April was a really busy month for me… between work and my final exams, I had very little time to read. But I still manages to read one novel, two novellas and two audiobooks (god bless audiobooks).
To discover my April wrap-up, keep reading this way 👇
The Belles (The Belles #1) – Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Collection R (French)
Number of pages: 486
Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
Rating and review: 4/5 – I was etremely curious about this book, and overall I had a good time while reading it. The plot and the villain were really interesting and dark. However, I was not a fan of our main character… Either way I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series.
Son of Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) – Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Walker Books (Kindle edition)
Number of pages: 52
Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.
Rating and review: 3/5 – As a true Shadowhunter Chronicles fan, I obviously had to read this new novella. It was a nice introduction to this new series of novellas even though not much happened. Mostly I was happy to see tiny Alec and Izzy and young Jace. I’m really excited for the next novellas coming in this bind up.
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 567
Genre: Fantasy – Young Adult
Synopsis: THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
Ratin and review: 6/5 – A few years after my first read of this beautiful series, this month I finally wraped-up my reread of The Infernal Devices. As it did the first time, this book blew me away and had me in tears (that damn epilogue always gets me).
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) – Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of pages: 513
Genre: Historical Fiction – Young Adult
Synopsis: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Rating and review: 4.5/5 – This book was all the hype a little while back, and because I am very much easy to influence, I had to read it for myself. I was a bit worried about it, cause I have never read historical fiction before, but I ended up loving it. Mostly I fell in love with the characters and the humor in this book. I love Felicity and I can’t wait to read her book this fall.
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) – Sarah J. Maas
Number of pages: 229
Genre: Fantasy – New Adult
Synopsis: The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
Rating and review: 4/5 – As you must know, I am a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas and this series. This was a bonus book for me, and a chance to read about my favorite characters and spend some time in the Night Court. Honestly not much happened during this novella, but I still enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun while reading it, and most importantly it got me excited for what’s to come in this series.