Wrap Up

Wrap Up! April 2020

Hi everyone!

April was a wonderful month of reading for me. Up until April I had only read nine books but I managed to read fourteen in April alone! Some of the books I read were truly amazing so I hope you can find some new ones to add to your TBR!

1. Sadie by Courtney Summers

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

This was the first audiobook I’ve ever read! I used to think that audiobooks weren’t for me but this one proved me so wrong. Its full cast narration and podcast style chapters make this so immersive. Everyone always says if you’re going to read this book then the audiobook is the way to go and I have to agree!

2. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.
Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.
Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

I did this by audiobook too and I loved it so much! It taught me a lot about a different culture and it was a lovely book about being true to yourself. I can’t recommend it enough.

3. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

As this is a sequel, I’ve included the synopsis from the first book, Anne of Green Gables above. I talked a bit about the nostalgia I have for Anne’s story in my last wrap up and that is definitely contributing to my enjoyment of this series. I love reading about Anne’s antics! The only thing I wish is that the writing style could delve into what is happening as i have noticed a tendency to give us a summary of the events which makes me feel a little distanced from the story. Still love it though!

4. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the third book in Anne’s story and it is definitely my favourite so far. It follows Anne’s journey through university and she is certainly growing up. I’m not sure if this is a spoiler but I think she gets proposed to like six times in this book? I found it quite hilarious. It’s lovely to see her friendship circle in this book and it all felt very true to Anne’s character.

5. The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?
Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could
imagine.

This was a really enjoyable, fun contemporary! I really liked the road trip aspect of the book as I haven’t read many before so it provided a different sort of read for me.

6. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one small problem: Since her father died this past spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute … and dealing with some baggage of his own.                                                                                                                                            Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most—and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

Can you tell I was in the mood for road trip books? This was also the only Morgan Matson book I hadn’t read and I’m glad to finally tick it off my list. After not liking Save the Date that much it reminded me of how much I like her writing!

7. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Rating: 4.75/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?

This was my first time reading a book by this author and I loved it so so much! I seriously recommend you check this one out. It was so immersive I couldn’t stop reading.

8. Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Rating: 1/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.
A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

This book really didn’t do it for me, unfortunately. It’s told entirely in text messages which made it very forgettable for me. I genuinely cannot tell you a thing that happened in this book.

9. The Anti-Virginity Pact by Katie Wismer

Rating: 2.75/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: Preachers’ daughters aren’t supposed to be atheists. They’re also not supposed to make pacts to lose their virginity by the end of the year, but high school senior Meredith Beaumont is sick of letting other people tell her who to be.
Spending the last four years as Mute Mare, the girl so shy just thinking about boys could trigger panic attacks, Meredith knows exactly what it’s like to be invisible. But when a vindictive mean girl gets her manicured claws on the anti-virginity pact and spreads it around the school—with Mare’s signature at the bottom—Mare’s not so invisible anymore. She just wishes she was.

I love Katie’s booktube channel and I was so excited for her when this was book was announced. It did fail to reach its full potential however in my opinion. I received an e-arc from netgalley and have a full review of this book!

10. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

This was a re-read for me. This is a wonderful series, full of witty and hilarious writing (for example, this book included a line that basically described the protagonist’s uncle as being smarter than the average deckchair or something to that effect) whilst making you unable to stop turning the pages. Do read it if you haven’t already!

11. Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Another re-read. Loved it as much the second time around.

12. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.
He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…
Except who she really is.
Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of
One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.
That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.
Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

I adored all the bookish elements of this book so so much. If you are in anyway involved in the book community then you need to read this book! The only criticism of it that I have is that I really hated that Halle wouldn’t tell Nash her true identity because it made me so uncomfortable but that’s more to do with me than with the book.

13. Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Again, a re-read. The best book in the trilogy for me, without a doubt.

14. The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

This was a pretty average contemporary for me. I liked it but I probably won’t remember much about it in a few months time. If you just want a fun read to escape for a while then definitely pick it up!

That’s all from me! Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear about some of your recent reads in the comments below!

Keep safe,

Niamh xx

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