The One with the April Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! This is a very late wrap-up since I forgot that I didn’t publish this. ๐Ÿ˜… I can’t believe that April (and May now…) passed by so quickly!! Time seems to be going on way too fast lately. I’m happy I read every book on my TBR last month and I even read the extra book I added in case I had time! For the month of April, I read 6 books with an average rating of 4.33 โญ.

Also, April was the month where I officially passed 100 followers! Thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, and commented on my posts! I’m happy to have a place where I can talk about books and I have met so many interesting bookworms ๐Ÿ˜„

The Assassin’s Blade

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a reread for me and the ending was just as sad as the first time I read it! I loved the short stories in this novella and that I was able to notice some foreshadowing during my reread.

The Accidental Apprentice

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I got this arc from Netgalley and I really enjoyed the Pokรฉmon vibes this story had! Loved the adventure, the world-building and the character development in this book!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Family Dynamics

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today’s topic is: Family Dynamics.

World Family Day was on May 15, so to celebrate it this weekโ€™s prompt is about family dynamics in books! Family is not just who you are related to by blood, so you can even find some of your favorite found family examples.

For this prompt, I’m going to pick examples of some of my favourite found family tropes found in series by listing out the first book.

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JASON HAS A PROBLEM.ย He doesnโ€™t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. Theyโ€™re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for โ€œbad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And whereย isย here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anythingโ€”except that everything seems very wrong.

PIPER HAS A SECRET.ย Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesnโ€™t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesnโ€™t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling sheโ€™s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

LEO HAS A WAY WITH TOOLS.ย When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But thereโ€™s weird stuff, tooโ€”like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of themโ€”including Leoโ€”is related to aย god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill โ€“ the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.ย 

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The One with the May TBR

Happy May!! After the amount of books I read last month, I decided to reduce my TBR for this month. Every month I say this and I end up becoming lazy, but this month my goal is to read less and try to write as many reviews as possible.

The Infinity Courts

I got this arc from Netgalley and I’m excited to read this sci-fi novel!

The Burning God

This is my most anticipated read of the month! After the events of book 2, I’m scared to see what will happen in this book ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Tropes

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today’s topic is: Favourite Tropes.

This weekโ€™s prompt is pretty self-explanatory. What are your favorite tropes and what are some examples of them in books?

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I always enjoy reading stories where the main characters spend their time at a boarding school! Usually there’s a mystery or some evil plot going on that the characters have to solve. My favourite example of this trope is the Harry Potter series.

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Found family is another trope I enjoy reading in books! It’s always nice seeing people come together and being close enough to consider themselves family! An example of this is in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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The Accidental Apprentice Review

This is my first review in months! ๐Ÿ˜… I’m slowly starting to catch up on the reviews that need to be written and I decided to start with an ARC I read recently.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster CA and Netgalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the townโ€™s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his townโ€™s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclayโ€™s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules heโ€™s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.

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Top 5 Wednesday: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s topic is: April Showers Bring May Flowers.

Happy May! Inspired by the start of the month and the time-known saying, April showers bring May flowers, this weekโ€™s prompt is about books with flowers/plants on their covers.

For this prompt, I decided to pick 5 books on my TBR that has flowers/plants on the cover!

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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castleโ€”a shifting maze of magical roomsโ€”enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Brighter Days

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s topic is: Brighter Days.

I think we can all agree that things arenโ€™t quite perfect in the world right now, so to bring a little light to everyoneโ€™s day this weekโ€™s prompt is about books that brought a smile to your face!

For this prompt, I decided to not pick books I talk about too much. I was tempted to pick Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, but these are obvious choices. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This time you guys get to see other books that brought a smile to my face!

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For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And itโ€™s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. ยด

The Hex Boysโ€”mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destructionโ€”have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

This series was a very fun read for me! The story is about a girl named Aurora trying to escape the demons coming after her when she meet the Hex boys who are demon hunters. I loved the characters and the hilarious moments that would happen! I just wish this series wasn’t on a hiatus at the moment.

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One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? 

Although at first glance this book seems like it wouldn’t make someone happy, this is one of my favourite books of 2019! I loved this retelling because of the characters, the enemies-to-lovers trope, and the stories Shahrzad would say.

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This or That Book Tag!

Hey guys! I got the idea to do this tag from Cherry. It looked like a fun tag so I decided to give it a try!

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The couch! I do read in bed occasionally, but I usually avoid doing that because my bed will make me fall asleep. I love relaxing on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and a cup of tea!

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I do most of my reading at night! The evening is my favourite time of day because I’m free from everything I need to do and I don’t have to worry about someone interrupting me from my story. Sometimes, I like to read a little bit throughout the day but most of my reading is done before bed.

๐“œ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป?

I prefer female main characters because I usually can relate to them and I love reading a book where I can relate to the main character!

๐“•๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“Ÿ๐“ž๐“ฅ ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ญ ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“Ÿ๐“ž๐“ฅ?

I’d pick first person because it can be fun to read the main character’s thoughts/opinions that isn’t voice out loud. For example, I love reading the comments Katniss would make in the Hunger Games.

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