April 2022 Wrap Up

Stats:

  • Read: 4 books
  • Zero 1 stars, zero 2 stars, two 3 stars, one 4 star, one 5 star
  • Favorite book of April: You Deserve Each Other

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

I’m sorry, but I’m going to have all the TVD girlies coming after me for this one. I can’t exactly put my finger on what exactly about this book didn’t work for me. All I know is that it was super underwhelming. I was bored, none of the plot twists were exciting, and the ending was such a disappointment. It also didn’t help that it took me 2 months to get through! Rating: 3 stars

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

In order to get myself out of my reading slump, I decided to read one of my favorite romances of all time. I wasn’t as blinded by my love this time and could recognize the criticisms that people have: the characters are definitely immature for most of the book and don’t know how to communicate like real adults. However, in order to enjoy this you have to be willing to overlook that and focus on the truly hilarious antics between the couple, as well as their impressive relationship development. I normally don’t like second chance romances, but the premise of this book is just so creative and unique! Rating: 5 stars

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

While this gets the same rating as the first book in the series, I would say that this book was a little more interesting. Both Emilia and Wrath were less bland compared to the first book and I had a much easier time getting through the plot. However, nothing about the story was mind-blowing and all of the plot twists designed to shake things up had no effect on me whatsoever. I would also encourage looking at an Instagram post by @readswithsid regarding some problematic elements about sexual abuse in KotC. Rating: 3 stars

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

This book is extremely comparable to The Hunger Games, but in the best way possible because it puts a twist on THG by adding a magic system and morally gray characters. The biggest strength of All of Us Villains was that each character in the book had their own personality and complex motivations, and the relationships between the characters were so dynamic and intriguing. The plot itself was fast-paced and high stakes. This is way too underhyped! Rating: 4 stars

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