Today, April 26th, 2018, you may be thinking that this wrap-up should be an April Wrap-Up because we are so close to the month being finished.
Well, I’m not-so-proud to tell you that it took me 26 days to muster up the courage to finish my March Wrap-Up, but hopefully the April Wrap-Up will come in a timely manner!
I had such a productive March book-wise! (Studying wise, not so much.) I spent a very solid amount of time writing this wrap-up because there were so many awesome things happening!
If you’re not up for reading a very hefty number of words, I’ll (might) also be making a Twitter threads with all the highlights of this month!
Wow, I read a lot of books this month! 34.5 to be exact (read a 200 page sampler of The Queens of Innis Lear). The graphic above has them in no particular order, but below I’ve listed them in order of completion! I also have a few graphs on my stats for this month in reading.
To make writing this post go a little quicker, I linked all my full reviews in the title of the book.
- Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell | 5 stars – FANTASTIC. AMAZING. It was so poetic but also really engaging and had an awesome plot and also an awesome character arc and just everything about this is amazing please go read it.
- Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn | 4 stars – Very interesting coming-of-age novel with a great representation of alcoholism. Definitely enjoyed this one, would recommend!
- The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton | 4.5 stars – I wasn’t as much of a fan of Walton’s debut, but I ended up really loving this one! There was a lot of awesome plot stuff happening that was dark but gripping.
- Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi | 3 stars – It was great to see the characters again, but the plot needed a lot of work and background and had issues with the falling action (aka there was none). Will still read the next book, but not sure if it was worth it. >
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez | 4 stars – Awesome coming-of-age story with a great slice of Mexican-American culture. Would recommend, although it did feel a little unfinished in places.
- Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves | 3 stars – Better than the last book (aka less confusing), but it still was kind of ehh for me.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | 4 stars – Such an awesome magic system and I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel! Not my fav just because paranormal really isn’t my genre. Would recommend.
- Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones | 3 stars – Interesting, although there were parts that I wish had more to it and also the writing could have used a little more work and technique. If this interests you, I say go for it, though.
- Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade | 4.5 stars – Awesome story with lots of cool college rep! I really related to Felicity and her social anxiety issues–would recommend to lovers of Fangirl.
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang | 5 stars – Such a cute graphic novel with a crossdressing prince and his dressmaker. These characters are my babies and now I really want to read more graphic novels. Send recs! Would recommend to everyone, though it does feel a little MG.
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin | 4 stars – Such a fun time-travel sci-fi! I was super into this and there were a few parts that I wasn’t peachy keen on, but it was very exciting and I’d definitely recommend!
- Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk | 4 stars – I loved how fierce this book was–I definitely can’t wait for the sequel! A female Spartacus imagining was so cool. Would recommend to anyone looking for historical fiction that isn’t set in the 1800s.
- Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood | 4 stars – Also really enjoyed this historical fiction set in the 1900s–there was such a great introduction to what the time period is like and I enjoyed how it all played out. Would also recommend to anyone looking for non-1800s historical fiction.
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4 stars – Loved seeing the whole crew again, but I felt like the new couple did not get nearly enough page-time and that the ending could have used a little more resolution. Still would recommend!
- Your Robot Dog Will Die by Arin Greenwood | 2.5 stars – I was very confused at what type of humor Greenwood was trying to use. Needed a little work in being clearer, probably wouldn’t recommend.
- Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | 4.5 stars – This was such a cute romance in the wilderness and I had tons of fun reading! It was even better than Alex, Approximately. Would recommend to someone looking for a fun romance.
- Genesis by Brendan Reichs | 4.5 stars – SO EPIC! This was even better than Nemesis and the cliffhanger left me SCREAMING. Seriously, get on this series if you haven’t already.
- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh | 2.5 stars – Disappointing as it was pretty boring for me. I think I overhyped it for myself. Maybe I’ll enjoy more in a reread, but probably wouldn’t recommend to anyone but die-hard fantasy fans.
- Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle | 3 stars – This was definitely a cute contemporary romance, although it felt a little too fluffy and superficial to me. I love fluff, but I think this kind of glossed over some issues.
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour | 3.5 stars – This was a very interesting read, although I felt like it was a little too nuanced and short and we only got to see the MC’s acceptance of her grandfather’s death, but not necessarily the aftermath.
- Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry | 4 stars – This was one of the better contemporary romances I’ve read and it was very much engaging, and also had a few deeper themes. A little on the tropey side, though.
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann | 4.5 stars – This was a whole lot of fun and this story about a black biromantic asexual girl was so fantastic? I had a ton of fun reading and would definitely recommend!
