I read 8 books in April. To see my full reviews, click the titles.
Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor: I read and wrote a review for SLJ (School Library Journal). You can read my review on the website or in the publication in the coming months. Click Into The Dim to see my review for book 1.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: I read this for my FYA (forever young adult) book club. This is a graphic novel of short horror stories. I’m not a graphic novel reader and I probably don’t give the art the appreciation it deserves but out of the five stories, I only liked three.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling: This is the second time reading this and it just gets better.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: There’s a lot of hype about this series that is currently on book 5 so I decided to read it. This was published in 1996 and although some people my be put off because of the slow plot, I enjoyed it and I’m excited to read the rest of the series.
3/4 Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: Although the ending didn’t quite do it for me and the character development was lacking, most of the book was suspenseful and enjoyable. I especially liked the comparison of teen girls to little monsters; I thought it was accurate and would make a good discussion.
DNF-Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore: I don’t DNF often because I like to power through but this book was too long to power on. It was written well but there was too much going on and I wasn’t interested in the subject matter; however, I do recommend it
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Although it was a fun read, it wasn’t a critical read. There were too many tropes and several of the major parts of the story didn’t drive the plot.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: I finally read a five star book and I can’t believe it took me this long. This book is nothing like the Raven Cycle so please don’t go into it thinking it will be a sweeping love story with complicated characters. This is a stand-a-lone 288 page novel that is EXTREMELY character driven that’s full of metaphors and symbolism. It took a discussion with my co worker to fully like it but once I did, I loved it.
and my book assignment for SLJ. That makes 8 for May. Will there be any bangs?