March Wrap-Up || April TBR (2016)


March madness is over! We’re moving into the second quarter of the year now (*insert obligatory “oh my god I cannot believe it!”*) and I’m actually back in my hometown at the moment, working remotely and overall trying to enjoy the company of hot Indonesian air. I am super, super STOKED that by the time I fly back to Melbourne at the end of April, it’ll be wonderfully cooler. Hopefully. (I’m a winter person, y’all.) ❤

Reviewing-wise this month has been remarkably average—six books reviews, five of them 3-star and the remaining one 4-star. Am I the only one whose reviews are published about 2-3 weeks after I actually finish reading the book? I hope not! But anyway…

Book Reviews

  • Risuko (ARC) by David Kudler | ★★★☆☆ | Not enough exposition. Strong female characters. Inspired by Japanese mythology!
  • Future Perfect by Jen Larsen | ★★★☆☆ | Diverse characters. Lost focus for a bit. Overall a very interesting look at body positivity and self-acceptance.
  • Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | ★★★☆☆ | Made me think, and made me think a lot. Very interesting and refreshing perspective on sex before marriage and promiscuity. A flawed protagonist. Frustrating lack of resolution.
  • The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell | ★★★☆☆ | Emotionally difficult. Really sad. Feels authentically Japanese, for some reason. Also lacks resolution.
  • The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine | ★★★★☆ | Strong, likeable protagonist that the author dragged through hell and back (sort of). Super awesome magic system and world-building.
  • Fifteen Lanes (ARC) by S. J. Laidlaw | ★★★☆☆ | Really interesting cultural book with alternate perspectives. Eye-opening. At times uncomfortable and sickening. Unfortunately comes with storytelling flaws.

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for IreneKell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see.

I’m only jumping onto this bandwagon now, but hey, better late than never? 🙂

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw

Scarlett Epstein Hates It HereMeet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

Come on, who’s surprised to see this book here? I’m expecting maximum geekiness from this one. 😛

The Rose and The Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and The Dagger - Renee AhdiehIn a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Finally. Finally. ❤

How has your March been? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap-up post; I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

52 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up || April TBR (2016)

  1. Aw, thank you so much for the quick shout out!! Congrats on reading/reviewing so many novels — I wish I wasn’t in this reading slump, lol. (but you are motivation so it’s okay!)

    P.S. I am also a winter person, lol xD

    -Jess @jbelkbooks


    • Firsts is definitely an interesting book and I think I would recommend it — not for enjoyment necessarily, but just because it is quite a unique story. I hope so too! I’m in the middle currently and the world-building is fascinating. 🙂

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  2. We already talked about how I review books the month after I read them so I think your 2-3 weeks is good haha. I can’t wait to see what you think of ADSOM. I absolutely loved it 😍. Thanks for the shout out on my discussion post!


  3. I love your monthly wrap-up! It’s so well organized. You seem to have had a really great reviewing month! So far in my few months of blogging, I’ve only been able to get out roughly one review a week.

    I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon for A Darker Shade of Magic either yet! I just haven’t gotten around to purchasing it yet or scheduling time in for it. Part of me is hoping that I can delay it until the third book is out, but there’s no set release date for that yet, so I’ll probably end up starting the series sooner than later.

    I had an okay reading month in March, mainly due to being busy with my last semester of college. If you want, you can check out my wrap-up: 🙂


    • Thank you! One review a week is fine, I think – what’s important is that it works for you and your life. I have a huge backlog of reviews so I’m just publishing them now, haha. Truthfully I probably haven’t been reading as much lately. 😛

      Yeah, that’s a good idea! I’ve just started ADSOM and I gotta say that while the beginning is a bit slow, the magic system is fascinating and the characters are interesting. Hopefully the pace picks up and everything else gets better as well.

      Also, I hope college is going well for you! I remember going all ‘omg what is my life what should I do’ when I was nearing graduation, haha. And I’ll definitely be checking out your wrap-up, thanks for linking me. ❤

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      • Thank you! I am pretty nervous about graduating since this is a huge chapter of my life that’s closing, but I’m really looking forward to what happens next!

        I hope A Darker Shade of Magic gets better for you! I’ve heard fantastic things about it, so I hope it lives up to the hype.


        • Totally get it — good luck and I wish you all the best! Graduation was actually very good for me, mostly because at that time I was just so DONE with studying and really wanted to just fully work, haha.

          Thank you! Me too. ❤

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  4. I think you had a good reviewing month! I’m trying to do them more frequently, but I’m pretty bad at it haha.

    It’s good to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t read A Darker Shade of Magic, haha. I’m hoping to pick it up soon. I hope you enjoy it!

    And I am 100% a winter person too! I’m so excited for it to hopefully start getting cooler.

    My March Wrap Up


  5. Thanks so much for mentioning my post! I’ll have to check out some of the others, especially Joey’s take on Book Outlet. Ah, sorry to hear about the 3-star month. I hate when I read a lot of books but they are all just… ok. I hope next month is better! I haven’t read ADSOM (or TWATD…) either but I hear amazing things about it :).


    • No worries, Jess! You do so many wonderful discussion posts. 🙂

      I hope next month will be better too! I’m actually really excited for some of the books on my TBR, so hopefully they meet expectations. Are you going to be picking up ADSOM or TWATD any time soon? 😛


  6. I’ve been meaning to pick up Firsts but I’ve heard such mixed things on it. I’ll just get it from the library if I find it. And I’m so excited for The Rose and the Dagger! I miss that world so much. And I hope you enjoy Darker Shade of Magic, it’s a bit slow but it’s good.


    • Yes, do that! I definitely think that Firsts discusses some issues that aren’t really explored in most books, so it’s refreshing that way.

      Definitely agree that ADSOM is so slow — I’ve started it and the beginning feels a bit like an info-dump to me. Hopefully it gets better fast. 🙂


  7. Great onth for reviews Reg! I definitely need to pick up The Impostor Queen and Fifteen Lanes after reading your reviews for both books.
    Also I really hope you enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic, it is one of my favourite series but honestly V.E. Schwab hasn’t released a book I haven’t loved. And I am so beyond excited for The Rose and the Dagger to be released. It honestly feels at times like I’ve been waiting forever for it to come out.


    • Thanks, Beth! I’d definitely recommend both, and I hope you enjoy them too. 🙂

      That’s convincing to hear! I’ve started ADSOM and so far it’s a bit slow for me, but the magic is super fascinating so I’m just shouldering on for now. And yeees to TRATD — just a little bit longer now, less than a month. ❤

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      • That’s all right 😀
        From what I’ve seen everyone seems to agree that ADSoM starts off slow but it does improve. Oh and I completely agree, I loved the magic and world-building in the series. It still feels like so long away, I can’t wait to finally get my hands on TRaTD 😀

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  8. Now that The Rose and the Dagger is coming out I feel like it’s definitely time I get around to reading The Wrath and the Dawn! I’ve had it for so long and have heard nothing but amazing things about it but it somehow keeps getting lost in my TBR. AH! At least now I won’t have to wait for the second 🙂 Also, The Impostor Queen sounds really amazing.. I’m definitely going to have to pick that up!


    • Absolutely! I loved the book, and I hope you get to read it (and enjoy it!) soon enough. And The Impostor Queen was just super fun! The fantasy aspect of it I feel was one of its major strengths, so if you like fantasy, you might really enjoy it.

      Thanks for the comment! ❤


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