A very belated March and April Wrap-up. In March, I read 10 books, a total of 4.308 pages. My average rating was 4.15 stars. I’m surprised by how high my average rating was during March, that’s fantastic.
Here’s what I read in March:
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim – 5 stars. A beautiful story! I loved every second of it. Everything felt magical and I loved the world and the characters: Shiori, her brothers, Kiki, and Takkan. Very excited to read the next one.
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells – 4 stars. Very entertaining. A little slow in the beginning but so enjoyable. The dynamic between Murderbot and ART was everything! Can’t wait to continue The Murderbot Diaries.
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne – 4.5 stars. I loved The Shadow of the Gods! I was rooting for these characters from the beginning. The POVs worked together super well. I was hooked on this world very early on. JG grabbed my attention and got me emotionally involved in these characters’ lives so freaking fast. His writing really works for me, the action scenes are among the best I’ve read for sure.
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5 stars. It was a journey. So many ups and downs. There were subplots in this one that didn’t lead anywhere which was disappointing. I don’t think that will come into play in the next one, so it feels some of it was unnecessary. The ending was strong, though. I’m curious about what’s going to happen next.
The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori – 5 stars. This book was so addictive that I finished reading it in one sitting. Christian and Gianna were pure fire together. A dark, emotional, steamy story. The push and pull and the pining were freaking perfect. It’s been a while since I enjoyed a mafia romance this much.
Always Only You by Chloe Liese – 5 stars. I loved this story so freaking much! It was sweet and funny, emotional and steamy! The slow burn almost killed me. Chloe Liese is a new favorite author!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – 3 stars. A fun read. I enjoyed the world-building, the friendship between Safiya and Iseult, and the magic system. The beginning was a little rough and the plot was a little convoluted. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I’m interested in continuing the series.
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey – 4 stars. Another great read! Fox and Hannah were fantastic characters. I loved their connection, their vulnerabilities, and how they were struggling with expectations and roles. The pacing wasn’t great in this one. It was weirdly sluggish at some points.
Steel King by Devney Perry – 3.5 stars. Check my mini-review here.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth – 4 stars. I was in the mood to read an Urban Fantasy and I picked this one up. I had so much fun reading it! We’ve got 4 POVs: Arlo (an ironborn half-fae), Nausicaä (a former fury), Vehan (a fae prince), and Aurelian (a lesidhe guard). I loved each one of these characters! The dynamics between them were great, specifically Arlo and Nausicaä’s banter, Arlo’s strong bond with her cousin, and Vehan and Aurelian’s complicated, emotional relationship. The first 20-25% of the book was slow, but after that, the pacing picked up. The world-building was dark, intriguing, and compelling. I really enjoyed the writing too. Very interested in the next book.
I read 12 books in April, a total of 3.864 pages. My average rating was 4 stars. Another average rating above 4! That’s great.
Here’s what I read in April:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – 3.5 stars. Check my mini-review here
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len – 4 stars. Check my mini-review here.
Kiss and Don’t Tell by Meghan Quinn – 4 stars. Check my mini-review here.
Tutoring the Player by Rebecca Jenshak – 4 stars. Check my mini-review here.
Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood – 4 stars. This was so much fun! A little too instalove on Erik’s part. But these two were so cute together. The chemistry was definitely there and the emotional connection made sense and was well established. The miscommunication stuff was predictable, but it didn’t bother me that much. I liked how the author chose to write the dual timeline. Overall, entertaining, sweet, and steamy.
Sneaking Around with #34 by Piper Rayne – 4 stars. A very emotional and sweet second chance romance. Warner and Imogen had a heartbreaking past. The chemistry, the tension, the banter, and the emotions between these two were fantastic. Imogen’s brother was the most annoying character ever in this story. That aspect went a little too far. I enjoyed this one a lot though.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 4.5 stars. I had so much fun reading this book! Lucy is adorable and feisty, Josh is broody and sexy and the banter between these two was freaking PERFECTION.
Their games, the humor, and the characters were fantastic, the story was addictive and I didn’t want to put down my kindle. The elevator scene… AMAZING! There were a few cheesy scenes, but overall I enjoyed it a lot. Now, I get the hype about this book. Worth it in my opinion.
The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen – 4 stars. A solid, fun read. I think I might have enjoyed this one more if I had read it before The Lie and The Plan (Allie and Luke’s daughters’ books). But I had fun reading Allie and Luke’s story. Their chemistry was fantastic, their emotional connection was very palpable and I loved Allie’s relationship with Faith. Interested in reading the next books in this series.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan – 4.5 stars. This was such a beautiful story. I was captivated by the lore and the world. Honestly, I didn’t want to put it down. The writing was beautiful! The descriptions were so vivid that everything seemed to jump off the page. I was captivated by the characters and the wonderful world-building. There’s political intrigue, a romance, great fighting scenes, and an engaging plot. There were a few issues with the pacing. Overall, I loved it.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas – 3 stars. A fun, quick, entertaining read. I had fun reading about Rolfe and Celaena’s first interactions. Not really interested in Celaena and Sam’s dynamic though. It was cool to be back to The Throne of Glass world.
Beasts and Beauty by Soman Chainani – 4 stars. My favorite short story retelling, in this one, was Hansel and Gretel. I loved the spins! All the fairytales were much darker and grittier, and I had a lot of fun listening to the audiobook. I also enjoyed Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk a lot. Anyone who loves fairytales retellings will enjoy this one.
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross – 4.5 stars. Check my review here.
My Mach TBR went well. I read 5/6 books from my TBR and 3 from my wiggle room possibility books. The only book from my TBR I didn’t read was Mistletoe & Mr Right. I’m 23% into the audiobook but it seems I’m never in the mood to pick it up again. I don’t even know why, because I was enjoying it. It’s just weird. Overall, I think March was a great month for me. I read 3 YA Fantasy, 2 Adult Fantasy, 1 SciFi, and 4 Romance books. And that average rating… amazing!
My April TBR went well too. I read 6/7 books from my TBR and 1 from my wiggle room possibility books. Again, the only book that I included in my TBR and didn’t read was Mistletoe & Mr Right. I don’t know, maybe I should just DNF it or maybe try the ebook. Something about it is clearly not working for me. I participated in the Magical Readathon: Orilium Spring Equinox 2022. And I completed the 4 classes/prompts that I needed for my calling: Mage Hunter! I’m so happy about that! 🥳 Can’t wait for the September round. Overall, April was a good month too. I read 1 Mystery Thriller, 6 Romance, 3 YA Fantasy, and 2 Adult Fantasy books.
Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts with me in the comments.