March Wrap Up ’18

I’m really sorry this is coming out so last in the month.  Things have been absolutely crazy the past few weeks between work and getting announced as a co-blogger on Cornerfolds!  Anyways let’s get to the books I read last month!

1) Crossed by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Matched trilogy.  This book for me definitely had the second book slump.  I didn’t really care for it as the book seemed to drag and had all the stereotypical second book aspects.  I wasn’t a big fan and it made me realize why I don’t really read dystopian anymore.

2) Reached by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This book was definitely better than the second one, but I still had its quirks.  I’m glad that I finally finished this series, but in a way I could’ve just left it at the first book and been completely fine with that.

3) The Radical Element edited by: Jessica Spotswood 4/5 Stars

My whole reason for wanting to read this book was because my favorite author, Erin Bowman, had written a short story in it.  But each and every one of these short stories were amazing!  I loved getting to read through the different decades and see how women struggled with many different things at different points in history.  There was one story that confused me a bit until I realized it had a fantasy element where the rest of the stories didn’t.  Other than that, I absolutely loved this book!

4) The Way the Light Bends by: Cordelia Jensen 4/5 Stars

I was asked to read and review this book for Penguin Random House, and I immediately jumped at the chance and I’m really glad I did.  I connected with the main character so much so that it almost hurt.  I struggled a bit in school, but had a lot of art interests that had to be put on the back burner to make way for school.  I also struggled with no one in my immediate family liking the same hobbies that I did just like she did.  I wish my 15-year-old self had gotten to read this book because she would’ve probably thought that someone was directly writing about her life.  And if you love cameras and photography you will love this book.  you can read my full review here.

5) The Diabolic by: S.J. Kincaid 4/5 Stars

I had this book on my shelf for a while now, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to pick it up so I borrowed the audiobook from my library to listen to while I drove to and from work.  It reminded me a lot of The Cruel Prince just set in space which I think is why I ended up liking it so much.  I really cannot wait to get to the second book to see what happens next!

6) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by: Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I DID IT!  I finally did it!  I read this book!  It has been on my shelf for the longest time, and I cannot tell you how many times people have told me to read this book.  I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count!  Well now I finally read it!  Laini’s writing is so unique and interesting.  I’m hoping to get my review for this book up sometime in the next week or so.

I had a really great reading month last month!  Honestly I really surprised myself with how many books I read since its been a while since I’ve read that many books in one month.

What books did you get to read in March?

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March Book Haul ’18

So I may have gone a little bit crazy this month…  I can’t belive how many books I got.  It did not seem like a lot until I started getting all the books piled up for a picture.  It also didn’t help that I got a bit of money back in my tax return lol.

1-4) Tiger’s Curse Series by: Colleen Houck

This has got to be one of my favorite series ever!  I have a full set of the paperbacks and a full set of the ARCs, but I just couldn’t pass up getting a set of the hardcovers.  I read this series back in highschool just because I liked the look of the cover of the first book.  It was history from then on.  I had always wanted the series in hardcover, but couldn’t find them for less than $30 each so I settled for the paperbacks.  At the beginning of this month I looked on eBay for kicks and found the whole set for $30 and snatched them up!

5) Everlife by: Gena Showalter

This is the third and final book in the Everlife series.  Being my weird self I feel like I can now finally start this series because I have all the books in my possession now.  This is a series that I have been wanting to read for a while now, but I wanted to wait to start it until I at least had the last book in my hands.

6) My Plain Jane by: Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows, Brodi Ashton

I was so happy I was able to get this ARC through a trade!  I still have yet to read My Lady Jane, but I have heard that it is a very funny book, and I’m hoping that this book is similar in that way.

7+8) Heart of Iron by: Ashley Poston

I had preordered this book a long time ago.  So long ago that I forgot I had until it showed up on my doorstep.  And then later on in the month I got the same book in my Owlcrate, but with beautiful purple stained pages!!  I’m not sure if I’ll keep my other copy so there may be a giveaway for it popping up here soon.

9) The Bird and the Blade by: Megan Bannen

I really don’t know too much about this ARC.  I got it from the publisher and I think I just may go into it not knowing much if anything about it.  I’m hopefully going to try to squeeze this book in closer to its release date so keep an eye out for my review on it!

10) The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater

Yes, yes.  I know I already have a copy of this book but this one is a paperback.  Jk. Yes, it is a paperback, but it contains the 11,000 word Opal story.  That’s 11,000 more words set in the Raven Cycle world!  This book also came signed and with an Opal tarot card.  I may just have to have a reread of the entire series before I read the Opal story.  But honestly I’ll reread this series for no reason at all lol.

