Better late than never here’s the round up of all of the books I read in April! Once again I only managed two reviews but I read loads
- Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets – J. K. Rowling (audiobook) – POTIONS OWL
The second and maybe my least favourite of the HP series, and yet in this reread I found a lot more to love than I remember. Plus I listened along to the ‘Unspoiled Harry Potter reread’ which is always fun. Stephen Fry is the voice of my childhood and I love him
- The Fever King – Victoria Lee – DIVINATION OWL
This was one of my pre-orders, set in a world with magic as an outcome of a virus that kills most people it comes into contact with, Noam wakes up from a fever which left everyone in his block of flats dead and him a technomage. It’s a real nuanced look at science based magic and politics. Also the m/m relationship is really well done turning from hate to love. I can’t wait to read the next one!
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall – MUGGLE STUDIES OWL
I’ve had this book for ages, given to me in a book swap with friends. Norah struggles against extreme anxiety, agoraphobia, and OCD. This is an honest and real story. Norah’s problems aren’t all solved by meeting a guy. If anything it exacerbates her problems because she tries so hard to be ‘normal’ or ‘better’ for him. It also has a brilliant mother/daughter relationship where the Mum understands her daughter’s problems and does everything she can to help, but it still isn’t enough. It’s not about fixing Norah’s problems it’s about all the small steps. AMAZING MENTAL HEALTH REP! (Also ‘Own Voices’ author)
- A Winter’s Promise – Christelle Debos
This is one that was literally thrown into my hands by the lovely booksellers at Waterstones. AND THEY WERE RIGHT. Magic, politics, forced marriages, gods and love. This book has it all. The writing was beautiful and lyrical and if my French was better I would definitely read the original, but for now I can patiently wait for the 2nd one.
- The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton – TRANSFIGURATION OWL
This was the second book that I read this year that didn’t fit an unused criteria for the various challenges that I’m doing. I bought it when it hit the shelves in a big way last year but only just got round to it. Magic, politics, beauty, sisters, jealously… seriously there is nothing in this book that I didn’t enjoy! I regret waiting so long to read it but at least I’ve got a shorter wait for the next one.
- The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson
A childhood favourite that is often quoted around teh house at home. Plop is a little barn owl who’s scared of the dark and so sent to explore the world and talk to people about his fear. It’s a beautiful story and one I recommend to EVERYONE who is looking for books for a 5-7 year old.
- Kat Wolfe takes the case – Lauren St John – CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES OWL
I’d forgotten I’d pre-ordered this one so was very excited when it appeared in the post. It’s the second in the series with Kat Wolfe (daughter of a vet) and her best friend Harper Lamb investigate a mystery in their village. Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Jurassic Coast in Devon with a dinosaur skeleton and with various animals at their side as characters in their own right. This series feels like a worthy successor to ‘Animal Ark’ with much more variation in the two stories so far and isn’t shy to take on the issues of the world around us.
- A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Krammar – ANCIENT RUNES OWL
THIS BOOK GUYS. THIS BOOK. I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND WILL DEFINITELY REREAD IT LATER IN THE YEAR. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a ‘beauty’ with a limp because of Celebral Palsey and unafraid to take on anything that is thrown at her. This is the kind of rep that people deserve. I fell head over heels in love with this story and cannot wait for the next one. EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO READ THIS BOOK! NOW
- Time and Time Again – Ben Elton – CHARMS OWL
This is one that my mother has been saying I should read for ages and while I enjoyed reading it I think it’s grown in my estimations as I look back at it. With a soldier sent back to 1914 to stop the war, it looks at the foilbles of war and how time is constantly changing. It doesn’t ask the question about if ‘we have the right to change the past’ it asks ‘what would happen’ and ‘would we really be better off’. I’m glad I read it but I’m not sure if I would read it again
- The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon – ASTRONOMY OWL
Set in a day this book tells the story of two teenagers who meet by chance on the day one of them is due to be deported from America. They try to live the day to the best of their abilities. This book succeeds in showing how the small moments of our lives are massive moments in other peoples and how everyone’s lives intertwine.
- Wunderkid – Jacqueline Silvester
I got this one from YALC last year, it’s set in a school where everyone has a Talent. Nikka is an amazing artist and offered full scholarship at the school. When she gets there she discovers that there is a conspiracy theory about the school and that various people might want to cause her and her friends harm.
- The Fandom – Anna Day – HERBOLOGY OWL
This book takes the fanfic trope of a fan falling into the fandom, something that I’ve read many versions of and have written my own version of. So there are some things that felt obvious but it’s a great to see it as a book, and to see the understanding that there is always more to a story than what is written on the page, every character has their own background and there are always more to learn. (Side note: the actors knowing about a fanfic writer is insane, I don’t care how big a writer in the fandom you are)
- Crown of Feathers – Nicki Pau Petro
Move over dragon riders the pheonix riders are in town and they will kick your arse. With the Mulan trope of a woman disguising herself as a man to get into the army. Magic and animals, being a master vs. being a friend. I REALLY loved this book and am currently pushing it at everyone.
- The Royals – Rachel Hawkins – DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS OWL
This book looks at the family of the happy couple, looking at how a wedding isn’t just about the two people, it’s about making their two families into one. When one of those families is royal it is inevitably going to be difficult. How do you learn to be the sister of a princess?
- Burn for Burn – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian – ARITHMANCY OWL
Three unlikely friends, or at least people with the same goal. All three girls want to hurt someone and so they decide to get their revenge together. Full of character and teenage hurt/angst I really felt for all three girls. And there looks to be a ‘Carrie’ like thing happening with Mary so I can’t wait to see what happens next.
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – HISTORY OF MAGIC OWL
I loved these books when they came out and although I was fully aware of how dark it is, I wanted to reread this one to see if I found it just as dark if not worse as an adult. There were definitely bits I missed as a child, and I since found out that the Peeta/Katniss/Gale triangle was forced on Collins by the publisher becasuse ‘love triangles’ sell, so the fact that the Peeta/Katniss relationship is forced on them by the Capital is a great way of doing it. This is SUCH a dark trilogy and I don’t think I realised just how young the kids fighting in the Hunger Games are until I was older than them
- Scythe – Neal Shusterman
Annoyingly once I’d decided that I was going to read it this month my copy of the book disappeared and so I had to order it from the library instead. This story is about being an apprentice to death in a world where being death is a job as humanity has literally beaten everything that can kill them. Scythe’s each have their own way of doing their own job and there are some that enjoy it and some that don’t. It was a really fun read and I’ve already ordered the second one from the library.
I know I said this last month but I AM trying to write more reviews. I’m involved in a few blog tours for new books in the coming months so I’m using them as my inspiration
What do you think of the books I read in April, have you read any? Did my mini reviews do them justice? Do you want to read any of them? Did you do your OWLS?
Please let me know, comments make me smile like ice-cream on a hot day.