Thursday 1 April 2021

March 2021 Reading Wrap Up

The month of March has been fairly up and down, the past few weeks i've definitely been reading but just at a slower pace then normal. I've read 8 books this month with a decent amount of three and four star ratings and then came the bang at the end of the month! Small victories though because I managed to read all three books in the Shadow and Bone trilogy this month! This is in preparation for the Netflix series coming out in April and I'll be tackling Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom before the release date.  



Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

This was a re-read for me, having read it for the first time in 2018 and with the Netflix series coming out soon I wanted to read all of the Grishaverse books in anticipation. I think I enjoyed this slightly less then the first time. I could see the flaws with the way the characters are presented and the love triangle is just a bit meh. It's the world and magic system that really kept my attention, I loved coming back to Ravka and being able to understand the different types of powers a little better. 

Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace by Patricia Marcantonio   

An old Netgalley ARC that I needed to read which I ended up really liking. This is a Victorian murder mystery, it's actually the second in a series, that follows our heroine as she tracks down Jack the Ripper stateside. It had a strong, wilful heroine and was a clever twist on the infamous case. I definitely want to go back and the read the first book now. You can read my full review here.     

The One by John Marrs

A book I didn't initally intend on reading this month but then I discovered that the Netflix series was based on it and knowing me, I couldn't not read the book when it was literally three feet away from me! The One is a really twisty and fascinating thriller/sci-fi/romance mash-up that works really well. Told from five different perspectives we discover how DNA can now match you with your soulmate. Every chapter brought a new shock and the whole thing kept me tearing through the pages. Highly recommend. You can read my full review of the book here and if you want to check out my review of the Netflix series you can do so here.     

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

I think this book suffered from being the second book in the series as there was just so much filler in here. The pacing just slowed right down for most of the book as what could be considered a pretty big event happens fairly close to the start which I didn't really understand why. Alina is fine as a main character, I don't hate her but I'm not in love with her either. Mal just gets more and more annoying. The saving grace here was Nikolai, the charming and rogueish prince that managed to make every scene he was in highly entertaining. Overall, a decent book but it could have been so much more. 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid       

Considering this is a Booker Prize nominee, I actually found this to be incredibly readable for literary fiction. It had a really interesting premise, it handled the topics of privilege and racial prejudice well and it gave me a lot to think about. The characters were all well fleshed out, the narrative was strong and it explored the way white saviours often excuse their behaviour and how these instances affect black people. Will definitely be picking up more by Kiley Reid. 


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