Monthly Recap: April 19

Hey hey!

I’m writing this by the fire because IT IS SO COLD OUT.
I love love love this time of year though! We’ve been serious couch potatoes in April with the return of Game of Thrones and lots of reading afternoons so it’s been lovely cuddling up with a glass of wine at the end of a long day.

I’ve got a few new releases on the shelf to read in May that I’m looking forward to which are below!
And of course some mini-reviews of books I’ve read in April.
What are you most looking forward to reading in May?

I still haven’t managed to make it to the movies to see Pet Sematary! This was my first time reading and surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it. I do really like Stephen King but have only read a handful of his books. Pet Sematary has all the classic tropes you want in a horror novel and is certainly creepy while also showcasing what King does best by having extremely vivid and interesting characters. Loved it and can’t wait to see the new adaptation. You can watch the trailer here.

I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince (the first in this series) but wasn’t sure if it was going to able to hold my attention. Despite the cliches, I really enjoyed this sequel and powered through it over an afternoon. Black has a very easy writing style but creates suspense well and has weaved a very interesting world. I particularly loved the way she overlaps the human world with faerie and the interactions between the two. Recommended and looking forward to the next installment.

This was a bit of a different novel for me and it went in a direction I really wasn’t expecting. Told from two different points of view from two friends who start a relationship in high school and also stay in touch through university. It was really interesting and I paused to think quite a bit and definitely stayed with me for a few days. I loved Rooney’s style of writing and the way she portrayed different points of view – both without judgment. We just got to know the characters so well. Highly recommend and I’ll be going back to read her first novel Conversations with Friends.

I’m not sure I was in the right frame of mind for this but it missed the mark for me. A little too obvious and trope-y and I couldn’t really identify with the main characters. But I think suits if you’re after something a little fluffy.
It is a very sweet story at its core, however, I liked her follow up 99 percent mine better.

The Ruin was one of my favourite reads of 2018 and McTiernan’s debut novel. I’m really looking forward to getting into her follow up and will definitely be reserving a cold afternoon to curl up with The Scholar! Very excited for this one.

I still have The Kiss Quotient sitting on my kindle waiting to be read so hopefully, this will encourage me to read! I’ve only heard great reviews so I’m certainly looking forward to The Bride Test.

YAY so excited! I loooved Caravel and couldn’t put it down. I also kind of like knowing that this is just a trilogy. Anyone else? Really excited to see how the end of the story will shape up. I also love the excuse of doing a reread!

I actually haven’t read anything by Thomas Harris since Hannibal years ago! I’m intrigued about his latest novel – a story of evil, greed and the consequences of dark obsession… But not one to read before bed I feel.

I’ve really enjoyed Megan Miranda’s last novels and she’s certainly become an auto-buy for me. Her latest is about two girls, Sadie, and Avery who vacation each summer together until Sadie ends up dead. Ruled a suicide but Avery feels she is blamed and seeks to clear her name. Love the premise and sounds like a perfect weekend read!

Until next month, happy reading!

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