April, I think, is a month that brought many of us new challenges. With social distancing, face masks, and work changes all happening very quickly it was difficult to keep up with all of the new policies and rules and to get used to a new way of living day to day life. Personally, I’ve learned to enjoy curbside pickup although the feeling of panic when someone gets too close to you in public is something I doubt I’ll get used to.
Amidst all of these changes and often crushing anxiety, I at least managed to find my way out of my nearly two month reading slump. Huzzah! April was actually a pretty good month reading wise so lets focus on some positives and dive into books, shall we?
We Hunt the Flame (The Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal – Say hello to the book that pulled me out of that reading slump! We Hunt the Flame is such a wonderful book with action, adventure, budding romance, and characters that found their way into my heart. I can’t wait to see what happens next and I am missing Zafira and Nasir terribly. 5/5
From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer Armentrout – This book was my first read by Armentrout and I gobbled it up. This one is definitely more New Adult than YA as there are many scenes depicting violence, sexual content, sexual and physical assault, and mental abuse. Be that as it may, I still loved this book. It was an easy read with characters that I could picture clearly and I quickly became invested in their stories. 4/5
Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas – Certainly my least favorite of Kleypas’ Ravenels series. The characters were dry and predictable and the romance did not feel feasible. 2/5
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – This has become one of my favorite books of all times and I’ve read it three or four times at this point. Beautiful imagery, bold and interesting characters, a romance to root for, and a plot that keeps you invested. It has everything and has become a “go to” book for me when I’m feeling low. 4/5
A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell #5) by Deanna Raybourn – The first four books in this series I was over the moon for! Bold female lead, the slowest of slow burn romances, fascinating mysteries, and some of the best banter I’ve ever seen. However, this one is certainly the weakest in the series as it lacked much in the mystery department and none of the usual banter was present. 3/5
The Dare by Lauren Landish – Good grief this book was borderline terrible. The two lead romantic characters were irritating, the plot was irritating, so many things were not rooted in sense…not a great romance. The only redeeming aspect was the fact that the intimate scenes were fire. 2/5
Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn – Here we have another romance with ridiculous characters and an unbelievable romance. Honestly, this is hardly worth commenting on. 2/5
There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool – Let me preface this by saying that I can understand why many people enjoyed this book but, unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I was nearly half through this story when I decided to throw in the towel. For me it was too slow moving, the characters all kind of ran together, and there were too many POVs for me to keep track of with all the characters feeling like copies of each other.
The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro – When I read the first Charlotte Holmes book I was thoroughly entertained. Be that as it may, this book left something to be desired. I also reached about the halfway point reading this title before I set it aside. I didn’t see the point of the story and the characters had lost all of their charm and anything that made them interesting.
Added to the Shelves
I am thrilled to say that I read more in April than I added to my shelves! Hurray! Sword in the Stars and The Ten Thousand Doors of January were both personal purchases while Bone Criers Moon came as a surprise in a subscription box.
- Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…
- Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Would Like to Reread
- WWW Wednesday | April 15
- WWW Wednesday | April 22
- WWW Wednesday | April 29
- Down the TBR Hole #37
- Down the TBR Hole #38
- Book Spotlight | From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer Armentrout
- March Wrap Up
In May my goals are:
- Purchase/receive no more than two new books
- Add fewer than five books to my TBR
- Read at least four already owned titles
- Post at least three time a week
That is it for April! I hope that May brings us all a little joy and peace. Happy reading, everyone.