April’s book list
The Great Belivers by Rebecca Makkai
The Winter Sea by Susanne Kearsley
House of Earth & Blood: Crescent City, Book 1 by Sarah J Maas.
Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir – Madeline Albright.
Lilac House by Barbara Josselsohn – A book for Hallmark Channel lovers. A heart warming tale about loss, strength and love with characters that will pull at your emotions. A summer tale. 4 stars.
The Wake by Anne Hope. Beautifully Written. This is the second time I’ve read this book. The emotional tale of the three main characters and the history behind the tomb of the unknown soldier is beautifully written. I would highly recommend this novel. 5-stars.
There, There by Tommy Orange. It was difficult remembering all the characters stories straight as I progressed through the book. Once we reached the pow-wow everything clicked into place. I found some of the essays were a little distracting from the main plot. 3-stars
Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster. I enjoyed this summer read with its great twist at the end. 4-stars.
A Gathering Storm by V.E. Schwab. I was really glad to see Holland make a return in this book, however I was disappointed that he featured so little. For me the story dragged. The writing itself is great, but the plot was slow. I ended up not liking Kell. He was always in a mood or had a frown. It took a long time to get into the story and at first I wasn’t sure where we were going. I’d have liked more Holland. 3-stars
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. I think the problem I’m having with this series is there is too much happening. The characters are great. The set-up well done. The worlds are believable. BUT I felt like the author put in all her ideas into this series and some of them weren’t necessary. The character I felt could have been made more of was Holland. It was good to hear his backstory, but why all of it in book III? The ending left me flat because of Holland’s fate and also that the London’s were left as they began. I wanted more of White London being transformed. I will read more of V.E. Schwab because I like her inventiveness and her writing style, but I think this series could have been more. 3-stars