April 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my April wrap up and I managed to read eight books. Compared to last month, I did enjoy them a lot more but there’s still a few that I didn’t like. Here’s what I read:

Strange the DreamerMuse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I really wish I could say I loved this duology, but sadly it wasn’t for me! I thought the story had a lot of potential and was intrigued by the different ability each character possessed. I would’ve loved way more attention on that rather than the romance between Lazlo and Sarai. Also, I was extremely disappointed with how little focus there was on Sarai in Muse of Nightmares. Maybe I missed something, but did she actually do anything in this book? The plot didn’t make sense to me at all and I was so, so tired of reading about how much Lazlo and Sarai loved each other. You’ll be seeing these books in a future unhaul, for sure. 

A Map of DaysThe Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs: I don’t know why it took me so long to read these books because they were so good! They were just as addicting as the original trilogy and I’m very happy Ransom decided to extend this series. There was a lot of things I wasn’t expecting and I wish the photographs had been a bit better, but I loved the new direction the plot went in and the change in some of the characters. I wish some of the other peculiar children were more involved as I felt they got pushed to the side and didn’t really do much. I’m very excited for the final book and I wish I didn’t have so long to wait for it!

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi: Can you believe this series is over? I’m gutted because I love these characters so much, but at the same time I’m slightly relieved because the last three books were definitely not the best and I struggled to even finish Restore Me. I felt like the characters were completely destroyed for no reason and the plot felt very repetitive – Juliette is kidnapped, rescued by her friends; kidnapped AGAIN, rescued by her friends AGAIN and so on and so forth. It was very tiring and not what I was expecting but I still really enjoyed it. I just think Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me are the superior books in this series.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I’m not sure how I felt about this. It definitely wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be, but I struggled to grasp the worldbuilding. I skimmed the first 100 to 150 pages because I found it to be a massive info dump and my eyes honestly glazed over. After the half way point I started to enjoy it more, but I didn’t really like Alex. I thought it strange how she didn’t try and stop certain things from happening, but then afterwards she acted like she was a victim. I couldn’t connect with her at all and didn’t understand her character. It was an okay read for me, but nothing spectacular.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Venerable Tiger by Sam Siciliano: Oh, look! Another Sherlock Holmes book! How surprising. In this story, Sherlock is tasked with finding priceless jewels and working out who rightfully owns them. There’s a variety of different characters and the author spends a lot of time building each character. I loved trying working out who was telling the truth and who was deceiving others. I wish there’d been more action as the first half of the book wasn’t very exciting compared to the second half. Overall though, I enjoyed it!

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski: Whenever a film or TV show comes out and it’s based on a book, I’m always curious and always end up buying it. Most of the time I like it but sadly this time I did not. The Last Wish is, to put it bluntly, boring. I was really confused at first because I didn’t know it was an anthology of short stories and even when I got used to that, I still couldn’t enjoy it. It just doesn’t make sense to me to introduce a character and their world in short stories. Also, it wasn’t even that long (280 pages) and I still struggled to finish it. I won’t be continuing with this series.

So that’s my wrap up! I’m pleased with what I’ve read and I’m glad that I’m finally tackling all these massive books on my TBR pile. What did you read this month? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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