My summer has been awesome so far despite the hot weather. I have officially got back into reading, met new bookish friends, went on a little vacation and leveled up my bookstagram game. Also, my anxiety disorder has not been frequently acting up lately; I thought I’d write about how I cope up soon.
Anyway, for the month of April, I’ve managed to read five books of various genre, to wit:
- Caraval / Stephanie Garber – ★★★★★ – Like I mentioned in my previous post, Caraval has easily become one of my favorite books. I gave it five stars, although I think it deserves more. Stephanie Garber has pulled it off for a debut novel with her beautiful storytelling and unique, fascinating plot. The experience I’ve had with this book was purely magical.
- A Court of Mist and Fury / Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★☆ – I am so glad I was finally able to read this book in time for ACOWAR’s release! The hype for the third book is real; I didn’t know Maas Destruction is as wide in scope until I joined bookstagram. Anyway, with A Court of Mist and Fury, Feyre’s character development was evident and I am pleased with that because I honestly thought she was lame in the first book. I fell in love not just with Rhysand but with his Inner Circle as well, and I’m glad to have finally figured out what the controversial Chapter 55 is about. LOL. It’s true what other bookworms have been saying, that this second book is 100% better than the first one.
- Scarlet / Marissa Meyer – ★★★★☆ – Scarlet is the second book of The Lunar Chronicles, a series of fairytale retellings by Marissa Meyer. While Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, Scarlet is of Little Red Riding Hood. I was easily engrossed with the story and the characters, as it gave me the same feels as Star Wars did, what with spaceships, droids, lady pilots and all. I’ve learned in the bonus content that Marissa Meyer is also a fan of Star Wars and that must explain it. Anyway, I like this second book better than the first one. Carswell Thorne and Wolf are already my favorites and if anything bad happens to them in the series I just know I would get upset. I expect for the character development of Emperor Kai in Cress as he is still the main man, or so I believe.
- Savage, Broken, Beautiful / Marian Tee – ★★★★☆ – Marian Tee herself sent me an ARC copy of Savage, Broken, Beautiful when I told her that I’ve read the sample from Kindle Store and loved it. It’s an erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and although the author patterned the story with the classic fairy tale, an entirely different mood was presented in this book. What I loved most about it aside from its being sexy was the humor; some dialogues has got me actually laughing out loud. I’m looking forward to reading more of Marian Tee’s books in the future. I also hope to read more about Aurelien as there’s so much more in his world to explore.
- Since You’ve Been Gone / Morgan Matson -★★☆☆☆ – While it’s befitting to read this book during the summer, it has not really got me engrossed. I couldn’t relate to the characters and the pace was slow, that I’m halfway through the book and I still feel like nothing has happened yet. The general idea of having a list of “dares” to do is cute though, and I love that Frank is straight-edge.
That’s it! My goal for the month of May is to read at least six books. Good luck and happy reading, fellow bookworms!