Books

April Wrap Up |Books I read in April|

Compare to March, when I read 19 books (my new record, ha!), April was a lazier month in reading, so here are the 9 books I finished this month.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds  
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 3/5

For those who are in a reading slump, this is a fast and powerful read. This is a short book told in short, narrative verse, where we take a look at teenage gun violence. Fifteen-year-old Will’s brother, Shaw was just murdered and he seeks revenge so now he is going to kill his brother’s killer, with his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator on the seventh floor, and as the elevator goes down, and stops on each floor, and at each stop someone gets on who knew his brother, they give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows.

I gave it a 3 star because it’s heavier than it seems, and also i did not really enjoy it, it’s not my favorite genre, but I think it’s worth a read. Because of the verse structure it’s a very fast read.

Horrid by Katrina Leno
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.5/5

This is a contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief.
 After her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from California to the old house in cold Maine where her mother grew up. They want a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors it’s not possible. Jane trying to find comfort in books and new friends but she have to face bullies too, and her mom act weird since they arrived, so more and more secrets come into light.

This was such a fast paced, exciting and scary read! I really enjoyed it, although because of the ending i gave it 4.5 star. I enjoyed it nonetheless, its a perfect spooky book for autumn time!
By the way Katrina Leno is on my list with her You must not miss book long time ago, and this was a nice introduction to her writing. Now I can’t wait for it to read it!

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

This is a very realistic kind of rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses, Nishat and her childhood friend Flávia, who discover they have feelings for each other. When Nishat comes out to her parents, she have to realize that she can’t be herself, because “Muslim girls can’t be lesbians”. Nishat is struggling to keep a good relationship with her family but also she doesn’t want to hide who she is. The competition is getting harder because Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture but she have still a crush for her and realizes there might be more to her than she know.

This was such an enjoyable read, with a mix of sweetness and seriousness, it’s very realistic and I think this could totally happened like this in real life in real school with real people. It’s such an important read, about Bengali culture, about the LGBTQA+ community, friends and enemies. I think its perfect for a younger audience too, its fast paced, and i liked that the characters are not all good.
I really loved it. And that cover is so beautiful!!!! ❤️

Crave by Tracy Wolff
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

This is basically a mix between The Vampire Academy and Twilight. The book is about Grace who moved to Alaska after the death of her parents, with her Uncle and cousin to a boarding school that they run. After she gets there she slowly realizes that this is not a normal school (everybody running around only in shirts in winter…in Alaska…a lot of suggestion about blood sucking and stuff…wake up Grace!) And so Grace fell in love with Jaxon Vega and it’s the typical “I can’t be with you but you are the only one I care about in a long time but you are a human and I want to suck your blood so you have to keep a distance from me”.
I think it was a little bit too long if we look at the plot, and basically a Twilight rip off, BUT…

I enjoyed it hahaha! Its funny, they even talk about Twilight in it, you just can’t take this serious. I gave it a 4 star because i had a fun time listening to the Audio book, but I won’t continue the trilogy. This one was enough. 😀 And actually i read it for two reasons: the next Fairy Loot I’m subscribed for, there will be a Crave bookish item and I wanted read it before it comes, and everybody was talking about this book so I thought i will give it a try. 🙂 If you miss Twilight, read this, but it’s not gonna be that good haha!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Holy Moly Holly! 🙂 This is one of my favorite book so far this year!

Five years ago, a schoolgirl named Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh, as everybody knows the story. The case was closed, but Pippa choses the case as the topic for her final year project and she starts to uncover secrets and dig deeper. What if the killer is still alive, and wants to stay hidden, stopping Pippa from discovering the truth?

Well, I would never think that I will love a teen murder mystery so much as this! This was such a big surprise, from the plot I would never think it will be so good! Fast paced, exciting, and so much tension to it! And the plot twists…oh my god! I ate this book in two days, I could not put it down. I can’t wait to read the next in the trilogy!

A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St. Clair
⭐⭐⭐3/5

This is the second book of the Hades and Persephone trilogy. Persephone’s relationship with Hades now it’s public and media threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring. Hades is burdened by a hellish past that everyone’s eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away. Things get worst when a tragedy happens and Hades refusing to help Persephone, so she bargains with bad people but this have consequences. So Persephone considering if she can ever be Hades’ queen.
Y’all, prepare yourself for a rant… if you loved the first book, stop it right there. Save yourself some precious time, don’t continue if you want to have nice memories about it.
I loved the first book, but after this i won’t read the third one. Persephone was whining too much, and every time she went to find comfort in Hecate when she messed up, she never learned from them. She should be ashamed of herself, I don’t think that Hades deserved her, he really tried but she was just sooo annoying, childish, selfish, and narcissistic! As much as i liked her in the first book, i hated her in this one. It’s like she’s a completely different person.
The other annoying thing was that ( and I’m not kidding), every conversation ended up in sex. The ENTIRE relationship with Hades ended up nothing but sex. It’s impossible to her to spend a day without Hades’ attention, and even when he does she starts to second herself because he doesn’t tell her every little detail that’s ever happened in his life although they just know each other for 5 minutes, but she have to know everything.
Seriously, i cant believe that in every scene finished in sex, it was really annoying…I like steamy books, but this was just too much, not enjoyable, there was barely any plot, I just could not take this seriously… the only good thing was maybe that the narrator of the Audio book was Meg Sylvan who is famous about her voice and narrating steamy books, she plays with her voice really well, as she impersonating male or female characters.

The Other Gods by H.P. Lovecraft
⭐⭐2/5

Barzai is a prophet who wants to climb the mountain of Hatheg-Kla to look upon the gods faces. First he is overjoyed from what he sees but then he realize that the “gods of the earth” are not there alone but overseen by the “other gods”. This was a VERY fast and short read, but also….this was my first H.P. Lovecraft book and i had to read it again to kind of understand it. 😀 I hope the Call of Cthulhu will be better or Dagón, because I am really interested in his stories, but if every one of them will be so hard to understand….yuck. Maybe because english is not my first language and he use different words hehe.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

This was such a cute middle grade book with whimsical illustrations! It’s about a dad who went out for milk for the morning cereal and he had an adventure of time travel, trying not to broke the milk on the way home.

Galatea by Madeline Miller

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Galatea is a retelling, a short story of a woman sculpted of stone, who is treated with disdain, cruelty and often humiliated by her creator, but fast she learns how to use her beauty and manipulate him. He locked her away and she is under constant supervision of nurses and doctors, but she is determined to brake free and save a girl from him.

I loved this so much, it was brutal and haunting and there is so much truth in it even about our modern world! I love Greek Mythology, but Madeline Miller is the goddess of retellings! I could read Madeline’s books all the time. She is so good with words, writes so beautifully and in her unique style, i could recognize her writing anytime! I really loved it, i wish it would be a bit longer! ❤️ Can’t wait to read The Song of Achilles from her!