I didn’t post at all in March, but I did read a lot of books. Eight books to be exact! So since I have been too crazy and busy to post full length reviews, check out these awesome mini-reviews in my March Wrap Up!
My rating system works as follows: a scale of 1-5 hearts, 5 being the highest meaning I absolutely loved the book, and 1 being the lowest meaning I didn’t like the book at all.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I read the first two books in this trilogy last year and finally picked up the last book. I found Ruin and Rising to be an interesting ending to this fantasy adventure. While Alina sometimes grated on my nerves, I really liked the emotional journey that she undertook in this book. It wasn’t my favorite in the trilogy (#1 was) but I really liked it.
2. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
There were things about this book that I thought were really cool. I loved the idea of alternate universes and an alternate Salem Massachusettes, but the things I liked about this book really ended there. I found the main character, Lily to be blah most of the time and I had a difficult time connecting with the characters.
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I’ve been hearing people gushing over this book and with the movie coming out later this year, I thought it was finally time to pick it up. Me Before You was a refreshingly funny, romantic, and heartbreaking read. I loved Lou, her energy and her compassion. I loved Will with his tortured present and bad/wild boy past. This story tugged at my heartstrings and made me appreciate the love I have just that much more.
Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I love dual perspective novels, especially when the points of view are so different and opposite. It takes a little while for Laia and Elias to meet and to see both sides to this story, but both of them are fascinating. Laia is so brave and strong, even though she doesn’t believe that she is at first and Elias has such a wonderful heart, even though his school tried to take his humanity away from him. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book.
5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and it did not disappoint one bit! There is so much conflict in this novel, there are so many consequences from where we left off in A Darker Shade of Magic and V.E. Schwab kept me enthralled until the very last page. It was amazing and unpredictable and I can’t wait for more!
6. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I thought that the premise of this book was intriguing when I picked it up. The thought of zombies in an Alice in Wonderland world captured my imagination, but this book ended up falling flat for me. I liked how the zombies were created and such, but there was far too much insta-lust/love going on here. I will probably pick up the sequel at some point, but I’m not running for it.
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I read Landline in one day, cover to cover. It was a fun and original concept and the sci-fi twist of Georgie talking to her husband in the past made the book for me. However, I found Georgie to be cold and frustrating so much of the time and knew where the book was going to go long before it actually got there. I liked this book a lot, but it’s my least favorite that Rainbow Rowell has written.
8. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson
This is a middle grade book that the middle schoolers were reading when I started teaching them 2 weeks ago. It’s an inspirational story that shows how forgiveness of others and yourself can heal. It’s a quick and easy read and I think middle and high schoolers get a lot out of the message. The kids seem to like it.
That’s it for my March wrap up! All 8 books. I’m hoping to read 4 in April (not including what I am reading for school), so we shall see what happens.
Happy reading, friends!