March was a phenomenal reading month for me! Unfortunately, however, my camera was stolen this month, so I’ve decided to upload my wrap-up to the blog. Enjoy!
March 2018 Stats
Pages Read: 2,921
Books Read: 9
Average Star Rating: 3.83
The Books & The Thoughts
Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
This thrilling sci-fi novel was really fun to read! I do have a full review of this novel on my blog, so you can check that out if you’d like. For a mini-review, Zenith was enjoyable, but there were some things I felt were off. The world wasn’t extremely detailed or developed, and I would have enjoyed seeing more of it. Also, some of the characters seemed to be indecisive about who they were (though I suppose it’s the authors actually at fault). Sometimes, Andi was ruthless, and other times she was sympathetic. The pacing, too, was a little slow for my taste. Overall though, I liked Zenith! 4/5 stars.
Love & War, by Melissa de la Cruz
I read Alex & Eliza last year and really enjoyed it, and when I found out there was going to be a sequel I was so excited! Penguin Random House kindly sent me an ARC to review (more in-depth on the blog). This was really my introduction to Hamilton (I, unlike others, hadn’t had previous interest). While I’m unsure of the historical accuracy of this series, I do love reading them! Love & War follows Alex and Eliza after marriage, as they are struggling to find money and time with each other. I felt it was a realistic portrayal of this period in people’s lives, and I liked seeing this dynamic. At times, the book could have information dumps, but overall I really enjoyed it! 4/5 stars.
Not if I Save You First, by Ally Carter
I got this as an ARC at YALLFest and was so excited to read it because I had loved Carter’s past novels! There probably are a few changes made to the final copy released this past month, but from what I read, it was amazing! I do have an in-depth review on the blog (without a picture), if you’re interested in more detailed thoughts. This was a thriller/romance/almost political novel. I felt it was too short! Things seemed rushed at times, and the ending was pretty confusing and I was lost. Other than that, the characters were written pretty well (our MC was a bit indecisive, similar to Zenith’s), and I would definitely recommend picking this up! 4/5 stars.
Meet Cute, by a LOT of different authors
Unfortunately, this anthology was a disappointment. I only really liked two or three stories, when I was hoping to love all of them! The stories were just undeveloped, even for short novella-type ones. I can’t really say much other than that, but I ended up giving Meet Cute 2.5 or 3 stars.
The Unlikelies, by Carrie Firestone
This novel really showed how to be a good citizen. That sounds super childish, but its true. We follow a group of teens who don’t have any plans for the summer, but end up busting drug house things (you can tell I’m inexperienced on the subject), encouraging people who have been bullied, and just generally lifting up their community, as well as other people around the world. It’s enlightening, and shows it doesn’t take much to help someone be happy. I did have a few issues with the romantic relationship aspect, as well as some repetitiveness and character development, but other than that I liked this novel! 3/5 stars.
Fairest, by Marissa Meyer
It has been a very long time since I’ve delved into TLC world, but I hadn’t read Fairest and saw it as a must-read for this series. This was cringey, but not in the writing or plot. Levana was a downright cringey teenager, and it made me really uncomfortable! I’ve heard some people say this book made them like Levana more, but that is most certainly not the case for me. I felt sorry for her, but she is insane. Literally. The story itself was good and progressed well, but Levana as a character was just…yikes. 4/5 stars.
Ana Rocha: Shadows of Justice, by Ammar Habib & Glenda Mendoza
*The author kindly sent me a copy of this novel for review* I was hesitant to pick it up because the whole crime genre is intimidating, and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this novel. However, I ended up having a blast reading this! It was action-packed and real; I would totally recommend it. There were a few issues with character development and repetitiveness, but other than that, I gave it 4/5 stars! (There’s a more in-depth review on the blog.)
American Panda, by Gloria Chao
This was one of my most anticipated contemporary releases of this year! The premise was so intriguing, and I thought it was going to be so much fun! Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this book. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I’d hoped. The main character was frustrating, the romantic relationship wasn’t fleshed out very well, and some of the characters didn’t feel real (or, they’d show up and seem important, then disappear for the rest of the novel). The plot itself was wonderful and I enjoyed seeing someone of college age, but this was overall a disappointing read for me. 3/5 stars.
What to Say Next, Julie Buxbaum
I absolutely adored this book. I cannot sing its praises loud enough! The dynamic between our two main characters was amazing to see play out. This is such an important, relevant novel in today’s world, and I’m so glad I picked it up! It deals with autism, grief (and how it can quickly turn to depression), bullying, and more. I laughed out loud (which never happens) and cried multiple times (even rarer). It made me feel all the feels, and I think this will stick with me for a very long time. Go read it! 5/5 stars.