11) Blood and Sand by: C.V. Wyk

This book came in my March Illumicrate Box.  I know absolutely nothing about it whatsoever.  It has a pretty cover at least lol.

12) The Smoke Thieves by: Sally Green

I have had my eye on this ARC for a very long time, but just never could get a trade to go through nor was I able to get a copy from the publisher.  I had almost gotten to the point where I figured I would just have to wait to read the book until it came out and then Illumicrate came through!  I got this beautiful exclusive edition with purple stained pages in my March Illumicrate.  I’m so excited that now I can read this book plus the fact that I got such a pretty copy.

13) Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi

When I heard that Tahereh was writing more books in the Shatter Me series I knew I just had to get them!  I read the series last year and really liked it.  I honestly cannot wait to see where the story goes and what is in store for the characters.

14) The Heart Forger by: Rin Chupeco

I have had The Bone Witch almost since it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I got asked if I had read this series and if it was good, and of course I hadn’t so I quick rushed out to buy this book so I could read the series.  This series just sounds so good and I can’t wait to get to it!

15) The Last Star by: Rick Yancey

I’ve been slowly trying to collect this series in hardcover and now I finally have them all.  I’ve heard some very mixed things on this series, but next time I’m in the mood for a sci-fi read I’ll pick up these books and see for myself.

16) Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi

I desperately wanted to get my hands on an early copy of this book, but I knew that I just wasn’t to the point where I could trade or even request it from the publisher so I had to begrudgingly wait for its release while a lot of people I know got to read it early.  Either way, I’m so happy that I have this book in my hands and can now see what all the hype is about.  Hannah (@aclockworkreader on Youtube) says that this book gives her Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes which makes me want to pick up this book even more!

17) Bungo Stray Dogs Vol. 5 by: Kafka Asagiri

It’s been a long while since I actually bought myself a manga.  This is a series that I have been slowly collecting as the books come out in English.  I watched the anime and absolutely fell in love with the characters and the storyline so I just had to start getting the manga as soon as they came out in English.  So far I’m not sure if all of season 1 has been covered in the manga, but if not it’s getting pretty close.

18) Obsidio by: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

OMG!!  This series is over!  I have the final book in my hands!  I’m practically crying knowing that it’s ending.  I absolutely fell in love with Illuminae and Gemina and I’m so excited to see where the story goes from there.  I really hope that Jay and Amie write more books together in the future because I don’t know if I could live without more books from these authors.

19) To Kill a Kingdom by: Alexandra Christo

I was so close to getting this book while at Yallfest last year, but the girl ahead of me grabbed the last copy of this book which made me mad, but I was able to get the other book that I had wanted.  Anyways, I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I need to read it!  I’m hoping to pick this book up during the summer.  Maybe I can read it while I’m sitting on the banks of the river I’m going camping near this summer :).

20) Ink, Iron and Glass by: Gwendolyn Clare

This was totally a cover buy.  I was at Barnes & Noble with my boyfriend and picked up this book purely because I thought the cover was pretty.  I know nothing about this book which is my favorite way to go into books.

21) The Last Namsara by: Kristen Ciccarelli

When I saw that Fairyloot had featured this book I got a little upset that it was one of the boxes that I had to miss due to finances and bills (screw being an adult!)  So this month when I got a little extra money I bought this book.  Not only does this book have a drop-dead gorgeous cover, but it’s filled to the brim with dragons and dragon slayers.  What more could a girl ask for?

22) The Final Six by: Alexandra Monir

I got this book in my March Bookish Box.  I don’t know much about this book other than the fact that it is sci-fi.  Again, I’m not sure if I’ll even read the synopsis of this book before I dive right in as I love starting books out like that.

23) Tiger’s Dream by: Colleen Houck

The Tiger’s Curse series was everything to me in high school and now it’s coming to an end.  I started this series back when I really started reading and fell in love with the characters and the Indian mythology and tigers.  The fourth book tore my heart to shreds.  Even as I write this my eyes are tearing up because of how that book ended.  I just knew that there had to be more to the story, that it couldn’t just end there.  When Colleen announced that she was writing this book I was so overjoyed.  I know that more tears will be shed, but I’m so happy that after all these years I will be able to step back into this world even if it is just for a little bit.

24) Bruja Born by: Zoraida Córdova

I got this book through a trade and do not know much about it other than it has witches in it and a spell gone wrong.  I would really like to read the first book in the series before I get to this one.  Hopefully I can get the other book and read both before this one actually comes out.

*Phew*  So many books!  I give you props for sticking around long enough to make it to this point.  I really need to go on a book buying ban and stay on it, but I don’t really see that happening at least in the near future.

Did you get any good books this past month?