What I Read in April

Unfortunately, my April wrap up is running super behind, but it has been a busy week and a half, and I have some big news (soon!). I had a great reading month in April, and I read 26 books, and so many were so amazing!

My Top 5 Books in April

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

My rating: 5/5
Genre: YA Thriller
Links: Book Despository & Amazon 
(Big thanks to TandemCollectiveUK and the publisher for my copy)

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘋𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳 is one of my favourite books this year, and although it’s been weeks since I finished it, I’m still thinking about it. I’ve been super lucky to participate in the readalong organised by TandemCollective for this book, and what a joy it has been! Angeline Boulley’s book follows 18-year-old Daunis as she navigates her mixed heritage – she’s both an insider and outsider to Ojibwe reservation. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘋𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳 is a fast-paced and intense YA thriller, with many twists and turns. I’m keep meaning to write a longer review of The Firekeeper’s Daughter as this book deserves all the praise and attention, so I will try to get around to it soon!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5
Genre: YA Fantasy
Links: Book Despository & Amazon

In April, I decided to catch up on all Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo, because I wanted to see the show after I read all the books. And I actually managed! Six of Crows was such a fun read, and I loved it so much. While the first trilogy, Shadow and Bone, was interesting, I didn’t like the main characters or storylines as much. With Six of Crows, the situation was so much different. This dulogy has a great cast of misfits, each with a unique personality and backstory. I would definitely recommend reading it!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5
Genre: YA Fantasy
Links: Book Despository & Amazon

Similarly, I loved King of Scars and its follow up, Rules of Wolves, in some ways even more than Six of CrowsKing of Scars follows three of my absolute favourite characters from all Grishaverse books – Nikolai, Zoya and Nina, and it’s so well written and keeps you entertained all time. I’m in the process of getting physical books of all of my favourites by Leigh Bardugo – I previously read them on my Kindle – so reread will be happening at some point next year. 

Stephen From the Inside Out by Susie Stead

My rating: 5/5
Genre: Memoir, Biography
Links: Book Despository & Amazon 
(Big thanks to the publisher for my copy)

I wrote the full-length review of Stephen From the Inside Out for The Publishing Post, and it will be available hereon Tuesday. But I would definitely recommend reading this non-fiction book. It’s not an easy one, but certainly, one that will stay with you for a long while. Stephen From the Inside Out is an incredibly powerful part-biography, part-memoir dealing with heavy topics, such as mental health, living with disabilities, abuse, and social and health history. 

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 4/5
Genre: Contemporary YA 
Links: Book Despository & Amazon 
(Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy)

Kate in Wating is such a fun read! I think what I liked the most about it was that the main focus of the story was on the friendship between Kate and Andy rather than on romantic relationships (which play a role in the book, but the friendship remains the main focus). The majority of YA books tend to concentrate on romances, so it was good to have a platonic friendship as the main focus of the story here! Especially, because both Kate and Andy are super likeable and their interactions with friends, crushes, and family members well-written. I would definitely recommend Kate in Waiting to anyone looking for a great uplifting YA with a great cast of characters.  

What would you recommend from your recent reads?

Take care,
Alicja

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