Thursday, 1 May 2014

Monthly Recap: April

 

Hi all, I hope you all had a wonderful April! I finally managed to get some reading done, however nothing totally wowed me, but I enjoyed binge reading Pretty Little Liars. However how many amazing releases were there in April? I sure have some brilliant books to look forward to. Also I get to meet Laini Taylor today!!

Okay so without further ado here's our recap for April!

Number of Books read:
Jasprit: 11
Rachel: 14

Highest rating:
Jasprit: 3 stars
Rachel: 5 stars

Lowest rating:
Jasprit: DNF
Rachel: DNF


Books reviewed:
Jasprit: 

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Rachel: 
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The Secrets of Lily Graves Maybe Someday  The Temptations of Anna Jacobs (Dangerous Liaisons, #2)  Red Hill 

Wildflower Wedding (Cricket Creek #6)   Speak No Evil (No Evil Trilogy, #1)



Best read of last month:
Jasprit: The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik. This book was super cute and exactly what I needed, I haven't read Austen's Persuasion, but this book has persuaded me (see what I did there?) to give it a go. Not that I need any persuading when it comes to reading Austen's books. Also to try other re-tellings such as For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Rachel: 
It's a tie between Red Hill and Speak No Evil. Both were suspenseful reads and not my usual contemporary romance, but I liked switching things up a bit!

Book which surprised me the most: 
Jasprit: Pro's and Cons by Janet Evanovich. This series was first bought to my attention thanks to Mary @ Book Swarm, I needed something which featured a great mystery and a dash of romance, and this novella was perfect in leaving me wanting me more. I immediately reserved the first book in this series, I can't wait to get more of agent Kate and con artist Nicholas! 

Rachel: 
Red Hill by Jaimie McGuire was such a departure from Beautiful Disaster and a compelling story. It was about the "zombie apocalypse" but is was so much more than that. A study in the human reaction to extreme situations. I was also surprised but in a bad way by Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. I'll probably post my review on the blog later in the month, but wow, what a complete and utter disappointment for a book I've been dying to read for quite some time.

Fictional crush of the month:
Jasprit: Sean from Pretty Little Liars. This series has been my guilty pleasure this month, it seems to be the only thing working for me, and honestly Sean was such a sweetheart in this book.

Rachel:
Oooh, Nick from Speak No Evil! I have a weakness for men in uniform! Add a cowboy hat and boots and I'm totally gone! He was so caring, protective, and supportive. So very sexy!

Three books I'm most looking forward to this month:

Jasprit:

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There has been so much love for Love Letters to the Dead this past month, that I can't wait to get my hands on this beautiful book today. Let's Get Lost sounds like the perfect book for the Summer, it features a road trip, adventures and fun amongst five strangers! And Sarah Alderson needs no introductions, once my schedule clears a bit, I will be diving right into this book!


Rachel:
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The Immortal Crown (Age of X, #2)  Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties, #2)  Sun-Kissed (Amour et Chocolat, #7; Snow Queen, #2)


I'm looking forward Richelle Mead's sequel to Gameboard of the Gods: The Immortal Crown.  I loved Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett! It was a sassy romance set in the Roaring Twenties. I can't wait to meet Winter's brother, Lowe in Grim Shadows. He sounds like a scoundrel if there ever was one! It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Laura Florand's gorgeous writing and steamy romances, so I'm really looking forward to Sun-Kissed!  And would you look at that cover? Just love it and the shoes! I need those shoes!


Bookish Photo:

I was quoted for the first time, in The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas! Thank you to Jess for the heads up about this!




There's no poll for this month, as Rachel and I have so many books to catch up on, but we'll be back with one for you next month. Happy reading! 

25 comments:

  1. It looks like you both read some great books this month! I'm so keen for The First Last Kiss, Love Letters to the Dead, Lily Graves, and Richelle Mead's new adult series!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  2. WOW! So awesome that you got quoted! Looks like April was a busy month for you guys! :D

    Jules @ Jules Bookshelf

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  3. WOW!! I'm so happy that you've been quoted and it The Assassin's Blade!! So amazing girl. Congrats :)
    You've had another awesome month! Sorry Jasprit that your highest rating was 3 stars, but I really hope that we both will enjoy Love Letters to the Dead as I'll be reading it this month too :) Rachel I cannot wait to hear what you think of The Immortal Crown. Great post, ladies :)

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  4. Jasprit you absolutely must read Persuasion -- it's fantastic! And Let's Get Lost looks sooo cute, so I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think of it. Rachel, I'll have to get my hands on Speak No Evil soon! I'm also thoroughly looking forward to Florand's latest and cannot wait to read Grim Shadows! I just love Jenn Bennett! Wonderful re-cap, ladies, and congrats to being featured on the back-cover of Maas's novel! Yayyy!(:

