April Book Wrap Up!

April 28, 2015

As April comes to an end and May quickly approaches, I say with deep, deep sadness that It hasn't been much of a reading month (that's what you were thinking I was going to say, right?). I'm finally approaching the finish line, almost done with the marathon of sleep deprivation and cramming that comprises your freshman year of college... as well as your sophomore, junior and senior year.

 With that being said, school comes first and therefore, reading must unfortunately come second but even with that, I managed to squeeze in a couple of really fun and enjoyable reads in the spare time that I did have. So, without further ado, let's get into this month's wrap up!

  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
    • Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

      Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

      Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought  
    • Final Thoughts: Absolutely loved this book and flew through it within a few hours! Somewhat light contemporary read and really easy to get into for those days when you're in a reading slump (I say "somewhat" because it does have some heavy moments that may or may not have left me in tears).  
  • Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
    • A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

      She flees on her wedding day.

      She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

      She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

      She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

      The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

      Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
    • Rating: 4.7/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: Review (May or may not have left me an emotional train wreck)
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson
    • On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

      Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

      But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
    • Rating:3.9/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I think my issue with this book was that my expectations were far too high after reading the synopsis. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and loved the plot and where it's going after finishing this book. It is a little slow in the middle and may get a little info-dumpy.
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
    • With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters - Joseph, Jie and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel - have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst - that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.

      To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city...and there's a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

      In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely...and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.
    • Rating: 4.5/5
    • Bought/Given? Bought
    • Final Thoughts: I am working on a review for this one! (it's just taking a while because I'm still really busy with school) Overall, I loved this book just as much, if not more, than the first. The storyline was energetic and mysterious and kept me on the edge of my chair...er.. bed.
Hope you guys had a fantastic month of April and on to May we go! (how cheesy can I get...).  Let me know what you guys read this/last month and what you're looking forward to reading in May!


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