April has been a good month for me, and definitely a very good month for reading. I read 5 fantastic books this month, and it’s very hard to pick a favourite, however, if I absolutely had to choose, it would be Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince. What a phenomenal book that was, plus I love faeries, so it was a perfect book.
After a full month of blogging, I am starting to feel the struggle of book blogging… having to choose between wanting to read, and wanting to write about books. Also, isn’t it so hard to write a spoiler-free review, especially if it’s for a book that you really enjoyed and want nothing more than to fangirl and talk about every single thing that happened!
Anyway, let’s get into it! Here are the books I read in April.
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas Rating - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place.
What a book to start the month off with! Heir of Fire truly blew me away. Sarah J. Maas is just an incredible author, every time I read another book in this series, it’s better than the last. I loved the characters, both new and old, especially my new book boyfriend, and love of my life, Rowan. Celaena was even more badass and incredible than before, and her character just keeps getting better and better. We also got to see much more of the world and see awesome new creatures during Caleanas journey in Wendlyn.
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E Schwab Rating - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
There is a lot of hype around this series and author, but after reading ADSOM, I understand why! A dark fantasy, with magic, thieves, parallel worlds and travellers. Both the characters and the villains are awesome, and the world building is so detailed and well written that I feel as though I’ve seen the world with my own eyes.
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black Rating - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
Okay. This book was fantastic. 5 stars isn’t a high enough rating! I’m genuinely shocked by how much I loved it, considering how sceptical I was due to the hype surrounding this book. The story has everything you could ever wish for: faeries, magic, politics, violence and romance. Jude is a badass, brave and a lovable main character. Cardan is handsome and complex, a villain you’ll love and hate all at the same time.
Thief’s Magic - Trudi Canavan Rating - 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it — should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.
Thief’s Magic is full of archaeology, romance, magic and adventure with underlying messages of magical repression and sexism. There’s some really good world building and a unique magic system that makes the book interesting and different from most other fantasy/magic books I’ve read. The two stories are quite different, Tyen’s side offering adventure, sorcery and steampunk vibes (which was very cool) and Rielle’s side of the story focuses on love, prejudice, fear and a religious take on magic, it’s almost like reading two books in one.
To Kill A Kingdom - Alexandra Christo Rate - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren-kind for good—But can he trust her?
It was really refreshing to read a standalone fantasy book rather than reading books that are part of a series all of the time.
Lira is a Siren and daughter to the Sea Queen. She is incredibly powerful and ruthless, but after an unexpected twist, her life is thrown into the hands of Prince Elian. He is heir to one of the most powerful kingdoms, but his home is the sea and his passion is killing sirens. This book is full of suspense and I just couldn’t put it down!
Well, that’s a wrap on the wrap-up (see what I did there…). What books did you read in April, and what was your favourite? Tell me in the comments section down below!
Thanks for reading! x