Monthly Wrap Up: April Reads

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’re all staying safe, happy, and healthy, curled up with all the best reads and a good cup of whatever you choose. April really gave January a run for its money for the title of longest month in existence, and we still have four days to go! As for me, as part of my reader self-reflection, I’ve noticed a trend in my reading during these quarantine times; I’ll have a great reading month, and then an off month. April was definitely an off month for me. I only finished 4 books in April, but they were all solid 4-5 stars reads, so I’m considering this month a win, reading-wise. Without any further ado, let’s chat about what I read in April.

  1. The Silence by Tim Lebbon

This was a solid 4/5 stars. The story follows Ally, a deaf teenager, and her family as they try to navigate and survive a post-apocalyptic world where monsters, that have evolved after millennium of living underground to hunt by sound alone, have been unleashed onto an unsuspecting world. Ally and her family must not only adapt to survive the monsters, but the remainder of humanity trying to do the same thing that they are. I picked this book up on a whim, because I was looking for a nice speculative horror novel, and this one delivered. I was sufficiently spooked and constantly looking over my shoulder for winged monsters for days.

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

4/5 stars. I wanted to do a reread of The Mortal Instruments series to prepare myself to catch up on the subsequent books, and City of Bones is where it all started. In case you aren’t familiar, CoB is the story of Clary Fray, whose world is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped from their Brooklyn home, and Clary must enlist the help of a race of demon hunters, known as Shadowhunters, to help find her. During her quest to find her mother, long buried secrets are uncovered, and Clary learns that nothing is as it seems. These books are some of the first that I read that really got me into fantasy, so they hold a very special place in my heart for that. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I still enjoyed the first book this many years later.

  1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

CoA is the continuation of Clary’s story, which I will not spoil in case anyone who reads this post is interested in reading TMI for the first time. I also gave this book 4/5 stars, though it may not be a perfect book, nostalgia is clouding my vision and I make no apologies for that.

  1. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Ohhh, where to start? I LOVED this book. 5 star read for sure. Kaufman and Kristoff sure do know how to write a compelling story with complex and wonderful characters, and you can’t help but to keep turning the pages. I won’t say much more since I have a pretty in depth review planned for this book, but this was actually a buddy read with my sweet friend Alyssa at Read ‘em and Weep, and she posted a fantastic review over on her blog that perfectly sums up exactly how I feel about this book, so please go check out her review! Her blog is one of my favorite things ever, and I can’t wait to buddy read Aurora Burning with her in (approximately, but who’s keeping track?) 11 days!

 

And those are my April reads! My reading stats are as follows if you’re curious:

Number of books read – 4

Number of pages read – 1,821

Most read genre – YA Fantasy

DNF – zero!

Let me know what books you read in April, and which one was your favorite? I would love to hear from ya. Until next time, stay safe and happy reading.

-H.

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