read, made me enjoy it more. I loved the world, the magic system, the setting and I found most of the characters interesting, even the villain. The 4 stars rating is based on pure enjoyment.  And no, I didn’t ship Alina and the Darkling together and I still don’t. I did enjoy his character though, a lot. If you want a fun, engaging, easy to get into fantasy book, this is it.

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee – 5 stars. This book was a true gem! Skye was such an amazing character. I really enjoyed the K-Pop competition TV show, the body positive messages, the friendships and the cute romance. Loved it! It’s my favorite YA contemporary so far. 

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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan – 4 stars. I enjoyed this one. The buildup was slow and then almost everything happened super fast at the end. It was a mind blowing ending! Even though, it It followed the same structure of the first book, I’m obsessed with this series. The complexity of this world… it’s addictive. Robert Jordan created an amazing world! 

Lore by Alexandra Bracken – 2.5 stars. This book was underwhelming, I was expecting much more. The premise was amazing and exciting but the execution… not so much. The characters were underdeveloped and some events felt too convenient. The story was told through Lore’s POV and it might have been better for character development if there were multiple POVs. It felt like the story was unbalanced if that makes sense. Some aspects of it were very creepy, sometimes it was unnecessary. I did enjoy the flashbacks that gave us glimpses of Lore’s past. The fight scenes were really good and I was curious how it would all end. There are a lot of trigger warnings, I listed them on Goodreads, so beware of that if you want to read it.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson – 3 stars. I liked the adventure setting, the girl power message and the characters. It was a little cheesy at times and the plot was all over the place, almost disconnected at points. It was a cute read.

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Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat – 4 stars. I enjoyed Fence a lot. The art is amazing and I loved the characters. It was funny and cute with lots of banter. Can’t wait to pick up the next volume.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – 3 stars. There were so many twists and turns in this one. Not exactly a fan of the main character, Jorg, a very unlikable character. The writing is great though, I was enthralled in the story. It was very dark and gritty. Jorg’s age bothered me a lot, especially in the beginning. There were a lot of trigger warnings. Overall, I enjoyed it and I’m curious about the next book. So, I’ll keep reading this series.

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski – 3 stars. This book is a compilation of short stories. Some of them where very interesting, others not so much. It was still enjoyable and intriguing. I already have the next book on my TBR shelf.

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The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – 3.5 stars. TQoN needed more than 300 pages. I was right about the solution for that ending of the Wicked King… and I’m mad about it. That small part was too predictable. Some things were too convenient, Jude’s character development was weak (she seemed off through a large part of this book) and some things were added almost at the end to be resolved in a couple of chapters. I liked the ending but it could have been much better. In spite of it all, I still enjoyed reading it. It was addictive and very entertaining. 

Fighting the Fire by Laura Kaye – 4 stars. A sweet, steamy, emotional romance. Check my full review here.  


Overall, I read 14 books with a total of 5138 pages. I rated 2 books 5 stars, 6 books 4 stars, 1 book 3.5 stars, 4 books 3 stars and 1 books 2.5 stars. More than 50% of what I read was 4 stars or higher so that’s pretty good. I read all of my March TBR, including my “wiggle room” possibility books, and a few more books for Becca’s Bookoplathon. I also found a top favorite of the year: A River of Royal Blood. I need to order the sequel soon! It was a fun reading month.

I started this post during March because I wanted to post it in the beginning of April and I only finished it in May… 🤦‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️ So, saying this is going up late is an understatement. Anyway, my April Wrap Up is 80% done, so let’s hope I’ll still post it this week. 🤞🤞🤞

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts with me in the comments.

Xoxo,

Andie

 

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