April Wrap-Up || May TBR (2016)


Ah, April, April, April. April was a ridiculously busy month for me in real life, mostly because I was kind of shaken out of my routine for a bit—I flew back to Indonesia to stay with the folks for about two weeks, travelled to Japan with my best friends for a week, and stayed with the folks again for another week. 😛

I was also working from home pretty much the whole time, which was stressful because my laptop was practically dying (and finally died). Sometimes it wouldn’t start up, sometimes it started up but barely worked, sometimes it started up to a kernel panic… Thankfully it’s now updated to the glorious El Capitan, which I’m really liking so far. ❤

Blogging-wise, I kind of have been relying on scheduled posts because I was away a lot of the time. Here’s what we’re up to last month:

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

the star-touched queen

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most… including herself.

I just started this last weekend and IT’S GOOD SO FAR. Great writing, interesting plot. Here’s hoping that momentum is sustained over the course of the whole story!

The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden WishWhen Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

An Aladdin retelling! YEEES. This one has mixed reviews — I’ve started it too but haven’t read enough to form an opinion on it.

The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

Richelle Mead has been a bit of a miss for me lately but I’m intrigued by the blurb for this one! Anyone read it yet and care to share some thoughts? 

How was your April? Link me up to your wrap-up post or let me know in the comments and HAPPY MAY!

58 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up || May TBR (2016)

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my post! ❤
    I'm currently reading The Star-Touched Queen as well, and absolutely LOVING it so far! I really like the overall story, and the author's writing is simply amazing. So glad to hear that you're enjoying it too. 🙂


  2. Seems like you’ve had a good reading month! Only one that you didn’t enjoy! 😀

    Thanks for the mention! I really should start doing stuff like this. I’m such a clutterbrain.


  3. Sounds like you’ve had a very busy month! I absolutely LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic when I read it. It was almost hard for me to just drop out of that world and move on to something else. Good to see More Happy Than Not is getting some good reviews because I just bought the new paperback version, and I’m sooo ready to get on with reading it.

    My April was not nearly as productive. lol


    • It was crazy busy! May doesn’t look like it’ll be much better, but let’s hope. 😛

      YEEES, I loved ADSOM as well – I think the world-building was particularly strong in comparison to most YA fantasy books, and it was just so well-developed. Have you read A Gathering of Shadows yet?

      Hope you enjoy More Happy Than Not! That whole book was bittersweet for me.

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      • I have high hopes for you!
        It was so good. I found it simply divine that Schwab managed to bring not one but four vastly different Londons to the table and actually build them in a way that kept me interested to learn the histories of each. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the characters aren’t THAT much younger than me. I finally get to read about people in my age bracket in the genre I love, and I’m super stoked! Also, I have not but I’m hoping to get that one in some time this month. I’m not sure I’m ready to finish that one and have to wait for the third one, tbh. I’m such an impatient reader.

        I’m really excited about it… but I’m not sure if I’m in the place to have my emotions nudged.


  4. Wow, you had an amazing April! Not only did you travel, but you also stayed incredibly active with reading and getting posts out. Kudos, Reg! 😀

    Oooh, I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Forbidden Wish and The Glittering Court! I want to read The Forbidden Wish sometime soon because I want to see how a retelling of Aladdin turns out – Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies! As for The Glittering Court, I was a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series a few years ago, although her Bloodlines series fell pretty flat for me. I’ve heard that The Glittering Court isn’t that great, but I’m still clinging to a thread of hope that I’ll find it enjoyable. I look forward to your review on it! 🙂

    I pre-ordered The Star-Touched Queen, so it’s already sitting on my bookshelf just taunting me. I really want to read it, but I’ll need to hold off until I have enough time to properly savor it. I’ve heard fantastic things about it – I hope you keep enjoying the story!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’ll definitely check out the other posts that you listed as well! 🙂 ❤


    • Thanks, Jorelene! It was so hectic, I’m kind of glad I’m back to my routine now, haha. I had tons of drafted posts so that was really helpful. 🙂

      I was a huge fan of Richelle Mead as well and would agree that Bloodlines fell pretty flat. I’m not sure what it is – I just didn’t like Sydney that much, and Adrian kind of flopped? I loved him in the Vampire Academy series but when it’s his time to shine, he just became too… love-obsessed? I’m not sure, I just felt like he’s very co-dependent. I haven’t heard great things about The Glittering Court either, but like you, I’m also clinging to a thread of hope.

