April Wrap Up | 2020

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Hi Bookworms!

I am so excited to be back writing blog posts again. I have been so busy recently – I work for the NHS and with everything that is going on in the world, my work load has drastically increased! I also have had a lot of work to do for university – essays and online sessions now that the university is shut until further notice.

However, despite all of this I managed to read 16 books in the month of April which I am so happy with! I read some brilliant books and have been recommending them to everyone I know.

These are the fab books I read in the month of April:

  1. The Holiday by T. M. Logan – 4 stars

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This book was so good! I read it in two sittings as the chapters were really short – which I love in a book, I dislike long chapters so much. I didn’t guess the plot twist either, which is quite rare for me as I am always guessing the twists in books which is really irritating – but I was so pleased when this one really surprised me. Since finishing this book, I bought one of his other books but haven’t read it yet but it is definitely high on my TBR.

2. Watching You by Lisa Jewell – 4 stars

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Anyone who knows me and follows me on my bookstagram (firstpagewonders) and my book twitter (frstpagewonders) knows that Lisa Jewell is my favourite thriller author ever. I had Watching You on my bookshelf for a couple of months before I picked it up, but once again I really loved it. It definitely wasn’t my favourite of her books but I still really enjoyed it. I weirdly really liked the main character? Which is surprising considering what she is like (just being honest!!) and again, I did not guess the twist!! I loved it.

3. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – 4.5 stars

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I have seen this book everywhere recently and I have heard so many good things about Riley Sager’s books. I must admit, when I first read the synopsis of the book, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it but I was really pleasantly surprised. The twist was amazing – and completely terrified me. I don’t think I will ever be staying in a hotel again. Since reading this, I have bought some more of Riler Sager’s books but haven’t read them yet but am so excited to.

4. Wait for You by J. Lynn – 4.5 stars

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This was a reread for me but I just love this series of books. They deal with some dark but important subjects and J. Lynn approaches these subjects so well. Also, I love Cameron Hamilton.

5. Be With Me by J. Lynn – 4 stars

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Again, this was a reread. This book deals with subjects that I can relate to and I think that J. Lynn handles these subjects really well which I am so thankful for.

6. Stay With Me by J. Lynn – 5 stars.

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This is my favourite of the entire series. I love these characters so much, they make me so happy. The journey that these characters go through is amazing and the character development is fantastic.

7. Fall With Me by J. Lynn – 4 stars

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Again, this was a reread and I loved it. I sound like a broken record but I just honestly love these books so much – totally recommend.

8. Forever With You by J. Lynn – 4 stars

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I feel the same about this book than I so with all the others – loved it!

9. Fire in You by J. Lynn – 3 stars

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This is my least favourite of the series but I love it regardless. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I did with the others but I enjoyed it anyway.

10. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling – 4 stars

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This was the month of rereads for me – I read this book years ago and I remember loving it so when I saw the whole series on Amazon for under £5 I just knew I had to reread them all.

11. Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling – 5 stars

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This was my favourite of the series when I read them the first time years ago, and it remains my favourite still now! I love Phoenix and Yves and the character development that Phoenix goes through is absolutely incredible. I love this book so much!

12. Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling – 3 stars

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I still love this book so much, I didn’t love this book to the same amount that I loved the first two but I loved it nonetheless. Xav is one of my favourites of all the Benedict brothers, too, so I love reading about him.

13. Misty Falls by Joss Stirling – 3 stars

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Another reread that I loved! Not my favourite of the series but I still really enjoyed it.

14. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – 5 stars

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Another reread for me so that I can continue with the series. This book is just so good! I am currently reading Hunting Prince Dracula and I just love it so much! Audrey Rose has to be one of my favourite characters of ALL TIME. Honestly, I have no words other than LOVE.

15. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass – 4 stars

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Again, SHOCK, another reread as I am planning on rereading the entire trilogy. I always get so confused because I love Tamlin in this book but I literally hate him in the other two. And I hate Rhys in this book but he is my book boyfriend in the other two. I also love Sarah J. Maas’s writing – I know she has been under scrutiny recently which I don’t know much about but I just love it! Her writing is just so addicting – I can’t get enough of it!

16. Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – 4.75 stars

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I am quite open to the fact that I, myself, suffer from the chronic illness Fibromyalgia. So when I saw that this book’s main character suffers from it, too, I knew I had to read it! I honestly loved this book so, so much. I must say, however, that the only reason I didn’t rate this book 5 stars is purely down to the fact that I found some of the sex scenes a little bit awkward. This is definitely a personal thing! I sometimes find sex scenes a bit awkward (due to personal reasons!) and it ruins parts of the book for me. However, 4.75 well deserved.

MONTHLY STATS:

Pages read: 5,419

Highest rated book/favourite book of the month: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Lowest rated/least favourite book of the month: Fire in You by J. Lynn

Favourite quote of the month: “There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.” – Stalking Jack The Ripper

Thanks for reading!

Demi // firstpagewonders

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