Hi all, I hope you had a fabulous reading month in March! The books I read were so-so, with a few which stood out for me, but I did get to go to the Divergent premier in London! It was definitely my highlight of March. I shall have my recap post up soon. So here's what our month of March was like!
Number of Books read:
Jasprit: 5 stars
Rachel: 5 stars
Jasprit: 2 stars
Rachel: 2 stars
Jasprit: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Me Since You by Laura Wiess
Unsticky by Sarra Manning
Believe by Erin McCarthy
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Archetype by M.D. Waters
Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton
Third Degree by Julie Cross
Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra
Spirited by Mary Behre
Best read of last month:
Jasprit: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Seriously this book, I remember reading several praising reviews for this book around its release date, but still not giving this book a go, but when I finally picked this book up with Siiri as a read-along, I finally realised what the fuss was all about. This book had everything that I was looking in a read.
Archetype by M.D. Waters was just amazing and the sequel, Prototype was even better. I read it off a recommend from Lauren @Love is Not a Triangle and I just loved it! Lauren and I had many great discussions back and forth about this series! I can't recommend this dualogy enough!
Book which surprised me the most:
Jasprit: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas. How adorable was this book? I really went into this book with no expectations whatsoever, but ended up finishing it with a huge smile on my face! I adored the variety of characters that Czukas bought into this story and just loved the way she went out about writing this book, it was so different, but totally worked too!
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. This surprised me, but not in a good way. In a very bad way. It was my two star book for the month and I think I was being generous. I liked the way it ended and that's the only reason it didn't get one star from me. Writing a book with cheating (emotional or physical) is a tricky undertaking, and it requires the author to make you understand and empathize with the cheater(s) even if you don't condone their actions. CoHo did not pull it off, IMO. This was such a disappointment because I've loved all her other stories.
Fictional crush of the month:
Jasprit: Gavriel Duval from Grave Mercy. Duval was just amazing, he was one of those characters that slowly grows on you, until you have a full blown crush and you just want him in every single scene. He was courageous, always thought of others and I adored the banter that he had with Ismae, I sure wouldn't mind Duval popping up whenever I found myself in a tight situation!
Luke Fletcher from Carolina Man! HOT hunky marine? I'm so there. His love, concern and protective attitude towards his family and the heroine just made me swoon.*sigh* If I were looking for a man, he'd be the ideal!
Three books I'm most looking forward to this month:
Jasprit: I have three books on pre-order which I can't wait for them to be released, they are: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. The conclusion to Taylor's series has been a long time coming, I've seen that some readers have already been able to grab early copies, I can't wait to go back to Taylor's gorgeous world once more! And I need some contemporary books in my life, ones that I know I will love, Fitzpatrick and Han haven't let me down with their books so far, so here's hoping we have another two fantastic set of books waiting for us!
I'm looking forward to reading The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart, and It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. The Art of Lainey is the first YA I've really been excited for in a while. The reviews are promising. I just love Julie James' classy adult romances, so no-brainer there. Anna Jacobs is a historical/romance/mystery and I'm excited to read something different from my normal contemporary genre.
This photo is from the ALA 2013 in Chicago. I (Rachel) got to meet one of my favorite authors: Tracey Garvis-Graves who wrote On the Island and she was sooo very nice! Btw, Covet, the book you see in the picture is an example of cheating (won't say whether it's emotional or physical) written well. Still managed to love all the characters throughout the story.
And now to the fun bit where we want you guys to take part. Rachel and I have enormous tbr piles, so we've decided that each month we will let you decide what we need to read asap. Last month you picked Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers for me, which I absolutely loved! This poll will be open until the 6th of April!