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March Wrap Up: Part II

Hi guys! How are you? I hope you had a lovely Easter (if you celebrate Easter) and a great reading-month in March! I almost can’t believe it’s already April, and it’s especially hard to believe today – since it’s been snowing all day. I mentioned in part 1 of my wrap up that I’d read only 4 and 5 star books, and luckily for me that trend continued throughout the month. Though I did get through a bit fewer books in the second half of March, but quality trumps quantity, right? So let’s look at the books:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemiย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

34728667.jpgLately nearly every YA fantasy book I’ve read’s left me unsatisfied, not exactly disappointed, just wanting a little more of something, more darkness, more complexity, more depth. I was starting to worry I’d simply fallen out of love with the genre, but that was before I read Children of Blood and Bone. This book was exactly what I needed and I think it’s what the genre needs too, diverse voices telling diverse stories. Reading a fantasy book that isn’t set in a western-inspired world or centered around western myths/beliefs is honestly such a breath of fresh air, but talking about the book only terms of diversity would be doing it a disservice, cause it’s amazing in so many other areas as well. It gave me everything I want from this type of book and it did it all better than I’ve ever seen it done. The prose is sharper, the world is richer, the plot is tighter, the twists hit harder and the characters… The characters are all complex, layered people who have strengths and weaknesses, who make mistakes and only sometimes learn from them, who grow and change (or don’t) in unpredictable ways. I loved this one and I can’t recommend it enough.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozekiย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

17237030.jpgThis book is told from the POV’s of two women separated by time and place. Nao’s a 16 year old girl in Tokyo who’s planning to commit suicide, she’s being bullied at school and her home life isn’t much better. She’s lonely and seeking a connection, so she buys a diary and starts writing to an unknown ‘you’, planning to leave the journal somewhere to be found. Ruth is the woman who happens to find Nao’s diary, washed up on the beach on a Canadian island. Ruth’s a novelist who isn’t writing and solving the puzzle of the diary and discovering Nao’s faith becomes somewhat of an obsession for her. I’ve had this book on my tbr for ages and I’ve been meaning to read it for so long – well, I finally did and it was wonderful. It deals with some pretty dark and heavy topics, but it does so with empathy and grace. Ruth Ozeki is a fantastic writer, she paints the most vivid pictures with her prose and her characters all feel like real people, I think they’ll stick with me for a long time.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chimaย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

12305077I’m having a really hard time articulating my opinions about this book and I think it’s cause I just don’t have any, or at least not any strong ones. My notes on this literally say: “Pretty solid YA fantasy. I liked it.” I should blurb books, guys. But seriously, everything I have to say about this, I’ve said before. I probably said it about Falling Kingdom two weeks ago, but let’s break it down: I think this book is very well written, it has an interesting mountain setting and good characters, I especially liked Raisa, a princess who actually wants to become a good queen and do what’s best for her people. I wasn’t a fan of the pacing, the story dragged in parts (mostly Han’s chapters) and the plot-twists were so predictable I’m not sure they were even meant to be twists, but the characters sure seemed surprised, so I’m guessing they were?

The Hundredth Queenย and The Fire Queenย  by Emily R. Kingย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

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I’ve seen almost exclusively negative reviews for this series and I understand why. They’re pretty light fantasy books, which play a lot of tropes stick straight – including an insta-love romance, a heroine with hidden magical powers, an unwanted marriage to the Rajah and even a love triangle (in the second book). But I liked them anyway. I liked the cast of mostly female characters, I liked that the terrible Rajah is actually terrible – not misunderstood or possessed,ย ย I like the ‘falling for the guard’ trope, I like the elemental magic and the mythology surrounding the bhuta. I wish some of the characters had been more fleshed out and parts of the plot (especially in the second book) tested my willingness (and ability) to suspend disbelief, but while some parts were silly, they were never boring and I’m eager to continue reading this series.

I also want to highlight some of my favorite blog posts of the month:

Acqua di moreย shared 10 Books She Loves But Rarely Mention on her Blogย and it helped expand my ever-growing tbr pile.

Alex @ Alex reads and blogs wrote aboutย Book Reviews vs. Reactionsย and why she has a hard time reviewing books and it was so relatable. I’ve had this blog for more than 6 months and writtenย oneย review.

Avery @ Red Rocket Panda compared The Most Popular and The Highest Rated Books on their TBR and the results were both surprising and interesting!

Etinosa @ Uwadis shared her favoriteย Female Nigerian Authors and I loved learning more about some authors I love and discovering some new ones.

Marina @ Books of Magic wrote about herย Top 5 Books about Witches and it I loved it, cause I’m always down to add more witchy books to my tbr.

Martha @ The Cursed Books discussed Why We Need More ‘Unlikable’ Heroines and it was brilliant. I agree with every word she wrote.

Melanie @ Meltotheany wrote a really personal and beautiful review of Furybornย which made me want to read the book.

The Orangutan Librarian re-watched and reviewed Game of Thrones (1,2,3,4 & 5) with hilarious comments and interesting insight.

Iโ€™d love to hear about your reading month! Did you read a lot? What book was your favorite? Did any of your reads surprise you? In a good or bad way?

32 thoughts on “March Wrap Up: Part II

  1. Ahaha. I totally get what you mean in your review of the demon king. I haven’t read that book but I have read books that were pretty generic fantasy and enjoyed them but……. Had nothing to say about it!

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  2. Awww thanks a lot for mentioning my post. Can’t wait for my copy of Children of Blood and bone to get here. I’m also thinking of starting the hundredth queen series but I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on it I’m not sure anymore. The second book looks really good too. Happy New month

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    1. You’re welcome! You have something to look forward too, it lives up to all the hype ๐Ÿ™‚ The Hundredth Queen is fun, but definitley has it’s problems, so I see why opinions are so mixed. Thanks and happy new month to you too!

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  3. Thanks for mentioning my post! We’re all here to help expand others’ TBRs and see who gets crushed first; mine is currently the reason I have not read Children of Blood and Bone yet – and the more I hear about it, the more I realize I need to.

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  4. I’m really glad you loved Children of Blood and Bone- I really want to read it. Honestly I get seeing Demon king as solid YA fantasy- I’m pretty sure I saw the first one the same way, though I ended up loving the series, cos I felt it got better. Thank you so much for sharing my posts!

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  5. I love your point on not JUST appreciating the book for its diversity, YES OMG I AGREE SM. the diversity was amazing but so was the plot + romance + friendships. such a good story.

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