April’20 Wrap Up

I read so many really good books in April. Not as many as past months, but the quality was excellent. It was primarily a high fantasy month, with some new favorite reads, and a few that were good, but unfortunately didn’t make that list. I have reviews for all of these books, though, one of them won’t go up until after this post goes live. So, if you feel like checking out my thoughts on any of these books, feel free to click the links!  I definitely think you all should check out these books, and they should be on your radar if they aren’t already.

Without further ado, let’s get into this post.

lady smokeLady Smoke (The Ash Princess Trilogy #2) – Laura Sebastian

Hardcover Finished: April 9, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR  

“[…] The Ash Princess Trilogy is now complete, so if you’ve been waiting to read these books, I say, go for it. Laura is a great writer, and her stories come to life. Theo’s journey is long and hard, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.”

you dont live hereYou Don’t Live Here – Robyn Schneider

ARC Finished: April 12, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / Review / GR

“[…] You Don’t Live Here is an Ownvoice, queer, coming of age love story about figuring out who you are, how to navigate the world after loss and learning to accept yourself for who you are, and stand up for yourself. No matter what part of that, that you connect with, you’ll connect to something, because everyone is dealing or struggling with something. Robyn does an absolutely incredible job at telling this story, and I’ll definitely be recommending it to everyone – I already am.”

From blood and ashFrom Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

eBook Finished: April 13, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

“[…] So much was brought to light at the end of this book and it flips everything you think you understand as a reader and it was fantastic. I really think Jen outdid herself on this one. I wish I could wipe my mind and reread it for the first time, because omfg. I started this book at like 1:30 AM the other night (because I was tired of waiting to start it, late hour be damned) and I’m pretty sure I stopped reading when the birds started chirping and light was coming in through my window. Then I slept for a few hours, woke up, and went right back to reading. Don’t be like me and start reading at in the middle of the night, but be prepared to read this in one sitting, despite its size because you won’t want to put it down.”

chasing luckyChasing Lucky – Jenn Bennett

eARC Finished: April 15, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

“[…] I’m so bummed I didn’t enjoy this book, and I think some of my irritation is stemming from that. This book wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t for me. While that sucks, I do recommend you check out this book when it comes out in November. This was my first Jenn Bennett book, and I’m definitely going to check out some of her other books. I enjoyed her writing style, and I felt like I was in New England, she brought the town of Beauty to life in my mind. I’m just sad this book wasn’t it for me, and that happens. So, check out Chasing Lucky when it comes out in November!”

of silver and shadowOf Silver and Shadow – Jennifer Gruenke

eARC Finished: April 17, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

“[…] Then I couldn’t put the book down, and I think I stayed up until 5:30 reading, and I got the ending and I wanted to scream, because omfg the book is so good and the characters, and the world, and the story, and just everything. I still don’t really know how to put into words how I feel, but I can tell you that I haven’t stopped thinking about this dang book for 2.5 days and I just want more.”

“[…] I loved this book and I really hope that there is more to this world, more for these characters. This book is a whole story, with enough left open to feed into more books, so I need y’all to preorder and buy this book, read it, review it and promote it, so we can get more Darek and Ren. I need more Darek.”

the kings 100The King’s 100 – Karin Biggs

eARC Finished: April 18, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

“[…] World-wise, I was really reminded of the Uglies world, but plot wise, it felt similar to The Jewel Thief, Perfected and the Selection books. Ultimately, The King’s 100 was just an enjoyable, quick read and once you start it, you don’t want to put it down.”

“[…] I liked the mash of sci-fi, with fantasy and this sort of modern day feel. It was wholly relatable (on a world level) while still feeling fantastical. Kind of like the kingdoms that are the settings for a lot of the newer Barbie movies – random comparison, I know, and if you’ve seen some of the newer ones, then you know. Don’t, judge, those movies are feel good.”

tsiasosTo Sleep in A Sea of Stars – Christopher Poalini

Partial eARC Finished: April 24, 2020

TBD / Review / GR

“[…] Y’all, what I did read was so good, so captivating and I was instantly sucked into this world he created. There was a moment in this, that I legitimately stopped breathing while I was reading. The action was so tense, so emotional, and the outcome of that scene is – well, I don’t want to spoil, but it had my heart pounding.”


NightbornNightborn (The Hollow King #2) – Jessica Thorne

eARC Finished: April 27, 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

“[…] I legit just finished reading this book, and I’m speechless. So Much happens in it, and I went through the range of emotions. Rage – I wanted to throw my phone across the room because of a certain thing that happens to Bastien early on. Then my heart was breaking for both Bastien and Grace. Then I was raging again, then nearly sobbing, and then the whole ending was just me switching between the sobbing, mind blow, shocked, angry emojis.”

sunshieldSunshield (The Outlaw Road Duology #1) – Emily B. Martin

eARC Finished: April 29, 2020

3 / Review / GR

“[…] This isn’t my favorite book, I enjoyed it for the most part, but I’m actually quite infuriated with how it ended. Now, if you look on Goodreads, nowhere does it hint at there being more than one book. So you can imagine my absolute rage when I got to the end of this book and nothing, and I mean nothing is resolved. I kept swiping on my kindle, expecting there to be more book, but it was like half the book was missing. I’m not talking about something plot lines being left open for the potential for another book, I mean, I genuinely was questioning where the rest of the book was. It felt as if I’d stopped reading mid-sentence.”

Divine BloodDivine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) – Beck Michaels

eARC Finished: April 30, 2020

4 / GR

“[…] I read that last line and flipped the page to the Author’s Note and nearly chucked my phone across the room. It’s so good! I highly recommend that you all check out this book when it comes out June 3. You really don’t want to miss it. If high fantasy, sass, romance, prophecies, a journey, plus tons of traumatized characters learning to accept themselves is your thing, then you’ll really like this book.”

What was your favorite read in April?


One thought on “April’20 Wrap Up

  1. I can’t wait to read From Blood and Ash, you’ve got me so hyped for that one! And I’ve never even heard of Divine Blood but now it’s on my list. Thanks!!

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