April Wrap Up

 

I have to admit, having so much spare time at home is wrecking my reading. I know that I have all this extra time to read now that I’m not going out to do things, but I’m still finding it harder to sit down and focus on a story. Where I used to be able to read a book in one sitting, no matter how engaged I am to a story, I find myself needed to get up and do something else. I guess working from home isn’t going to be a longtime goal for me – I like being able to separate my work time and downtime a little more.

Of course, Yzma is absolutely loving all of the time I’ve been spending at home. If she wasn’t a spoiled puppy before hand (and trust me, she was), she certainly is now! Daily puppy playdates (weather permitting) and lots of cuddles just makes her crave attention even more. I worry about how she’ll react to me going back into work full time, but that’s a problem for future me. For now, here are some cute puppy pics of Yzma enjoying her spoiled life.

 

 

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:

 


 

For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.

 

Total books completed: 6

Total pages read: 1,699 pages (avg. 336 pages per book)

 

Completed Books:

  1. The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B Andersen (The Great Devil War, Book 3)[4.5 stars]
  2. Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong (No Match for Love, Book 1)[4 stars]
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick [5 stars]
  4. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen [5 stars]
  5. To Dream is to Die by Sarah Lampkin (Dead Dreamer, Book 1)[3.45 stars]
  6. To Wake the Dead by Sarah Lampkin (Dead Dreamer, Book 2)[4 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B Andersen
  2. Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Antya Sunday
  3. Pisces Hooks Taurus by Antya Sunday
  4. Cancer Ships Aquarius by Antya Sunday
  5. This Time by Azaaa Davis
  6. Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong
  7. That Night by Azaaa Davis
  8. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  9. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen
  10. To Dream is to Die by Sarah Lampkin
  11. To Wake the Dead by Sarah Lampkin

 



Wrap Up:

The Angel of Evil:

Satina has been kidnapped by the enemy. Philip knows he can’t leave it at that, even if he’s told to. Maybe once upon a time Philip would have been a good boy and listened to the order to leave it alone, but not anymore. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads into the deep darkness of Outer Reach to try and find her. But nothing is going to be able to prepare him for the horror that awaits – or the demons he’ll face. All the while Lucifer’s kingdom is being threatened and all Hell is about to break loose.

One of my favourite things about this series is the way that Andersen keeps the mysteries and reveals coming. Even while thinking I know what’s going to happen, I love being shocked by the delivery. With the characters practically jumping off the page, I find it hard to find anything I dislike in this world. If you haven’t checked this series out yet, I highly recommend that you do. Andersen’s take on the Afterlife is truly imaginative and breathtaking – in both good and bad ways. (Pardon the pun.)

Miss Match:

Luke Ryder, CEO of Ryker Communications, doesn’t want to hire hist best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. But when the matchmaking company Brooke works for threatens to close, he’s willing to put aside the eight years he’s been in love with her to help her try and save it. Brooke being engaged to another man just further confirms to Luke that she doesn’t see him as relationship material, yet he isn’t willing to give up hope and do whatever it takes to stop her from moving to Italy with her fiancé.

Meanwhile, Brooke’s dream career is going to crumble around her if she doesn’t do something about it. She’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Toujour in the black. But when signing Luke as her big shot client ends up working better than she hoped Brooke wonders if she’s chosen the right man. Maybe it’s time to look past Luke’s playboy image and see that he really has changed like he claims. She just needs to decide if she’s willing to risk her heart.

Although this is the first book in the series, it’s the second one I’ve read. Each novel can be read as a standalone, so reading Strike a Match first didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this novel. In fact, I enjoyed reading Miss Match more.

Scrappy Little Nobody:

Ever wondered what it’s like to make your way into the limelight? Sure the path there is different for everyone (I would imagine, looking from the outside in). In Scrappy Little Nobody, the reader gets an inside look into what experiences helped form the woman that Kendrick is today. With her sarcastic humour and dry wit, Kendrick grabs the attention of the reader and won’t let go.

Anna Kendrick does an amazing job at reading her stories in this author read AudioBook. I listened to this book on my way to and from work on the days that I actually went into the office and enjoyed the car rides immensely. I found myself wishing that my commute was longer, just so I could get in a couple more minutes of this amazing tale. If you have the option of picking up a physical copy of the book or listening to the AudioBook, I highly recommend the AudioBook for this one. Trust me.

The Kiss Thief:

Francesca believed that a first kiss should be earned, not stolen. That the vows you make on your wedding day should be cherished, not broken. That your heart only beats for one man. That it isn’t split and bled for two rivals who’ll fight until the bitter end. She believed that all great love stories have a happy ending, but found herself erasing and rewriting her story until the very last chapter.

Francesca Rossi wanted nothing more than to marry her first love, Angelo Bandini, heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit. Yet instead she finds herself taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton who held her father’s sins over his head. Somewhere in the middle of this mess, she’s going to have to find her forever.

As much as I absolutely adored this read, it did take me a little bit to get into it. I also want to warn anyone that’s looking into picking it up that there is a near-rape scene in the story as well as a presence of domestic abuse. If either of these things make you uncomfortable, I’m sure you can find another book to enjoy. If you do decide to go ahead and pick up this book, I think you’ll find this to be a fantastic world to experience. Francesca isn’t willing to sit in her beautiful birdcage forever, even if it causes her to break from tradition. Throw in a little political gain and mobster mentality and I was hooked.

To Dream is to Die:

Brenna Whit expected freshman year of college to give her a new start and let her meet new people. However, she hides a dark secret. An accident that happened to her three years prior resulted in her spirit leaving her body and wandering the Fade whenever she sleeps. When someone spots her in spirit form, Brenna fears that her secret is out. Trying to balance new friends, a new crush, and possible new enemies, Brenna has a hard time juggling her first year of college.

While this story has a slow start to it, it’s worth it to push through to when the story begins to pick up. This slow start allows the world to be built and will help the reader understand the subtle clues thrown in throughout the series (it certainly helped me through this and the second book). Walking the line between the living and the dead can’t be easy, and I can only imagine how much more difficult it is to do so while trying to balance school and protecting those you care about.

To Wake the Dead:

More than ever before, Brenna teeters on the edge between the living and the dead. In her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s more determined than ever to stick to the living side of her life. But with her own soul trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer fighting her for power, Brenna can’t help but be drawn back to the land of the dead.

Meanwhile, the Gatekeepers are doing everything in their power to regain the power they once held over the town. With the appearance of mysterious twins, Brenna needs to decide what’s more important: her secret, or fighting for what she believes is right. Brenna knows the stakes are high as her decision might result in her permanent death. Will she be able to choose wisely?

In this novel we get to see Brenna continue to learn about her powers and the worlds she finds herself trapped between. If you’re looking for clear answers, you might have to wait a while. However, with the expansion of the world and the growth of the enemy, Brenna does everything in her power to fight for what she believes in. She’s kind of a badass that way.

 


 

It’s not hard to see that I didn’t read too much this month, or follow my Monthly TBR too closely. I’ll admit to picking up a couple of books and pausing halfway because my heart just wasn’t into the read. I hope that with the weather getting nicer I’ll find the willpower to sit outside while Yzma runs around and just read a physical book to completion. I still have the desire to read, I’m just having a harder time focusing on the words in front of me.

How has your reading been this month? I hope you had a better time than me using your spare time to read. If not, I feel you. There’s always next month and the next book, right?

And lastly, my question of the month: Have you discovered any new authors that you really enjoyed recently?

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