March 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing the books I read in March. This has been my best reading month so far as I read 9 books and two of them were five stars. Here’s what I read:

Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson: I was so excited to get an ARC of this as it was one of my most anticipated reads and it did not disappoint. It’s my first five star read this year and one I’ll be recommending to everyone. It’s a thriller but it mainly focuses on the music industry. The main character is a rising star but she’s also running from her past, which is quickly catching up to her. It’s a really fun read and I fell in love with the characters. I would love to read another book from Dolly and James in the future.

Perfect Remains by Sarah Fields: I’ve had this book for ages but just never got round to it. I have no idea why I never picked it up because I really enjoyed it. I like to read quite dark thrillers and this was definitely a dark and disturbing read. It’s the first in a series and I do plan on continuing with it. I’d probably say for this one it’s better to go into it blind and not read the synopsis. You’ll love it even more.

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik: My second, and surprising, five star read is sci-fi! I had a feeling I’d like this but I was quickly surprised to find out that I actually adored this book. I think it’s because it was more character-driven than plot-driven and it helped that the author didn’t do an info dump right at the start. The world-building is perfect as little crumbs are dropped throughout to keep you interested. Honestly, this story was absolutely perfect and I’m so happy to see it’s part of a series as I’d love to read more about these characters. I will definitely be picking up the second book.

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean: I think this is another book that will be even better if you don’t read the synopsis. It’s definitely a dark and shocking read as the main character goes through an unimaginable horror. I was completely hooked on this story as I had to find out what was going to happen to her. It’s another one I’ll be recommending to everyone.

It Ends At Midnight by Harriet Tyce: If I didn’t have to work I’d have probably read this in one sitting. I was completely hooked! The friendship in this is so toxic and I just needed to know why they were still friends; what secret from their past bound them together. I did partially guess the ending but there was one twist that completely surprised me! I thoroughly enjoyed this.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett: This is another one that I’ve had for ages and never got round to. I ginally picked it up this month and I can’t believe it took me this long. I don’t think the formatting will be for everyone as the majority of the story is comprised of emails between a theatre group. One of them is murdered and the person who went to prison for the muder may be innocent. You, along with two law students, have to read through the emails and solve the case. I love how unique this story is that it gives you a chance to solve it before the killer’s identity is revealed. It probably won’t be for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg: This is the only book I didn’t enjoy and I am gutted. I loved the sound of it, which is why I requested it on NetGalley, but it wasn’t for me. It’s an important topic to discuss as it’s about a student-teacher relationship but it was too long. The story was dragged out to the point where I was bored and just skim-reading it waiting for something to happen. It feels like you go round in circles as the student tries to make the teacher see that what he’s done and is still doing is wrong but he refuses to accept it. The ending was a massive disappointment and not worth struggling through the book for.

Message Not Found by Dante Medema: I was not expecting this to be as moving as it was. I think a lot of people can relate to this story as the main character has to come to terms with the death of her best friend and how well she really knew her. It was incredibly emotional and such a heartbreaking story. I really felt for Bailey as you could clearly see how much she was struggling with her grief. It’s beautifully written and I did cry a little bit while I was reading it.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab: I got this in my monthly Illumicrate and I started reading it as soon as it arrived as I’ve been impatiently waiting for it! It was definitely worth the wait as Schwab has written another beautiful story. While it had a slow build up, it was creepy and I was very intrigued by the house and all these rules and secrets. I wish the ending was longer though as they seemed to defeat the villain almost straight away. That aside, I loved it.

Looking at all these books, I think I had a pretty good reading month. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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