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Karsyn's Kickass Jocoserious, Kooky, Jannock book blog: April Reading Log

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Reading Log

My April Reading started out pretty slow, until a 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on the 26th got me going!  Month ended up pretty good after that.  :)  I hope you enjoy reading about what I've been reading!   ~ ImzadiRose

New Color Coding ~     5★,  4★,  3★,  2★,  1★

April ~

1 ~ Panic by Lauren Oliver
Completed 4/05
3.5 of 5 stars
Panic is a dangerous game played out for graduating seniors. There’s a prize pool of money with only one winner. An enjoyable storyline, really cool game, less than appealing characters. If you can look past a few annoying characters, it’s a enjoyable fast read.

2 ~ The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 01) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Completed 4/8
5 of 5 stars
I’m not a fan of historical fiction, nor do I normally read books outside the US. So why did I try this book? I’m not really sure except the blurb on GoodReads Caught my attention. FANTASTIC freaking book!! I had a headache by the time I was finished reading it but OMG it was sooooo good. Not to be missed, go read it now, no matter what kind of books you like, or don’t. You won’t be sorry!

3 ~ The Angel’s Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 02) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Completed 4/13
4 of 5 stars
While, to me, not as compelling as the first, still a fantastic read and so enjoyable! Such a great series and I can’t wait to read the 3rd, but the time that I’m getting this written out, I’ve had to read some other books first. Soon, after my next book! I wanna read it!

4 ~ Deadly Fantasies (Kate Springer 02) by Kelly Miller
Completed 4/14
4 of 5 stars
I was sent this ebook by the author for my review of it. It was a mystery surrounding the death of a colleague’s husband. The story was fast paced, the plot was interesting. Overall it was good, though I really disliked the main character.

5 ~ 500 Days by Jessica Miller
Completed 4/16
4 of 5 stars
This was another book I received from an author for my review. It was a good simple erotica, so not many details. It was more story based, but there was tons of sex too. The female main character was quite over the top and the male could be as well, but I prefered him. Overall a good storyline and good read.

6 ~ Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Completed 4/18
4 of 5 stars
Obviously I’m pretty generous with my 4 stars, as you can see. If I really love something but not gaga over it, it’s gonna get 4 stars from me, because I accepted it and liked it for what it was. I’d never go comparing something like 500 days to the 2nd Zafon, but for what it was 500 Days was great, and by the same, MP24HB was also fantastic. For me, it was a little Ready Player One, a little Mr Lemoncello’s Library, a little Forgotten Books, meets Google and Warehouse 13. So, it was a mishmash of a ton of things but it worked and it was a fun read.

7 ~ The Prisoner of Heaven (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 03) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Completed 4/22
4 of 5 stars
The end of this amazing series, though I’m going to hold out hope that there will be more. He definitely left it where he could do more, but his books are pretty far apart when they were written, so I don’t know, and his blog is in spanish. Anyways, I LOVED this series, and I liked this 3rd book better than the 2nd. They were all super great, and I highly recommend them.

8 ~ Rose of Fire (Cemetery of Forgotten Books 02.5) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Completed 4/22
3 of 5 stars
I’m not a fan of short stories in general but this one was good for a short story. I just wish it had been longer and gave more of the story.

9 ~ Inkheart (Inkworld 01) by Cornelia Funke
Completed 4/26 (completed ~ last 49% ~ during 24hr RaT)
3 of 5 stars
I read Inkheart for part of my Reading Challenge #4. It was a good read. I didn’t love it, but it was enjoyable. I’d never read it before, nor have I seen the movie. I will probably read the others in the series.

10 ~ With this Collar (Mastered 01) by Sierra Cartwright
Completed 4/26 (completed during 24hr RaT)
4 of 5 stars
This is an erotica, so I won’t give any details of it, as I never know who would hate to hear it. It was an enjoyable read and done right!

11 ~ The Selection (The Selection 01) by Kiera Cass
Completed 4/27 (completed during 24hr RaT)
5 of 5 stars
I read this book for the CL Book of the Month, and I LOVED it. Great story line, really likeable characters. It was so great. Loved it.

12 ~ Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Completed 4/27 (completed ~ last 21% ~ during 24hr RaT)
2 of 5 stars
I had been listening to this on audio and since it’s so long, it took FOREVER for me to read. I am not a fan of this book. I found it dull, boring and the characters completely unlikable. It helped that I didn’t like it, as it put me to sleep at night, but I was glad when I finally finished it up. It took NINE hours during the RaT to listed to about 178 pages.

13 ~ The Prince (The Selection 00.5) by Kiera Cass
Completed 4/27 (during 24hr RaT)
3 of 5 stars
This was an enjoyable short story from his point of view before The Selection. It was good for what it was.

14 ~ The Elite (The Selection 02) by Kiera Cass
Completed 4/27
5 of 5 stars
The second in the Selection series. America is getting on my nerves a little, but it still was really enjoyable, I’m glad the next book is out soon.

15 ~ The Guard (The Selection 02.5) by Kiera Cass
Completed 4/28
2.5 of 5 stars
Another short story, not as enjoyable as the first but not awful.

16 ~ The Insider (Kingdom Keepers 07) by Ridley Pearson
Completed 4/30
1 of 5 stars
This series, which I loved at first, how could I not? Some kids running around WDW after hours battling the forces of evil, it was great! It also should have ended 3 books ago.

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