Hey guys! I am going to be doing something new on my blog from now on and that is a monthly wrap up!So if you don’t know, a monthly wrap up will be me sharing all the books I read during the month as well as some movies, TV shows and some life updates. I wanted to start doing this because I don’t review every single book I read. This can be for a few reasons, from the fact that the book was published so long ago to the fact that I simply do not have the time. But that’s not to say that I don’t want to share my thoughts on those books with you guys. So, without further ado, here is my late April Wrap Up!
1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I have been a fan of the Shadowhunters TV Show for a little while and, while it’s not the best show around, I was intrigued as to where some of the storylines were going. I enjoy watch emmmabooks on youtube (you can find her here) and she LOVES The Mortal Instruments series so I thought, why not. I had nothing to lose. I can tell you this, it is definitely better than the TV show. Although, the best thing about the show is Magnus so I wish we got to see more of him in these books.
Overall I give this a 3.5 stars. It was an enjoyable book but, in my opinion, the writing could have been a bit better in places.
2. Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Love, Simon came out this month and so I could not resist rereading Simon vs. I read this book originally about a year and a half ago and loved it and so I was super excited about the movie coming out. The movie was incredible, everything I could have wanted and more. Also, Leah on the Offbeat was coming out at the beginning of May in the UK so this was a perfect time to revisit the story before I read Leah.
Overall I originally gave this book 3.5 stars, but reading it the second time I feel like it deserves more like 4 stars.
3. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus is the fifth book in the Heroes of Olympus series and I am so sad it’s over. I listened to the audiobook for this and I did really enjoy it. I have loved listening to these books as I’ve driven back and forth between home and Uni and, honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do now that it’s over.
This was a good book and certainly not the worst in the series, but it also was not the best. It was enjoyable and I loved seeing what these heroes did to defeat the enemy but overall it was a little underwhelming. I would have loved to have seen more from Nico and Reyna in the past, and I wanted to see more from Percy and Annabeth in this book. I think the ending just felt a little too rushed, but maybe that was just my unwillingness to let it end.
I gave this 4 stars.
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The second book in The Mortal Instruments series was okay. I feel like I binged these first three books a little bit, which shows that they’re not bad. They’re easy, enjoyable reads and I definitely like some of the characters a lot more in the books than in the show. It’s also interesting reading about this world and discovering some of the intricacies that you don’t get to see in the show.
Overall I gave this 3 stars.
5. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass is definitely my favourite The Mortal Instruments book so far. I loved Alicante and I wish wish wish we got to see more of it in the show. I loved the interactions between Luke and Clary and I loved discovering what she could do with her rune magic. Even Sebastian was more likeable in this than in the show. Also – (spoiler) POOR MAX! I can’t believe he died! I really hope that’s one detail they decide to keep out of the show.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book is that it felt too complete to be only halfway through a series. It felt like the end, with only a few small hints leading you into the next one. I would have liked more of a cliffhanger, more open ends, especially when only halfway through.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I read five books in April which is pretty good considering I have been in a bit of a slump due to Uni and my dissertation and this is the first time I’ve properly been into my reading since Christmas.
Now onto some non-book-related updates
- I saw Love, Simon. It’s incredible, if you haven’t seen it, what are you doing with your life?
- I also saw The Quiet Place. This is also and incredible movie and definitely deserves all of the hype.
- Bought some new bookshelves from IKEA and my books now have a new home.
- I finished all of my Uni classes which is kind of exciting and kind of scary.
- It was my dog’s birthday! My baby is now 10 years old! We went on a really nice walk and he got my car all muddy!
- I got a haircut which is, I promise, more exciting than it sounds.
- It’s been super hot and I had a barbecue
- I also saw Infinity War and I am WRECKED. It wasn’t the best film ever, but I love Spiderman and Thor more than ever!
- And finally, I went to see Dua Lipa in concert. She is incredible, queen of the world, I’d lay my life down for her.
So that’s it for may April Wrap up – I promise you next months won’t be as late as this one! What did you guys get up to in April? What was your favourite book this month? Let me know in the comments below and, as always, if you liked this post please give it a like and a share and don’t forget to subscribe!