What I Read: February, March & April

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It looks like I’ve settled into a pattern of reading about 4 books per month, which is on par with my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge goal.  I got a nice head start in January, but haven’t shared with you what I’ve read since then.  So, here goes!

February

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

In a town that borders faerie lands, there is a sleeping boy in a glass coffin who never wakes up.  Holly Black weaves dark and beautiful faerie-infused stories.  She is forever one of my favorite authors, and this was my favorite book of February.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Great Library sits in a war-torn dystopian future, where books are black market and to be a librarian is one of the most coveted positions there is.  Initially a bit hard to get into, but it picks up.  I’m on the fence about reading its forthcoming sequel.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Witchlands has such an interesting system of magic, where each witch bears a mark of their powers, and each power is tied to an element.  Though the story can be dense at times, I really enjoyed the characters and the system of magic.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

I read this book in one sitting, so it was definitely compelling.  I feel no need to read its sequel, however, as this one is a little too steam punk for my taste.  The overworld is more interesting than that of the curio cabinet, if you ask me.

Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Presented as a series of letters, notes, and audio recordings, this story of a haunting-turned-conspiracy is told differently than I’d expected.  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this.  While I assumed I wouldn’t like that format, the story was so interesting that this unique format really worked for it.  I also read this one in one sitting– so good!

March

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The premise is interesting– four Londons in four realms with various degrees of magic.  One magical being plus one scrappy girl on a dangerous adventure eventually won my heart.  The sequel is out now and I’m dying to pick it up!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

In this world, you are only as good as the color of your blood.  The silver-blooded have supernatural abilities, while the red-blooded are ordinary, and looked down upon.  Mare has red blood, but abilities like a Silver.  I enjoyed this one and plan to continue the trilogy!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Truth be told, I started this book a long time ago and just never picked it back up.  This time, something clicked and I finished it in one sitting.  It’s a story of adolescence, which made me cry and smile– it was a truly beautiful story.  I think anyone would love this acclaimed YA book.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

I didn’t exactly love Snow Like Ashes, the first book in this trilogy, but I liked it enough to read its sequel.  When the lost chasm of magic is discovered, Meira, Winter’s queen,  goes on a fact-finding and treasure hunting adventure to do the best for her people.  I’m much more excited to read the final installment in this series now.

April

Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

I wanted to read this solely because I love Padma.  I admit, it was a little jumpy in terms of chronology and subject matter, but when all was said and done, I enjoyed the insight into her personal life, and enjoyed the read!  It was deeper and more thoughtful than expected.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby is 10, she is taken away from her family to an internment camp for kids like her– Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Blues, and Greens with various psychic abilities.  Six years of secret keeping later, Ruby runs from the various factions that want to use her or destroy her.  Such an interesting concept– can’t wait to pick up its sequel!

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

After loving Graceling but not feeling that way about Fire, this companion novel sat on my to-read list for a while.  Bitterblue was the best of the three, tying together the two previous novels and developing a strong female lead.  That, plus codes & puzzles made this book such a fun and satisfying read.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I read a lot of time travel books, don’t I?  I wanted to like this one, fresh off of another Bracken novel as I was.  It seemed interesting and adventurous enough, but what threw me was the romance element.  It got a little too Twilight-y for me.  With such a cliffhanger ending, I think I need to read it sequel, though.

There you have it guys!  Check me out on Goodreads to see what I’m finishing up the month with, and please leave me book suggestions in the comments!

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