Books Wrap Ups

April Wrap Up

May 7, 2020
April 2020

This is the second part of my April Wrap up, the first focused on the books I read for the OWLs Read-A-Thon (here). I can't get over that I managed to read The Priory of the Orange Tree* this month. Look at the size of it! I mean granted I finished it at like half eleven on the 30th April but still. That's a lot of books when you combine both wrap ups. Let's see if I can continue this streak (probably not).

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

I've been reading this series for a while now and I always love each new release. Come Tumbling Down continues Jack and Jill's story, the twins from Every Heart a Doorway (here) and Down Among the Sticks and Bones (here) who are two of my favourite characters. The books are a perfect blend of darkness and whimsy whilst being packed into a punchy story. They never feel too long and they never feel rushed. As long as books come out in this series I'll be reading them.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Priory of the Orange Tree* by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I'll say it again, I'm thrilled to have read this book now. Finally. I called this 848 pages of utter brilliance and I stand behind that. I've read all of Samantha Shannon's books and have loved every single one. Priory felt like a book I'd been waiting for all my life (all twenty three years of it thus far) as it had everything I loved in one book. Every single aspect of this novel was pure perfection. I could've quite happily read a further 848 pages of this.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

One of the strangest books I have ever read. However, I started out really enjoying it. I thought it was going to be a crime/thriller set in the nightlife of Tokyo. Nightlife, in this case, being a euphemism for the sex industry of Tokyo. Something else I wasn't aware of when I first started to read this. I, wrongly, assumed it was a 'normal' tour guide as our protagonist. Regardless I still enjoyed this part of the book. It was gripping and raw but about three/quarters into the book it just went odd. It went very 'clever', which great but sometimes it really isn't necessary. I still liked this book but would have preferred it as a traditional thriller-esque. Without the hypnotism.

Rating: 3/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Book of Koli* by M.R. Carey

The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey

M.R. Carey never fails to write an interesting book. This one was dystopian with killer trees. Yep, I just said killer trees. Whilst that sounds brilliant the world took a backseat as this was a very character-led book. The main character, Koli, is a young boy living in this dystopian world that through a series of unfortunate events finds himself out in the wider world. I swear you won't be able to predict where this book goes.

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Rules* by Tracy Darnton

The Rules by Tracy Darnton

The Rules* was certainly a unique book exploring the concept of Preppers. The people that believe a foundation-shaking event is inevitable. Think zombie apocalypse, supervolcano eruption, aliens etc, that kind of situation. They are ready for all eventualities. Amber is the daughter of a Prepper and wishes she wasn't. This is her story of getting out of the grip of her father. It's tense with a fair few comedic moments. Definitely recommend. I just wish the ending had been better.

Rating: 3/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Those are the books I read in April!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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