Monthly Wrap Up | April 2020

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April felt like the longest month yet this year! Staying indoors freed up a lot more time for reading than usual, and I was able to check off multiple larger titles off both my TBR for this year as well as my backlist, just in time for the flood of new books that usually accompanies May.

Books I Read in April 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
The Light in Hidden Places – Sharon Cameron – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Quartet #3) – Roshani Chokshi (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) – Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1) – Kiera Cass – ARC (🌟🌟🌟)
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) – Sarah J. Maas (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3) – Alison Weir (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait (Six Tudor Queens #4) – Alison Weir (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Heartstopper: Volume One – Alice Oseman (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Destination: Moon (Tintin #16) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Explorers on the Moon (Tintin #17) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Crab with the Golden Claws (Tintin #9) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Land of Black Gold (Tintin #15) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
King Ottokar’s Sceptre (Tintin #8) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin #4) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Blue Lotus (Tintin #5) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Shooting Star (Tintin #10) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Seven Crystal Balls (Tintin #13) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Prisoners of the Sun (Tintin #14) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟)
The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin #11) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Red Rackham’s Treasure (Tintin #12) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Castafiore Emerald (Tintin #21) – HergΓ© (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Wildcard (Warcross #2) – Marie Lu (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Other posts & reviews this month

Monthly Wrap Up | March 2020
WWW Wednesday | April 01, 2020
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) – Cassandra Clare (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
WWW Wednesday | April 08, 2020
Wildcard (Warcross #2) – Marie Lu (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) – Sarah J. Maas (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
WWW Wednesday | April 15, 2020
Most Awaited Releases – Summer 2020
Mini Reviews #11 (The Kingdom of Back, Girls With Sharp Sticks, Sword in the Stars, Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes)
Beauty and the Beast Tag
WWW Wednesday | April 22, 2020
Down the TBR Hole #3
WWW Wednesday | April 29, 2020

Reading Challenge Updates

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge:Β A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL COZY
Chosen Book: Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a gameβ€”it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championshipsβ€”only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
While not a typical book for this prompt, Warcross is one of my all time favourites and I love rereading this whenever I feel like a book that is familiar and fun. Check out my review here!

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
HILARITY ENSUES:Β Read a book that makes you laugh
Chosen book: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Quartet #3) – Roshani Chokshi
War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. When intelligence from the human world reveals that the Sleeper is holding a powerful clairvoyant and her sister captive, 14-year-old Aru and her friends launch a search-and-rescue mission. The captives, a pair of twins, turn out to be the newest Pandava sisters, though, according to a prophecy, one sister is not true.

During the celebration of Holi, the heavenly attendants stage a massage PR rebranding campaign to convince everyone that the Pandavas are to be trusted. As much as Aru relishes the attention, she fears that she is destined to bring destruction to her sisters, as the Sleeper has predicted. Aru believes that the only way to prove her reputation is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.Β Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .
This was, as expected, another humorous, entertaining, fast-paced installment in this series but Aru’s frequent hilarious pop culture references were also balanced by a plot that is taking a more serious turn. Check out my review here!

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 24
Number of Pages: 5,302
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 75/100

Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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