It’s April tomorrow, and honestly I am still in complete denial that March has already passed us by. I swear it was January yesterday!
Anyway, this month was a much better reading month for me, as I managed to get back into the swing of things that little bit more and read four whole books, as well as start a few more. All of the books I read this month I thoroughly enjoyed and cannot wait to share with you, with the lowest rating I gave a book in March being a 3.75/5.
So here are all of the books I read in March!
After originally planning to read this one in February, I finally actually got round to finishing this YA murder mystery in March. I was more than a little hesitant going into this one, as not only do thrillers usually disappoint me, but I had also heard pretty mixed things about McManus’ first book, One of us is Lying.
Overall, I was so pleasantly surprised by this twisty tale of small town secrets and missing homecoming queens! I adored the eerie atmosphere created from the offset, which made me constantly feel uneasy and suspicious of almost every single character. The characters were well developed, particularly Ellery and Malcolm, who I truly cared about by the end of the story and wanted to see safe, and I did not even come close to guessing who the murder was, even when literally every other character was on my suspect list.
(tw: murder, Violence, kidnapping, drug abuse/ addiction)
Next up I spontaneously decided to pick up this sci-fi story that I had actually been pretty nervous about reading, as I am not the biggest epic sci-fi reader. And yet, after the ride this book took me on, I am already desperate to return to space aboard the Wayfarer as soon as I can!
This book was absolutely everything I hoped it would be and more, with its gorgeous writing style, extremely detailed world-building and a slow paced plot that complimented this story to perfection and that I completely adored. At its heart, this is a character-driven novel that introduces you to a mix-matched space crew, each of whom has their own complex personality and story to share. I laughed, I cried, and ultimately I can’t wait to do it all again in A Close and Common Orbit!
(tw: death, murder, war, violence)
This was my audiopick for the majority of the month, as I adored listening to the audiobook of The Darkest Minds whilst also physically reading the book, and so I knew that I would enjoy continuing on the series that way. Plus it meant I wasn’t intimidated by the size of this book!
Overall, I think that I enjoyed this one slightly less than The Darkest Minds, simply because some points in the middle felt a little too slow for my liking, and the whole journey got a little long-winded at times. On the other hand, I loved some of the new characters we got introduced to, including Vitta and Jude, as well learning more about characters we already knew and had followed previously. I enjoyed the action and the writing, and I am really looking forward to seeing how this story wraps up!
(tw: death, violence, torture, murder)
Finally, I ended this reading month by diving into one of my most anticipated releases for the year, as I was so excited to see what happened next in this gorgeous faerie story after The Cruel Prince. And as expected, I ended up with quite a few thoughts and feelings on this second installment!
That said, I don’t want to delve too deep into my thoughts now as that would make this one long wrap up, plus I am planning on doing a review for this soon, but what I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a whole, with the continued court politics and manipulating royals that grabbed my attention in the first book. I also loved exploring these characters that little more, as I am so fascinated with Jude and Cardan, and all of the other characters that we meet, each of whom has so many different layers and tricks up their sleeves. That said, I was also a little disappointed in the lack of movement around the middle of the book, as I felt like things stalled for a period rather than continued to further the plot and story before that cliffhanger of a ending that once again made me desperate to pick up book three!
(tw: death, torture, violence, murder)
Not only March a much better reading month for me, but I also watched so many more films and TV shows this month. I started off the month with Hereditary, a horror film I had been excited to watch ever since I first saw its trailer last year, but unfortunately I did not end up enjoying this one all that much. It was just all a little confusing and a little too clever for me, even if it was a pretty damn scary film!
On a more positive note, I saw Captain Marvel this month, and thoroughly enjoyed this awesome female superhero movie that just made me fall in love with Brie Larson. Avengers Endgame needs to hurry up!
As for TV shows, my all time fave Queer Eye finally returned for season three in March, and of course I instantly binged watched all eight episodes. This show never fails to make laugh and cry and just want more and more from the Fab Five.
What books did you read this month – which was your favourite? What movies or TV Shows did you watch in March? Have you read any of these – what did you think?