Not my best month, no 5 star novels and I didn’t get to my entire April TBR 😦
- I read 17 books this month
- Genre: 13 fantasy and 4 mystery
- Gender of authors: 6 women and 6 men
- Race of authors: 7 white authors, 4 Asian authors and 1 collection of varied authors
- Age range: 11 YA and 6 adult
- Format: 9 paperback and 8 ebook
- Prompt: Mystery
- The Ashes of London
- Moriarty the Patriot, Vol.2
- The Cloisters
- Final Acts
- Moriarty the Patriot, Vol.2
Final Acts edited by Martin Edwards (DNF)
This was just a super uninspiring murder mysteries with slow pacing and engaging writing. Which is a shame as I loved some other collections I have read.
Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman (DNF)
Nothing particularly bad about this fantasy re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I just couldn’t stay engaged and for a fantasy book promising vampire aristocrats there weren’t many at all!
Soggy Landing by Alec McGovern (2 stars)
I couldn’t actually tell you what this graphic novel was about. I really liked the art style but that was about it! The plot was all over the place and not cohesive at all and it felt gory and sexual for no real reason.
Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle & Katherine Webber (3.5 stars)
A super fun and action-packed fantasy romance with major Parent Trap/Princess and the Pauper vibes. I loved the world-building, the romance (Team Shen) and I thought the magic was super cool. I will say it took some time for the plot to properly going at first and a bit too much telling and not enough showing for certain aspects of the narrative.
At Midnight edited by Dahlia Adler (3.5 stars)
Overall, I had a really great time reading these stories and I loved the amount of love, representations and magic I saw in these pages.
Sugarplum – 2 stars
In The Forest of the Night – 5 stars
Say My Name – 3.5 stars
Fire and Rhinestone – 3 stars
Mother’s Mirror – 3 stars
Sharp As Any Thorn – 2.5 stars
Coyote in High Top Sneakers – 4 stars
The Sister Switch – 3 stars
Once Bitten, Twice Shy – 3 stars
A Flame So Bright – 3.5 stars
The Emperor and the Eversong – 5 stars
HEA – DNF
The Littlest Mermaid – 2 stars
Just a Little Bite – 5 stars
A Story About a Girl – 5 stars
The Cloisters by Katy Hays (3.5 stars)
A book for academia fans and art fans everywhere. A really engaging story following a young art historian as she works at the prestigious The Cloisters renowned for its collection of medieval and Renaissance art. This started off super strong and I was so absorbed in the story and the interpersonal dynamics of the main characters but unfortunately this book ended in a super predictable and cliched way for my personal liking.
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor (4 stars)
A really detailed and engaging historical crime novel. I will say that the mystery definitely takes a back seat in order to bring the historical fiction side of the novel to be highlighted. I would have preferred more mystery content but our two main characters are super captivating that I didn’t mind. My favourite part of this whole novel was the atmosphere. This book is set during and just after the Great Fire of London and Taylor did a great job weaving the terror and grief throughout the novel. You felt just as suffocated.
The Promised Neverland Series Vol.15-20 by Kaiu Shirai (5 stars)
What a way to end the series!!!! I want to give a standing ovation to this series and the author. So masterful. But… if I have to be picky I will say that Vol. 20 includes one of my least fave tropes and while I think it was the only answer to the tricky puzzle the author put himself in. I am still not a fan of the trope. Apart from that one tiny thing. 10/10! I cried.
Other books I read but couldn’t form coherent thoughts about at this current moment in time:
- Yona of the Dawn. Vol.1 by Mizuho Kusanagi (4 stars)
- Moriarty the Patriot, Vol.2 by Ryosuke Takeuchi (4 stars)
- Fierce by Mathieu Burniat (4 stars)
- A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin (4 stars)