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | 4.5 stars – Such a poetic read about grief over her mother’s suicide–I loved the magical qualities to the story and I think that this was definitely such an awesome book!
- Royals by Rachel Hawkins | 3.5 stars – Cute, although it was super cliché. Despite this, it was fun and engaging which makes it a good guilty pleasure read.
- Pacifica by Kristen Simmons | 4 stars – I had a lot of fun with this one and I’m glad it portrayed the whole “natural disaster & Earth” issue a lot better than some other books. I also liked the historical background involved; would recommend.
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian | 4 stars – This was definitely a very deep read, but I enjoyed the story of an average girl fighting for what she believes is right. This may not be for everyone, but I definitely liked reading!
- You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | 5 stars – SUCH AN AWESOME READ! This is a new favorite because I love how not only does it feature a South Asian deaf girl who likes art, but it is such a fun story in general. Definitely recommend!
- The Window by Amelia Brunskill | 4.5 stars – A great mystery with a very relatable introverted MC and a really nice, concise writing style to match! Definitely recommend to anyone looking to get into the mystery genre!
- Everless by Sara Holland | 3 stars – Felt overhyped and I found the main character to be not the smartest. Still, this was a very entertaining, easy to read, and engaging story, despite my dislike for its romance.
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi | 3.5 stars – Cute, although I felt like it didn’t go as deep as it could have and that the MMC was a little too much of the bad boy trope. Still, a fun read.
- The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera | 2.5 stars – I liked what Rivera was attempting with the message but I just found the main character to be way too irritating–she was spoiled and I didn’t see the demonstration of growth that I wanted to see.
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young | 3 stars – Definitely an interesting premise, although the whole story felt a little bland to me and I had zero investment in the romance.
- Frat Girl by Kiley Roach | 3 stars – This tried to have a really good message, but I think that some of the execution made it fuzzier and that the message it wanted to have didn’t really get across and was obscured by girl on girl hate. Harlequin Teen, please give your books the editing they require.
- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | 3.5 stars – Definitely an easy read, although I felt like the mystery part started way too far into the book (the 3/4 mark). This is a trilogy so I have high hopes for the other books, but this one had quite a lot of exposition.
The longest book I read this month was Obsidio at 615 pages; the shortest being Fire Song at 232 pages; an average page length of 367 pages; and a total of 12,672 pages (including the 193 from The Queens of Innis Lear).
I read a ton of great books and also a solid number of average ones, but I’m happy to say that there were no really bad books this month. Yay!
Note: I accidentally recorded two books that were rated 2.5 stars as 3s, so there should be a small change.
Also, this month was one of the months where I had a ton of DRCs (17 to be exact!) that published this month, and so I really had to crank down recently to read them all before the pub date! Next month I have a very casual 10 🙂
I also started taking advantage of my local library’s eBook library, which is how I ended up reading a couple of non DRC eBooks!
Last month I read a ton of backlist books, but this month I read a lot of new books! This is definitely partly because my library finally had a ton of Jan/Feb/Mar new books come in (seriously, a ton of them) and I’ve been working my way through them! So there’s definitely a lot more new than old books this month.
Books that Came Out
There were so many amazing books that came out this month that I am highly anticipating or loved, so definitely refer to this graphic if you need new reads! I’m not going to write about all of them, but I will link to other posts I’ve written including these awesome titles!
Posts this Month
I wrote a ton of reviews this month, plus a few other posts! I’m trying to add more non-review posts in because I know these are peoples’ least favorites, but I also had a ton of reviews to share with you this month because there were so many awesome books that came out!
the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace (DRC)
Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn (ARC)
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton (DRC)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (DRC)
Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones (DRC)
Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade (DRC)
Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood (DRC)
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (DRC)
Genesis by Brendan Reichs (ARC)
Your Robot Dog Will Die by Arin Greenwood (DRC)
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC)
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (DRC)
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (DRC)
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (DRC)
News in the Bookish World
YA Twitter Drama
Honestly, I’m pretty proud at how there was little to no YA Twitter Drama. There was only really some respectful conversations about being a debut author and also ageism in YA publishing. I believe Fonda Lee and Susan Dennard had some notable threads.
Crown of Thunder (Beasts Made of Night #2) by Tochi Onyebuchi (info here)
The War Outside by Monica Hesse (info here)
Light Years by Kass Morgan (info here)
96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy & Ava Dash (info here)
The Rising Gold by Ava Jae (info here)
Here to Stay by Sara Farizan (info here)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (info here)
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (info here)
A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma (info here)
Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen (info here)
The Revolution Handbook by Alice Skinner (info here)
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns & Kingdom of the Burning Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (info here)
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (info here)
Darkdawn (Nevernight #3) by Jay Kristoff (info here)
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (info here)
Upcoming Novels I’m Excited For
This Just In by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, an epistolary novel. “When a teen girl is sent to stay with her aunt in Haiti after a prank goes awry, she uncovers family secrets and the key to her mother’s recent meltdown, while embracing her rich Haitian heritage” (Harlequin Teen, fall 2019).
