Saturday, May 3, 2014

April Wrap-Up

Okay, so April was one of my worst reading slumps in a LONG time! I've realized that the problem is that I'm so excited for the May releases, but it was NOT fun!

Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Whoa, I read this one so long ago, that I barely remember reading it. I read this during my spring break at the beginning of April, and while a satisfying conclusion to the Blue Bloods series, it wasn't anything spectacular. Not the best nor the worst of what I've read.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

I actually read this book for a book club at my library! I suggested it since Jessica would be at a local bookstore a few weeks later. I loved Born Wicked and devoured it over my spring break! I was a little (okay very) confused about when the book takes place, but it makes more sense over time. There were characters I loved and characters I wanted to murder... It was super fun meeting the author and hope to see her again!

Red at Night by Katie McGarry

I have had my Katie McGarry fix that'll last me until Take Me On comes out in a few weeks. Katie McGarry is easily one of the best contemporary authors I've read. Jonah and Stella's story was really interesting, and I hope to see it continued in later books!

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

I hunted down this book. I finished Born Wicked on the way to Virginia, and knew I needed Star Cursed as soon as I finished it. It took almost five bookstores, but eventually I found it and DEVOURED it in an easy twenty four hours! I cannot wait to read Sister's Fate which comes out in August!

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

I was really excited for this book. Sadly, it wasn't quite as good as I was expecting. While Unremembered was SO good, Unforgotten just didn't live up to it. I was incredibly bored at points, and while still excited for the final book, I was very meh about it.

Reborn by C.C. Hunter

My only problem with this book was that Kylie wasn't the narrator. As much as I love Della, Kylie is Kylie. I don't know if it's that I relate to her better or that I'm simply more used to her character. While I understand that this series is about Della and will therefore be from her point of view, I'm crossing my fingers and toes for a novella or two from Kylie's POV that *hopefully* has sexy scenes between her and Lucas! :) Oh, also, my one other complaint is that the male protagonist is named Steve. Who names their kid Steve? I was thinking of Blues Clues every time his name popped up.

Read the full review here.

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout

Is there anything Jennifer L Armentrout can't right? Heck no. Don't Look Back was AMAZING! Though I don't read a lot of it, I love the YA thriller genre. Also, Jennifer is a book-making machine! She has something like fifteen books coming out this year, two of which I've already read! Don't Look Back was a creepy, fun ride that I couldn't put down!

Read the full review here.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I can't even put my love of this book into words. When I heard about it, I was immediately intrigued. Dorothy came back to Oz and became its evil ruler? Count me in! I waited and waited on this book from the library and when I got it, I dug right in! Dorothy Must Die was SO amazing! I love twists and retellings of classic stories and fairy tales, and this one is definitely one of the best.

Read the full review here.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Holy bleep, this book was good! I had decent expectations for this book, but it just blew them out of the water! Rebel Belle was fun and flirty, with a nice dose of action and magic. The main character, while maybe not the most likable, becomes really kick-butt! I loved the book and can't wait for book two!

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

So, I know that Elizabeth is amazing, but even I didn't suspect the awesomesauceness of this book! I've read Take a Bow by her and loved it. From page one, this book left me conflicted on how I wanted it to end, and yet she managed to end it perfectly! The story starts in the seventh grade and goes through their junior (?) year in high school. It's super fun and has commentary from the characters between chapters!

Last Request by Rachel Vincent

This novella was only available in the final Soul Screamers bind-up, so when I got the book, I was ecstatic. I flew through the novella, despite family being in town, and it gave me a much needed Soul Screamers fix, since it's been almost a year since the final book, With All My Soul, came out.


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy-It's a good book, but the main character gets on too many nerves right now.
Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence-I've had to wait way too long for this book, and all I want to do is tell Aria to stop hiding and I want to stab Hunter in the eye...

Currently Reading:

I'm currently reading Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel and it ROCKS! Check out this post to enter to win a signed copy!


This month, I reread All That Glows by Ryan Graudin which rocked just as much the second time as it did the first!

Stacking the Shelves:

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Pure by Julianna Baggot (used)
Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (used)
Reborn by C.C. Hunter (ARC)
Soul Screamers Volume Four by Rachel Vincent
Taken by Erin Bowman (ARC)
The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor (ARC)
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings (ARC)
Meridian by Josin L. McQuien (ARC)
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfund (ARC)
The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett (signed)
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Viviana (signed)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (signed)
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (signed)
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood (signed)
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Skylark by Meagan Spooner (signed)
Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner (signed)
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (signed)
Pull Down the Night by Nathan Kotecki (used, ARC)
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (used)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver (used)
Allure by Anne Osterlund (used)
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund (used)
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (used)
No More Goddesses by Kim Barcelli
This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl
Intertwined by Gena Showalter (used)
Unraveled by Gena Showalter (used)
Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine (used)
Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine (used)
Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine (used)
Bite Club by Rachel Caine (used)
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen (used)
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey (used)
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (used)
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (used)
Shine by Lauren Myracle (used)
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon (used)
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (used)
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (used)
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott (used)
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber (used)
Magic of the Moonlight by Ellen Scheiber (used)
Full Moon Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (used)
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel (signed)
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon (signed)
Finding Light by Lisa Survillas (eBook, gift)
Red at Night by Katie McGarry (eBook, free)
My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris (eBook, gift)
You Are Here by Liz Fichera (free, eBook)
Creators by Tiffany Truitt (eBook, ARC)
Fragile Line by Brooklyne Skye (eBook, ARC)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (eBook, free)
House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

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