Surprisingly I had a great reading month in April despite having 4 essays to write! I managed to read 17 books, 6 of which were rereads and my ratings were very varied.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – 2/5 – this book was so disappointing. I thought the relationship lacked authenticity, the plot was boring and the magic system felt underdeveloped. I will be unhauling this soon.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – 3.5/5 – this story is so unique and I loved the idea behind it. Unfortunately I guessed who the ‘villain’ was quite near the start so the story lacked enjoyment for me because of this.
Him by Sarina Bowen (reread) – 4/5 – I needed a quick read so I picked up one of my favourite New Adult m/m hockey romances. If you’d like to see more of my thoughts check out my December wrap up!
Off the Ice by Avon Gale (reread) – 3.5/5 – after rereading Him I was in the mood for more hockey romance so I did another reread. This book went down a .5 in my rating this time round but to see more of my thoughts, check out my December wrap up.
Breakaway by Avon Gale – 3.5/5 – more m/m hockey romance! I really enjoyed this book – Lane was utterly adorable and I loved his relationship with Jared.
Save of the Game by Avon Gale – 3.5/5 – this book is a companion novel to the first and I loved the relationship in this one too! I also enjoyed the brief moments we saw Lane and Jared.
Power Play by Avon Gale – 3/5 – another companion novel. I didn’t enjoy this one as much but I still loved the characters.
Empty Nest by Avon Gale – 4/5 – what a surprise, it’s another companion novel! This is by far my favourite in the series and I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. I adored the relationship in this book!
Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale – 3/5 – the final book in the series and it was another that I enjoyed but didn’t love!
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi – 4/5 – I was so hyped for this book and I’m so glad I’ve finally read it! The plot was a little slow at times and the build up for the end seem to last for 80% of the book and then everything happened at once. But oh my goodness, that end! I can’t wait for the next book.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (reread) – 5/5 – I read my 10th anniversary edition and I loved all of the little illustrations dotted throughout the book. I love this series so much.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 2/5 – I’d heard very mixed reviews about this book which is why it has taken me so long to read it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the incredibly short chapters and I really didn’t like the relationship. However I am open to read more from Nicola Yoon.
Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey – 2/5 – I don’t know what it was about this story that I didn’t like but I just really didn’t like it! I am going to try more from this author as maybe this book was an exception.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven – 4/5 – this book was hilarious and exactly what I needed after two disappointing reads. It’s the feminist novel I wish I’d had years ago but I’m so glad I’ve read it now and I can’t wait for the sequel.
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 4/5 – I adore this series so much and coming back to these characters feels like reuniting with friends. However, this series is not for everyone and please check out this link to the trigger warnings before going into it – http://cabeswaterlovesthem.tumblr.com/post/142112202373/detailed-list-of-trigger-warnings-for-the-foxhole
The Raven King by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 4.5/5 – the second book is even better than the first and the character development is A+
The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic (reread) – 5/5 – the perfect ending to one of my favourite series. Neil Josten needs protecting at all costs!!
What did you read in April and what are your reading plans for May? Let me know in the comments below!