In April, I read a total of nine books, all of which I quite thoroughly enjoyed. However, I didn’t stick to my TBR hardly at all. Because of this, in May I’m not making an official TBR. I have quite a few new releases I’m excited for in May I’ll probably be picking up and focusing on. Anyways……Here are each of my April reads ranked from worst to best.
1. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman – 2.5 stars
This book was super cute and easy to read. I read it in only one day, because the writing and pacing flow so well. However, there really isn’t anything special about this book. It’s a pretty typical summer contemporary. If you love YA contemporaries, you’ll enjoy this one for sure. I just didn’t find it that memorable in the end.
2. The Whole Thing Together – Ann Brashares – 3 stars
This is the newest from the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I never read that series
growing up, but I know how beloved they were and so I definitely wanted to pick this book up. The writing is what brings this book to 3 stars. It’s beautiful. This was another book I read in one day and it was because the writing was so dang addictive. Where it lacked was plot. The concept of this blended family was definitely unique, and I think had great potential, but for the first half it’s not really about anything.
3. The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokski – 3 stars
This is another case where I loved the writing, but the plot didn’t totally work for me. I found the beginning of this book really interesting, and the last third wonderful. However, the middle of the book sort of meanders. There is a lot of time spent where our protagonist seems to be just wandering hallways and opening doors, describing the strange and fantastical things she sees. I had originally planned on reading this and its companion Crown of Wishes back to back, but found this one a bit tedious to get through and ultimately put off Crown of Wishes.
4. One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton – 3.5 stars
This was a delightful surprise. I requested this galley simply based on the cover and the Italian setting. I was expecting a cheesy, summer contemporary; a book where lots of kisses and gelato are shared. What I got was a beautiful story about family, sisters, and grief. This book hit me real hard in the feels. The only reason it didn’t score higher was because I didn’t care for the relationship story line.
5. The Inconceivable Life of Quinn – Marianna Baer – 4 stars
This was a book I won in Goodreads giveaway and knew very little about going into it. I loved it. It is one of the most unique books I have ever read. It follows the story Quinn who is 17 and pregnant….but she’s never had sex. The rest of the book is devoted to unraveling the mystery of how she became pregnant. It blends contemporary, mystery, and magical realism to create something really interesting and new.
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter – Scaachi Koul – 4 stars
This was my April Book of the Month pick and I loved it. Scaachi Koul is hysterical. This book talks about important, serious issues like rape and racism but somehow manages to never come off as preachy. Instead, it’s like having a conversation with an old friend over drinks. She perfectly blends insightful, powerful arguments with her quirky humor for a book that is truly special. This was originally going to be a five star read for me, but I felt like a few of the later essays weren’t nearly as strong as the beginning of the book.
The Heart of Betrayal – Mary E. Pearson – 4.5 stars
I love this series. So much. Often, series hit a second book slump, especially with trilogies. That wasn’t the case with this one. I found it a bit slower going in the beginning, but as the political intrigue increased I found myself more and more sucked into this world, up until the absolutely epic ending. This book was just as good (possibly even better) as the first book.
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
I’m officially obsessed with these books. I avoided them for so long because the hype around Sarah J. Maas and her books is unreal. With the new one coming out today, I finally gave into the hype and I am so glad I did. Both ACOTAR and ACOMAF may have made their way into my all time favorites list.
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
A Court of Thorns and Roses was amazing. A Court of Mist and Fury
is even better. Sarah J. Maas knows how to write incredible endings. Both books in this series, especially ACOMAF, left me with such a reading high when finished. I’m scared to see how she’ll end a series. I’m scared it will “ruin” us.
What books did you read this month? Any hits or misses? Let me know in the comments below!