Hello friends! April is a little more than halfway done, so I figured that it was time to post my mid April update!
Let’s talk life updates first- the main thing that has pretty much taken over my life in April has been work. I got a new role in early March, and ever since then, I’ve been working late and over the weekend pretty often. It’s definitely cut into my time for doing other things like reading and being healthy (aka working out and cooking).
Now onto the main event!
So far this month, I’ve read 5 books, which is definitely pretty good for such a busy month! Here are the 5 that I’ve completed:
So, unpopular opinion here, but I didn’t really like the Cruel Prince. I read it, and it was fine, but I didn’t think it was the world changing book that so many people said it was… and honestly that made me think that maybe there was something wrong with me or maybe I read the book too fast and didn’t catch everything I should have (spoiler alert- neither of those things were the case, I was just really meh about the Cruel Prince). I decided that I had to read the Wicked King though, if only to make sure that I wasn’t crazy and these books were just being overhyped. WELL, the Wicked King completely blew all of my expectations out of the water- it was AMAZING!
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
The first 30/40 pages of the Wicked King were… hard. I was really close to calling it a fail and stopping, but after feeling that way about the Cruel Prince and still being able to finish the book, I had to finish the second one! I am so glad I actually continued with the book and finished it, because it ended up being so much better than I expected. Jude seemed so much more human than she was in the Cruel Prince. Cardan was much more of an anti-hero and someone who I loved and I hated so much. Taryn and Locke were terrible and I hate them and Madoc was always scheming (as usual). There was so much more intrigue in this book and I loved that. The twist at the end seemed to come completely out of left field (in the best way possible) and it made me so much more excited about the next book!
Have y’all read the Wicked King yet? What were your thoughts???
Did you guys read the Belles last year? I read it and while I was reading it, I really enjoyed it, so I told my friend Bee to read it and… she was not a huge fan. When she asked me what I liked about it, I completely drew a blank and didn’t actually have an answer for her haha I had hoped that after reading the Everlasting Rose, I would remember exactly why I loved the Belles, but that unfortunately did not happen…
Thank you so much to the NOVL for sending me an ARC of We Rule the Night as a part of their Book Squad! This book looked super cool from the get go when I heard them talking about it at Yallfest last year, and it definitely did not disappoint!
Can y’all believe that it’s already April??? My allergies can for sure! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram, I got tested for my allergies last week and I’m super allergic to all kinds of dust/dust mites and cats and I’m pretty allergic to lots of trees, weeds, and molds, so, you know, allergies all year round! My tree allergies are really bad in the spring, so that’s what’s going on for me outside the book world.
Let’s talk about the books I read this month! Overall. March was a little slow for me reading wise- there were a lot of other things going on in my life this month (Harry Potter world! Getting Sick! Getting an updated role at work! College Basketball), so reading was not always as prioritized as it normally is. I was able to finish 7 books this month:Read More »
Okay, time to catch up on some reviews! I FINALLY read Roar while flying to my work conference on February 9, and OH MY GOD why did I wait so long??? Roar was SO GOOD and it was EXACTLY what I wanted in terms of a fun YA Fantasy.