March was a busy month for me, and I feel like I tackled some really good books! I finished a couple of series and read a few anticipated ARCs, and even participated in a couple of readathons! Check out my mini-reviews below.
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
I started off this month on a disappointing note. This book had a lot of flaws for me – the romance was bleh, the descriptions were a little grisly, there was definitely some behaviors that are arguable animal abuse, and the plot wasn’t exciting enough for me to feel like it was redeemed. I gave this one 2 stars.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin. A Craig
THIS BOOK turned things around. Kate had already read and reviewed (linky link) this book when I was approved for a copy, but she was SO enamored with it that I knew I had to read it. It was SO atmospheric. It was SO creepy. Also there were swoons? As strange as this will sounds, Greyjoy-like aesthetics really hold a special place in my heart due to associations with my dorky husband, so just roll with it. I highly recommend picking this one up when it comes out in September! 5 stars.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
This one was just okay for me. It was a pretty unremarkable fantasy, but I was happy to read it due to the f/f romance that was very much at the forefront. The main character is betrothed to a prince, but she ends up falling for the prince’s sister. I know that isn’t really cheating, but it’s weirdly close enough that it didn’t work for me, especially because the prince wasn’t a terrible person or anything, so he just seemed like an unfortunate bystander. 3 stars.
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
This book was THICK. I read the first two books in this series a few months ago, and I don’t remember why I didn’t pick this one up and finish it off. I really enjoyed it! This series feels like a solid, almost nostalgic YA fantasy trilogy, and I’m super excited to read the next series Mary has written in this universe! 4.5 stars
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This was a reread because I needed some smutty romance shenanigans. Deal with it.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I read this one on audio right after TKQ because I was still in a romance-y mood, and I’m happy I did! It started off a little shaky for me, but once I got into it, I was very interested. Joshua Templeman is a grumpy cinnaman. 4 stars
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
I’m working on finishing up the last few Schwab works that I haven’t read, and this one was pretty good! Schwab has only gotten better, so it is sometimes hard to go back and read older things, but the bottom line is that I adore her and will read anything she does. 4 stars
Entreat Me by Grace Draven
This was my first read for the Beauty and the Beast readathon that my friend Alex at Booksy Daisy put on! She introduced me to this author as well, so it only seemed fitting. This was one where I kind of had to compartmentalize some of the weirdness and just decide not to be weirded out by it, but once I did that, I enjoyed it! 3.5 stars
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
You know what we’re about here.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
This was an interesting BATB retelling, and I super adored the main characters, Nyx and Ignifex. There was a fun mystery element, and the setting was outside of the traditional fantasy setting. 3.5 stars!
Beauty by Robin McKinley
I struggle to agree that this is a retelling in that it didn’t really change much of the story at all, but it was a good time! I’ve heard that the author has another retelling out there, so I might tackle it in the next round. 3 stars.
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
I impulse purchased this during a girl’s weekend with my friends, and I’m glad I did! This retelling was from the Beast’s POV, and the Beauty character had the same name as the Beauty character in Entreat Me – weird, right? I gave it 4 stars.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Yep. You knew I would.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
ANOTHER THICC LADY. This one took me about a week to get through after restarting it so I could give it the attention it deserved. This book has received SO MUCH HYPE for the last year, and while I did enjoy it, it didn’t blow my mind. I enjoyed a particular crotchety male character, but lots of the plot and character facets seemed a little flat or too convenient. I think maybe it could have been served well by being a series. 3.5 stars.
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
This was the first book I read for the Fantasy Adventureathon (team dragon woo!) I substituted it in for the group book because I had already read the one that was selected. This was fine – I’m thinking maybe pirate books just don’t do it for me? The “romance” was weird and the plot was just fine. 3 stars.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Holy shit, guys. There’s not much I can say about this since it is the 3rd in a series, but it was thoroughly amazing. This entire series is a slam dunk, and finishing it up has fueled my fervent need for Aurora Rising in May. Amie and Jay get 5 stars forever. Also, this was my 500+ page book for the Adventureathon.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
I picked this one up on audio for my “book with romance in it” for the Adventureathon because who can stick to a tbr? I had a lot of problems with this one, specifically with the possessive and predatory dynamic the main characters had. The epilogue was super sweet, but not enough to compensate. 2.5 stars.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This was a book I received as a gift, and I decided it was going to be my Adventureathon retelling book. It is a modern spin on the Cinderella story, but centered around a geeky girl who loves a Star Trek-like show with her whole heart. It was a good time, but I didn’t fall in love with it. 3.5 stars.
King of Fools by Amanda Foody
This is the sequel to Ace of Shades by Amanda, which I read and reviewed last year a little bit before publication. I was very excited to be approved for an early copy of this book because she refers to it as her “girl gang” book, and she was not wrong! While there were definitely issues with the formatting of the eARC that sometimes caused hiccups in my reading experience, the story was totally worth it, and I’m dying a little bit inside because I have to wait. I read this for my book with a royalty word in the title for Adventureathon! 4 stars.
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
This last book was an impulse read – I needed a book with brown on the cover, and our main character Leo and her brown hair are featured front and center! This book is about a family of kitchen witches that run a bakery called Love and Sugar. Leo is the youngest member, and doesn’t know that her female family members are brujas until she stumbles across some magic! It was fun and heartwarming, and I’m definitely interested in reading more in the series. 4.5 stars.
Did you guys read any of these? Leave me a comment down below with your thoughts! In the month of April, my reading will be guided by the prompts for the OWLs Magical Readathon, and I am SO EXCITED. I’m not sure which magical career I’m shooting for, so I’m trying to complete all 12 OWLs. Thusfar, I’ve started my Muggle Studies and Charms exams, and I’m so excited to continue. Are you participating? What is your career? I’m having so much trouble picking between Cursebreaker and Magizoologist! Leave me another comment down below. Thanks for reading!