      I hope you enjoy The Star-Touched Queen! I’m now in the middle and it’s pretty good, though it’s taken a direction I didn’t expect it to. The writing is just atmospheric, very suited for the kind of story it is.

      And no worries! That was a great post. ❤

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      • I completely agree – I just never really clicked with Sydney! I’m not exactly sure what it was about her that I didn’t like as much. I was obsessed with Adrian in Vampire Academy, but I thought he was different in Bloodlines – he was definitely too co-dependent. I stopped reading after the second book, The Golden Lily, because I just couldn’t do it anymore.

        Thank you, Reg! 🙂 ❤


        • Personally I feel like she’s kind of… uptight? Too ‘by the book’ and kind of a party pooper? Truth be told, she’s probably not the type of person I’d be dying to make friends with in real life. 😛

          After checking Goodreads I’ve apparently read all the books but the sixth! I barely remember any of them so I guess that’s how much I care, oops. 😛

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  5. Great wrap-up! I really can’t wait to read Wolf by Wolf. I don’t think I’ve heard a negative thing about it yet. And I’m still debating about Glittering Court. Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors, but her recent book releases just haven’t interested me. Can’t wait to see what you think about it when you read it!


    • Thanks, Jamie! I definitely recommend Wolf by Wolf – just such a gripping, action-filled story.

      And yeah, I agree – Richelle Mead has actually been more of a miss lately for me, and to be fair I feel like I’ve read more negative reviews for The Glittering Court than positive ones. Hope it’s good, though. 🙂


  6. thank you so much for linking to my post!! i’m so happy!
    and omg what a busy month you had! i wouldn’t survive if i was you 😂😂


  7. Sounds like your April was super busy! It’s not easy when your normal routine is disrupted.

    Great reading month too 😀 Shame about the one book, but so good that you enjoyed everything else you read.

    I am so excited to read The Star Touched Queen. I actually just won it in a giveaway so hopefully Book Depository won’t take too long to get it too me, haha.

    And thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ♥♥♥


  8. Thank you so much for featuring my little blog post! 🙂
    Seems like April was SO, so busy for you, yet you managed to have so many great posts scheduled and up, it’s so great!
    The Star-Touched Queen has been everywhere these days, I’m really looking forward to your full review. I think it could be a great book, but since I’m not a huge fantasy reader, well…I wouldn’t want to read a book and then feel disappointed by the genre… If that makes some sense, ahah. HAPPY READING and happy May to you, Reg! ❤


    • No worries, Marie! It was very relatable, I thought I should share.

      Haha, that makes total sense. I’m still in the middle and I’d say pick it up if you’re a fantasy fan, but since you’re not… maybe wait until you’re in the mood? There’s no need to force yourself into genres you’re not really into. 😛

      Thanks and happy May for you too! Hope this month’s better than the last. ❤

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  9. I read Wolf by Wolf in April too, and really enjoyed it! I feel like I’m one of the only people not excited for The Star Touched Queen though. There are just so many other books I want to read more.


    • Glad to hear that! Wolf by Wolf was just so fun, in my opinion, despite the dark and depressing subject matter.

      And fair enough – there are so many other great books out there, haha. What’s your next most anticipated read?

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  10. Looks like your reading month was really good, we will just ignore that one exception 😉
    And you have great ones lined up for May, even though I haven’t actually read any of them, I have heard good things 😀


  11. Thank you so much for the shout out! 🙂
    Seems like you had a great reading month. I’m currently reading The Star-Touched Queen as well and I really want to read The Forbidden Wish! I hope May proves an equally a great reading month for you!


