April Roundup

I’m pretty impressed with what I read this month. Juggling everything has been super hard but I’ve still found time to read and take a break from everything.

The Good:

Ok, so there was a lot of good in this month. I tried to pick a top favourite but I couldn’t. So, here are my top picks of the month instead:

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – So Slaughter did write a longer story about Charlie! I was so stoked to realise this and I loved reading this book. I answered a lot of questions I had and made me fall in love with Charlie even more! I really wish there was another book with her.

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – I love Bryndza’s Erika Foster series, so when this came out I got it almost straightaway. It took me a little longer to find the time to read it but WOW, this was so good. The style of writing was still Bryndza’s but he took me to a place I didn’t think he could write about and it was interesting to see a different side of him. The main character in this book is feisty, determined, powerful and female.

The Mask of Shadow by Oscar de Muriel – This is the third in the Detective McGray and Inspector Frey series and honestly, I loved the different style of writing and I loved the way the play changed the writing style and incorporated more sides to the story.

Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston – AMAZING! Believe it or not, before the last week of April, I didn’t know that books about Star Wars existed! Someone on instagram recommended this to me and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. It’s about Padme after she steps down as Queen of Naboo and how her career as a politician begins. I’d recommend it.

Elevation by Stephen King – This was my first Stephen King book and I thought it was fantastic. It’s a short story and I think a story that a lot of different people would like. I just enjoyed the charm of it, the ease and the unique story.

The Bad:

I did actually have a couple of duds this month:

Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar – This book annoyed me SO much. If you’ve seen my review, you know what it’s based on. BUT, there is a difference between ‘based on’ and ‘changed the ending of a true story’. There were too many similarities for me to see it as a ‘original story’ and it just grated on my nerves too much.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook – This book was actually alright till the ending which angered me to no end. I dislike authors who wrap the ending up in a neat bow, or worse – as was the case here – chose the easy ending that doesn’t compute with the climax climbing of the overall novel.

Reviews Posted:

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – ★★★★★

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook – ★★★

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd – ★★★★

When You Disappeared by John Marrs – ★★★★

Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar – ★★

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza – ★★★★★

Darkwhispers: A Brightstorm Adventure by Vashti Hardy – ★★★★

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl – ★★★★★

Elevation by Stephen King – ★★★★★

The Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel – ★★★★★

Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston – ★★★★★

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – ★★★★★

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl – ★★★★

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