Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Month In Books: April

So, is it me, or are the months going by reaaally fast?! I'm not sure I like it! 
Anyway, here we are with another wrap up for the month! There are a couple of books missing because I have books all over the place right now and keep failing to locate them! 
I actually managed to read 14 books I think this month, Jane Steele is missing though! Now everyone keeps saying to me how well I'm doing with my GoodReads challenge, I'm nearly half way I think? Well that's because of manga and graphic novels, mostly manga. You can see below how many manga volumes I read this month, I'm beginning to think I should exclude manga and graphic novels from my GoodReads challenge, I feel like I'm cheating! 

Look at all the manga I read...I can't even. But then it only takes me like 45 minutes or so to read one volume....no wonder I read so many! Honestly all of these books pictured are so original and fun and deserve a read! 

The Seven Deadly Sins Vol 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
I love this manga series and I loved the anime, which I actually watched first! I'm beginning to see now where the anime has deviated here and there from the manga! I'm loving all the different magics and the little intrigues and so on, but it's left off in an annoying place! 

Blue Exorcist Vol 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Basically, I've been waiting ages for volume 9 but it got lost in the post and I've had to re-order it and it only just showed up in time for me to read all of the volumes left just before May started! I'm not all caught up on Blue Exorcist, and man was the anime waaaay off base! 

This went in a direction I wasn't expecting, it was like...the vampires where lying and I don't know why I thought that wasn't the case but there you go! I'm intrigued to see what's going to happen in this one although I KNEW that dude was alive. I KNEW IT. 

Twin Star Exorcists Vol 1, 2, 3
I'm now one volume away from being caught up and this time I didn't know the dude was still alive! This one managed to surprise me as well, I caught the first few minutes of the anime and it intrigued me, although I was a bit iffy at first, again...I'm intrigued to see where this one is going. 

Fairy Tail Vol 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
I love Fairy Tail okay, and reading the manga is going back in time for me because I've watched nearly all of the anime, and I'm enjoying seeing how things are or aren't different in the manga and reading back favourite scenes from the anime. This is another one with an expansive world and amazing magic!

This is so awesome I can't even! It's World War Two but with all our favourite ladies getting involved, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and so on and I love the art, I love the story, and I need volume two now but I can't find a release date! Even Constantine is in this! 

This is a bind up of the 6 volume spin off from the Harley Quinn New 52 comic series, and I finally got around to reading it...it was interesting. I love Harley Quinn, and she was brilliant in this, but this one hit a bit of a weird point! I was like okaaaayyy, this is odd! But it was still good! 

Everyone raves about this and now I can see why, I'm glad I picked it up and volume two is SO CLOSE! I just completely loved this one, I read Silk recently as well and I love both of the two so much! I haven't actually read that many Spider-Man comics, because I haven't found one I like, but I'm loving Gwen as a Spidey person! 

Mug that I am, I decided to take these photos when it was hailing one minute and sunny the next and lighting was not my friend okay! Which is why Storm and Stone is nearly whited out! These are the review books and books from my TBR that I delved in to this month! 

The Amber Shadows by Lucy Ribchester
I'm a little bit in love with Lucy Ribchester okay, I loved Hourglass Factory and I completely loved Amber Shadows. This time around it's WW2 and we're getting a nice in depth look at Bletchley Park and all that went on there, along with a nice little mystery thrown in. Ribchester blows my mind with the amount of research she does, every single time. 

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
You guys voted for me to read this and I'm so glad you did! I love Rachel Caine and I started reading and I was a bit like...so when's this going to get going? Nothing much was happening, but then it got better and better and things got going and I became engrossed in this book, and I need the second book now! It's so original and I was enjoying picturing the world of the book and what things would be like! 

Love Song by Sophia Bennett
Ah, my kinda guilty pleasure! I loved this, I only meant to read a chapter or two and ended up reading the whole thing in one go and getting a really late night! The soundtrack was brilliant, the romance was adorable, and the book was about so much more than the romance! 

Storm and Stone, Stung and Shaken by Joss Stirling
So, basically, I got sent Shaken to review and I decided it was time to re-read the first two books! Check out my super old original cover for the first book! I really need to re-buy it so it matches the others! Anyway, Joss Stirling is one of my favourite authors, I love her Savant series and I'm loving this series, although I can't believe we STILL haven't had Joe's story! Anyway, these ones are thrillers, there's action and mystery and SUCH CUTE romance! 

Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I still can't believe this is the biggest Harry Potter book and my lord. I read this and then watched the movie and I can't believe that I forgot just how much had been cut from the book, I mean obviously a lot had been but still! I also hate book Umbridge a little bit more than the movie version! 

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
 I was intrigued by this book okay, but I was really surprised at how much I ended up loving it because I was a bit eh in the beginning and not really grabbed until things got going a bit in to the book, and from that point I completely loved it! There's magic and action and adventure and dodgy villains, and rich history and politics and romance and it was so brilliant, and I need to read the authors others books! 

Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman
Yes, I had some issues with this because of the ending, it's an open ending and I hate those, and in this case the ending was perfect except for how the romance was wrapped up, I found myself a little bit disappointed even though I'd loved the book! The insta-love thing was done in a way that didn't annoy me as much as they usually do, I think the fact one of the characters is a bit iffy about the whole thing made it seem more realistic and less..kind of...really!? If you know what I mean! 

The Silver Tide by Jen Williams
The final book in a trilogy that I have enjoyed and I'm quoted in the front of this book! JUST SAYING! Anyway, I was very satisfied with the ending for this, and I'm still a huge shipper of Frith and Wydrin. That is all haha! 

Knights of The Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden 
Bloody brilliant, original, fun, full of action and kinda dark. I found myself getting so involved in this book it was insane. I loved all the original takes on things, how rich the lore of the book was, there where creepy bits, other bits full of action, and it leaves you wanting so much more! 

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
This one intrigued me when it showed up as a surprise book parcel, and it had a really cool map and I liked the sound of it. I started to read it and I mean...all of the author names on the front of the proof are correct, there was a little bit of everyone in there, with the authors own voice. It was dark, it was really imaginative, and I actually found it a little bit uncomfortable to read because Wull's father reminded me a bit of my Grandad right towards the end of his illness. 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
This took me way longer to read than it should have, purely because I'm nearing a reading slump, I've completely burnt myself out! But I loved this book, I see now why everyone raves about Brandon Sanderson and I'm eager to get the other books in this series read, and then delve in to the other worlds he's created in his other books. This book was so original and had a brilliant magic system, I loved the heist vibes it had and the characters and how they worked together. It's definitely one to get lost in! 

And there we have all the books I've read this month, I mostly read all the manga because I was finding it hard to actually read an actual book! How did you guys get on with your TBR piles for the month? Good? Bad? Let me know! 

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