During the month of April, I read 6 books, which consisted of 1 physical book, 2 Ebooks, and 1 E-ARC. April was an okay month for reding for me, May however was not, not at all. I read 1 physical book in May.
It is likely that I did not read as much as I did in march due to all of my masters assignments being due at the end of April beginning of May.
The first book I read in April was The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo, this is a short novel which describes the life of a young exiled Empress’s life through the perspective of her handmaiden named Rabbit. This short book splits between past memories and the present in teaching moments of a young cleric. This book was very fantastical and deeply enriched my imagination in creating the characters and plot of this story. The imagery was beautiful and created a final solidarity feeling for the feminism in the final rebellion of the young empress. I gave this book 4- stars, as I really eno=joyed it but to fully understand the story I do feel I need to read it again.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir was the second book I read in April via kindle. Now now please don’t hate me, I know this is a beloved book within the community but I didn’t love it, and I’m sorry about that. I did thoroughly enjoy the characters all of them except Helene, in fact, I actually hate her a lot. I enjoyed the political components of this book, as well as the dual perspective of Elias and Laia. I do thoroughly hate Helene with a passion and her character ruined the experience of this book for me, she is very unlikable. The inclusion of her character has actually lowered the sequel book on my TBR, I am not rushing to read the sequel any time soon. The book was however very well written and I gave it 4-stars.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Now if you’ve watched my booktube videos or my twitter you’ll know I was severely disappointed with this book and almost DNF-ed by the 2nd page. Firstly it is written in 1st person which I struggle with anyways, 3rd person is the superior POV. I found it really hard to connect with Jude and to like the characters within the book. Thi book was 370 pages long and I did not care for the characters until I i was 300 pages in. After reaching page 300 tough I’ll admit I was incredibly intrigued and couldn’t wait to find out what happened and the ending was actually very good that it got me excited to continue onto the second book, The Wicked King. For these reasons I actually rated the book 4-stars and after reading the second and third book I may be a Holly Black fan- maybe, you’ll have to read my June wrap up to find out.
I received The Raven and the Dove by Kaitly Davis as an E-ARC from Netgalley, I gave this book a 4-star rating. I liked a lot of aspects of this book, however, I wish that it was only written from Lyana’s POV instead of having 4 different POV perspectives. This book didn’t particularly need the different views. The characters were really unique and interesting; I loved Rafe he was so sweet, I really enjoyed Xander within the first 2/3rds of the book, I found Lyana slightly irritating but relatable, and Cassi was an interesting character, possibly my favorite, but I hated reading her chapters. Overall the writing was excellent but it wasn’t perfect, I wish more of the story was held a little more secret.
As you can see April was a very 4-star month, May also was.
The only book I read in May was Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, this book gave me mixed feelings. I didn’t start until the 16th of May due to assignments, however, I didn’t finish the book until the last couple of days before the end of the month. For about 10 days I tried to put off reading Elantris, I wasn’t enjoying myself and I felt one of the three characters within the POVs wasn’t required- which is an opinion I still stand by- I understand why that POV is there but it wasn’t needed. As I was approaching the end of the month and the end of the deadline for me to read it in, I forced myself to continue reading. I’m not sure when the shift happened but I found myself enjoying this book, likely when Raoden started understanding the magic system, and I actually cared about the characters. I am actually really happy I enjoyed this book and whilst I was reading I decided that I will be reading Warbreaker quite soon. If you would like a more in-depth exploration of my experience whilst I read this book, I will have a reading Vlog for Elantris up on my youtube soon.
This concludes my April and May wrap up and I will be uploading my June wrap up in a few weeks which is likely to be much more interesting!
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