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April Wrap-Up and May TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

So, I’ve been thinking about starting a vlog for a while, where I’ll talk about books I’m reading, books I’m buying, and books I want to read, as well as book reviews. There’s just something about vlog reviews that I like more than blog reviews. I’m hoping to get started with that soon, but I’m waiting for my new glasses to arrive first.

In the meantime, I’ll just briefly go over the books I have read in the month of April, and then the books I want to read in May. This sort of content will be a vlog post next time around.

In April I read 19 books while also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a little crazy.

First up, I read The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, a YA retelling of Arabian Nights, which I gave a 5/5 stars. I devoured this book and then quickly passed it onto a friend, who also loved it. And now I have the sequel sitting at home and I’m hoping that it doesn’t disappoint me because I loved Shazi and Khalid.

Then I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown, a sci-fi dystopian book, which I also gave a 5/5. One of my bookish friends told me to read this book, and I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I now have book two waiting for me at home, so I get to look forward to reading that in May.

Next I read Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, which was a Greek-inspired retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m sure any other time I would have adored this book, but I read it right on the heels of Red Rising so it didn’t impact me as much, so I only gave it 4/5 stars. So, it was still good but not as good as the previous reads.

After that I read The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, which was pitched as being for fans of Reign and The Selection, and I adored the whole world and the characters and everything. It was great and I didn’t want to put it down. Definitely a 5/5 star read for me.

I’m going to just do the next four books together: Shadow and BoneSiege and StormRuin and Rising, and Six of Crows, all by Leigh Bardugo. All of them received a 5/5 star review from me, though I will say that I liked Six of Crows a lot more than the Grisha trilogy, but they were still all really good. I enjoyed the magic and can I please have a scenario where Nikolai and Kaz meet each other because I think those two would get along.

Likewise, I’ll put the next three books together: Captive PrincePrince’s Gambit, and Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat. I was supposed to set these books aside for my May TBR but I sort of picked up the first one and then couldn’t stop reading. They are absolutely amazing, and I’ll have a lot more to say about them in a future post. Anyway, a stunning trilogy, which definitely earns 5/5 stars.

Next was the books I read for Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon: Borderline by Mishell Baker, The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas, Soundless by Richelle Mead, and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Borderline was a 5/5 star read for me and the rest were all 4/5 stars. You can read the rest in my Readathon wrap-up post here.

My next book was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which earned a 4/5 star rating. It was really good and I enjoyed the intrigue of multiple Londons, but the book didn’t blow me away. Still, I do have the next book waiting to be read, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for Kell and Lila.

Then I have probably the quickest read on this list: Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Tess Fowler and Kurtis J. Wiebe. This collects issues #11-#15 together, and I freaking love the Rat Queens. I don’t recommend this for younger readers though. The Queens are foul mouthed and there is drug use and sex within the series. But this is one of my favorite comic series to read and it continues to earn 5/5 stars.

I finished the month off with Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan. This is a YA urban fantasy retelling of Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities. It was a nice way to finish off the month and I did enjoy the setup with Light magic and Dark magic, and what happens when a girl is in the middle of the two worlds.

Okay, now for my May TBR. I’ll make it nice and simple with a picture:


Not pictured is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, because it will be released May 3rd. So yeah, 14 books on that list, plus I have 3 ARCs to read as well. We’ll see how many I get through.

Thanks for reading guys! Let me know in the comments if you read any amazing books in April…or tell me if there are any books you’re excited to read in May.

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