MONTHLY WRAP-UP

[MONTHLY WRAP UP] April 2020

Time to look back on April, the month in which I started blogging again, trying to add new and hopefully fun and good content to the blog. A month in which I’ve read a lot of great books and came across some really nice articles over at other blog websites. Today, I’ll tell you all about that and what I’m looking forward to in May; books, a book box, and the TBR!

♥ What did I read? ♥

Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
(Crown of Shards #3)

3.5/5

Crush the King was my first read in April. After having just finished Crescent City on March 30th, I decided to stick with the fantasy romance genre because I was in a mood and I was super curious about this 3rd installment in the Crown of Shards series that I’ve been loooooving thus far. Thanks to the enormous open ending I couldn’t give it a higher rating than 3,5 stars though, because it feels a bit unfinished for me. I really hope the author will write a #4 sometime in the future. I’m really excited though, to read the spin-off series that’s coming our way. Overall, this trilogy has been a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. I think the conclusive book wasn’t as strong as I’d hope it’d be because of my earlier comments, but still… Kill the Queen, Protect the Prince and Crush the King are worth the read!!

Issued by Paris Wynters
(Navy Seals of Little Creek #1)

5/5

Issued is Paris’ second published book and the first one in a new romance series. I was lucky to get an arc. I’ve been waiting for a new book by this author ever since first reading Hearts Unleashed, which I loved so incredibly much. Issued was yet again a fantastic read that had me hooked from beginning to end. Such wonderful characters, a fun story-line and the romance? Hot DAMN! It was beautiful, sweet and so incredibly sexy and intense. Loved every second reading this book! 

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
(The Last Hours #1)

4.5/5

Up next was Chain of Gold. Aw men, I can’t express into words how emotional I always get when reading a Clare book. I made a start with it in March but due to a bad mood I hadn’t picked it up again until early April when I was getting my mood back. And reading this book felt like coming home. This book has been years in the making and the wait was worth it. Clare is a master in weaving together new story-lines, character development and romance development with the right amount of drama added to it. This first book in the The Infernal Devices spin-off has all of those elements present that I love so much about her books and writing and it left me, as always when finishing a book by her, craving more more more!

And the Ocean was our Sky
by Patrick Ness

3.5/5

I wasn’t planning to read this one in April, but it somehow ended up in my hands anyway when prowling my shelves and once started, I couldn’t stop reading it haha. I wasn’t in Love with all of the story elements, but overall this was a truly remarkable reading experience. Thanks to the original concept and take on this Moby Dick re-telling, combined with the most beautiful illustrations throughout the entire book, I definitely recommend giving this one a go if it looks interesting to you! It was my first Patrick Ness read and I’m excited to read more! 

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Blood and Ash #1)

4/5

I got myself a copy of Jen’s newest release because I normally love her books and this one just had to be bought. When it got in, I immediately started reading it. Overall, I think that this was a fun first book in a new series but I think it also had some weak spots here and there in the beginning. But then there’s the entire build up towards the end in general, and the promise of what’s to come in the next installment seeing the way it all ended, and that was all really well done I think and made it overall a really fun and entertaining read. The story was mostly always compelling and engaging with Armentrout’s imaginative writing. Finishing this book left me craving more and that’s the way you want to end a book: feeling like you haven’t nearly gotten enough of it yet and want to continue reading RIGHT NOW. I truly cannot wait to read about new settings/new parts of the world we’re about to explore in the next installment, as well as read more about these characters, more plot and story-line and more romance. I definitely recommend reading this book if you’re into fantasy/paranormal romance!

Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet
(Endeavor #2)

5/5

Some months ago Amanda gifted me a digital arc of Starbreaker, one of my most highly anticipated 2020 releases. I was in such a foul mood that I hadn’t been able to truly pick it up and read it until recently. This book ended up becoming one of my favorites of the year so far. It’s the answer to the question: Is it possible to write a sequel that’s better than the first book and how would that look like then? Well, Amanda uses Starbreaker to give answer to that question! My review is going online tomorrow, so if you’re interested please come back then 🙂

Anne Frank’s Diary: GN Adaption by Anne Frank
A. Foldman (adaptor) & D. Polonsky (Illustrator) 

5/5

I got a copy of this one when I was in a local store recently and accidentally came across it – it’s been on my wishlist ever since it released. I started it the same day and finished it a couple of hours later. Reading the story through these stunning illustrations – the style the artist uses is truly beautiful and fits Anne’s story so well I think – made for a really extraordinary reading experience. It was a very emotional read. It never ceases to amaze me how immensely touched I am by it, when I get around to read about it, and how mournful and sorrowful I always feel then > and reading the graphic novel adaption was no exception. It was every bit as emotional and heartbreaking as it always has been. The illustrations just make it an even more intense reading experience. I highly recommend getting a copy of this if you’re interested in Anne’s story.

Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen
(Dark Shores #2)

5/5

And then it was finally time to dive into another one of my most highly anticipated 2020 releases; Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen. This book blew my mind and is now my favorite 2020 read. Extended review on it will go online next week so stay tuned because I’m going to go all out fangirl on you! I’m going to do my damnest to ‘sell’ you this book because WHAT.A.BOOK! Fantastic! This book Can be read as a standalone so it’s not necessary to read book 1, Dark Shores (although I recommend it because Dark Shores is really good too), so you also won’t be spoiled or anything when reading my review. The things happening in Dark Skies take place at around the same time when Dark Shores takes place. Can’t wait to tell you more about it!

Nobody but You
by Megan Green 

5/5

And Nobody but You by Megan Green was the last book I finished in its entirety in April. Megan’s a favorite romance author of mine so I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of getting an arc for her newest release and read it. I eventually read it later than planned, but no harm done I think haha. This book was beautiful. It’s now one of the best Single Dad romances I’ve read so far and ended up on my favorites list. Extended review will follow soon. 

♥ Bookish GOALS - update ♥

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020
Books Read 26%

Atm, I’ve finished 29/110 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which means I’m 26% in and that I’m 7 books behind on schedule – YIKES. I was 12 books behind at one point, so I must keep looking to the positive side of things and acknowledge that things could’ve been worse, lol. 

But still… Looking at that bar above being stuck at 26% and knowing I’m still 7 books behind < it sucks haha. 

NETGALLEY Feedback RATIO
Feedback Ratio 34%

Another one of my standing, always present, goals is getting my Netgalley Feedback Ratio up to at least 80%. Seeing I haven’t blogged in a while, I haven’t written much reviews either when I read – suffered from several reading slumps for months. So unfortunately, the feedback ratio % is at a terrible low atm. 

I have some books I did read already and haven’t reviewed yet, so I’m planning to update those first, so that’ll hopefully get my ratio back to 40% and from then on I’m going to plan more Netgalley books to read and review in the upcoming months. 

♥ BLOGGER IN THE SPOTLIGHT ♥

I love reading blog articles and love getting replies from other readers/bloggers/etc. so of course I want to repay the favor as much as I possibly can and I think putting a couple of articles in the spotlight is a good way to #spreadthelove aside from leaving replies. Here are some articles that I loved reading/coming across on other blogs. Happy reading 🙂 Click on the Titles and you’ll be redirected to the articles! 

I’ve been trying to find more new to me bloggers so if you blod and I haven’t followed you yet, let me know and you might definitely end up in the spotlight in one of my future wrap up articles! 

♥ Published on the Blog ♥

BOOKHAUL | Free e-books haul @ Amazon
BOOKHAUL | March + April 2020

BOOK REVIEW | Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen (Bitter Sea #1)
BOOK REVIEW | Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (The Last Hours #1)
BOOK REVIEW | Daughter of Death by Lexi C. Foss (Dark Provenance #1)
BOOK REVIEW | From Blood and Ash by J.L. Armentrout (Blood and Ash #1)
BOOK REVIEW | The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn (Pegasus #1)
DUTCH BOOK REVIEW | Leven met een Leugen by Wendy Brokers

BOOKISH ARTICLE | Happiness is… Buying Books!