Going Off-Script by Jen Marie Wilde, a LGBTQ+ YA contemporary novel. “A teen gets the TV-writing internship of her dreams, but when her boss rewrites her lesbian character as straight, she and the actress launch a #DontHideYourGays campaign against the studio, and fall for each other along the way” (Swoon Reads, summer 2019).
Death Prefers Blondes, a YA mystery thriller by Caleb Roehrig. “Seventeen-year-old Margo Manning lives a life of spoiled indolence by day, and high crime by night. Aided by a crew of acrobatic young men, she performs a series of jewel heists across the L.A. area. But when her industrialist father dies under suspicious circumstances, the wayward heiress must grow up overnight.” (Feiwel & Friends, winter 2019)
Skywatchers by NBA finalist Carrie Arcos’s pitched as In the Woods meets Stranger Things. “Based on the real-life Operation Skywatch program established under President Truman, the book is about a group of teens in 1952 Monterey, Calif., who volunteer to help keep round-the-clock eyes on the sky. When one of them goes missing, the others must figure out what’s happening and why.” (Philomel, summer 2020).
Jake in the Box by HuffPost writer Ryan Douglass., “A Get Out-inspired horror story about the only black kid at an elite suburban Atlanta prep school who is being haunted by the ghost of a school shooter.” (Putnam, spring 2020).
The Sound & the Stone by Bethany C. Morrow. “The contemporary fantasy about the strength of black sisterhood follows high school best friends as each discovers her true supernatural identity, set against the present-day reality of misogynoir.” (Tor Teen, winter 2020).
We Are Displaced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. “In the book, Yousafzai introduces readers to what it means to lose one’s home, one’s community, and the only world one’s ever known, and shares the personal stories of some of the girls she has met in refugee camps and cities where refugee girls and their families have settled.” The author’s net sales proceeds from the book will go to the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to girls’ education. (Little, Brown, September 4, 2018).
The Ojja-Wojja: A Teen Horror Mystery or Whatever, You Know? by Magdalene Visaggio and Jenn St-Onge,a queer-positive graphic novel. “Val Malloy is an autistic kid with two interests: the supernatural and her best friend, Lanie. When Val and Lanie accidentally unleash a mysterious entity known as the Ojja-Wojja, transforming their town into a mind-controlled cult, they must team up with other misfits to stop it.” (Balzer + Bray, spring 2021).
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. “Set in a fantasy theme park, the story follows Ana, a human-android hybrid whose only purpose as “Fantasist” is to make dreams come true, until she’s accused of murder. Pitched as Westworld meets the Serial podcast, the mystery unravels through court testimony, interrogations, and flashbacks.” (Henry Holt, spring 2019).
The Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser, a semi-autobiographic novel. “In the novel, 18-year-old Lucas Baker is forced to confront a number of competing dilemmas—the looming threat of the Vietnam War draft, the choice between true love and free love, a family on the verge of dissolution, and the tension between living for today and preparing for a future—all culminating at the Woodstock festival.” (Candlewick, summer 2019).
By the Water by Jenny Torres Sanchez. “The book follows sisters Lola and Rosie in the wake of a car accident that landed them at the bottom of a lake, as they struggle to find a new relationship amid brain damage and the lingering fear that the accident wasn’t an accident at all.” (Philomel, summer 2020).
His Hideous Heart, a collection of Edgar Allan Poe short stories reimagined by various authors. “The anthology, which will be edited by Dahlia Adler, features stories by Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Amanda Lovelace, Emily Lloyd-Jones, Hillary Monahan, Marieke Nijkamp, Caleb Roehrig, and Fran Wilde. (The book will also feature the Poe stories being riffed upon.)” (Flatiorn, fall 2019).
Untitled YA Novel by Jenn Bennett. “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets The Last Magician. In the romantic adventure, when a teen heiress’s treasuring-hunting father is kidnapped, she travels across 1930s Transylvania with her streetwise rival to secure the ransom: a cursed medieval ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler.” (Simon Pulse, fall 2019).
The Last Year of James and Kat by Amy Spalding. “Loosely based on the structure of the musical The Last Five Years, the YA novel details in alternating timelines one of the most crushing breakups of a teenager’s life: that of childhood best friends.” (Amulet, spring 2020).
