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I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I read // April Wrap Up

Howdy and hello. Happy Monday, it’s an especially happy Monday because it’s a bank holiday and who doesn’t love a bank holiday??

Today I’m going to be talking about the books I read in April. Overall I read 6 books and got halfway a seventh. I was not expecting to read that much so I’m very happy with that.


Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare – God how is it that I only read Chain of Iron this month? Feels like ages ago.

This is of course, the much anticipated sequel to Chain of Gold, a book I read last year and loved with my whole heart. I was really excited about this book and it was good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it lived up to my own expectations.

The eerie, almost horror like vibes of the first book is something I loved and that sadly wasn’t replicated. Plot-wise, I liked the focus on Lucie and Jesse and the James and Cordelia but the cliff-hanger with those two was not for me.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I watched this because of the show. What more can I say?

I’m really glad that I picked this book up this month. It was my third time reading Six of Crows but I loved it just as much. I actually went through and picked out my favourite quotes and moments.

I’ve also added this book to the stack of YA books I want my mum to read. I loved this book, I loved the show and if I have time I’m going to re-read Crooked Kingdom in May just to keep the love going.


Cheer Up: Love and Pompons by Crystal Fraiser & Val Wise – Graphic novel ARCs never work for me. I’ve tried multiple times but my computer says no, every single time.

Except for with Cheer Up and thank God! I had so much fun with this one. It was great!!!

This graphic novel follows an antisocial lesbian and a transgender cheerleader. It was so cute, so fun. I loved the art work and sped through it. Highly recommend checking this graphic novel out!


The Play by Elle Kennedy – I continued on with my new obsession with Elle Kennedy and The Play might be one of my favourites from this series.

This book follows Hunter who, in the previous novels, we see as this freshman player side character but this time around we see him mature a lot, and Demi who has to be my favourite protagonist of the series. I loved the foundation of their relationship even before things got romantic. I had a giant smile on my face for the entirety of the book. I loved this book so much I’m scared to read the final spin-off novel because I don’t know if it can live up to what I’ve already read.


The One’s We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – Like I said in my review, I have no clue how to describe this book so I’m not going to.

To give you the vaguest of idea though, it’s futuristic, discusses climate change and follows two sisters, one of whom is stranded on an island and presumed dead.

I thought this was such an interesting read. Incredibly confusing and not made for sci-fi noobs like myself but even despite my confusion I couldn’t put it down. The twists, the turns, everything was spot on.


Of Wicked Blood by Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz – 3 ARCs in one month. That’s pat on the back worthy. Well done me.

This book is about magic and that’s really all I knew going into it. Upon reading I now know it’s set in a small French town and follows 4 members of the founding families who have to each find an artefact to bring back magic. I liked Slate, he’s a bad boy thief but a softie at heart. I also liked the romance but wish it wasn’t so insta-lovey.

I don’t know if this is a series I want to continue on with. It was ok, but not compelling enough for me to be overly invested in future instalments.


And then the 1/2 of a book I managed to read was Night Ows by Jenn Bennet, also known as The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. I’ve read this before but I wanted something cute and quick. I was hoping to finish this book on the 30th, right on the April deadline, but work was busy and I played Sims instead 😊

Not only am I thrilled with how much I read and how much I loved the books this month, I’m also very proud for sticking to my TBR. I read every book from my TBR this month except one. *pats self on back again*.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading this month, and what you thought of any of these books if you read them. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

3 thoughts on “I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I read // April Wrap Up”

  1. The Chain of Iron cliffhanger made me roll my eyes all the way to the back of my head…I was really hoping Cassandra Clare wasn’t going to go on with her obsession with love triangles and then she just went to the extreme with it. I am still so annoyed! It’s just too much at this point. Still going to read the next book though of course 😑

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