March Wrap Up

Hello!  I apologise for taking a spontaneous little break from things for a couple of weeks, but now I am back and excited to get back into things again.  I actually didn’t plan to take a break from blogging at all, but then my laptop broke for a couple days, and school got very busy, so it just made sense to take some time away rather than rushing posts and putting out content that I wasn’t 100% happy with.

Anyway, today I am going to wrap up all the reading that I did in March, despite it already being a little way into April.  March was an okay reading month for me, as despite only managing to finish 3 books and one novella within it, I did reread one of my favourite books and read, and adored one of my most anticipated releases of the year.  As you can probably grasp, March was also a really busy month for me, and so I don’t actually have too many problems with the fact that I didn’t read as much as I usually do, as I am still ahead on my Goodreads challenge and know that there will be other points in the year when I will be able to read more and balance it out.

So here are all of the books I read in March!

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I started off March by reading a book that I have been anticipating reading ever since it was first released back in October, as I am a huge fan of Tommy Wallach, and so was excited to dive into another of his books.  However, as much as I did still enjoy this one, I definitely didn’t love it as much as I adored his other two books, that both instantly become favourites for me.

I think my main problem with this book was how confusing I found certain aspects of the story and the world. Whilst I did feel alot more comfortable in this world by the end of the book, at the start you are almost thrust into this new, complex world without much explanation.  I also found the pace to be just a little bit slower than I would have liked, and so because of that I was less motivated to pick it up and read another chapter or so.  That said, I did enjoy the characters within this book, especially Paz, and loved how Tommy Wallach intertwined this story with one of his other books.  So overall, I definitely enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, even if this wasn’t a new favourite of mine.

Rating:

3.75/5

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After finishing Strange Fire, I knew that this was the one book that I needed to read next in order to prepare for the release of the final book in this series.  I first read this one back in 2016, and so whilst I definitely remember the general plot of it, I knew that I wanted to reread it and remember as much of it as I could before diving into Obsidio.

And, as expected, I adored rereading this one.  Its a book that I loved the first time I read it, so its no surprise that this time around I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than I did then.  I fell back in love with the characters of Kady, Ezra and AIDAN, more in love with the gorgeously unique format, and overall just reminded myself why this is one of my all time favourite books.

Rating:

5/5

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And now onto what was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and what is now definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far.  The Illuminae Files is one of the few series that I have always kept up-to-date with, reading both Illuminae and Gemina very soon after they first came out.  So I was most definitely in the huge number of people who were so desperate for the release of this book that I just had to read it as soon as I got my hands on it.

And yet, despite all the hype surrounding this book, and my incredible high expectations for it, somehow it still managed to surprise me with just how amazing it truly was.  Its been a good couple of weeks since I finished this book, and yet I still don’t seem to be able to really sort out my thoughts about this book because I am just still recovering from both this story and the fact that these amazing series is now over.  I’m pretty sure this is my favourite out of the trilogy, as I just loved getting to see characters from both the first two books interact and work together, and adored how the story progressed and concluded.  I really enjoyed watching as the two plot-lines developed simultaneously before eventually coming together, and as always loved the new characters of Asha and Rhys.  This book made me laugh, cry, and left me on the edge of my seat from almost the very first page .

Rating:

5/5

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Finally, the last book, or more accurately novella, that I finished in March was Opal by Maggie Stiefvater, following Opal, Ronan and Adam after the events of The Raven King.  Anyone who knows me probably knows about my adoration of The Raven Cycle, so you can probably guess at my reaction when I spontaneously discovered this on Goodreads the day before it was released.

I adored this little insight into Ronan, Adam and Opal’s lives after the end of the original series, especially as it was told through the eyes of Opal, who was such as interesting and unique narrator.  As always, I just loved returning to this world, these characters and of course Maggie Stiefvater’s gorgeous writing style, and I am now even more excited for the upcoming Ronan trilogy!

Rating:

4.5/5

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How many books did you read in March?  Which one was your favourite that you read last month?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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