april 2017 book haul

So when I looked back to all the books I thought I had bought in April I didn’t really think that I had bought that many, however I think I have bought over 15 books, which is quite a lot for me. I think I’m just going to do a quick run through of all the books and give the basic information I have been doing for my wrap ups and my reviews as well as a link to the goodreads page so that if you want to see a synopsis you can go over and check it out there!


91Dz0CVeJyLTitle: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 27 March 2007
Pages: 510 pages
Rating: ★★★
Full review: city of bones by cassandra clare
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/YizKhH


81I73aZsCBLTitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: city of ashes by cassandra clare
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/YizKhH


2017021312231349599Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 5 April 2011
Pages: 424 pages
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/TIIM4H


51anMWgLi4L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 8 May 2012
Pages: 535 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/AbGoIK


51qjNwXW2YL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Pages: 725 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/C03hyr


51arPt61WqL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 6 April 2017
Publication Date: 24 March 2009
Pages: 541 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/8wDD77


Okay so quick note just to add that I already owned the Mortal Instruments series before this month, which is why in my full reviews I have available for the first two books in the series I say that it was a reread. I also have ratings available for all the books in the series because I read them all last year but I don’t have full reviews because I haven’t reread them since I started my blog! I wanted to change my editions to matte versions and I found them on a good deal, I also bought City of Glass for my kindle because I wanted to read it on there when I reread this book soon!


F16_FemaleSpeciesTitle: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Date Bought: 7 April 2017
Publication Date: 20 September 2016
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/gdNm8J


270363Title: The Bermudez Triangle
Author: Maureen Johnson
Date Bought: 8 April 2017
Publication Date: 17 May 2007
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: ★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/7XUqQX


23395680Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Date Bought: 10 April 2017
Publication Date: 20 October 2015
Pages: 599 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/0EUo8p


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Title: Him
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Date Bought: 10 April 2017
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/RgiUeu


Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Date Bought: 11 April 2017
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/zdil60


Cover-Reveal-The-Upside-Of-Unrequited-LargeTitle: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Date Bought: 11 April 2017
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Pages: 336 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/HK6inf


Cinder_(Official_Book_Cover)_by_Marissa_MeyerTitle: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Date Bought: 12 April 2017
Publication Date: 3 January 2012
Pages: 387 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/wMKfwJ


9781594749476Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Date Bought: 25 April 2017
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/iQWHaR


23153351Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Date Bought: 27 April 2017
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Pages: 251 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/gYcSi6


41UJ2ZJLpFL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Note To Self
Author: Connor Franta
Date Bought: 30 April 2017
Publication Date: 18 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/h1iunG


So that is all the books that I bought in April 2017, I think I could have done a lot better at saving some money but hopefully I won’t have as many books next month!

 

 

april 2017 wrap up

So in April 2017 I read five books, which I’m pretty happy with, I was kind of wishing I could have finished my current read too, but hopefully that’ll be done in a couple of days and you can see it in my May wrap up!

I also have a full review for every book I read this month, so I’ll link to each one down below! This is just a smaller version of every review I posted and just a quick overview of everything I read this month.


91Dz0CVeJyLTitle: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 27 March 2007
Pages: 510 pages
Start Date: 1 April
Finish Date: 10 April
Rating: ★★★
Full review: city of bones by cassandra clare

This book took me quite a while to read this time around, I read it for the first time last year and gave it a higher rating then. I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, the plot was good though, I felt it was constructed in a way that made me want to finish the chapter. The world building was what really built this book up for me and that was the part I enjoyed the most.


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Title: Him
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Start Date: 10 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

LOVED THIS STORY! I loved the characters and I loved the plot and I loved how real it all felt. I don’t read much new adult but this has made me want to pick up so much more of the genre! I started this on the night of 10 April and stayed up until 3am reading, which hasn’t happened to me in so long, I read this in 24 hours. This was easily my favourite book of the month and I recommend it a lot.


Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Start Date: 11 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

This series is just so good. I read this book in one sitting, I loved it just as much as the first book, so it’s definitely a joint first place for favourite of the month. I loved how this book had a separate storyline from the first book. I would honestly reread them now, even though it hasn’t even been a month since I finished it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


WceGgDUNlCA8RPHOz66AbHHs4RI12Vqg+OoBRGBrKx2plCphEkAr3aizNSRpuGHkIoDZcS4gLRs3LNNbucM2t1akSQ57d2QayYcYsAsr1FVQ5iDKyCBWtzAWMsmQ+7PKTitle: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Pages: 336 pages
Start Date: 13 April
Finish Date: 16 April
Rating: ★★★
Full review: dreamology by lucy keating

The plot of this book was what initially drove me to picking this up and it was what kept me reading. It is a contemporary novel with a sci-fi twist, which is definitely a favourite subgenre of mine! The characters weren’t anything spectacular, although I did really like Max. I picked it up in September 2016 but put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood, I just picked this up in April out of nowhere. It was good but nothing I would reread in the near future. Beautiful cover though, would definitely thank the designer for that!


81I73aZsCBLTitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Start Date: 16 April
Finish Date: 25 April
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: city of ashes by cassandra clare

This was also a reread for me, I read it a year ago and the hype really affected my experience. I just didn’t enjoy it as much the second time around. It dropped a star from the last reading. The only reason it got a four-star and not a five-star rating is because the ending really bumped it up for me. This, just like City of Bones, just took me so long to read and I just got bored to be honest.


