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What I read // March 2019 Reading Wrap Up!

What I read
March 2019
Reading Wrap Up!

March is over, we’re officially into the final month of this year’s first quarter – can you believe it? Seems like five minutes ago I was having my worst NYE ever (NYE was not good for me, but I’ll do a separate post on that another time.)
So now we’re into April and with it comes Easter (2 bank holidays, hurrah!) and I also have a wedding to attend at the end of the month! Exciting!

So what did I read in March? Here’s the low down!

Slayer – Kiersten White
Read between 01/03 and 03/03 2019.

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Slayer in an urban fantasy novel which was published in February 2019 (in the UK) by Simon Pulse and is written by author Kiersten White.
This book takes place in the Buffyverse – the same universe in which one of my favourite TV shows was written, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This novel was everything I expected it to be, it was fast-paced, entertaining and the characters were well written and enjoyable. There are many references to the original series and it also uses a lot of the same sarcastic wit which we’ve come to know and expect from such a fantastic series.
I am very much looking forward to the next instalment. I expected to give this book 4/5 stars and that’s exactly what I did!

ShadowBlack (Spellslinger Book Two) – Sebastian De Castell
Read between 04/03 and 05/03 2019.

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So the fact that I read this entire book in 24 hours should tell you how I felt about it.
When it came to Spellslinger, I wasn’t that blown away, but I had actually picked up Shadowblack last year not realising it was the second in a series. If I had started with Spellslinger I don’t think I would have continued this series, but Shadowblack, oh my… I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!
I love tongue in cheek humour, unlikely heroes and loveable rogues, this has them all. Absolutely loved it, 100%
I expected to give this book 4/5 stars and I ended up giving it 5/5. Pleasantly surprised and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
Read between 11/03 and 16/03 2019.

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Oh dear, from one excellent surprise to one not so great.
This book simply was not for me.
I was so looking forward to it and expected so much, only to be completely and utterly let down.
This was oh. So. Slow. I was bored. I ploughed on through, I was confused by the multiple perspectives, the similar character arcs, the boring, cardboard characters.
The setting of this novel is so spellbinding and beautifully described, Novik’s writing is compelling and so imaginative but that characters were just too dull for my tastes.
I expected to give this novel 4/5 stars and ended up giving it a poor 2/5. (So much so that I gave it away to someone in New York to see if they liked it better!)

Villains Never Die – Nick Dewolf.
Read between 16/03 and 20/03 2019.

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I was contacted by the author of this novel to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I will be posted my full review here on my blog, on Instagram etc soon, but let me tell you I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Remember how I said I like tongue in cheek humour and lovable rogues? Well, here you have it, another book with that same writing style I love. Really loved this novel, it’s funny, fast-paced and mesmerising, the characters are witty and humorous.
I had no idea what to expect with this novel, but I am happy to say I ended up giving it a solid 4/5 star rating.

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman
Read between 21/03 and 24/03 2019

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So here we have a gem of a little book and one which definitely stole my heart.
This book tackles the subject of identity so well, I loved it and it was so close to home.
Easy to read, beautiful characters and a well-written plot all made for a lovely novel.
I expected to give this novel a 5-star rating and actually ended up giving it 4 stars. Not because I didn’t enjoy it – I well and truly did, just something definitely felt like it was missing. I can’t quite place what that is.

Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
Read between 20/03 and 26/03 2019

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I read this book as part of a buddy read with the lovely S. Yumi Yamamoto (I have linked her booktube channel)
I was supposed to take part in the Zodiacathon but unfortunately ended up with zero time to take part!
I decided to buddy read this anyway and I genuinely thought I was going to give this book a 4-star rating until I reached the end. Then I ended up feeling so let down and like it was so anticlimactic that I ended up giving this 2.75 out of 5. The ending felt rushed, slopping and dull to me. Not how I wanted the book to go at all. Really disappointed.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
Read between 25/03 and 26/03

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Beauty and the Beast retelling? Yes, please!
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC.
I loved it. I was so happy with how this turned out.
Awesome plot, fantastic characters, amazing world building. I loved it all.
Really well written and almost didn’t feel like a retelling at all, more like an idea enhanced.
I hoped to give this novel 5/5 and that’s exactly what I did!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- Jenny Han
Read between 27.03 and the 28.03 2019

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This is such a sweet story, and I got such Judy Blume vibes I can’t even tell you.
I used to love this kind of novel as a kid (When I wasn’t reading choose your own adventure books or Point Horror I used to gravitate towards contemporary like this)
There was a book called “As Long as We’re Together” by Judy Blume which has a similar writing style and I loved that too. This was cute and easy to read, nothing groundbreaking but definitely enjoyable none-the-less.
I hadn’t planned on reading this in March so didn’t predict what I might rate it but in the end, I gave it a 4/5 rating.

So, that’s it for March!
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

H x

 

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