March Reads & Reviews

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For the month of March I picked a lot of pretty big books to read and managed to read 6 books (2, 825 pages):

The Nightingale Kristin Hannah

HIGHLY RECOMMEND. One of the times I will happily agree with booktube and everyone else that sang the praises. This book is set at the time when Germany takes over France in WWII and it centered around 2 French sisters, Vivian and Isabel. Vivian is home where she is forced to house a German soldier while trying to protect her friends and her daughter waiting for her Prisoner of war husband to come home. Isabel joins the French Revolution and both women share so much throughout the years of the war. I found myself getting emotional while reading certain scenes and you cannot help but fall in love with the characters as you read it.

** Audiobook available on Hoopla **

King’s Cage Victoria Aveyard

I am quite surprised to say that I actually enjoyed listening to this book. As you guys know I have disappointed by this series but still holding on hope that it would get better and I was correct. This time the story is told through Mare, Cameron, and Evageline and to me that made the story so much better. I hope that this multi- perspective is something she continues for War Storm. I enjoyed watching the dilemma present itself even though it is kind of predictable. (Honestly how many stories aren’t?) I personally think finally hearing the story of all the drama that Maven has caused from all ends of the spectrum made me want to continue despite already knowing where the story was going to go. I am hoping that they give us maybe Cal and Farly for this next book.

** Audiobook available on Hoopla**

Children of Blood and Bones Tomi Adeyami (CLICK HERE for my full review)

FAVORITE READ OF MARCH 2018!!!!!!! I am completely in love with the book and I am dying for the next book. I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. It kept my attention from the first page. Everything changed the night that magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. She runs into Amarie, Princess of ruthless king, and thus begins the adventure of a lifetime to bring back magic while avoiding Amarie’s brother, Inan. To me it is African Fantasy with just a touch of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Trust me you will love it.

Akata Witch Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch #1)

Since being introduced to Nnedi Okorafor’s writing with the Binti series I have been trying to get as much African Fantasy in my life as possible. Once I heard someone compare Akata Witch to Harry Potter, I knew this was the next book to read and it did not disappoint. This story is about Sunny, an albino girl who moved to Nigeria from the states at age 9 and have not fit in since. She learned that she is a free agent leopard person (wizard for all the HP lovers) and she is destined to save the world with her 3 friends. She begins learning about the magical world that has been right under the lambs’ (Muggles) noses for her entire life and the world just got bigger and bit more complicated. Very quick read and I am ready to grab part 2.

Time Keeper Tara Sims (TimeKeeper #1)

“An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where  a damaged clock can fracture time – and a destroyed one can stop it completely.”

This was the description of this book that made me want to read it. HOWEVER there was a lot they did not tell you about this book. Especially how it is about a young mechanic named Danny whose father is trapped in a town where the clock stopped working. They also forget to tell you that Danny falls in love with a man name Colton who is a CLOCK SPIRIT. You guys already know I hate love stories but I need to further that with I do not care if they are hetero or homo because I feel like we could just ignore love altogether (Cynical, I know!) However the entire falling for a clock spirit thing was entirely WEIRD and I am still intrigued because I liked the story in the end. I would have loved to do without the love puppy crap. I will say that I am going to read CHAINBREAKER because I want to see how it is going to continue after wrapping up so nicely.

** Audiobook on Hoopla **

Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi

Centers around a young Nigerian woman who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side”

I DNF this book. It was dark, twisted and very confusing. I found myself having to go back and relisten or re read parts over and over and still did not quite understand what was happening. The story is about a girl name Ada who is born with “one foot on the other side” (which I am still not entirely sure what that means) and she has these 2 “spirits” that live within her watching her life unfold. After a dramatic event her “spirits” kind of take over her life and start making the decisions for her and then I just stopped reading.

** Audiobook on Hoopla **

The Belles Dhonielle Clayton

While in a boring training I ended up picking up this book on a whim and it was surprisingly decent. I was extremely skeptical of this book because it was just as hyped up as books like the Cruel Prince and I am always a skeptic. This book is centered around Camille who is a belle. Belles have been given the power to make the people beautiful and they are highly coveted. She becomes the Queen’s favorite bell and she is immediately thrown into a world where beauty means everything and decadence is the only thing that matters. There is royal drama, a psycho princess, and an underlying message about what worrying to much about beauty can do. I found Camille to be EXTREMELY naive and some of the stuff she gets caught up in , is just sad but if Dhonielle wrote another one I would probably still read it.

** E-book available on Hoopla **

Books from my TBR That I Did Not Finish:

Still Me Jojo Moyes

Continues after Louisa moves to New York to her new life. It’s one of the cute story that keeps you entertained

SOAR!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up TD Jakes

The flying metaphors are EXCESSIVE!!

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