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April Wrap-Up

RoomHateThe Happy Pear: Recipes for HappinessWicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack, #2)Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes!Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsVegan 100Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayManfried the ManWitches of Lychford (Lychford, #1)Braving the Elements (Darkness, #2)Veggie Burger Atelier: Extraordinary Recipes for Nourishing Plant-Based Patties, Plus Buns, Condiments, and SweetsOn the Edge (The Edge, #1)White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, #3)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, #1)Real Vampires Live Large (Glory St. Clair, #2)

April was a pretty busy month (12 days in the US) so I read mostly short books and comics and I reviewed some cookbooks from NetGalley as well.

I will have full reviews for everything soon but for now, you can check out the reviews for…

The Happy Pear Recipes for Happiness

Dad Jokes? I think you mean Rad Jokes

Veggie Burger Aletier

Manfried the Man

I vlogged while reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and The Witches of Lychford so you can check out my thoughts on those below.

And as I mentioned in my Chit Chat I am working on redesigning my blog at the moment and I was at Disney and Universal last week so you can expect some awesome updates in May 🙂 Lots of exciting stuff on the way people!!!

Sorry this post is a bit lacklustre I am still recovering from my travels. Jetlag is a bitch!! To keep yourself entertained you can check out my most popular post from April, 3 Bookish Instagram Story Templates.

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February Wrap Up

Thanks to a bunch of novellas and audiobooks I finally feel like I’m getting some reading done. I listened to so many audiobooks because Scribd has at last gone unlimited meaning I can listen to all the audiobooks in their library without having to wait for my credits to refill. I have noticed some books do not become available until a certain date though.

Some of these books are rereads so I’m not going to review them now and as usual, I’m just going to do a mini-reviews for the ones that stand out the most for me (a  super mini-review today because I’m tired and my brain isn’t working).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemMom & Me & MomWe Should All Be FeministsBeneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark, #15)The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)An Ideal HusbandAn American MarriageThe Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark)The Head That Wears a Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William ShakespeareThe Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)Black Friday (Cassandra Palmer, #8.1)


Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou ★★★★★

Wonderful exploration of Maya’s relationship with her mother. It’s a beautiful story.

Beaneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆

A very fun read. I’m quickly becoming a fangirl for Seanan McGuire.

An American Marriage Tayari Jones An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ★★★★☆

An emotional read and very interesting look at everyday American culture.

The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ★★★★☆

Complete madness!! A lot of fun to read.


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January Wrap Up

I feel like I’ve been starting every wrap up lately with “So I didn’t read much this month” and yeah… I didn’t read much this month. I don’t know what’s going on guys but I’ve been slow on reading lately. This month I did take an impromptu trip to the Canary Islands so that slowed me down a bit. I’ve never booked flights and gone somewhere in such a short space of time. My parents were there for three weeks and kept sending me photos of how nice and sunny and warm it was there. So I had a look at flights, found some cheap ones with Ryanair and joined them for a weeks. It was fabulous and I want to go back now!!!

My laptop is kaput so I don’t have any pretty pictures of the books this month sadly.


I felt like it was shaping up to be a bad reading month but Uprooted took care of that. If you only take one book from this review take Uprooted. It was so good!

Lady Chatterley's LoverSunglasses After DarkRed Rising (Red Rising, #1)UprootedMacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #14)Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence ★★★★☆

I was surprised by this book. It was a lot more than what I was expecting. I thought it was just going to be a story about a woman’s affair with a man of lower class and then they’d run away together. Job done. But I think there’s a lot more going on. There’s a lot of discussion about class and how poor people can become rich people, and a lot of exploration into the dynamics of romantic relationships and how they evolve.

Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins ★★★☆☆

Oh man. Where to start with this one. The thing is there is a really good story here but it got bogged down in lengthy flashbacks and recurring lazy editing. This book came out in 1989 which is fine BUT for some reason it was re-released and modernised in the last few years. Well she attempted to modernise it anyway, all she did was make a mess. The editing is so bad there are sometimes whole sentences repeated with just one or two words changed in it and a lot of spelling mistakes. At one point faces is written as feces. The odd mention of a DVD player to modernise it doesn’t effect anything and confused me because I knew this book came out in ’89 before reading it. And bumping the current events forward in time messed with the timeline for the flashbacks also making the human characters a lot older than I think they were meant to be.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown ★★★☆☆

It was ok… I had high expectations after reading a lot of reviews for the series but it didn’t really reach them. The concept is very interesting and it started out really well but I lost interest during the training segments. The story seemed to just stop. There is a lot of character development during that time but… meh

Uprooted by Naomi Novik ★★★★★

Amazing!!! Absolutely loved it! The synopsis makes it sound like a run of the mill Beauty and the Beast retelling but there is so much more to this story. It is amazing!!
I will definitely be rereading this. I don’t want to say too much about it but there are wizards, witches and an evil enchanted forest.

MacRieve by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Loved it but I did get a little bit bored near the end. I think it was stretched out just a little too much. Cole has a formula to her romance books so it can get a bit predictable. I think I just wasn’t in the right state of mind while reading it (I probably read this one too soon after the previous book). Overall I loved the story and can’t wait to find out what happens with Webb and those nasty wizard guys.

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆

Awesome! I think this is a series that I will really enjoy.
Not sure about the audio though… The narrator is fine when doing Toby’s voice but everyone else sounds weird and often whiny. She pronounced a few Irish terms wrong which annoyed me a bit. Surely wouldn’t hurt to check before recording how to say something, would it?

 

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My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!