April Wrap-Up!

Hey Book Nerds! Can any of you actually believe that it is already May? This year is just breezing past us! But luckily, I was able to read A LOT of books throughout April that I just didn’t bother watching the time! This past month, I read 10 books! That’s a lot for me. Like A LOT. Usually I read 4 – 5 books a month but, some short stories that I read in school helped me bring up April’s number! Hopefully May will be just as good of a reading month!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare:

This book instantly became my new “favorite” Shadowhunter novel! I was a fan of Emma and Julian ever since I read City of Heavenly Fire and was instantly hooked within a few chapters of Lady Midnight! It was such a good novel and definitely was an amazing way to spend a spring break vacation! (5 stars)

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?


Paper Towns by John Green:

Do you ever feel in need of a pick-e up-novel to get you through a possible book hangover? Well this one was a perfect pick for right after Lady Midnight! I actually brought this one on vacation too, but I mostly read it once I got back! It was a super fun, extravagant adventure that makes me want to read more John Green books! (3 stars)

Paper TownsWho is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer:

I remembered reading Cinder almost a year ago and absolutely loving it! But, sometimes reading parts of series in a huge time gap can mess up “how much you like it.” But luckily, I absolutely adored this novel! I actually read this book in both audiobook, and physical format and I will admit, I loved the audiobook! It kind of pulled me in and made me want to continue reading! (5 stars)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:

I was super lucky to win this in a giveaway from one of my favorite bookstagrammers! And you know it, I was definitely doing some leprechaun heel clicks when I found out! I read Illuminae almost a year ago and remembered loving it so much! But, I think I actually liked Gemina a bit more! It was just too amazing to handle! (5 stars)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope


An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:

I’m always scared when reading a new author’s first book due to a new writing style. but this one definitely surprised me since I loved it so much! I fell in love with both Elias and Laia and the whole plot as well! It was such an amazing read and it definitely made it into my top 10 favorites list! (5 stars)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:

Okay, okay. I originally read this a year ago… while in a book slump… AND HATED IT. But, I just knew that I would have to give this book another try in the future and April just happened to be the time that I wanted to read it. And let me just say, I loved this book so much the second time around. I think it was just because I was in a book slump when I first read it that made me hate it. And now I’m all the way at the third book! (5 stars)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…


Frostbite by Richelle Mead:

Well, if you didn’t expect me to say this from the last book, you didn’t pay attention enough. Although I didn’t like this book as much as the first, it was still great! it was a super fun read that definitely caught my eye for hours on end. how the heck is a girl supposed to sleep when she’s reads a book about vampires that are awake at night? It doesn’t make sense to me but I still loved this book! (4.5 stars)

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY…

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…


Crank by Ellen Hopkins:

This was an unexpected read for this month. I had been wanting to try an Ellen Hopkins book for the longest time now and ended up finding this one at a used book sale! But unfortunately, I didn’t end up liking this one as much as I hoped. It was a little more intense than I thought it would be and I didn’t like the word formatting of some of the pages. (2.5 stars)

Crank (Crank, #1)In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.


April was the month that we started reading short stories in English class! Although a lot of them are REALLY short, I still counted them towards my reading goal and decided to include them in here!


The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty:

So, my teacher may have a little obsession with books that include a killing of some sort. It’s kind of crazy but this is the first one she chose for us to read. It was okay. Nothing too special about it and nothing that made me want to read from this author again. (3 stars)


On The Sidewalk Bleeding by Evan Hunter:

This was my favorite of the short stories we read! It was super enlightening and definitely gave me a different view of The Outsiders, which is a book I have been really wanting to read. This books takes place in the same time era as that book so I think since I liked this one, I definitely will be wanting to read The Outsiders soon! ( 3 stars)


The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs:

Ughh this story earned its spot as my least favorite story of April. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Although it wasn’t horrible, It just didn’t catch my eye and I had a super hard time writing a response on it afterwards. ( 2 stars)


Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl:

This was definitely unusual for me to read. I was so used to the “Charlie And the Chocolate Factory” books that Roald Dahl wrote that I didn’t expect to read a murderous book like this. But with the word ‘slaughter’ in the title, what else was I supposed to expect? (2.5 stars)


THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you all enjoyed reading about the books that I read last month! It was such a great reading month! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow to stay up to date with new posts!

Happy Reading!

~Alaina!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s