Wrap Up: March 2018

Should I tell you guys a little secret? As I am writing this blog post, I still have over a week left until March is officially over but I have also already read 5 books and am about a third of the way through my sixth book. But that’s not all, oh no. I also plan on reading TWO MORE books before the end of the month.

I figured if March really is going to end up being such a good reading month, I might want to start writing this wrap-up early so I don’t have to do it all later on. So yeah, This post will get updated as I read more books over the next week or so!

But for now, let’s get started with the books I’ve read up until now, shall we?

Books I’ve Reviewed

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I was in the very, very fortunate and lucky position to read both Children Of Blood And Bone and The Astonishing Colour Of After early and review them both for the blog, so please click here and here to check out their reviews respectively!

And as you can tell by just my rating: I loved both books. So if that’s all you need to know to buy a book, please go out there and grab yourself a copy of either or both books! I would highly recommend them both!

Books I Haven’t Reviewed (Yet)

monthly wrap up image 3The first book I actually finished this month was the German translation of Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray which I got a review copy towards the very end of 2017.

And while I had hoped that I would end up enjoying this book I ended up being quite disappointed. This book features an AI as one of the two main characters and I feel like with the AI there were no real stakes in the story. He was programmed in a way that he has the skill sets of every other type of AI that exists in their world but not only that – he is also better than any other AI there is. So any kind of trouble our two main characters may come across, Mr. AI is perfectly equipped to deal with them all.

That’s probably the main reason that I ended up not enjoying this book as much as I wanted to. I mean, the reader never gets to a position where he is afraid for the characters because you just know that they’ll get out of any situation perfectly fine. I’m 98% certain that I won’t read the conclusion to this novel because I honestly don’t see the point at the moment.

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monthly wrap up image 2Up next, I finished Children Of Blood And Bone and then jumped into Daughter Of Smoke And Bone pretty much right after. I needed something to help me fall asleep originally, but then I ended up staying up until 4AM listening to the audiobook because I got so hooked on the story.

You may remember that I read Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer last year which didn’t end up being as amazing as I had hoped it would be, right? But even back then I said I would give more of Laini’s work a try because I really enjoyed her writing and boy, am I glad that I did!

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone gives us the beginnings of what is a forbidden love type of situations and who doesn’t love that? Admittedly, I was hooked in the dynamic pretty quickly but then as the story kept developing more and more I was at the edge of my seat quite often. And then we have that last page. What is it with these authors, man? You think all is well and then BOOM! you read that last page and you just want to yell at someone because HOW DARE THEY.

Luckily for me, this trilogy is already completed so I can continue my journey with these characters soon! Not that I know when exactly because I want to read so many other books too and there’s just not enough time??? Honestly, someone needs to make a day last for more than 24 hours. Please? And thank you.

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monthly wrap up image 4Originally, I was going to read this book around Christmas of last year. I mean, Kiss Me In Paris is set on Christmas Eve in Paris (if I remember correctly, I’ve mainly blocked this book from my memory) so Christmas seemed like a good time to read it. But as you can tell, that never happened and instead, I ended up finishing it in the middle of March. Oh well!

But then this book was so bad and the characters so annoying that I am quite happy that I didn’t read it around Christmas time because it sure would’ve put me in a bad mood and who needs that??? No one, especially not me. Christmas is awesome and should not be tainted by bad books.

And I don’t really want to waste too many words on this book because there will be more books that I’ll have to talk about and I’d rather save my words for those. I’ll just forget that this book exists and that I read it, okay? Feel free to do the same.

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this savage songYou guys! I did it. I read my first Victoria Schwab Young Adult book! And, I should probably add that I’ve finally read it seeing how This Savage Song has been sitting on my shelves since around February or March of last year! But those reading goals man! They sure motivate you to get some good reading done and to actually pick books off your shelves to read!

I had heard Victoria talk about this book in a couple of different interviews I saw on YouTube and she had me really interested in the world she created here, especially in Kate and August who are such opposites: Kate, a human and August, a monster born out of a tragedy. And while August wants to be more human, Kate wants to be the opposite to prove to her father that she is worthy of the name Harker.

