April Wrap Up

This month has been crazy. I thought that I read a ton of books this month but then I realized that all of them were during Tome Topple and they wouldn’t be included here. So I’ve only got three books to mention. Total, I read 6 books this month. That puts my GoodReads count at 20 of the 55 books I wanted to read this month. I’m going to be trying a new set up with my wrap ups! I hope you enjoy it! I purchased a Book Log a couple weeks ago and I’m going to be using a few things I track in there for this!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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(Photo linked to Good Reads)

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Grisha Trilogy

Page Count: 356

Bought/Borrowed From: Christmas Gift

Pub Month/Year: June 2012

Form: Paperback

Plot Rating: 4/5

Characters Rating: 4/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

Recommend to: Urban Fantasy Lovers (Even though it’s “high” fantasy)

Quote: “‘The problem with wanting,’ he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, ‘is that it makes us weak.’”

Review: Yes

The more I sit here and think about it, the more my feelings change about this book. I didn’t really like it when I finished it. But I think a lot of that had to do with the fact I read that right after I finished ACOMAF. So since this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, I was kind of disappointed. I have changed my rating on GoodReads to a 4 out of 5 but I didn’t change it in my review.

Messenger by Lois Lowry

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(Photo linked to Good Reads)

Genre: Dystopian

Series: The Giver Quartet

Page Count: 142

Bought/Borrowed From: Christmas Gift

Pub Month/Year: August 2006

Form: Hardcover

Plot Rating: 3.5/5

Characters Rating: 4/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5

Overall Rating:

Recommend To: I would say I would want to recommend this to younger young adults. Probably pre-teens. It’s a very meaningful book and I feel it would work for that age group.

Quote: “He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.”

Review: No

I read this book to my son over the course of a couple months. I read The Giver and Gathering Blue in High School and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I want to reread Gathering Blue one day but I decided to start with Messenger since my son isn’t old enough to know any different. But I did enjoy this book. I don’t plan on writing a review so I’ll share my full thoughts really quickly.

I feel like a majority of the book was leading up to the last couple of chapters (that would make sense) and there wasn’t really much going on in the beginning. It felt like a first book to a series to me. It was all world building with a tiny bit of action at the end. That’s probably my main issue with this. The ending was rushed. If you know what I’m talking about, they seemed to skip over most of it. I mean, it kind of made sense but I also wish they would have gone a bit more in depth with the whole ending. I only partially expected the ending. I expected it but was really hoping that they wouldn’t go there. But they did. They went there. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I didn’t expect it to be spectacular and I knew that it wasn’t meant to be action packed. It was meant to convey a message (ha! Messenger) and that’s what it did for me.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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(Photo linked to Gemina’s Good Reads Page)

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The illuminae Files

Page Count: 659

Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon

Pub Month/Year: October 2016

Form: Hardcover

Plot Rating: 3/5

Characters Rating: 3/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 2.75/5

Recommend To: Anyone who enjoys science fiction and space

Quote: N/A

Review: No

So I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t like this book. This series was so overhyped and I was highly disappointed. I plan on doing a full spoiler-free and spoiler review so I won’t get too in depth here. I just couldn’t seem to get into the book and the plot just seemed average to me. Seemed to be too much of a copy of the first one. It’s spoiler-y so I’ll get more in depth on those thoughts in my full review.

Those are all the books I read this month outside of  my Tome Topple. Here are this month’s stats including Tome Topple stats (which are not on my wrap up as this is a new thing I’m trying with inspiration from Books and Lala)

Genres
Science Fiction – 3
Fantasy – 3

Average Page Count  – 528

Average Rating – 4/5

Other Stats
Finished 1 Series
Started 2 Series
Continued 1 Series
Caught Up With 1 Ongoing Series

A to Z Challenges Completed: 4 (G, I, M, S)
2017 Reading Challenges Completed: 1 (Read a book outside your favorite genre)
Diversity Bingo Challenges Completed: 0 (Shocker. I’m horrible at this)

3 Hardbacks
3 Paperback
2 Audiobooks
0 eBooks
(I listened to two books on audio and followed along in the book so they count for two)

I think that’s about it! I can’t really think of anymore stats to share with you guys. If you can think of any for my next wrap up, let me know! I’ve requested a couple ARCs so maybe I’ll be able to include an ARC next time around.

I hope you enjoyed! What was your favorite read this month? Happy reading!

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