Hi everybody, and welcome to my April wrap up!
I hope you are all doing well in these weird times? I got through a month and a half of lockdown relatively well. I’m still healthy, as are my friends and family, so that’s obviously most important. And I honestly didn’t have too many issues with being stuck at home as I kept myself busy. I worked in the garden, organized my Spotify playlists, cleaned out my inbox, sorted my administration, cleaned out every cupboard in the house and went on a lot of nice walks. If you don’t count the constant anxiety and crippling worries over mine and everyone I know’s health and financial status, everything’s been fine… Here’s hoping things will slowly get back to normal next month!
In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to in April:
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
This book was on my radar for a while because it’s a Hades and Persephone retelling. It takes place in today’s modern world, but a world where the Greek Gods still rule and even walk among the people. This was a nice story but I struggled a bit with the romance between Hades and Persephone, which to me seemed very based on lust, not love and that’s okay, but I wanted more.
Rating: 3 stars
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
This was my second Mhairi McFarlane book and I’m starting to think I really enjoy her writing. If I Never Met You was an amazing rom-com read, but to call it a rom-com also does not quite feel adequate as it’s so much more. It’s the best execution of the fake romance trope I’ve read in a while, with amazing character journeys, characters you will become extremely invested in, swoonworthy chemistry and amazing friendships. I HIGHLY recommend If I Never Met You. It’s funny yet emotional, swoony yet realistic, insightful yet escapist, witty yet topical.
Rating: 4,5 stars | Full Review
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
I picked up Of Curses and Kisses because it promised a contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling set at an elite boarding school. I was slightly disappointed by this one because I think my expectations were too high. It was a fun read, but also a bit forgettable.
Rating: 3,5 stars
Girls of Paper and FIre by Natasha Ngan
I finally read this sapphic fantasy and I’m happy to say it lived up to all my expectations! Set in a violent world, I loved the worldbuilding in this one and am eager to discover more of it in the sequels. The romance was a perfect slow-burn and so beautiful yet heartwrenching to watch unfold.
Rating: 4,5 stars
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Even though I’ve never read any Jennifer L. Armentrout before, I heard she was well known for her YA fantasy romances and then she released an adult fantasy romance just when I was really craving a good adult fantasy romance so it was meant to be. This is a tough book to review because on the one hand I sped through this and am craving the sequel so badly, but on the other hand I had some issues:
- The worldbuilding is so confusing in the beginning as everything is pretty much thrown at you without too much of an explanation. Though it got clearer in the second half.
- There is a major plot twist in this book that I unfortunately saw coming from the first few chapters.
- I wan’t a fan of the romance as it felt like it was more based on lust and Poppy’ desire to connect to anyone, other than actual feelings.
But like I said, my overall enjoyment, the fact that I was thinking about this book days later, and my excitement for the sequel did make up for it!
Rating: 4 stars
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I LOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK! I don’t even think I can review this properly yet because I’m still in the hearteyes, CAPSLOCK, lovesick phase where all I want to do is rave about this book. This book, that is worth all the hype and I should have read ages ago. I listened to it on audio, but I want a hardcover for my shelves because I NEED IT OKAY? The libraries, the books, the sass, the characters, I love them all so, so much.
Rating: 5 stars
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
This book is a YA contemporary about a girl who doesn’t want to be the last virgin in her senior class. When she meets a hot college guy who flirts with her, she is terrified he will dump her when he hears she’s a virgin. So she asks her best friend since childhood, who is more experienced, for help. As in, can he teach her and get her first time over with? I sped through this in a day. It was a fun read and I loved the friends-to-lovers aspect and the fact that it seemed to handle sex and first times for teenagers in a realistic way. There is a lot of misogyny and slut-shaming in here though and yes, it’s challenged but something still doesn’t sit right with me… I think it’s the fact that virginity was handled as a bad thing, something to get rid of, and that was not really challenged. Also, though I LOVED the first half, the second half kind of fizzled out.
Rating: 3,5 stars
Top Ten Tuesday
QUOTE IT WEDNESDAY
Something Different Sunday
I actually discovered a lot of great new songs this month!
ONEWE and Hwa Sa – Q
I still need to discover so many ONEWE songs, but I already really love this one.
R3HAB, ZAYN & Jungleboi – Flames
Randomly listened to this on Spotify and fell in love.
GOT7 – Not By The Moon
Such a whimsical song, I love it.
Solar – Spit It Out
Such a catchy song. I love the choreo and Solar looks amazing!
PVRIS – Gimme a Minute
This is such a fun song!
YUNGBLUD – Weird!
Is there any song that’s more fitting for these weird times, yet also pretty uplifting?
Stray Kids – Voices
Stray Kids released a new choreo video for one of my favorite songs by them (new version without Woojin), so naturally I watched this over and over again.
I watched some kdramas again this month, which made me really happy because it’s been a while but they are the ultimate comfort watch for me.
Crash Landing On You
Crash Landing On You is the story of a South Korean heiress called Yun Se-ri (played by Son Ye-jin), who ends up in North Korea after a paragliding accident. She is found by captain Ri Jeong Hyeok (played by Hyun Bin) who decides to hide her and try to get her safely back to South Korea. I love this drama so much that I think it may be my second all-time favorite (sorry, nothing is beating Romance is a Bonus Book just yet). If you like kdramas, if you like doomed romances and lots of angst or if you like friendships and found families, I highly recommend Crash Landing On You!
Cinderella and the Four Knights
Cinderella and the Four Knights is a kdrama I’ve often seen described as one of the best guilty pleasure kdramas out there and after all the emotions I had from Crash Landing On You, I needed a simpler, funny guilty pleasure. The story’s about a poor girl who is taken advantage of by her stepmom and stepsister and has tons of part-time jobs to pay for her college education. But one day, through some circumstances, she gets a job for a wealthy billionaire and moves in with his three grandsons. Drama, hilarity and romance ensues. This drama reminded me a lot of Boys Over Flowers, and I highly enjoyed it. I suffered major third-lead-syndrome though, because the character of Seo Woo was just too good and deserved the world.
I also caught up on some movies this month! I watched Frozen 2 (liked it, but not as much as the first one), Birds of Prey (loved it) and FINALLY watched Avengers: Endgame (cried, but not as much as I should have since I was basically spoiled on everything already).
Things that made me happy this month:
- Just like last month, this is a tricky one. But I’ve been happy for the health of my friends, family and me so far. I’ve been happy about all the little projects I got to do in the house and such now that I’ve had the time. And I’ve been happy about all the books I managed to read and kdramas I got to watch.
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- Hopefully, for life to be able to return back to normal.