How the HECK is it April already? I can’t believe we are a third into the year already. I am back with another monthly reading wrap up, you can read January & February‘s here. I managed to read a total of 8 books in March which is amazing! I read four physical books, one audiobook & three e-books in total. Some of the e-books I read were gifted to me in exchange for review by Net Galley, but all opinions & thoughts are fully my own. I have already shared my March TBR & I am taking the part in the O.W.L’s Magical Readathon so i’d love you to check that out after you’ve read this post.
18. THE HATING GAME//SALLY THORNE
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.”
I absolutely LOVED this book, I think it is actually my favourite read of 2019 so far. I loved the characters, their constant back & forth, the relationship development & it was so friggin’ cute. I honestly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a light hearted romance with a lot of humour & tiny bit of smut. I gave this 5 stars!
19. ONE//SARAH CROSSAN
“Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…”
I listened to this on Audiobook & i’m so glad I did! I have had it in my library for so long and just never gotten around to it, but I was tidying up one day & fancied listening to something whilst I cracked on. It was so much better than I imagined, so sweet & sad. Oh god. I gave this four stars.
20. THRONE OF GLASS//SARAH J MAAS
“Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?”
This is a reread for me & I am incredibly late to the Throne Of Glass party! I enjoyed it so much more this time around, although I have it under good faith by a LOT of people that the series just gets better & better. I love Celaena’s no shit attitude & Chaol is just..yeah. I gave this 3.75 stars.
21. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT//SARAH J MAAS
“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all … And trying to may just destroy her…”
The sequel to Throne of Glass & I delved in straight away! I couldn’t put this down & got so sucked into the world, the characters & story. I was left gobsmacked at the end & text my friend Alex to double check I had read it right, LOL. I gave this four stars.
22. THE BET BETWEEN US//B.L.MOORE*
“Donald Cerlino only cares about three things: money, getting girls, and gambling. His friends are so impressed with his abilities with women, they start calling him Don Juan. When senior year starts, he’s got a list of girls he wants to add to the growing number of notches on his headboard. So when his best friend, Thomas, bets Donald that his skills aren’t enough to nab the school valedictorian, Alaina Pizzo, Donald is up for the challenge. What Thomas doesn’t know is that Donald has had a crush on Alaina since kindergarten. Problem is, Alaina hates his guts.
When Donald’s feelings for Alaina start to show, Thomas begins to turn against him. Thomas wanted Donald to see the error of his ways when it comes to women, not abandon their friendship for yet another girl. The deeper Donald gets, the more he wants a future with Alaina, but that means revealing why he started talking to her in the first place. When Thomas starts threatening to tell Alaina the truth, Donald has to decide if he wants to lose the love of his life or his best friend.”
If you are after a really sweet, easy to read contemporary book then this is for you! It was a much needed break from the fantasy books I had read previously. I also really enjoyed reading a young adult contemporary from a male point of view, it isn’t something you see often! I gave this 3.5 stars.
23. WHEN SUMMER ENDS//JESSICA PENNINGTON*
“Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?
Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humour. Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance.”
When I first started this book I presumed it would be your typical summer YA contemporary, but I was pleasantly surprised! It has all the aspects of a easy summer romance read, but also discussed much deeper, hard hitting topics. I love how much Olivia’s character developed over the story & the relationship is really sweet. I gave this 3.5 stars.
24.STARWORLD//AUDREY COULTHURST & PAULA GARNER*
“Sam Jones and Zoe Miller have one thing in common: they both want an escape from reality. Loner Sam flies under the radar at school and walks on eggshells at home to manage her mom’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Popular, people-pleasing Zoe puts up walls so no one can see her true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When an unexpected encounter results in the girls’ exchanging phone numbers, they forge a connection through text messages that expands into a private universe they call Starworld. In Starworld, they find hilarious adventures, kindness and understanding, and the magic of being seen for who they really are. But when Sam’s feelings for Zoe turn into something more, will the universe they’ve built survive the inevitable explosion?”
I loved this book, I loved the two main characters & their friendship. They really were each others escapes from their everyday lives. It strongly discusses mental health, OCD & disability. It was also really touching & heartbreaking. I gave this 4.25 stars.
“Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him, but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can’t bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human – or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.”
I am a sucker for a paranormal romance. Vampires, werewolves, they are definitely my guilty pleasure. There are parts of this book that I really enjoyed & other parts I found really far-fetched. I am intrigued to see where the series will go, especially as it ended on a slight cliffhanger. I gave this book 3 stars.
PHEW, that is my march wrap up! I really enjoy writing these posts & sharing the books I have read each month. I hope you do too? What book have you enjoyed reading this month? Have you read any of these?