April Wrap Up
Oh hi there! This month I’m trying something a little different and separating my Wrap Ups and TBRs in to two separate posts. Last month my Wrap Up was quite long (I read 9 books!), so I wanted to try breaking them up, as my reading goals are only going to become more ambitious during the summer months. Even though I don’t actually get a summer vacation like I did while still in school, I tend to do more reading in the summer.
In April, I finished a total of 5 books (a few of these books aren’t pictured because they were either a library book or an ebook) and started one more, so without further ado let’s chat about these books!
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
This book is absolutely GORGEOUS! Not only in writing style (come on, it’s Leigh Bardugo), but there are beautiful illustrations throughout the book that become more and more intricate as the story progresses, until we’re left with a full two page illustration of the end of the story.
The Language Of Thorns is a collection of stories and myths from different cultures across Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha universe. Besides being set in the same world (in a sense), I wouldn’t say that you absolutely must read all of the Grisha books before The Language Of Thorns, however, I would recommend at least reading the Grisha trilogy or the Six Of Crows duology, because this adds another layer to the reading experience because you’ve already been exposed to the cultures whose tales these are.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories and gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
This is a book that I’m fairly certain many people my age would have read when they were younger (maybe, maybe not), but this was my first time reading it. Originally, I had picked up this book because the movie had recently come out, which I wanted to see because of the cast (particularly Chris Pine, who is my favourite Hollywood Chris). That didn’t actually end up happening because I didn’t have the time to go see the film, but I’ll still probably give it a go once it’s available for rent on iTunes. Regardless, I still enjoyed reading A Wrinkle In Time.
This books is essentially about three kids, Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace who embark on an adventure in order to save Meg and Charles Wallace's father and our universe from a darkness that threatens it. The whole world was so interesting and the mechanics of it really kept me engaged. And even though this book had a complete arc, it feels as if we’ve only scratched the surface of wrinkling time and reality, and the worlds that are out there besides our own.
One thing that did pull me out of the story was the tone and some of the language, particularly from our main character Meg. Now, this most likely stems from me not being the target audience for this book, however, I did find some of the dialogue to be a repetive and disjointed in a way that it felt like it was talking down to children, who are the intended audience.
A Wrinkle In Time was still a fun fast-paced read and I gave it 3 out of 5 starts on Goodreads.
Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
There is not much I can say about Son of the Dawn with our getting super spoiler-y about what happens in the other books within the Shadowhunter chronicles. As I mentioned in my April TBR, Son Of Dawn is the first of ten stories in Cassandra Clare's upcoming anthology Ghosts Of The Shadow Market, co-written with Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman, Sarah Rees Brennan and Kelly Link. This anthology focuses on a particular character from Cassandra Clare’s previous works and the happenings within the Shadow Market.
This was a super fast read for me and of course I enjoyed it because I love Cassandra Clare's stories. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed it as much as the short stories from The Bane Chronicles or Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, but it does have me excited to read the rest of the stories. I gave Son Of The Dawn 4 out of 5 starts on Goodreads.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is a book that I’m glad that had I waited so long to read. When this book was first released there was a larger group of people within the book community who LOVED this book and a large group that really didn’t like it. And because I had waited so long, I feel like I was more separated from the hype and other's opinions about this series.
Red Queen is about a girl named Mare Barrow who lives in a world divided by the colour of your blood — red and silver. As Mare is a red, she grew up in a impoverished area called the Stilts. It’s when she starts working as a servant in a Silver palace that she realizes that she has a power that could throw off the balance power that keeps the Reds oppressed by the Silvers.
I definitely enjoyed this book; it was a fun ride and kept me engaged the entire time. My favourite part about this book was the characters and how they interacted with each other. Each character felt unique and interacted with the world in their own way. Overall, the story is very character driven, which is what made it enjoyable for me.
However, the reason why this book was not a five star read for me was because, while the story was engaging, it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. There was nothing particularly unique about this book that would set it apart from other books within this genre, such as The Hunger Games or Divergent. My experience with Red Queen is similar to my experience reading the Selection series, it was like book candy, but I also had issues with certain aspects of the story.
Overall, I have Red Queen 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel was the last book that I completed in April, mostly keeping myself on track for the Dreg’s Society Shadowhunter chronicles read-along. As a prequel to the Mortal Instruments, Clockwork Angel takes place in 19th century England and follows Tessa, a young girl in search of her missing brother, and Will and Jem, Shadowhunters from the London Institute. They find themselves up against a dark organization who aims to take control of the British Empire and it's up to them, and the rest of the London Institute, to stop them from succeeding.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this series as whole is a bit of a blur because I read them all back to back. Reading it the second time, after reading the first 3 books in the Mortal Instruments, you can definitely tell that Cassandra Clare had already started to grow as a writer. I would say that Tessa is a stronger protagonist than Clary and you can start to see her master the writing style that really hooks you in her later books.
I can’t go in to much further detail without getting too spoiler-y but overall I gave Clockwork Angel 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Unfortunately, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to finish Warcross in the month of April. Right now, I’m about 50 pages in and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always been a huge fan of Marie Lu’s books, so I can’t wait to continue reading this in May!
That’s all for my April Wrap Up! Please let me know in the comments the books that you read and enjoyed this past month. I’m always looking for new recommendations.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!