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April 2020 Wrap-up & Book Haul

The end of April marks the end of another month which means that I, along with everybody else, is stuck at home for almost 2 months now. But along the environment and the ozone layer healing itself with this quarantine, I am doing quite well with reading books. I managed to finish 12 books for April.

This will be a very long wrap-up so I’ll make this intro short. I’ll be linking my full review of the books in this wrap-up if I have any. Okay let’s get into the books!

Reading Wrap-UpπŸ“š

41urdic6cxlStrangle Your Gods by Matt Prinz

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ—πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘

β† I really like the premise of this book. However, I think it was not executed quite well. The focus of the story is more into the characters – which are not that relevant to the story – rather than the whole mystery of killings. And the amount of time that was spent in the lives of these misfits does not justify the whole flow of the story special the ending. For a serial killing novel, this does not discuss the psychological reason behind the killings and why the killer would commit the crime.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 

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Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘

β† This novella proves that I will forever dislike Adam. Moreover, half of the scenes in this novella is just Adam’s point of view for the ending of Unravel Me. I think that is quite unnecessary. The only thing I like about this book is seeing what happens to the others that we did not get to see in Unravel Me. But relevance wise, I think this novella is not a must in the series.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating:πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•

β† This book is the best and still my favorite in the whole series though I have yet to be proven wrong because I still have 3 more books to read. This is just a reread but still the character development and the plot is as good as I remembered it. The pacing of the story would keep you at the edge of your seat. A lot of things happened and you could see that there is a lot of room to really expand the series.

Full Review πŸ“‘

 

 

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Summer Fling by Sarah Morgan

Rating:πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ—πŸŒ‘

β†  This book is a bind-up of 2 novellas and I like both of the stories. It was a fun small island romance of the island nurses and doctors. A good pick me up book and the perfect way to cure a slump. I don’t often read books like this, but when I do, Sarah Morgan is always my go-to.πŸ’•

Full ReviewπŸ“ƒ

 

 

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The Clique by Lisi Harrison

Rating:πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘

β†  I don’t know how many times I’ve reread this first book but I love it still. Though as I grow older, I could see the flaws in this book and I can understand why some people do not like it. However, the nostalgia and how I related to the characters in some ways makes this book fun to come back to every time.

 

 

 

7190138The Clique: The Manga by Lisi Harrison & Yishan Li

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ—πŸŒ‘

β† I really love the artwork of this Manga adaptation. I love seeing all the characters and their outfits. But the manga is quite an accurate adaptation of the actual novel. There are scenes, and one of which is my favorite, which has been altered. But other than that, I enjoyed this book. I read this in one sitting. A perfect way to reread The Clique if you want a fast read.

 

 

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘

β†  I don’t like this book. This was supposed to be a horror story but it does not scare me one bit. There are hauntings in the story but the mystery of what’s happening in the house was not properly explained. Moreover, the story is more about exploring this so-called haunted house than actually finding proof about hauntings.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 

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What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‘

β†  For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I like the tropes of people falling in love without seeing the other or knowing that that’s the person that they like. This book was good with the execution of that trope however the main character is annoying. I don’t like her choices and her reasoning. Moreover, this book is too long for a contemporary romance for my taste. But a fun read nonetheless.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 

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Best Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison

Rating:πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ‘

β†  My reread of this series was definitely fun. I just wish I could finish all of it this year. As I was reading this book, I realized that I forgot a lot of things about this book and it felt like I was reading this again for the first time.

 

 

 

 

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S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

Rating:πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•

β† I am sure that this book would make it to my list of the best book of the year and favorite books of all time. This book was very unique and even though it might be hard to get into at first, you would be hooked the moment that you get the flow of the story. Though I think this book is not for everyone, I am happy that this book is for me. Highly recommend.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 

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Revenge of the Wannabes by Lisi Harrison

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ—πŸŒ‘

β†  I still enjoyed this book the same as the first two books. However, I feel like the plot of this book is quite similar to the first one though the execution was quite different but the overtake-Massie plot was already seen in the first book. Still I like this new take along with more dramas, deeper friendship, and boys.

 

 

 

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•

β†  I love this book. I love the musical, but I love this more. The story was heartbreaking and scary at the same time. This book is perfection. It is not every day that I read a book and love every character but this book did it. This would probably make it to my all-time favorite books list as well.

Full ReviewπŸ“‘

 

 


Book HaulπŸ“”

The best type of mail is the one that you least expected. Because of this quarantine, I haven’t been hauling any books. But I was so happy when this book arrived.

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I asked my aunt to buy me this book as it was not available in our local bookstore. I did not receive a reply of yes or no but when her package arrived at our house this month, I was so surprised to see this. This is the only book that I need to complete my collection. I’ve been contemplating on doing a blog about my The Clique Series collection without this book but now it is here!


So that is all for this month’s wrap-up and book haul. I hope you have a good reading month this May!

Until next time.

Maria❀

Author:

A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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