April was a particularly productive month for me, book wise. My friend Jan actually told me I need to slow down, because I’m outpacing her guess! It’s funny, because I felt like I read so much last year, and yet, this year, I’m reading way more than last year. I actually hadn’t read this many books until the middle of July….and here it’s the end of April. That’s more than two months of books I’m ahead of last year.
Let’s dive in.
April: (17 books)
1. Dreams of a Dark Warrior – Kresley Cole*
2. No Rest for the Wicked – Kresley Cole*
3. Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham
4. Pivot Point – Kasie West^
5. Split Second – Kasie West^
6. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
7. Never Fade – Alexandra Bracken
8. Heir Untamed – Danielle Bourdon^
9. King and Kingdom – Danielle Bourdon^
10. Heir Exiled – Danielle Bourdon^
11. King Takes a Bride – Danielle Bourdon^
12. The Wrath of the King – Danielle Bourdon^
13. Secret – Brigid Kemmerer^
14. The Distance Between Us – Kasie West^
15. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
16. Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor
17. Don’t Look Back – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Now let’s talk books. I’ve had a rough start to the year, a lot of bad books and times where I simply couldn’t find anything to read, so I fell back on beloved favorites. In fact, that’s how I started out this month. Rereading two old favorites. And then, just like that, the streak was busted.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a first novel by actress Lauren Graham. She currently stars as Sarah in Parenthood, but I first fell in love with her as the incomparable Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. (Fun fact, she is the actress I would like to play me in a movie about my life.) The book was okay. Her humor was there but the story was a bit scattered and overly detailed. Also the ending was pretty blech.
Then I tripped over the digital book, Pivot Point. Easily the best thing I read this month, and Kasie West is one of my new favorite authors. This is a story akin to the movie Sliding Doors (which sucks ass, btw, but people, women in particular, seem to love it). The story is a girl with the mental ability to see how two futures will play out. LOVED, LOVED this book. Split Second is the riveting sequel. Loved it as well, but it was darker and a whole lot sadder than the first one.
She also wrote the standalone, The Distance Between Us. I liked this very much, too. If you’re looking for a good teen romance, I liked this an awful lot. I couldn’t find these in print, but they are all available digitally.
The 5 books by Danielle Bourdon are a series. I had seen the first and marked it as a possible TBR (to be read). My TBR list is scary long. Longer, I believe than the list of last years books….The point is I figured I might get around to reading it at some point, then I was talking to my sister and she tells me “I read this book….” My sister NEVER recommends books to me. Never. So I wanted to know more and lo and behold, it was the first in this series. So I read it. It’s not terrific, the first is eminently likable, but they grow exponentially more ridiculous as the series progresses. What I did like is that the series is the same characters. The story of two people, set over 5 books. Usually they wrap a story in one book and they come back as fringe characters in someone else’s book, not so, here. I liked that a great deal.
Darkest Minds was a book I had picked up through browsing. It was not something I was excited to read, but once I started it, I got totally into it. It was gripping. Dark and twisting, but a romance and hero/adventure elements as well. I actually loved it and went back to get the next (it’s a trilogy, the 3rd isn’t out yet). Liked that, too, but so many things changed it was a huge departure, fortunately, the author kept it together. I’m excited for the final installment…in September.
Secret was the fourth in a series I read last year, I thought it was the last one, but, given the way this one ended, I am guessing she is going for a 5 book series. I just thought, since there are four brothers and each got a story, this would be it. I liked it, it was a good book, but a huge departure for the series. It was almost exclusively about this boy’s personal life and none of the others were like that, so I am not sure what’s happening. Maybe it will all become clear in the end.
To All the Boys I Loved Before was a new book/author I came across. The title caught my eye and the synopsis seemed good. A girl writes a kiss off letter to every boy she ever loved after he breaks her heart. Then they accidentally get sent and all the boys then know what she thinks of them, even ones who were just crushes who never knew. It started out super smart and funny (it was the book I was laughing out loud to in this post). But the ending was….well, kind of terrible. Then I found out that it is not a standalone book, it is the first of a series, which makes the ending not so terrible after all. I definitely liked this one.
Don’t Look Back is a new book by an author I like very much. She wrote the Lux series which I liked but didn’t love and the Covenant series which I loved very much. Couldn’t get my hands on those fast enough. This was an interesting book. It was very different from either of those both of which had supernatural elements. This does not. It’s just a dark thriller. And a bit of a romance, but it’s pretty obvious, the romance part, so it wasn’t that great. I did NOT see the ending coming, I was super surprised by it, which I liked. But there was a little too much with the flashback/dream sequences for my taste. I don’t like being pulled out of an engrossing story. Overall, worth the read.
And we end with Dreams of Gods and Monsters. This was the end of a trilogy. The first one, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, came damn close to being the best book I read last year (it was the honorable mention). The second one, Days of Blood and Starlight, was just okay. I didn’t care for that one very much, so I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the end. Turns out, it took her over 650 pages to tell the end of this story. It is an intimidating book, but worth it. So worth it. It was a terrific finale, and it’s so rare for that to happen. It even made the second one better because it explains the poor choices she made. It was a terrific ending and a wonderful trilogy. If you like sci-fi/fantasy/books about angels, definitely read this. It’s pretty great.
And, yeah, this was long, very long, but it’s been so long since I could talk about books I liked! Here’s the standings. Total books on the year? 63 books.
On pace to read 189 books on the year.