MONTH IN REVIEW ✣ APRIL

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I’ve been a bit distracted lately (and by distracted I mean having my nose completely stuck in a book) so this post probably should’ve happened a couple days ago but better late than never, eh? My last couple months haven’t been that great for reading and I made a promise to myself that I’d use April to redeem myself and I almost met the usual goal and came out pretty happy with how the month went. I guess it also helps that I was only reading one author the whole month and I’m always excited for her books. My Reading Challenge is still a mess but that’s ok. It’s a work in progress.

In case you either lived under a rock this past month or just elected to ignore me the entire time, I used April to do a bit of an author binge for my favourite, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and thus dubbed it Armentrout April. Obviously I couldn’t read all 21 books I haven’t gotten to yet, but I did make a pretty good dent with 7. I wish I was able to sneak in one more and make it the magic 8 but I will gladly accept 7. It feels like I’m starting to get back on track and I’m hoping to go up from here.

(ARMENTROUT) APRIL READS

  1. The Return (Titan #1) – ☆☆☆3/4 I’d kind of been putting this book off until I went on my binge but also because I didn’t want to get to Seth. I was, however, happy to be back in this world and I fell instantly in love with Josie so it made up for my initial feelings of being back with Seth. The plot was great and familiar faces made it all that more enjoyable and overall reminded me why I love JLA so much.
  2. White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) – ☆☆☆1/2 There seems to be something about JLA that can make me like basically anything and this time it appears to be demons. It was an interesting twists on demons too and I liked what she did with them and the overall plot. Though the writing seems slightly weak at times, the plot pulled me in and really thrilled me in the end. I’m still trying to hunt down the rest of the series so hopefully I can get back into it soon.
  3. The Power (Titan #2) – ☆☆☆☆ I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one and the answer is simple: Alex and Aiden. They made everything instantly better. I almost gave into Seth though but then in true Seth fashion he ruined it all in the end. Oh, and the addition of Hercules was also quite the event. This didn’t feel like JLA’s usual second book in a series and I really enjoyed what it had to offer.
  4. The Struggle (Titan #3) – ☆☆☆1/2 And now we’re back down with the half star because there was a lot I did not like within the beginning of this book. It was fine plot wise, just not what I really wanted to see. But the biggest plus from this book is Seth finally started to truly redeem himself and change for the better and actually got me to like him! So yay! I think all the mess from the beginning of the book lead up to what Seth needed to change and I can appreciate that. Definitely a good lead in to the series finale.
  5. Don’t Look Back – ☆☆☆☆ I don’t read a lot of thrillers but this makes me want to read more. I had such a hard time putting it down because I NEEDED to know what happened. The plot was so exciting and the mystery was intense and it’s probably the one time where I don’t have the memory loss trope. Although some of the ideals with the teens felt a bit outdated I was willing to overlook it because it was such a thrilling book. I want more JLA thrillers, please.
  6. The Prophecy (Titan #4) – ☆☆☆☆ Shout out to JLA for completely destroying my heart with some of the plot twists she decided to throw my way with this one. I loved how she ended this series, even if it’s not her best series finale in my eyes, but the fact she completely turned Seth around and made him someone I really care about, as much as I care about Josie, is outstanding. My only problem was how quick the final battles seemed but I think the romance was the backbone and it was stonger than ever. But Covenant was still better on so many levels.
  7. Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet – ☆☆☆1/2 Ok, technically this isn’t really a JLA book because it’s an anthology, but she’s included and therefore it counts. I didn’t love all the stories in this book but I absolutely adored JLA’s. It had everything I love in her stories and writing and made me really happy.

Last month, I stated how I caved and reread Managed by Kristen Callihan for the third time and since I haven’t finished that yet, I’m still rereading it. Whoops.

READING CHALLENGE UPDATE

As of May 8, I am 30% done my Reading Challenge and I am 4 books behind. I have read 30 out of 100 books, not including rereads. I’m still trying to get back on track and I think things might be looking up soon. Wish me luck!

Currently I am reading Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and they’re both really good so far.

Until next time,

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