April started as a great reading month then disintegrated into nothingness as deadlines crept closer. It’s okay, they can’t all be killer reading months.
A big chunk of my reading time was swallowed by Leigh Bardugo books. I know, I’m very late to this party. Embarassing fact, it was only when Ninth House came out that I realised Leigh Bardugo was in fact a woman. I don’t know why I thought she was a man, but after my ‘no more books by white men’ rule, I was sleeping on the Grishaverse. We’ve finally rectified that and I shall be doing more research in the future.
Without any further ado, my April reading list!
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Seige and Storm & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
So I read Shadow and Bone last year, and then started Seige and Storm but got second book syndrome and put it down. The joke was on me because when I picked it back up again, two pages later it all kicked off. Seige and Storm was good but Rage & Ruin is far better. I’ll be honest, Alina and Mal don’t do it for me as main characters, but this series is still worth reading for the Darkling, and because the other books set in the Grishaverse are much better.
Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
I feel like Six of Crows is where Leigh Bardugo really got the hang of characters, the characters throughout the duology are far superior to those in Shadow and Bone. They’re more interesting, they’re better developed, and they’re deeply flawed which I like too. I’m not really a fan of heist books but the characters in Six of Crows were so engaging I could overlook it. Crooked Kingdom I think was even better, and I was pleased that Jesper and Wylan got a bit more page time. We won’t talk about the ending because it annoyed me, but I loved the Sturmhond cameo!
King of Scars Duology
If Leigh Bardugo got the hang of character in Six of Crows, this is where it all came together. Nikolai, Nina and Zoya are by far the best, most engaging characters in the series and the plot of this was more my speed than the heist was. I enjoyed the previous Grishaverse books but I LOVED these ones, and would encourage everyone to read them all just to read these two.
I’ve been excited for this book for months. Touted as atmospheric horror, it doesn’t sound like my kinda read on the surface, but what we have here is a twisted fairytale and I loved it. I literally picked this up and didn’t put it down til I finished it three hours later. If you like creepy mystery, fantasy worlds, decadent descriptions and fairytales come to life, please read this!
Sleeping Beauty but not as you know it! I really enjoyed this, it was a different take to what I was imagining, but gosh I’ve never rooted for a villain so much! A little slow to start but when it gets going you won’t be able to put it down.
I’ve shared my full thoughts on this one here, but this is a great read. Witchcraft, a budding coven, magic hidden in the streets of London, cult-y religious folk, I loved it!
Queer rep, a haunted wood, a fiddle that can raise the dead? Sign me up. A great magical realism novel that’s a fairly fast read, so if you’re looking for something outside your comfort zone, this could be it!
I wanted to love this but I found it a lot more info-dumpy than the previous books! I tore through it in less than a day but it wasn’t quite what I had hoped. You can read my review here but be warned, spoilers ahead!
Coming out on June 10th, The Jasmine Throne is an epic high fantasy set in a world inspired by India. This book is full of complex world building, religion built on magic and morally grey lesbians attempting to overthrow the empire. Read it.
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