April Wrap-Up [2016]

Happy May!

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s time for my wrap-up! April has been quite the productive and exciting month for me. I wasn’t expecting to achieve much reading or writing being that I doubled up on my schoolwork in hopes to finish early. Fortunately, I was wrong. I finished ALL of my schoolwork last week, wrote 40,000 words in rewrites (which is almost half of the book), and read a total of eight books! (It only looks like three books simply because most were e-books.)

I imagine the coming months will be even more productive, now that I don’t have school weighing me down. There will be many reading and writing and soon, querying! *happy dance*

But onto the books! I’m going to keep my reviews on here short, but if you’re interested in reading all of my thoughts on these books, check out my Goodreads page.

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point was a quick and easy read that grabbed my attention from the beginning. If you know me, you know I love superheroes. Well, about half of this story is told within a hidden town that holds a civilization of people with special abilities, like the power to erase memories, manipulate objects, read my minds, and, like the protagonist–Addie–look into the future.

Addie can see her potential futures, particularly two paths. Kasie West kept the story intriguing and mysterious by telling the majority of story with Addie living through these two different futures. It was so interesting to see the behavior of these characters and how they developed in these different realities.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy read with an undertone of paranormal elements, then I recommend taking a look at Pivot Point.

Rating: ★★★★☆

2. The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

There isn’t much to say about The Night Fairy. It was enchanting little children’s book, which I mainly purchased because of the cover. The story was cute and delivered a good message, that we should be able to forgive what was hurt us. And the illustrations were also beautiful, with a vintage appeal. Really lovely.

 

 

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

3. Paper Towns by John Green

The only other John Green book I’ve read is The Fault in Our Stars, which was an incredible, five-star read for me. I was hoping to love Paper Towns just as much, but it didn’t quite click with me.

The characters were very layered and intriguing, as are all of John Green’s characters. I appreciated that he created a love interest like Margo, someone who isn’t all that lovable or kind (in my eyes). This made the story seem more real to me, that not all people are perfect.

There were some gorgeous quotes and moments in this book, but I feel like the middle of the book really slowed down and became repetitive. But once I reached part three, I flew through the rest of the book. The conclusion of the novel and the overall meaning was fantastic, so that redeemed the middle of the story for me.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

4. Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

I won’t go into detail on this since I have a review for this beauty on my blog, so you can check that out here.

I will just say that Girl on a Wire was a wonderful and mysterious read with a gorgeous backdrop–a modern-day traveling circus with great characters and a great plot. The romance didn’t seem to work, but that’s simply my opinion.

 

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

5. Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Again, I have a full review on this on my blog. You can find it here.

To keep it short, Black Rabbit Hall was a richly detailed book with a stunning setting in England, both in the present and in the 1960’s. Though it may have been a little too detailed at times, this was a carefully woven story of loss and mystery and lies.

 

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

6. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

This book. THIS BOOK. I loved this book. It has to be one of my favorties of the year (so far), right next to A Game of Thrones.

Laura Ruby created such an intricate world with these incredible characters that drove this story to a level of astonishment that I couldn’t fathom. Bone Gap was full of strange charcters that were so real, it was chilling. I felt like I was reading about real people, these characters who shared such relatable emotions in these unique situations. They had quirks and flaws and beauties, everything a geuine human should have.

If you aren’t already aware, characters are HUGE in delivering a powerful story, in my opinion. Not only were these characters incredible, but the mystery behind this story, of the kidnapped girl, Roza, and the strageness of Finn, along with a few other side-stories made for an amazing book.

If you haven’t read it, READ IT.

Rating: ★★★★★

7. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles is a careful coming-of-age story that revolves around the young teen Julia, who tries to find her way in the worldas the earth seems to be coming to an end. There was a wonderful delicacy to this novel, an approach that seemed realstic and genuine if something like this were to happen.

As much as I appreeciated the detailed structure and build-up of this story, I don’t feel like too much happened. The majority of the book simply seemed to discuss how the world was changing. And although that is interesting, I wanted to read more about Julia and see a deeper development within her.

Still, this is a beautiful book that plucked at the strings of my heart by the end. I was on the verge of tears a few times by the time I closed the book. The entire novel was quite bittersweet, and I appreciate that.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The cuteness that Stephanie Perkins creates is too much for my sanity. First, Perkins takes us through Paris in Anna and the French Kiss with the lovely Anna and the funny, arrogant Etienne St. Clair (who is beautiful and who is baiscally my dream guy, but let’s save that for later). In Lola and the Boy Next Door, Perkins keeps the readers entangled in the bustle of San Fransico, which I loved.

Once again, Perkins creates a lovely array of characters with depth and dimension, quirks and flaws; real people. I love that she gives her characters something to love, a passion to drive them throughout their life. I’ve read and seen quite a few things with unusual and quirky fashion, but I appreciate the route Perkins took with Lola, that it’s not what we wear that defines us, but what makes us feel like us.

And Cricket–UGH. Cricket is one of the sweetest and kindest boy I’ve read about. I loved his personality and his charm. I thought he handled this whole situation with a kind realism that I could appreciate and understand.

I also have to admit that I was grinning many times during this story, but whenever Anna and Etienne were invovled, I was beaming. I adore that these two were woven into the story. The way that Etienne, a boy who seems so arrogant and cocky, talks about Anna with such love and respect made my heart melt. If Etienne had a love for books and wore glasses, he’s my dream guy–kind, loyal, hilarious, and smart. I can picture him in my head (which is basically Aaron Taylor-Johnson but short with brown eyes), and I just want him to be real. CAN SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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How was your month of April? How many books did you read? If you read anything that sparked an interest, be sure to share with me. And as always, feel free to leave any other thoughts and comments own below!

 

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5 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up [2016]

  1. Just to inform you, but it seems you’ve posted an incomplete draft of this very post as well 😛 oops! I’ve always been curious about The Bone Gap purely because of it’s title and cover, but never looked into it; may just have to read a synopsis now!

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    • UGH, thank you, Lissa! That was my original draft I was supposed to continue writing this morning, but it disappeared. I figured it was gone, and then it just decided to follow the schedule. 🙄
      I would highly, highly recommend it! The story is such a wonder. I do think you would like it.

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