COVER REVEAL | Love the one you Hate by R.S. Grey

FRIDAY FIRSTS | Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen (Dark Shores #2)
FRIDAY FIRSTS | From Blood and Ash by J.L. Armentrout (Blood and Ash #1)

GUES REVIEW by Amanda | a Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane 
GUEST REVIEW by Amanda | Hangman by Daniel Cole (Fawkes & Baxter #2)
TAG ARTICLE by Amanda | My Life in Books Tag

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | Introduction

SHOP LOG | March 2020

TAG TIME THURSDAY | Currently Reading Book Tag
TAG TIME THURSDAY | Procastination Book Tag
TAG TIME THURSDAY | Show and Tell Book Tag

TBR ON SUNDAY | Current Priority TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY | Titles that would make good band names
TOP TEN TUESDAY | Books I enjoyed, but rarely talk about

MONTHLY FAVORITES | 2019 Re-Cap!
MONTHLY RELEASES | Romance releases & more
MONTHLY RELEASES | YA Edition

MOVIES & TV SERIES | March wrap-up and more!

WISHLIST WEDNESDAY | Digital books I read/own and want to buy in print
WISHLIST WEDNESDAY | Middle Grade edition
WISHLIST WEDNESDAY | 10 books I most recently added to the wishlist

WWW WEDNESDAY | #19
WWW WEDNESDAY | #18
WWW WEDNESDAY | #17
WWW WEDNESDAY | #16

♥ LOOKING FORWARD TO... ♥

♦ Books 

Well, I went a bit bananas lately when it comes to buying new books and putting in pre-orders haha. I tried to control myself a bit for May but it appears there is still quite a nice amount of books coming my way

May Pre-orders

Other

  • Buren with Benefits by Lisette Jonkman 
  • Aurora Burning by J. Kristoff & A. Kaufman 
  • House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess 
  • Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
  • The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  • Jane Eyre, Chiltern Edition
  • Sense & Sensibility, Chiltern Edition
  • Great Expectations, Chiltern Edition
  • Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts
  • 2 Starbreaker editions by Amanda Bouchet
♦ Novel Companion 

In the past I’ve lovingly used Little Inkling Designs’ Bookish Planner. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on the 2020 edition because I wasn’t active on Instagram and missed out on the Start of the sale. Thankfully I was able to get my hands on a Novel Companion, which is the next best thing imo. I’ll be able to write down tbr’s, favorites, reviews, wrap ups and more. I cannot wait for it to being delivered! And this year I’ll definitely be trying to get my hands on the 2021 edition of the Bookish Planner again.

♦ Book Box

 I normally don’t buy a montly box anymore but I did order the Chain of Gold box by Illumicrate when it got available. I love their special boxes, so when they do one that is for a favorite author/bookseries of mine, I NEED TO HAVE IT haha. 

I did spoil myself and went to look for unboxings on instagram. I shouldn’t have done that, because now the wait for my box to arrive is even more agonizing haha. The special edition of the book alone is worth the money and the wait and I can’t wait to add it to my shelves. And what I’ve seen of the merchandise; it looked pretty amazing as well! When the box arrives, I’ll of course post an unboxing article! 

♥ May tbr ♥

It’s always a surprise to see at the end of the month what I’ve actually finished reading. I often tend to break from a pre-set TBR stack because I’m a mood reader. I do hope though that I’ll be able to complete most of my May TBR. There’ll be books added to the tbr along the way, but for now this is what I seriously planning to finish:

  • Aurora Rising by J. Kristoff & A. Kaufman
    This will be a re-read for me so that I’m fully ready to dive into Aurora Burning when it arrives next week. 
  • Aurora Burning by J. Kristoff & A. Kaufman
    So excited to read AB! 
  • All the Stars and Teeth by Adelyn Grace 
    I’m really excited about this one and seeing I’ve planned to read it as a buddy-read, I’m positive I’ll be finish this one in May. 
  • Olympus at War by Kate O’Hearn
    I recently made a start in this 2nd installment in the Middle Grade ‘Pegasus series’. Can’t wait to continue my read this month.
  • Magic Underground novella’s by Anela Deen
    Anela is an author I first read last year and that book ended up as one of my favorite reads in 2019; beneath cruel fathoms. I can’t wait to read more by her and seeing I was given 3 novella’s to review, I didn’t want to wait long before starting them. So, the plan is to read it this month!
  • Unknown…
    The rest of the month I’ll pick reads on the go. I hope I get around to start my arc of The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler on the kindle today and there are some others I hope to start, but it depends on my mood so we’ll see haha. 

How has your month of May been, book-wise?
What was your favorite read?
What are you looking forward to this month?
Any particular release or just a book you’re excited about reading or a book box you’re receiving or anything else?
Love to hear from you and thanks so much for reading!

With Love, Melissa

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