The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski. “The Bear and the Nightingale meets Shadow and Bone. Inspired by Russian folklore, the novel follows orphan Valeria, one of the only survivors of a magical happening that trapped her entire mining town in a sheet of unbreakable ice. When her best friend is kidnapped, she leads a team of cutthroats and thieves on an expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family, where something sinister slumbers.” (HarperTeen, 2020).
The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate. “Seventeen-year-old Zadie is forced to team up with a powerful villain to navigate a deadly enchanted labyrinth and save her best (and only) friend: the town hero.” (Flux, spring 2019).
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. (Little, Brown, October 9, 2018).
The Queen’s Secret by Melissa de la Cruz. “A romantic fantasy series about a deadly assassin and the queen he is sworn to protect.” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, fall 2019).
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian. “Told from seven perspectives and spans 24 hours, following the ultra-competitive Archibald High School’s girls’ field hockey team. The story begins when the newest varsity roster is announced, and follows an all-night annual tradition of hazing and team bonding, concluding as the girls take the field for their first scrimmage against a rival team.” (Simon & Schuster, summer 2019).
The War Outside by Monica Hesse. “About two teenage girls who meet when they are unjustly imprisoned in an internment camp during WWII due to their Japanese and German ancestry. The girls find solace in their secret friendship as everything around them falls apart.” (Little, Brown, fall 2018).
If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser. “Zan, whose best friend Priya moves away, cuts off contact, and reduces Zan to a follower on Priya’s strangely bubbly Instagram feed. With the help of charming new guy Logan, Zan confronts a disturbing possibility: what if Priya isn’t just not answering her calls and messages—what if she can’t?” (Balzer + Bray, spring 2019).
Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza. “About Marlowe Jensen, a heart transplant recipient discovering who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl, while becoming obsessed with learning everything she can about her donor.” (Flatiorn, winter 2019).
We Are the Perfect Girl by A.E. Kaplan. “The book is a contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, in which a romantic deception is perpetrated by two contemporary high school girls, one bold but insecure in her appearance, one beautiful but painfully shy. Behind the screen of an anonymous text-messaging app, they attempt to win over the boy they both like.” (Knopf, summer 2019).
Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson, a memoir. It “will explore his personal struggles with depression and suicide in the memoir for teens (Simon & Schuster, summer 2019).
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk. “The story of how two best friends fall apart, told in alternating “before” and “after” chapters.” (Delacorte, summer 2019).
The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone. “A political thriller that follows Cameron Carter as he lands in D.C., eager to start his much coveted internship with the Speaker of the House. But when a fellow staffer mysteriously dies and rumors and accusations swirl about Capitol Hill, Cameron is recruited to join an FBI investigation he wants no part of.” (Simon & Schuster, fall 2018).
Beauty for Ashes by Erin Stewart. “About a teenage girl heading back to school one year after a fire left her severely disfigured.” (Delacorte, fall 2019).
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller. “The book reimagines the King Arthur legend from the point of view of 16-year-old Nimue, the young woman who first wielded Excalibur and became the all-powerful Lady of the Lake.” (Simon & Schuster, fall 2019).
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett. “The book stars Simone Garcia Hampton, a black teen born HIV-positive. Raised by loving queer parents who assure her that her diagnosis doesn’t define her, Simone navigates a whole new world of emotion when she falls in love, and lust, for the first time.” (Knopf, fall 2019).
By Grace and Blood by Linsey Miller. “In this standalone French-inspired fantasy, two young women must work together in secret to stay alive and end a war caused by magic and greed before it kills thousands for the sake of the wealthy few.” (Sourcebooks Fire, spring 2020).
Night Flight by Derek Milman. “A comedic thriller about a gay teen who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity and is forced to go on the run from murderous cyber-terrorists and government agents, not knowing who he can trust even if they’re disarmingly attractive.” (Jimmy Patterson, spring 2019).
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. “About a non-binary teen who is kicked out by their parents after coming out, but learns that sometimes from disaster one can build a happier new life.” (Scholastic, 2019).
Of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. “The Twelve Dancing Princesses meets Crimson Peak, the book is about 12 sisters who live on a remote island estate. When one by one they tragically die, whispers abound that they’re cursed by the gods, and the sixth-born sister, with the help of a stranger who knows more about her than he should, must unravel the family curse before it claims her next.” (Delacorte, fall 2019).
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is getting a Netflix adaptation! (info here)
Netflix acquires the To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before by Jenny Han adaptation! (info here)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a Sundance finalist, was finally picked up by FilmRise! (info here)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken movie trailer is out! (info here)
Look at all the screen adaptations of YA novels heading our way! Are you excited, because I definitely am!