Hey, everyone! I had a really productive April so I’m not going to waste much time on an introduction (also because I’m eager to jump back into watching Shadow and Bone on Netflix haha). I read 6 books in April along with 2 novellas and I also made some changes to some social media accounts for this blog. I hope you all had a great month and let’s jump right in to the books I read these past few weeks.
Books I Read in April:
After reading so many fantasy books in March, I decided to take a breather and jumped into a fantasy/paranormal mash-up series that I’d received for review. Of the Blood and Of Fire and Water by Cameo Renae are the first two books in her Heir of Blood and Fire trilogy. The books follow a young girl whose life is turned upside down when she finds out her family is part of a generations’ old grudge. She is turned into a vampire by a well-meaning vampire prince in order to save her life, but things get even more complicated when Calla finds out her heritage runs so much deeper than she ever anticipated. And that she might have to fight her own blood in order to save herself. The final book is meant to be released around late June of this year. I have a post with my thoughts on both books already up on the blog, so if you’re curious, you can find it here, but overall I found the premise to be really interesting with some great unique worldbuilding, but disliked some aspects like the way every man fell for the main character instantaneously. If I get a chance to review the third book however, I will definitely read it. Especially because there is now a curse to be dealt with and I’m eager to see what happens with it.
The next books I read were Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, the last two books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I was attempting to finish all books in the Grishaverse in preparation for the Netflix show dropping on April 23rd but I didn’t manage to make it through the Six of Crows duology unfortunately. Regardless, Shadow and Bone is practically a classic in the young adult fantasy genre so if you haven’t read it yet, you need to give it a try! The Grishaverse is a young adult fantasy world built around people who are born with the ability to manipulate the world around them. The Shadow and Bone trilogy follows a girl who didn’t know she was one of these people born with an ability and when it’s revealed, she becomes one of the most sought after Grisha because of her unique power. But she’s faced with difficult choice after difficult choice as she gets sucked into an age old plot and has to decide who she really is inside. I prefer the first book compared to the other two in the series but I definitely don’t regret reading them! I have full reviews of each book up on the blog already. Find Shadow and Bone here, Siege and Storm here, and Ruin and Rising here.
While making my way through the Grishaverse, I took two pit stops to read novellas that were included in my copies of the books. I read The Tailor which explores some of Genya’s life during Shadow and Bone and I also read The Demon in the Wood which shows a small glimpse of the Darkling’s life before he became the antagonist all of us know. Both were quite interesting in their small amount of pages and I particularly loved seeing who the Darkling was as a child. Short reviews of both can be found on my Goodreads. The Tailor here, The Demon in the Wood here.
The next book I read this month was Sunkissed by Kasie West. I’m part of the book tour for this book so please look forward to my review and a book-inspired playlist curated by me on May 6th, 2021! Sunkissed follows the story of Avery the summer before her senior year of high school. Her parents decide to take her and her little sister on a family vacation for two months to a remote cabin resort with no Internet access and no phone service. But Avery’s just had the worst week of her life after discovering her best friend kissed her newly ex-boyfriend and her father making an offhand comment about Avery’s easygoing and pliable nature. She agrees to make a deal with one of the (cute) camp counselors working in the dinner band to help him write songs for a music festival as long as he helps her venture into different camp activities so she can prove she doesn’t always play it safe and to discover what path she truly wants to walk in life. Dirty Dancing vibes are all over the book so if you’re a fan of the movie, you won’t want to miss out!
And the final book I read this month was Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. This is the first book in a young adult fantasy duology called Kingdom of Cards. It follows a young girl magician who decides to join a competition in a neighboring city that is said to be filled with a mystery power of its own. But in order to join the competition, she must flee from her mentor who has kept a hold on her nearly all her life. Once she is free, she’s faced with multiple obstacles such as being the only female magician in the competition, facing misogynistic judges and other competitors, and keeping her identity hidden from the mentor she’s fled from. There is so much mystery in this book that it was hard for me to follow and I felt like the worldbuilding was lacking in some places. I have a full review of it coming to the blog on May 3rd so please look forward to it.
- Of the Blood: 3 feathers
- Of Fire and Water: 3 feathers
- Siege and Storm: 4 feathers
- Ruin and Rising: 3 feathers
- The Tailor: 4 feathers
- The Demon in the Wood: 4 feathers
- Sunkissed: 4 feathers
- Where Dreams Descend: 3 feathers
Posts I Loved This Month:
Abby @ Beyond the Read shared this amazing post in March about resources for #stopasianhate and 2021 young adult new releases by AAPI authors which links a bunch of resources to educate yourself about the movement and history of hate crimes against Asian people. Her list of new releases is really extensive and I found so many books to add to my to-read list as well.
Elaine Howlin shared a new digital journal kit based on Jane Austen’s novels and it is GORGEOUS. The pages have illustrations, excerpts from Austen’s books, washi, and more, and as a huge Jane Austen fan, I need it in my life.
Sara @ My Year of Reading Dangerously shared her thoughts on one of my most anticipated May releases, The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur. Spoiler alert: I’m even more excited now.
I really related to so many things that Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews wrote in this post about how reading affects mental health and think she has some great healthy habits that a lot of us could try to incorporate in our reading lives.
Sofia @ BookishWanderess made a great post about why she often avoids reading sequels including 10 sequels she’s been avoiding which I found to be super relatable.
Lastly, RandomReadingClub has been reading and posting reviews for Shadow and Bone about the same time I have each week and I’ve loved being able to read them. Each review has made me giggle in some way and we share a lot of the same feelings about the series.
I’m sure I’m missing some which I will be kicking myself about later when this is already posted but I can always add them to next month’s wrap!
Twitter and Storygraph:
I decided to move my booktwt to my personal Twitter because I honestly can’t run so many accounts at the same time. The handle is the same and I tried to follow everyone that I was following on my old account but if I somehow missed someone, please just follow my new account and I will complete the mutual again. You can find me at @wingsandfables.
I also made a Storygraph account this month. It’s not completely set up yet but I’m liking some of the features that Storygraph has compared to Goodreads such as the way we’re able to give opinions on whether the book is slow/medium/fast paced, character driven or plot driven, etc. Here is my account if you want to friend me on there!