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  5. Yay :D Lots of awesome books read. <3 And ohh. I really enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead :) Hope you will too. And agh! Being quoted in a book would be the BEST. <3 Congrats :) Hope you will both read lots more books in May. <3

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  6. Well done for being quoted, that must be an amazing feeling! You should be proud, and I'm impressed by how many books you've read and reviewed this month girls, and I especially liked the Red Hill review, it really but the book on my radar, so if I see it, I might get it. I've heard good things about Love Letters to the Dead too, so I hope you enjoy that too hunny! :)

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  7. Oh it looks like April was good month for the both of you! I am pretty excited to see that Red Hill was so amazing. Will definitely be getting to it some time I actually had expectations of Mud Vein so sad to see it was disappointing. Thanks for sharing ladies! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  8. I couldn't get into the PLL books, I'm cool with drama and such on TV, but I have a low tolerance for it books, aha. PLL the tv show, is like my guilty pleasure - at first it was good, but now they're dragging it on, but for some reason I can't stop watching. xD

    YES! You must read Persuasion (and FDStS), it was my first Austen book since then I tried P&P but DNF'd it because I wasn't seeing the appeal in Mr Darcy. I'm thinking of picking it up again and trying to finish it, though, this summer. I hear he gets better, but I don't know, even if he improves I'm not sure if I'll be able to look past his behavior in the beginning.

    Congrats again on getting quoted!

    You guys read quite a few books last month! :D I only read 4, and probably going to be the same this month since I have exams.

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  9. Congrats on being blurbed! That's always a thrill, isn't it?!

    I hope you fall in love with LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD, Jasprit :)

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  10. I can't wait to read Out of Control and Love Letters to the Dead this month, Jasprit. I have my copy ready and waiting for me to read next. Rachel I really enjoyed your review of Red Hill and I'm a huge fan of zombie apocalypses like the TV series The Walking Dead so I think I will be reading that one really soon. I don't tend to read zombie books very much as a genre. Fantastic Wrap-Up post ladies and Congrats on The Assassin's Blade mention! :D

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  11. Looks like Jasprit had a bit of a rough reading month.Hopefully this one will be better. I am super excited to read Mead and Bennett as well. Here is to a terrific May. Congrats on the quote, Rachel.

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  12. Yay for Janet surprising you! *throw your hands in the air* And, OMG, CONGRATS at the cover quote!!! That's so fantastic!

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  13. You both read some great books and congrats on being quoted in The assassin's blade. I also saw it in my copy, so cool :D!

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  14. Oh my gosh! You were quoted in The Assassin's Blade? You lucky duck! ;)

    Anyways, it looks like you've had an AWESOME month! :D Hopefully May is just as awesome for you! I recently finished Love Letters to the Dead and I really enjoyed it, so I can't wait to see what you think.

    Thanks for sharing and here's to a great month! *clinks glass*

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  15. Only 3 stars as the highest rating, Jasprit? D: I hope this month's much better reading-wise! I'm not a fan of LeZebnik, but I'll have to try Last Best Kiss!

    I haven't read anything by Jamie McGuire, Rachel. ><

    Congrats on being quoted, girls, that's awesome!!

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  16. I do enjoy these posts. I'm so amazed by how many books you all can read in a month. I might read more this summer since I'm out of school, but STILL, I wish I read faster. haha

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  17. Looks like you both had a great month! I'm so glad you loved Red Hill, Rachel. I think it proves what a good writer McGuire is.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Yay! Congrats on being mentioned! That is amazing!

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  19. Oh man, congrats you guys!! For being mentioned!! That's super awesome. I wish I get mentioned someday, too... give me a call when you encounter my name on a book ;)

    With that said, you guys finished a lot of books this month! Well done! I'm so excited for you to read The Immortal Crown because I loved that one to bits :D Also, I didn't know Red Hell was a zombie apocalypse book O_O I may not have liked Beautiful Disaster, I'm willing to give her zombie book a try ;)

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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  20. Wow congrats for being quoted in The Assassin's Blade! I'm reading that soon and will check if mine has you in it. It's a shame that your highest rating was a 3 stars though, Jasprit. Need to get some 5 stars in your system!

    Lovely recap, ladies! <33

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  21. That's so call that you were quoted in 'The Assassin's Blade', well done! Great recap :)

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  22. yay for being quoted!

    Sorry that nothing in particular stood out for you and wowed you this month. Hopefully next month will be different.

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  23. Congrats on the quote! That is awesome!

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  24. That's so awesome about your blurb in The Assassin's Blade!!

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