April is over and I want to share my reading-month with you.
I’m going to start with the book haul. I got five new books in April.
1. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I haven’t seen the film, but the story sounds so interesting that I just had to buy the book.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I won this book at a giveaway and I am super excited to read it, because this is the first Jane Austen book I own and going to read. Shame on me, I know.
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you follow my blog you know that I already read the book and loved it.
4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve heard so many great things about this series that I had to start it. I got this book for easter and now I am in love with the series.
5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I finally bought the second book of the series. I liked the first one, but kind of never went on with the series. Hope that’s going to change now.
These are the 5 books I got in April and now let’s move on to what I read, which is probably more exciting.
The first book I read in April was Throne of Glass. The book is about young assassin Celaena Sardothien, who has been in a labor camp for a year and is now offered freedom by the Crown Prince Dorian. Therefor she has to take part in a competition to become the Kings champion. Strange things are happening during her time in the castle and other potential champions are being killed. Celaena has to find out who the murderer is while trying to win the competition.
I really loved this book and I am so excited to read the next books in the series. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
The next book in April was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna is send to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year and hates it. She doesn’t want to leave Atlanta, because her best friend and nearly boyfriend are there. But her father is not giving her any choice and now she is in Paris, not speaking a word French. Luckily the really handsome Étienne and her new friends are helping her. Sadly Étienne has a girlfriend and Anna is falling in love with him.
This is a really sweet story about finding true love and growing because of adversities. And the best thing about this book is probably how the author captured Paris. She describes it so well and conveys the feeling of this beautiful city perfectly. I also gave this 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
The third book in the month of April was City of Alphas 2 by Jasmine White. This is the second part of a trilogy of short stories about shape shifter Alex and the human woman Tara. After helping Sebastian drive his evil brother out of NYC Sebastian is now trying to kill the two of them. The only reason being the fear that Alex is stronger than him and might try to take the leadership of New Yorks pack.
The story is actually pretty interesting, but it is not that well written and I think that a complete book of 200 or more pages would have made this a way more interesting read. Nevertheless it is an action-packed short-story with enough romance. I gave it 3,5/5 stars on Goodreads, not meaning that this book isn’t good, but that it can be improved a lot.
The last book I read in April (actually finished it in May) was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. At 14 years old Ismae is sold to a farmer to marry him by her own father. But as soon as the farmer sees the scar on her back, the only sign of the abortion-attempt by her mother, he is disgusted, beats her up and locks her in the cellar. Luckily she is found and brought to St. Mortains, a convent serving the holy Mortain, god of death. She learns that she is one of his daughters and is tought to fight and kill people her god marked. The convent also protects the Duchess of Brittany and Ismae is send to the court to kill all the Duchess’ enemies.
It took me about 100 pages to get into the story and the characters. At first I was shocked, because the book starts when Ismae is 14 and I thought “Oh no. Please don’t let her be 14 for the rest of the book.” But just a few chapters later we are making a 3-year hop. The story is really interesting and suspenseful, but drags a bit every now and then. I love the relationship between Ismae and Duval, half-brother of the Duchess and the description of the court life. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
That was it for April. If you’re interested in full reviews, you can find them here on my blog.
Have you read any of the books and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.