In April I read 9 books:
- 7 new novels (4 of them were ARCs, one DNFed)
- 1 reread
- 1 novella
Nine isn’t a lot for me, but from now to July I will be reading a bit less than usual because of exams (…I had three of them last week and I’m tired), so I’m not disappointed.
Sky In the Deep by Adrienne Young – ★¾ DNF
I don’t have a lot to say about this, as I read only 100 pages, but nothing in those 100 pages managed to hold my interest. Why start a book with five chapters of non-stop fight scenes? I don’t even know the characters yet, I won’t care that much if they get hurt.
Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope – ★★
This book should have chosen a path between high fantasy with rich mythology, tropey royalty romance and gritty fantasy story about racism. It failed at all of them, and also had the worst sex scenes I’ve read in a while.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke – ★★½
Funny but boring. The portrayal of depression and Jane’s narration are the only things I liked about this. The side characters were all stereotypes and the plot left a lot to be desired; not my kind of contemporary.
Could Have Been Better
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy – ★★★¼
I can’t really say this was flawed, it was mostly a solid beginning for the series, I just thought that for a book with such an interesting premise, it delivered a somewhat forgettable, subdued story (yes, even with the three-antlered-murderous-deer-thing). I may raise the rating in the future if this proves to be less forgettable than I initially thought.
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk – ★★★½
This is closer to my kind of contemporary. It’s a story about grief told through the PoVs of three teenagers who all recently lost someone close. A quick (but not easy) read with a beautiful message, but I could have done without the unchallenged biphobia.
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence – ★★★★
Not as good as the first book, but still a solid sequel. I can’t wait for Holy Sister, even though I’m worried it won’t go in the direction I want it to. Also, this book made me love Zole, which I didn’t think possible.
Syncopation by Anna Zabo – ★★★★½
The only book with an allosexual (= not asexual) aromantic character I’ve found so far. I read it only for that, this isn’t my genre at all. Romance has a big amatonormativity (= the assumption that romance is for everyone or that romantic love makes us human) problem, and for me Syncopation is as subversive as the genre can get – it has well-written main aro rep and doesn’t revolve around a romantic relationship.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – ★★★★½
This is one of the best contemporary books I’ve read in a while. I loved almost everything about it, from the atmosphere to the characters (especially the main character’s voice) and their development. I even liked the romance, but I would have preferred a f/f one since the potential was totally there with Rose.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – ★★★★¾
This was one of my favorite books of last year, and I loved it even more with this reread, which made me notice all the foreshadowing (really well-written) and how interesting the worldbuilding is (with the first read, I had missed some details).