We had a truly rainy April here in the south. As I write this, it’s been raining for THREE days. My kids are going crazy, my dogs refuse to go outside, and my cat stares forlornly out the window (like most of us). But, that said, I had a great reading month, with some really amazing five-star reads. Check them out below!
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), by Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles continue with the story of Cress, which is a Rapunzel retelling with the expected Sci-fi twist. Cress is such a sweet addition to the Lunar world, and I was so glad that–just like the other girls–she had a wonderful character arc independent of the boy in her life. But I can’t lie, Cress and Thorne are my new OTP.
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5), by Marissa Meyer – Villain origin story? Yes please. Fairest tells Levana’s story and how she and Winter came to be together, and should not be missed if you’re reading this series.
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), by Marissa Meyer – We’re finally on Luna, and it’s everything I imagined it would be. A re-telling of Snow White, Princess Winter is beautiful and, let’s be honest, crazy. With a bloody climax, and a whirlwind of twists and turns, this is an epic conclusion to what is definitely one of my favorite series.
Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5), by Marissa Meyer – Unlike Fairest, this one is not required reading and I would give you permission to skip it if it weren’t for one hidden gem. The “star” of this anthology was “The Little Android,” a re-telling of The Little Mermaid. It is heart-breaking and beautiful and you need to read it. Now.
The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli – If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I met the amazing Becky Albertalli and got her to sign this one and my beloved copy of Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I loved Simon so much, that I immediately read this book. With its diverse cast of characters and feel good plot, it doesn’t disappoint, although it does fall short of Simon standards. At the event, Albertalli described her books as “golden retrievers” and I couldn’t agree more. She also said she’s co-writing a book with someone who is very tall. I have my suspicions as to who it is, do you??
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas – This book got a lot of hype and for good reason. Starr’s voice and her story is real and raw and timely, and Thomas expertly juggles all the issues and conflicts in her 16-year-old protagonist’s life. A must read this year.
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn #2), by Renee Ahdieh – I read this one in anticipation of seeing Ahdieh at a signing in May when she’s touring for her new release, Flame in the Mist. The problem with traditionally published series is the length of time between installments. I read a summary of The Wrath & the Dawn, but feel if it had been fresher for me, this book might have felt different. Also, I listened to the audiobook, and I really felt the narrator was the wrong choice. That said, there seemed to be too much going on. I wanted to focus on Khalid and Shahrzad, but instead felt like I was bouncing all over the place. I will say that there was one death near the end that had me nearly in tears. All in all, a good read, but I wish I had waited and read the duology all together.
Guess who’s going to the most magical place on Earth this month?
We’ll be in Disney World for a whole week in the middle of the month, so I don’t know how that will affect my reading and writing schedule. I will tell you that I hope to be able to finally read The Alchemists of Loom since the author, Elise Kova, is hosting a Read-Along on Facebook. You can join here, and check out the link below to purchase TAOL (which I believe is on sale as of the time of this posting until 5/7/17).