April 2013 Wrap-Up

Books read: 14

For the fourth month of the year, I am happy to inform you that I am still reading! I honestly thought that I would get busy starting this month, but hey, life has full of surprises. That last clause is definitely true. A lot of things happened this month that sharing them would warrant at least two more posts. For now, let’s stick with this monthly review of the books I have read.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Rating:  4/5

if i stay

I have seen this book being reviewed and talked about by fellow bookworms. The cover is good, but whenever I read the blurb in Goodreads I tend to procrastinate in reading it. When I finally got in the mood to read it, I wished I did not pick it up. The storyline is good and realistic, and the writing style is good for YA novel. However, most of the scenes are just too depressing. I thought it would look good if the heroine did not stay vegetable for more than half of the book.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Rating: 5/5

animal farm

This was a book I was meaning to read for a long time ago. I wonder how I missed this when I was younger, but I am glad I was able to read it now. This book and some of its lines have been quoted in my International Relations classes and it piqued my curiosity. Why? After reading it, I was amazed. No wonder it isn’t allowed to be published in DPRK, Iran, and PRC.

The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

Rating: 3/5

the duke is mine

Of course, a month won’t pass by without historical romance fiction. I have read few books by Eloisa James and I am happy to found this one. Eloisa James gives her characters a natural appeal. I simply love the heroine, Olivia, who is so kind, selfless, intelligent, and silly. Hmm, I wonder how her characteristics sound familiar…

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Rating: 5/5

walking disaster

I have waited an eternity for this novel. Few days before it was officially out, Jae and I were squealing like fan girls. Travis and Pidge, Travis and Pidge! I was very satisfied after reading this novel which is actually Travis’ POV of Beautiful Disaster. It is enlightening to know what goes on in a man’s head once in a while. Why do most novels written in a woman’s POV? Aside from the fact that most writers are women, that is.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5/5

where she went

Ha, another male POV. I began this month reading If I Stay (see first review) and after a couple of books, I went to get the sequel. In If I Stay, I had this paranoia that he is a cheater sort of boyfriend to Mia, but how wrong I was! In this novel, it was Adam’s story. I fell in love with him a dozen times and I ached whenever he was hurt because of his decisions. Good thing it ended up happily!

Carrie by Stephen King

Rating: 3/5

carrie

I know I had to read this after I featured it in my Top Most Awaited Film Adaptations of 2013. Actually, the film will be a remake, but still. I haven’t watched the original so I still had a chance to read the book before the movie ruin it for me. The book is actually okay, not that dark like other Kings I’ve read. Nothing special though. It did not give me this terrifying feeling which I associated with King’s writing style.

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

Rating: 4/5

a kiss at midnight

After a horror novel, I went to my comfort genre. This is a nice retelling of…can you guess based on the title and cover? I like reading stories which have a touch of a fairy tale. It makes me hope that my Prince Charming is waiting for me out there.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 5/5

the night circus

This is just wow. Sensation Overload. Each detail was intricately described that I actually saw and felt everything. It was mind-blowing. I felt being a part of the circus, too. Enchanting and mysterious, this novel brought out the child in me. I liked to “Oohed” and “Aahed” to each performance mentioned. It was magical.

Silent Revenge by Laura Landon

Rating: 4/5

silent revenge

Another historical romance read. What I like about this book is its marriage of convenience set-up which turned out to be a love match. Everyone wants a happy ending and I am glad that the earl and countess got their happily ever after.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: 4/5

this is what happy looks like

After recommending “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” by the same author, I was in search for her next book. Good thing was that she was scheduled to publish her second book this month. Two days after the release, I luckily got a copy.

I had high expectations for this one and I’m afraid the book did not live up to its promise. I actually like the book’s premise: a modern pen pal slash You’ve Got Mail YA version. Sadly, that’s the only one of the few things I like. I couldn’t connect with the characters – Graham seems so unreal. Adding the fact that he is involved in Hollywood made it difficult to grasp. It’s so different from TSPoLaFS.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Rating: 3/5

the elite

Another sequel I waited for some time before it gets published. And it wasn’t worth the wait.

I am very much disappointed with this book. The Selection is a five star book for me so I am expecting that the author will follow through with the next. But no, she didn’t. I got frustrated at almost anything in this novel, especially the main characters. I know it is difficult to choose between two men since the author tried hard to make the rivals even, but it was so unrealistic for the America to take such a long time to choose. I mean, come on, I’m sure one of them weighs more in her heart. She’s just too selfish.

And oh, don’t let me get started with Maxon. He is so freaking annoying! Perhaps I don’t like The Bachelor because I don’t like watching girls competing for a single man, while this said man is openly flirting with everyone. Argh! He said it’s only America, then why… Sorry folks, I was just too frustrated.

Hurt and betrayal seem to be the theme of this book. I could add hate. My heart felt so heavy while reading it that I found myself unable to breathe properly. After finishing this book around 2 in the morning, I couldn’t fall asleep. Whenever I close my eyes, I could clearly see both of them with those two feelings written over their faces. When I eventually fell asleep, it was almost morning. I woke up with tears in my eyes as those scenes filled my nightmares.

Existence by Abbi Glines

Rating: 3/5

existence

I needed a breather after reading The Elite. I settled for the first book of Abbi Glines paranormal trilogy. The fact that the man in the cover looks like Daemon of the Lux novels made me want to read it more. It was okay, but nothing outstanding about it. There seems to be more romance stories featuring Death (Thanatos, Than, Hades, etc) recently that I can’t help myself but to compare it with the others I’ve read. Still, it was enjoyable and it made me somehow forget the emotional trauma I had with The Elite.

Predestined by Abbi Glines

Rating:  3/5

predestined

I enjoyed the first installment that I immediately turned to the second book mere hours after finishing the first. This book is surprising as more elements of the story were introduced. Of course, since this is a paranormance, there’s always a love triangle (It is difficult to find something which doesn’t have). But for this time, I am rooting not for the hero, but for the other guy. Team Leif!

Ah, before I forgot. Both books feature songs by Dankmar (aka Dank Walker, famous singer). I love the lyrics of “Yet You Stay”.

Leif by Abbi Glines

Rating: 4/5

Leif

This is a novella for the trilogy, falling between the second and final book of the trilogy. It is Leif’s POV from book 1 to 2. It made me like him more. How I wish that everything will go well for the Prince of Voodoo. I am excited to read the final book tonight!

Well, that’s it. I have read a total of 14 books this month. I am still amazed that I have finished that amount of books. Seems like my social life isn’t improving, huh? Anyhow, feel free to let me know your thoughts on the books listed above. Have you read some of them? How many books have you read this April? What are you currently reading now?

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12 thoughts on “April 2013 Wrap-Up

  1. Again you’ve read a great amount of books! Well done. Interesting mixture of books too. I’ve read 7 books this month. I am currently reading the very classic The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the new film adaptation 🙂

  2. The Elite isn’t a good one? Oh dear. I’ve read The Selection already and thought it was pretty good, but I haven’t gotten my hands on the sequel yet. I wasn’t that impressed with The Selection though, I’ve read too many fanfictions featuring Bachelor-type plots. I suspect The Elite will be horrifying for me.

    You like rewrites of fairytales? Well, why didn’t you say so? I’m posting a thing on Saturday that will feature all of my favorite fairytale rewrites. Pop over!

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