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March wrap up

So this month I didn’t actually get around to reading any fairytale retellings unfortunately however I did make my way through several ARCs which I am proud of so here is a break down of my reviews and other reads.

Death Game by Kelly St. Clare

Death Game is a story that I was quite invested in and I think the last book I read about vampires before this series was Breaking Dawn so it’s been a while.

Luckily the Vampire Towers has no sparkly vampires and follows a 21-year-old human billionaire who finds that she is the mate of a Vampire Prince. I’ve liked the Tainted Accords by Kelly St Clare and this was a really enjoyable series.

Blood & Holy Water by Joynell Schultz

So I followed one vampire story into another one without actually realising beforehand. We have Ava and an angel who hasn’t been able to ascend properly as she has been waiting to complete a miracle and a Vampire Doctor who is trying to keep is secret from everyone. When Angels and Vampires end up dead it’s up to this unlikely couple to figure things out.

Ava and Flynn are quite cute together and it makes for a good story but I felt like this could have been better as a short story as in the middle it felt like it was going somewhere but taking a while to pick up speed.

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle JawandoAnd the stars were burning brightly was a lovely yet heartbreaking story set in Wythenshawe in Northern England. The story revolves around something that happened to the author when she was younger who had the courage to carry on and tell her story through Al, Nate and Megan.

Since writing the blog post I have found out that there will be a sequel. I’m not sure how it’ll pan out but will love to read it eventually.

Cloth of Grace by Rachel J BonnerCloth of Grace is the final book in the choices and consequences series. We’re still following Leonie and Perry’s story. The characters in this were very well written and unlike other stories (mainly TV show’s) it had a previous in this series section which I think is a really good idea as sometimes I don’t have the patience to read the other books in a series before reading a new release. 

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows is one I should have read a long time ago and has been on my bookshelf for what seems like forever. 

My only grumbles with it are it was too long and the other is there were way too many POVs and keeping up with the characters was more difficult from other books as there could be several chapters in between so I was forgetting what they did in the last chapter (in regards to their back story).

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox was one recommended to me by an ex-colleague who said it was amazing and right up my street. However, I seem to be in a minority with this one as I didn’t really enjoy it. I did think it had promise but it’s eighty (that’s right eighty) chapters long yet I felt it was missing something and character development was lacking. 

I still also feel sorry for the twins of the main character as these were seriously overlooked in the entire story. If they weren’t mentioned every so often I would have completely forgotten about them. It seems like the main character only liked her firstborn and her only daughter.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary was an ARC I really wasn’t expecting to be chosen to review by NetGalley but I am really thankful I was chosen fo this. 

Renata has magic which most people fear and we travel to the palace of Andalucia where she was brought up to face the Prince.

The way this started I felt like I had already missed some important parts of the story. However, this feeling didn’t last for long and everything was soon explained.

I actually really enjoyed this story which comes out later this month. I’m really more annoyed that I have to wait so long for its sequel.

One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton

One Last Shot is the last in the series where we follow Freddie and JoJo from young lovers to their reconnection years later. 

As with the last book this picks up where we left off with Freddie receiving what he feel sis devastating news especially given his past. Freddie is not able to deal with the situation he finds himself in and everyone rallies around him trying to make him feel better. We di get to see parts of the past with this book although some parts confused me as I don’t know how they connected to the story of Freddie and JoJo although that could be me.

Fae King by Joanna MazurkiewiczFae King is a book that follows on from a previous series from Joanna Mazurkiewicz. In this story, we follow the “fan favourite” Martha who happens to be Cinderella’s fairy godmother.

I’ve not read any of the author’s books before however, I didn’t feel like I had to read the others first. Everything was pretty self-explanatory.

Would certainly like to read book two with it being left on a cliffhanger.

Wrath of The Gods by Leia Stone

 

Wrath of the Gods wasn’t as exciting as I anticipated to be but it doesn’t mean I hated it. I believe this wasn’t quite on par with the other YA fantasy books I’ve read of late as they had more action to them and didn’t wait until the last 20-30 pages.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace BushnellRules For Being a Girl. is something that I believe should be read in schools on every curriculum and shows an important lesson for everyone. Although this is a work of fiction I would bet £10 that most girls have gone through something similar. Maybe not to the same extent of this as to me this does seem a little on the extreme side but a form of unwanted attention were they were given the blame for it. 

Absolute brilliant read and I was hooked fairly quickly.

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre WardThis was my final ARC for the month and this was not quite the light-hearted read I was expecting. Charlotte seemed like someone who I have probably met once or twice so I found her POV’s easy to read. Her children not so much. I didn’t click with Lee, Cord or Regan at all. Yes, I felt sorry for them in one respect but that was all.

I didn’t love the author’s voice in it however the cruise aspect seems to be spot on in some respects as an ex cruise specialist this stood out to me.

I would have liked to have seen more of an epilogue as I think things were quite wrapped up in a nice little bow. Some parts were a little darker than I was expecting and although I didn’t like the children I did like how they all came together to help one another.

So there you have it for March lets see what April brings and hopefully, we won’t be in lockdown for too long. Even I’m going a bit stir crazy.

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