Hello fellow book lovers.
I hope you all had a great month of March. For me it went by way to fast again, there is never enough time in a month for all the books I want to read. I'm just glad that we are starting to head into April and the weather will hopefully be nicer.
I'm also caught up on ARCs, well almost but I think we never really caught up with them, because luckily we always get more.
We also will have a new giveaway coming here in a few days we are just waiting on some more details for that. All the winner of the "Luck o’ the Readers Giveaway" should be drawn and notified very soon.
Here are some books that releasing in April according to Goodreads.
Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
The Thing About Love by Julie James
I hope everyone has a great April and those who celebrate it have a great Easter. To those who don't, just really enjoy your egg-day weekend :D
Now to my March reads, as always you can find the buy-links in the reviews that are linked.
Happy Reading :)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
Kill’t Dead…Or Worse by Richard Hacker
After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small Texas town hoping to find some peace and maybe, himself. When two lovers disappear and a fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of crime and deceit involving MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; and Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with a violent right wing agenda. When the felon who killed Nick’s partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him — whichever comes first.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan
Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.
The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.
At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.
4 ½ ★
Blade Bound by Chloe Neill
The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…
Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.
When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
--Below is my review for this book in paperback format, I just listened to this in Audio format, and it was phenomenal, a full cast of characters for narration sets this apart from most audiobooks, if you've been thinking of trying an audiobook...get this one. The only downfall is it could spoil you for regular audiobooks.
Book Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae Files #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Deep Space, YA
Source: Own on Paperback
♪♫My Picks For Book Theme Song♫♪
♫Here's to the Heartache by Nothing More --It's spooky, it's like it was written to go with this book.♫ &
♫My Demons by Starset --This is AIDAN'S song, for sure. I believe that if they ever get around to making a movie for this, Starset could do the whole Soundtrack.♫
The Feels: 5+++
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5+++ Cliffhanger: No, but you can tell it's not over yet…
Will I continue this series? H*** Yes!!!
If I explained this book in one word it would be: Intense
Some other words would be…
Raw, Graphic, Gut-wrenching, Teeth-clenching, Nail-biting, Wonder, Awe, Interstellar, Lol, Fearful, Doubtful, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Movie-worthy, a-pain-in-the-ass-to-read-at-times, and ultimately Satisfying.
I read this in Paperback form, and I need to say, I really don't like reading actual books. The print is too small for me see, even with my glasses on, unless I'm in direct sunlight. I also had a kindle version from the library, that I read on whenever it was too dark for my paperback. I'm glad I had both versions; it helped immensely. For this book…you need to read it in hardcover or paperback. Not all of the parts of it are easily read from a kindle. This is so interesting that I'm contemplating using a Audible credit to buy the book in Audio version. Side-note--I did that
Sex Factor: There is only talk of sexual situations, but this book is definitely older YA; because of the intensity of the graphicness.
I love a great audiobook, one you can visualize so clearly you feel like you are part of the story. The sound effects, the voices, the pacing all fabulous.
The story was science fiction space travel adventure with deceit, misjudgments, death, nasty creatures, nastier humans, worm holes alternative universes and romance light. I cheered and jeered for the characters. I really got to know them and care what happened. There is a cliffhanger ending. I normally am unhappy about that but this one left me with a big smile. Fantastic twist !
A great second edition to the series. I am excited to continue to book 3, as soon as it is released.