I loved getting to know these two characters so much and seeing them develop over the course of this book! And after everything that went down in the last part of this book things are bound to be even more interesting in the conclusion to this duology! Let’s just hope it doesn’t take me another year to read Our Dark Duet.

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ace of shadesI feel like if you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know how much I had been looking forward to Ace Of Shades (I mean, check out this post from June of last year!) and I was finally able to hold it in my hands (and a finished UK copy at that – yes, I am still crying) and actually read it. I don’t often read an ARC as soon as I get it, but I just couldn’t hold off on this one. I read it within a few days and filled my copy with a million notes and sticky tabs. It’s a beautiful sight, I have to tell you!

But, I don’t want to talk too much about my exact feelings about this book because I will review it closer to its release (probably UK release, as I got the book from the UK publisher) but just take a quick look at my rating up there. That should be a pretty big indicator of how I feel about this book!

I highly recommend you check this book out and if it sounds like something you would enjoy, GET IT. It releases in the US on April 10th so you’ll be able to get your hands on this soon enough, I think. I absolutely adored this book and I am so freaking happy that I loved it as much as I did – can you imagine the disappointment if I waited this long just to not enjoy it in the end??? And now I need to wait for the sequel and I don’t like it.

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Before we get to the conversational part of this section, I just want to quickly mention how happy I am that March turned into such a fantastic reading month for me, especially after I wasn’t so happy with how much I read in February.

But things are definitely looking up (I’ve even finished my first book for April already. I KNOW.) and I can’t wait to see what April has in store for me reading wise (in a very unexpected turn of events I seem to have ended up with a TBR for myself??? Someone please check up on me in a couple of days and see if I’m still myself because this isn’t me?!?! I don’t do TBRs).

But now, how about you guys? Are you happy with the reading you did for the month of March? Did you read any fantastic books that you think I would enjoy too? What was the best and worst book you read this month? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear all about you guys’ reading months!

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8 thoughts on “Wrap Up: March 2018

  1. Congratulations on your speedy progress in March! I myself didn’t read that much last month, just because I have two books that are like 50 pages left to read, but I just didn’t manage to read them by the end of the month. Best of luck in April for all of us 🙂

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  2. Wow, congratulations on such a wonderful reading month and so lucky to have read COBAB and The Astonishing Color already, I can’t wait to read both 🙂
    Also yay for reading This Savage Song, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did and I can’t wait to read the sequel either 😀
    Hope you’ll have a wonderful April as well 🙂

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    1. I still don’t understand how I was able to read COBAB early because I’d read the excerpt last summer (I don’t remember if you had to request that too or not) and then I just CHECKED for some reason and there was the entire book all of a sudden! I hope you end up enjoying both books whenever you get around to reading them! ❤

      Let's just hope that I don't wait months and months until I finally read the conclusion but knowing myself, that might just happen! Especially since I don't have a copy yet and I'd definitely want to have a physical copy of it.

      Thank you, Marie! ❤

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      1. Ahahah well luck was on your side for that one, that’s amazing 😀

        Oh I understand your struggle, I know this happens to me far too often as well, I start a series, even if the series is already over, I take AGES to get to the second book haha.
        You’re welcome! ❤

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  3. I’m so glad that you had such a fantastic reading month! 💕
    I cannot wait to read Children of Blood and Bone when I FINALLY get it for my birthday, because everyone had been loving it and I want to love it too!!! Same with Ace of Shades, you’ve hyped me up so much 😀 Sadly, I don’t think I will get to this book soon, not even when the paperback comes out, as my book buying budget has tightened lately 😦

    My own reading month was really good! My two fave books were Shadow and Bone as well as Scarlet 😍 The worst book has to be The Last Star because this finale was a mess xD

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    1. I officially consider myself the Ace Of Shades hype up person and I can’t wait for you to read it soon and I’m even more excited to see your reactions to reading the book! 😀

      I saw your wrap up and HOLY SHIT, Caro! You read a ton last month! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed both Shadow And Bone and Scarlet! I can’t wait for you to read Cress (hopefully soon) and fall even more in love with Thorne! 😀

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