REVIEW COPIES, MOOD-READS AND A RANDOM READING SLUMP: MY APRIL WRAP UP

April has been a weird month for me. I’ve been all over the place mentally, and been hard at work keeping my blog active, working a part time job and handing in a few assignments. It was nice to be challenged. I’m so used to boredom and watching the days go by uneventfully that the change was a pleasant shock to the system. That’s not to say it didn’t impact and exhaust me, because it did- but I was happy about it. I found myself falling back on familiar favourites and quick and easy reads to up my reading count, but I also didn’t want to forget about all the review copies that require my complete focus and attention. To the ones I didn’t get to this month: I’m sorry. It just isn’t working out for us at the moment. Maybe we’ll see each other again in the future?


Mera: Tide Breaker by Danielle Paige

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Source: Sent to me by Nina Douglas acting as publicist for DC Ink, a new publishing imprint focusing on graphic novels, in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts & Feelings:

You know when you finish a book, close it and just say “meh”? In other words, I was indifferent. I couldn’t care less what happened to the characters and quite honestly I was confused most of the time. To be fair, I don’t follow any superhero happenings and only have a vague understanding of Atlantis and what little I know can be summed up to “Khal Drogo plays that fish-dude in that movie”. So yeah, I’m definitely not the target audience for this one, but I was hoping it would make sense as the whole focus of the upcoming series is to encourage YA audiences to fall in love with superheroes, and I just don’t see that happening if the books don’t make sense without complex background knowledge. On the other hand, the artwork was gorgeous and the main carrying reason why I kept reading. I loved the drawings, the colour and the slick glossy feel of the pages. The story itself felt a little rushed and I feel a better job could have been done if they’d not limited the novel to 250 pages. The romance felt forced and rushed and I just didn’t really care whether they ended up together or not. Meh.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Rating: N/A (Reread)

Source: Finished copy purchased with my own money.

Thoughts & Feelings:

I could read this book a hundred times. Honestly, I’m getting pretty close – I’m definitely in the double digits on this one, and I was still just as obsessed with it as I was the first time round. There’s something in me that adores a sassy blind girl who doesn’t let the world get her down, no matter how heavy it weighs. More people need to read and appreciate this book, so- give me a moment- *pulls out my spare copy* here you go. GET TO IT.

Blackbird Manga, Volumes 1-3 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Rating: N/A (Reread)

Source: Finished copies purchased with my own money.

Thoughts & Feelings:

Blackbird is the trashy smutty fantasy manga that always pulls me out of a slump. I absolutely fly through the books, love the art style and the story is so entertaining. I’ve never made it further than book 7 but I now own THE ENTIRE SERIES, so I’m hoping to read a few volumes per month until I’ve ticked them all off.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: N/A (Reread)

Source: Finished copy bought from my own money.

Thoughts & Feelings:

Illuminae is 600 pages of uncontrollable chaos. It’s fun, sweet and will tear you apart. It’s written so well that I have nightmares about the events of this book. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. If you haven’t heard of it- have you been living under a rock?? Go check it out!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: ARC that I received in a trade.

Thoughts & Feelings:

ANSKSJSJSJKSKSUSUA. I’m one of the lucky few who managed to get eager grabby hands on an early copy of this one, and I’d just like to be one of the voices that screams my love off the rooftops. I’ve seen so many positive reviews for this one, and I’m so glad to reassure you that the hype is worth it. The romance is super sweet, the characterisation and enemies-to-lovers is perfect and honestly I just want another book of these two just locked into a secure room together. The tension and chemistry that sparks between them is so believable and the relationship flows so well that I genuinely cried when I finished because it wasn’t real and I’m now in a world without these two babies.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Review copy provided by Harper360 in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts & Feelings:

I won’t go into too much detail on this one as I want to try encourage people to read my review post, but basically: this was everything I wanted it to be and more. Anastasia is a fairytale I discovered way after my Disney-princess craze, and it still lingers in my mind to this day. I was so terrified Nadine wouldn’t do it justice, especially because she’d chosen to set it in such a similar world to ours (unlike Last Of Her Name, which was a sci-fi Anastasia retelling I read last month and loved)- and therefore there was so much possibility for it to fall flat. However, it rose beyond my expectations and was so sweet and sugary that my teeth hurt. It was honestly so freaking good- the only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is because I read Red, White & Royal Blue before it and they just weren’t quite on the same level. CLOSE, THOUGH.

Every Heart A Doorway, Down Among The Sticks and Bones, Beneath The Sugared Sky & In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Audiobook purchased with my own money.

Thoughts & Feelings:

This series has been on my backlist for as long as I can remember, and when the final book released last year I had no more excuses not to pick them up. However, the hardcovers are still really expensive so I ended up using 4 of my built-up Audible credits to get the whole series. I knew they were short books, but I still thought it’d take me longer to listen to them than it actually did. They drew me in like a huge sea-creature with whirlpool-breath and sent me on the biggest adventure of my life.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: eARC sent to me by Black & White Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts & Feelings:

From now and forever, Akemi will have my heart. She has this almost-unique ability to crush me into a million glass pieces and letting me see my reflection in the mirror. I always love to support UKYA authors, and it makes it so much more special when they are genuinely good writers, and I wish everyone would read her books. I have been blessed by discovering her in this past year, and every single book she publishes is going to be an auto-buy.

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: An ARC gifted by a friend.

Thoughts & Feelings:

You know that feeling you get when a book you’ve waited for a thousand years finally arrives? That automatic satisfaction, the warmth that kindles in your stomach and the immediate ‘I must set aside everything else on my TBR’ and dive on in that drives you to disregard every book you own in order to pick it up? This was that book for me. And oh boy, let me tell you: it did not disappoint. I flew through it within a couple of days, and I’m incredibly satisfied with absolutely everything from the characters to the storyline to the this-is-too-cute-I-can’t-handle-it spasms my heart is having.

Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: ARC gifted by a friend.

Thoughts & Feelings:

I wasn’t expecting this one to make it on my to-read list this month, but I needed something cheesy and quick to fly through as I buddy-read a different book with my friend Aurora. I couldn’t limit myself to just reading 100 pages a day, and this was my solution. A light-hearted contemporary about a girl who has flown above expectations and ends up falling for a prince. It was as cute as I expected to be, overly-cheesy and heavily based round the insta-love; but it was perfect for what I needed. I wasn’t expecting much, and it did its job.


I haven’t quite finished my buddy read yet, so it’ll be making an appearance on next month’s list – alongside another contemporary I’ve started and an audiobook that I haven’t had much time to listen to. Yes, I have 3 books on the go. Yes, I’m coping. Currently. To be fair, they are all in different genres and that’s probably the only reason I’m not having a melt down and combining all the storylines in my head. I’ve never been one for picking up multiple books at the same time, but it’s happening more often lately as my attention span plummets to less than a few minutes.

Overall, I’m really satisfied with my reading month and I’m well on track to hitting 100 books by the end of the year. Seriously, I’m already on Book 57, 58 & 59. I’ll be smashing that target out of the park!

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  1. Great wrap up! It sounds like you had an awesome month with tons of enjoyable reads! And I totally feel ya on being all over the place mentally, but still happy that everything keeps you occupied. Haha! I can’t wait to read Spin the Dawn, and would you believe it if I said that Illuminae has just been collecting dust on my shelf for nearly a year?? I need to read it ASAP!

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  2. I read the Wayward children series (all except the last book) this month too! Also, the book In an Absent Dream isn’t the final book in that series. I’m not actually sure how many total there will be but there is another one, at least, and it’s expected to release next year.

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