I have had a very successful reading month in April, so I am very happy. I managed to get to most of the books that were on my TBR which makes a change for me. I was also surprised by how many of the books that I read in the month that I really enjoyed. Fingers crossed I can carry this trend on for the rest of the year.
Books Read: 10
Pages Read: 3314
Average Pages per Day: 110.47
Average Rating: 3.9
These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden
These Violent Nights is the second Rebecca Crunden book and I enjoyed my time reading it. I really liked the selection of main characters that we followed and how Rebecca Crunden constantly left me guessing as to the direction that the story was going to take next. The only small issues that I had was that I wanted to see a little more of the villain to understand their motivation.
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
The Prison Healer was the first Lynette Noni book that I have ever picked up, but I will definitely be going to take a look at her backlist. I loved Lynette Noni’s atmosphere in The Prison Healer and kept me constantly on my toes and desperate to find out what would happen next. It did take me quite a while to get through the middle of the book as it started to get a little bit repetitive, but the ending made up for it.
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier
I loved this graphic novel and all that it represents. The two main characters of Bebe and Annie were amazing, and their interactions were so cute. Cheer Up dives into some important topics and handles them perfectly, educating the reader with its powerful message. I loved the art style and think that it fits the story perfectly. The only thing I would have loved was for it to be a little bit longer so we could have seen some of the smaller moments between the characters, as some moments did seem as if they were over very quickly.
Hunted by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
While I enjoyed my time reading Hunted, I felt as if something was missing for me to truly enjoy it. While I liked the concept, I didn’t find myself connected to any of the characters, which meant that I wasn’t as invested in the story as I wanted to be. It also felt to me that the main relationship was very Insta-Love, which is not a trope that I like.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I adored Crooked Kingdom, even more than I adored Six of Crows. I love the journey that the characters go on throughout the book and the personal development they go through. The ending of Crooked Kingdom broke me, so I really hope that we get to see what happens to the characters after the story’s events.
The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into The Lore of Prometheus, but I thoroughly enjoyed my timing reading it. As The Lore of Prometheus won BBNYA 2020, I had high expectations, and I was not disappointed. I loved the storytelling, especially as it was told in both first and third POV depending on the character we were following. I can’t wait to dive into more of Graham Austin-King’s backlist.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Much like I loved the earlier two books in the Brown Sisters series, I loved Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Eve and Jacob were adorable, and I loved the slow-building nature of their relationship. They are the definition of the sunshine x grumpy dynamic, and I loved it. I hope in the future we get to see more from the Brown sisters!
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
I didn’t enjoy The Road Trip as much as I loved Beth O’Leary’s previous two books. The main problem that I had was that I was not too fond of half of the main characters, which detracted from me being able to like the central relationship. I will still try out other Beth O’Leary books when they are released as hopefully, this was just a blip for me.
Allied by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Allied is the sequel to Hunted, which I also read earlier this month. While I liked my time reading it, I felt like I wanted something a little more from it. There had been a considerable amount of character development between the two books, but I still didn’t feel as connected as I would want to the characters. I didn’t feel as if Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk developed the plot as I would have liked as everything seemed to happen very quickly and was over very quickly. I’m not sure if I am going to carry on with this series, I will have to see when the next book in the series is released.
There you have it, my reading for April. I am hoping that I can carry on with this reading pace throughout the rest of the year. But I do feel a little bit of a slump coming on, so we shall have to see.
What was your favourite book in April? Let me know in the comments below!