Reading Wrap Up, March 2016

readingwrapupThis past month I read 9 books. Read on to see what I read, what I thought about them, and what I’m planning to read in April.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – This book was the shining star of my Khourymonth. It was beautifully written – the characters, the setting, the action. I didn’t want to put it down but I didn’t want it to end either. I met the author at a YA panel and she was delightful. She recommended the next book when discussing her writing process. 5 stars all the way. Buy it from Amazon here. I’m going to do a The Forbidden Wish swag giveaway on Twitter, so check out the link on the left to follow me there!

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder – I’m a novelist, not a screenwriter, but this book was worth it for the beat sheet, the explanation of the board, and the trouble-shooting section. I did not agree with everything he said and his opinions about movies, but that’s not why I read it. I am learning how to plot and plan, and this book was a tremendous help. 4 stars. Buy it here.

The 100 (The Hundred, #1) by Kass Morgan

Day 21 (The Hundred, #2) by Kass Morgan

Homecoming (The Hundred, #3) by Kass Morgan

I read the series in anticipation of watching the TV show on Netflix. It was good, but it was not what I expected. I was thinking sci-fi/dystopian/post-apocalyptic survival adventure, but what I got was a romance. The adventure really took a back seat to the setting when the setting and the action could have been the star. I came very close to not finishing the last book in the series. There is nothing inherently wrong with it, the story is solid, but the world was too small. The author brought them to Earth and left them in the same square mile. Basically, I wanted more of the world and less making out. I gave each book 3 stars on Goodreads. Check them out on Amazon here.

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith – I picked this one up at the library on impulse because of the awesome cover. The MC, Fen, has a unique voice and the world-building is top notch. Fen’s chapters are written in dialect, but it didn’t bother me much. Also, it’s a stand-alone. Woot! 4 stars. If you need some romance-free dystopian in your life, check it out here.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare – I finally finished this series after starting it ages ago. This book, let alone the series, is a serious commitment. I stand by my opinion that The Infernal Devices is her better series, but TMI was still good and this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I don’t like Clary and Jace (so much drama) or the fact that adults are so blind and make such horrible decisions. There was one line that said, “Something’s wrong with Jace,” and I remember thinking, Well, that pretty much sums up the whole series. I did love the tie-in with TID at the end, and I’m looking forward to Lady Midnight, but I need a break before I jump into that. 4 stars. If you need to finish the series, look for it here.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard – I was really looking forward to this one. I love the author’s blog and her other series. But I just couldn’t get into this one. I was so confused. I pushed on, hoping things would clear up, but I feel like I never really got it. I liked the characters and the friendship between Safi and Isuelt, but the world was so complicated and I don’t think I ever got an explanation to fully explain the different countries and the strife between them and what that meant for the characters. The last bit was good, once the girls take a swim, but, meh. I don’t know if I will continue the series. 3 stars. Check out her blog above for purchase info.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – Another really great read this month. I read it for my book club, and am so glad I did. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was spot-on. Harper, the MC, is hilarious and I really felt connected to her throughout. The story was great in itself and also a good introduction to what I hope will be a fun series to read. Buy it here, or get the audiobook from your library.

April TBR:

This month I’m meeting Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King, and Emery Lord, author of When We Collided. I’m looking forward to reading both of their books this month. I’ve also started doing some beta reading and am participating in Camp Nanowrimo, so we’ll see what other books I’m able to squeeze in this month.

What did you read in March? Have you read any of the ones listed above? Let me know what you thought if so!

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