Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Round-Up and Book of the Month

April's Book of the Month is Soulmates by Holly Bourne 

So April was a bit of a mixed month reading wise for me with far too many 3 star average books for my liking. I wasn't having the best of months and then I picked up Soulmates and was completely captivated! Soulmates is a British Contemporary debut with a Sci-Fi twist and I absolutely loved it! I was lucky enough to read a very early proof copy so unfortunately this one isn't out until September but it is one you definitely want to pre-order or at least add to your wishlists. This book saved me from going into a massive reading slump and from this month being a totally rubbish reading month. If you're a fan of authors such as C.J. Skuse and Cat Clarke you will LOVE Holly Bourne's writing style. My review won't be up until closer to publication but I'd really recommend you all checking this one out on Goodreads to find out more!

*** There is kissing and crazy weather galore! ***

 Read in April 
30.) Dear Thing by Julie Cohen (2*)
31.) Fractured by Teri Terry (4.5*)
32.) Radiant by Cynthia Hand (3*)
33.) Boundless by Cynthia Hand (4*)
34.) The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (3*)
35.) This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (3.5*)
36.) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (4*)
37.) Soulmates by Holly Bourne (5*)
38.) The Prince by Kiera Cass (3*)
39.) What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (3*) 

April Book Awards
Best Plot: Fractured by Teri Terry
Best Writing: Soulmates by Holly Bourne
Best Cover: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Best Characters: What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
Best Ending: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Best Romance: Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Most un-put-down-able: Soulmates by Holly Bourne
Most Memorable: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Best Moral: Soulmates by Holly Bourne

Top 3 Most Recommended Books: Soulmates, Fractured, Boundless

Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading/Being Released in May
French Kiss: Diary of a Crush by Sarra Manning
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements 
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

 May looks like it's going to be a fantastic month for books! How was your month in reading? Did you read any of the books I’ve read? What are you looking forward to reading in May?


  1. My April reading month was:

    Born Wicked - Jessica Spotswood (5)
    The Evolution Of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin (4.5)
    Fractured - Teri Terry (4.5)
    Deadly Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock (4)
    Ruining Me - Nicole Reed (4.5)
    Lost In Thought - Cara Betrand (4)
    The Lying Game Cross My Heart Hope To Die - Sara Shepard (5)
    The Madness Underneath - Maureen Johnson (3)

    1. Looks like you had a good one, Caroline! I've heard amazing things about Born Wicked, I really want to read it! Hope this month is just as good for you. :)

  2. Ooh, I really want to read the new Diary of a Crush books! And Billy & Me! I'm dying to get my hands on it! I love Tom and Gi.
    The Summer I Became a Nerd sounds like it's going to be awesome too! :)

    1. Billy and Me was such a cute read! Definitely check it out!

  3. You are so organized, Jess! I'm green with envy! I love this wrap up and how you break things down. I'll keep Soulmates on my radar. I hope you love The 5th Wave as much as I did! :)

    1. I'm kinda nerdy with how I organise my reading and books! :P I'm reading The 5th Wave now and loving it!

  4. Ooooh - only a 3 for The Storyteller? I'll be very interested to read your thoughts on that one!

    Looks like my copy of Soulmates has gone missing! I got the email to say it had been sent nearly two weeks ago now, and still no sign. :(

    1. I'm not even sure I *can* review it, my thoughts and feelings are all over the place with that one! Boo! It is such a good read as well :|

  5. I love the cover of Soulmates, and it sounds amazing - definitely going to stick that one on my wishlist!!

    1. Hurray! I hope you check it out Kat :)

  6. Oh I've not heard about Soulmates before, but you certainly have me intrigued to find out more about it. You have some great books to read in May, I can't wait to see what you think of The 5th Wave, it was an absolute favourite of mine! :)

    1. I'm glad I got you intrigued, Jas! I am LOVING The 5th Wave!!!

  7. I really want to read Soulmates! It sounds brilliant! And everyone keeps raving about The 5th Wave, so that's another one I'm looking forward to. Recently finished reading Angelfall and I loved it! I'm usually not a big fan of angel books, but this one has restored my faith :P.

    1. It is brilliant, Liz! I'm really loving The 5th Wave - so far it's living up to the hype! Really happy to hear you loved Angelfall I can't wait to get to it. :)

  8. THREE STARS FOR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU, WHAT??!! Seriously though, I hate it when you have lack-lustre reading months, I hope May is better for you :)

    Cait x

    1. Haha! I have explained to you my thoughts on that one! I did enjoy it but for what novellas are I usually can't rate them higher than a 3 star. To me they are just fun little extras and don't stand up next to a fully fledged 4 star+ novel. So far May is shaping up to be a much better reading month! :)


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