April 2017 Wrap Up

Ok. Hiii! So I know, this is new for me. My First Ever Wrap Up! Yayyyyy! I’m actually very behind on making these. I suppose it’ll probably be good for me to like list all of the books I read each month especially because SUMMER IS IN SIGHT! Only like 4 more weeks (of finals and stress) and then I am free at last. But anyway, I thought I’d start doing these at least every once in a while, if I remember, hahaha. Ok so into it: I read 9 books in April. Oh my lord, that sounded like a lot less in my head. Wow, so I guess this is a good month for me? A lot of them are like stupid contemporaries though so idk. Anyway, these are the books I read with the GoodReads description and a sentence or two of my thoughts.

1. The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater.    (4.5/5)

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. 

Ok, so don’t get mad at me…but probably the next review I’m going to post is The Raven Boys…which is the first book in this series…which I wrote having finished the whole series.  ITS JUST SO GOOD! I honestly couldn’t stop devouring book after book of this world. So Good. The last book does not disappoint.

2. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes (4/5)

An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

There was a really long synopsis of it but like, really, I was not about to copy that whole thing into here so again…I was initially planning to post a review for the first book n this series but then couldn’t stop reading them. These books have no substance to them, they are frustrating and the characters annoying and irritating but all together the book is CRACK. This book is Selection level addiction. Honestly it is so crappy but so good at the same time, you just have to take my word for it.

3. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (4.5/5)

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

This probably has been added to my list of all time favorite contemporaries. It was so adorable, the love-interest swoony. It was set in FLORENCE only the most BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE FREAKING WORLD. It had a lot more depth than a lot of other contemporaries I’ve read. SUPERGOOD!

4. The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (2.5/5)

Stella never meant to fall for a rock star…much less a Heartbreaker

When Stella’s sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. With Cara’s birthday approaching, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift—an autographed poster of her sister’s favorite (and Stella’s least favorite) band, The Heartbreakers. But when she meets Oliver Perry, the band’s lead singer, she can’t get him out of her head.

If she gives him a chance, will she resent him for taking her attention away from her sister—or will he help her find the courage to live her own life?

Ok, I read this and I wasn’t expecting much. I was expecting this to be a pretty trashy book. I wasn’t that far off. It was alright, although as a follow-up to Love & Gelato, it was terrible, haha. The love interest was unlikeable and the main character was America Singer-level irritating, so yeah. But it wasn’t all bad. It’s very unlikely I read the second book.

5. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (2/5)

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Irritating to say the least. The ending was terrible. I honestly just wanted her to end up with one of the guys, but she didn’t. Ughhh. It was like she picked herself instead of any of the guys at the end of the book and like yeah, sorry, that wasn’t an option. Pick one, plz. Anyway, it was just kinda slow and not my favorite, kinda put me off Sarah Dessen for right now.

6. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (4.5/5)

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
In a leap of faith–or an act of complete desperation–Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

This was ADORABLE! I saw a girl reading this at school the other day and DROPPED EVERYTHING to tell her that is was amazing. I thought it was so adorable and cute and loved it. Love interest is great, main character likeable.

7. Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennett (5/5!)

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. 

Ok, well OMG! This book was EVERYTHING! I freeeeaaaking loved this so much. It was adorable. Hate to love thing was great. The love interest is amazing! And the main couple love MOVIES, it really brought me back to Anna and the French Kiss. One thing I didn’t like was that in the synopsis it told you that Alex was Porter, I mean it was fun to watch them sneak around each other but it was so frustrating like STOP LOOKING FOR ALEX, HES RIGHT FREAKING THERE. Anyway, I think it also would have made the book kinda mysterious but I disliked nothing about the actual book itself. It was great. Fav book of April.

8. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (4/5)

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love. 

This book was pretty good. As you could probably tell, I was in a bit of a contemorary kick before this book and I needed something to get me out. Anyway, it has a mysterious element but I have no self control and kept flipping forward to spoil myself. It was a bit slow for me to get into but then after I did, I really enjoyed it. I will probably continue with the series and a lot of people to love this series, so hopefully it’s good.

9. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When her parents unexpectedly divorce, Mim Malone is dragged from her beloved home in Ohio to the ‘wastelands’ of Mississippi, where she lives in a haze of medication with her dad and new (almost certainly evil) stepmom.
But when Mim learns her real mother is ill back home, she escapes her new life and embarks on a rescue mission aboard a Greyhound bus, meeting an assortment of quirky characters along the way. And when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

I really liked this book. I read it pretty quickly and I loved all the people you meet along the way and it was a lot deeper than I was expecting. The end was sad for sure, but like not sad because it was sad just heartfelt, I guess. Loved it. I have taken forever to pick this up but am super glad I did.

Alright well that just about wraps up my wrap up. (get it?) I loved a lot of the books I read. I will probably write some more in depth reviews on some of the books, we shall see.

In any case, if you liked this new kind of post, let me know by commenting or liking this. I’d like to make more like these each month. (creds to tumblr and pinterest for all the pics in this post)

See ya, Katherine.

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