So that’s all I read this month. It was a pretty decent reading month, nothing below three-stars but the two Mortal Instruments books both dropped a star from the rating since I first read it so I was slightly let down. Here’s to a better May reading month!

us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Start Date: 11 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★

Us is the sequel to Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. It takes place eight months after the ending of Him. Wes and Jamie are living together in Toronto. Their relationship is still a secret and they are planning on keeping it that way until Wes finishes his rookie season in the NHL. Jamie’s coaching job is also keeping him busy and it’s putting a strain on their relationship because they aren’t getting to see each other as much. Earlier than they planned, their relationship gets shown to the public and both Wes and Jamie have to deal with how it affects their relationships with not only each other, but their teammates and co-workers.

DEFINITELY 5 STARS. I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE SITTING. I LOVED IT! I read both Him and Us in under 48 hours!

I felt like this novel had it’s own storyline and wasn’t just a continuation from the first book, which I always enjoy.  It is dealing with their relationship as well as their chemistry and their complicated situation.

A lot of people felt like the lack of communication between the characters in this book was a down fall but I think that it’s true and real, some people do find it hard to communicate in situations like Wes and Jamie are in.

The hockey was still a large part of the novel, which I still loved. It wasn’t all about their relationship (don’t worry, their relationship is still the main focus on the story).

I still loved Wes and Jamie, their chemistry is still undeniably real and totally believable. There was some very cute scenes between them in this book, not as many as the first book but I understand that since the plot is more focused on the strains of their relationship than their figuring out their feelings for each other.

I loved Jamie’s mum in this book, she is such a lovely and understanding character. She had a lovely relationship with Wes as well as Jamie.

A character that was introduced in this novel, Blake, was interesting to say the least. He annoyed me slightly at the start of the story, he honestly just seemed kind of rude. But as the story went on we got to see his friendship with Wes and Jamie evolve and by the end of the book I started to really like him.

Obviously I have to mention that I loved the representation. There is a gay main character and a bisexual main character. There is also a main character dealing with mental health issues.

slight spoiler ahead !!
In this book there is a medical emergency used as a plot twist (?) in the story. This is not an issue for me as I love this trope/cliché. It allows the reader to see a different part of Wes and Jamie’s relationship.

I 100% shipped Jamie and Wes throughout the entire story, which did not surprise me at all considering how much I loved the first book. I cried multiple times reading this and I laughed out loud to myself multiple times as well. This story was very emotional for me and not just some steamy new adult story. I loved these characters and I’m sad that my journey with them is finished.

I will 100% be rereading this book and the first one multiple times throughout my reading life. I definitely recommend the duology of books and think it was a brilliant and unforgettable introduction to new adult for me.

 

him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

businessman working on laptop  in black suitTitle: Him
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Start Date: 10 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★

Him is about two guys who went to hockey camp together when they were younger. Wes is someone who was struggling with his feelings towards his best friend. Jamie had never questioned his sexuality until after a bets stakes get carried out and he has a drunken experience with Wes. They don’t talk for four years after their final camp together, much to Jamie’s confusion, then they run into each other when their hockey teams both go to the same match. They meet again and are both coaches at the camp they attended when they were younger.

I really really enjoyed this story. It was definitely a five star rating from me, I started it at night and stayed up until 3am reading this, I then finished it in under 24 hours.

The writing in this is not spectacular or anything but it isn’t bad, I didn’t read it thinking that it was some 12 year olds fanfiction. I really enjoyed it for the purpose of enjoying a story.

The novel was written in alternating first person point of views from the two main characters, Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning. I could easily tell the two character’s chapters apart and I really enjoyed reading from both perspectives.

I enjoyed that the story was about two male hockey players who were dealing with their feelings for each other and their experiences with being attracted to males and how that affected their everyday lives. It didn’t feel like someone had wrote a m/f romance and just changed the pronouns of a character, it felt real.

I loved Ryan Wesley. Someone who is in love with hockey and his best friend. He has a terrible relationship with his parent’s, both of who have doubted and ignored his sexuality. Wes was always confident in his sexuality throughout the book and the ways he spoke to Jamie throughout the novel make me so happy. Wes doesn’t let people in very easily and he just loves Jamie so much that he can talk to him so much easier.

I loved Jamie Canning. Someone who is in love with coaching and his best friend. Jamie was sleeping with a character named Holly at the start of the novel and hadn’t questioned his sexuality until he meets Wes again. He figures out through the novel that he is bisexual (yay! bisexual representation!!) and I loved seeing him figuring out that part of himself and becoming more comfortable in himself.

The two characters spoke in a more juvenile tone throughout the story but I enjoyed it. It made their relationship more cute and happy. They could joke around with each other and they could be themselves. They also worked with kids at the hockey camp throughout so had to speak to them in a way they’d understand too.

The sports in this book is there and part of the story but I actually found myself enjoying it even though I have no interest or knowledge of hockey. It didn’t change my enjoyment of the story at all, if anything it made the story feel more real and added something to the story apart from just the romance.

The story didn’t have unnecessary  drama, it felt right. It felt real. I didn’t have to sigh from cheesyness or anything unrealistic throughout. It was fun and really really enjoyable.

I haven’t read much new adult stories but I think this was a really great introduction into the genre! I’ll definitely be looking at some more of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s work!!

I really really enjoyed this story, it will be one I will reread in the future, I read the ebook version but I’m dying to pick up a physical copy and maybe give the audio book a shot in the future!