April has not been a good reading month for me. With a year-end goal of 100 books, I should be reading about ten a month. This month I read four. And one of them was a graphic novel. Reread. I was also in a pseudo-reading slump, where I kept starting books and and then deciding I actually wanted to read another. So, technically speaking, I did more reading than this. These are just the four I finished. On the upside, the quality of the books I read this month was great. While I still hope to do better in May, let me take this time to go over the books I read in April.
The first book I read was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
This book follows a young man named Lazlo Strange who has long dreamed of a mysterious city known only as Weep. It also follows Sarai, the daughter of a goddess who has never left her castle home. Mystical adventures ensue when a mysterious army comes to Lazlo’s town. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was was lyrical and flowery, which I find beautiful. I really grew to love Lazlo and Sarai, though I didn’t enjoy the full cast of characters as I did in Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I thought the story was very unique and original. However, something was missing for me. I didn’t quite have the same emotional connection to this book as I did to DOSAB. Nonetheless, I am still excited for the sequel, The Muse of Nightmares, and gave this book a 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.
This book is a Labyrinth/Goblin Market duel-retelling and follows Liesl, a young woman who composes music. When her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl travels to the Underground to save her. While I felt the story lacked in character development and plot, I found it to be more of a symbolic and thematic read than a literal one. You can read my full thoughts on my review here. Though I am definitely reading the sequel, Shadowsong, I’m a little worried that continuing the story may take away from my reading of this book. Thematic reads are difficult to expand upon, but I am more than willing to give Jae-Jones the chance. I gave this book 4/5 stars.
The third story I read was Mockingbird: I Can Explain, the first volume in the Mockingbird graphic novel series by Chelsea Cain, with artwork by Kate Niemczyk.
This Marvel story follows Dr. Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird as she undergoes tests due to a serum she was given that restored her back to life. Meanwhile, she goes on missions and fights sexism at every turn. I originally read this last year, but decided to reread it in anticipation of the second (and unfortunately last, as it was discontinued) volume, My Feminist Agenda. I enjoyed this comic as much as I did the first time, giving it a 5/5 stars.
The final book I read this month was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
This story follows Maya, a princess of Bharata whose horoscope promises a marriage of death and destruction. When a mysterious raja named Amar offers her his hand and a chance to rule in the kingdom of Akaran, she joins him. However, she soon learns that not everything is what it seems and sets out to discover the truth and find where she belongs. The writing style was very lyrical and flowery, which, as I said earlier, I love. While the plot was fairly weak until the second half and the romance wasn’t developed very well, Maya’s character arc was beautiful enough to more than make up for it. Whenever you think you have a plot twist figured out, Chokshi manages to twist it in a way you never expected. I’ve already started the next book in this companion series, A Crown of Wishes, and am loving it even more. As for Star-Touched, I gave it 4/5 stars.
And that is my very sad reading month. Hopefully I’ll be able to use my own tips and get my count up next month, but at least every book I read this month was excellent. See you next time, Strangers!