  12. Awesome wrap up! April was such a busy month for you! Kudos for staying active on the blogiverse! You read such great books as well!
    I’m sooo happy that TSTQ is getting good reviews! I didn’t preorder it because I was skeptical but I’ll be sure to buy it this month.
    The Glittering Court on the other hand….I’m glad I didn’t preorder it! The reviews are coming in and they aren’t so pretty!


  13. Wow! That sounds like an incredibly busy month- I don’t think I would’ve been able to post so much. That’s so great!
    I love that you’ve linked to those posts. It’s so helpful! 🙂
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Forbidden Wish- retellings are either great or terrible; I hope it’s the former.


      • I’m not even as busy as you and I think I’ll have to rely on scheduled posts haha 🙂 It helps immensely when you have no time but still want to post.


  14. Once again yay for A Darker Shade of Magic because it is a brilliant book, a brilliant series and one of my favourites so I am so glad you liked it as well! Also I finally got around to buying Wolf by Wolf so I am really excited to start reading it because I’ve seen so many amazing reviews for it so I have high expectations 😀
    I’m so glad to hear you’re loving The Star-Touched Queen so far. It’s a brilliant book and, in my mind, the momentum is sustained over the course of the story so you’ve got nothing to worry about there. I am so excited to see your review for it when you’ve finished reading it! 🙂


    • I can’t wait to read your breakdown of Wolf by Wolf! Some people said that the setting felt a bit futuristic instead of historical, but since I don’t really care about those things it didn’t affect my ratings, but you tend to look at plot, setting, etc. so it’d be great to see what you think. 😛

      I’m now in the middle of TSTQ! Still loving it – the writing’s just gorgeous and the plot has been pretty gripping so far. ❤

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      • Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it this month then. I hadn’t actually heard that about the setting, is it supposed to be set in the last then, I guessed from the blurb it was set in the present day but an alternate one where Germany won the war! I guess I’ll just have to wait and see when I get around to reading it!


  15. Oh no, sorry to hear about your laptop troubles. I’ve killed my fair share of them as well and while replacing them is fun (because new tech is always fun), just the thought of having to spend said money on it is not fun.

    I’m excited to finally start Star Touched Queen as the praise has been nothing short of positive. I’m also kinda glad that it’s a standalone-ish (I think I heard there might be a novella of sorts?) But yeah, need to read soon/now/yesterday–and I hope it continues to be awesome for you!


    • New tech always feels so spiffy but my wallet isn’t having it tbh. 😛

      I just finished the book and I actually feel like it doesn’t need any sequel – wouldn’t mind a novella though. Hope you get to it eventually and enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂


  16. I’m so glad you enjoyed My Life Next Door. It’s one of my favourite books of all time because of the great balance between family, romance and friendship (though Nan was a huge bitch). Also, who can resist George? I wanted to pick up The Heir and the Spare a while ago when I first heard about it but I’m glad I didn’t because I haven’t seen very many favourable reviews for that one. I’m not sure how I feel about The Glittering Court. I mean… there’s something a bit weird about a girl who escapes marriage by entering some academy that grooms girls for marriage. Like what is going on?!


    • Definitely agree! The family conflict was so big but I also feel like it’s one of those things a lot of people can relate to (i.e. having a parent like Samantha’s to varying degrees).

      The Heir and the Spare was hands-down the worst book I’ve read this year… and maybe last year as well, at least as far that I can remember recently. Ugh. That book made me maaaad.

      And yeah, the idea behind The Glittering Court is a bit ??????. I’m really into arranged marriages and anything related to it though, so I might have a soft spot for it. I guess we’ll see. 😛

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        • Oooh, I forgot about that one… I gave it one star and it also made me rage a whole lot.

          But I would say yes, The Heir and the Spare was worse. I talked about it more in my review, but the gist is that the whole book was just SO PROBLEMATIC and the characters are so, so unlikable that pretty much nothing saves it. At… at least The Raging Light has a pretty cover? 😦


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