Wrap-Up

{Wrap-Up} • April 2020

And now it’s time to wrap up the rest of the books I’ve read in April. Aside from my twelve OWL books, I ended up reading twelve more books. First I’ll be talking about the five books I read, and then I’ll tell you about the comics/graphic novels I read.

Books
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo *

This was a reread for me, and I annotated the book this time around. I picked it up mostly because my best friend was reading it for the first time (and she ended up loving it) but I finished way quicker than she did. I still love these characters so much and I would die for them.

Cawpile: 10 | 9 | 10 | 9 | 9 | 8 | 10
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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.

I read Wilder Girls two months ago and enjoyed it but for the ending. I was still very excited about Rory’s new book and was very happy when I got approved. I went into this book not having read the synopsis (not that it tells me much) and was quite surprised. Personally, I think the story starts off alright – I wasn’t a huge fan of Margot’s mother at all so I was happy when Margot left for Phalene. I did think the first half of the book dragged a bit and had hoped for a bit more action. It was still enjoyable to read, and I loved Tess’ introduction. When I got more into the book, I found it difficult to put it down, and by the time the really creepy stuff happened, I just could NOT stop reading. I once again stayed up past my bedtime to finish this book and said ‘what the fuck’ multiple times towards the end.

Highly recommend if you loved Wilder Girls but wanted some actual closure, highly recommend if you love truly creepy stories.

CAWPILE: 8 | 9 | 9 | 7.5 | 8 | 7 | 8
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Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

I felt like this book was all over the place and there were so many different storylines going on. Eventually, some of them came together but I just wished it had been less confusing at first. I also wasn’t sure why there were multiple perspectives – maybe Lisa and Ava’s would have made sense, but at some point, Marilyn’s POV was added and flashbacks at well, and I didn’t like that at all. I have to admit, there were some surprises in this book, but I had also guessed a couple of things so it kind of balances out I guess…

CAWPILE: 6 | 6 | 7 | 5 | 6 | 5 | 6
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins *

I don’t want to have feelings anymore. Anyway, I loved the audiobook narrated by Tatiana Maslany, she did an excellent job! She even sang the Hanging Tree (which sounded really nice at double speed, dunno how it sounded at normal speed).

CAWPILE: 9 | 9 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 9 | 9
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A History of Magic by the British Library

I had no idea what to expect of this book, but I think it’s a nice way of showing people what they had on display in the actual exhibition which not a lot of people could go to. It taught me a bunch of things about history and a bunch of things about witches and how it inspired Rowling to write the Harry Potter books. I loved the deleted chapters that were included in this as well! I wish I could have gone to this exhibition when it was shown in London but there are a couple of museums mentioned in this book I might visit once we’re allowed to again! My question now is how this edition differs from the blue edition, which I also own. I might go through them both side-by-side to see what they cut from the blue edition (cuz I believe that one’s shorter). (There’s no CAWPILE rating because it’s non-fiction).

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Graphic Novels
Natty, vol. 1 & vol. 2 by Éric Corbeyran

Eh… It was fine, the art was beautiful, but the story just didn’t grab me at all… Anyway I’m happy this one wasn’t as ‘look this character has BOOBS and an ASS’ as most (translated) comics I’ve read through NetGalley… The second volume was a bit more enjoyable.

CAWPILE: 5 | 6 | 6 | 5 | 5 | 6 | 5 / 5 | 6 | 6 | 6 | 6 | 6 | 6
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Heartstopper, vol. 3 by Alice Oseman

This is so cute I’m crying. This book got a bit more serious and I can’t wait for volume four. (I am very aware that technically I can read it all online but I just want to physically own these graphic novels because I love them so much).

CAWPILE: 9 | 8 | 8 | 9 | 9 | 10 | 10
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Telemachus, vol. 1 by Kid Toussaint

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.

Honestly, I have no idea how accurate this comic is to the original myth but I really enjoyed this. I loved the art style (and yeah sure most of the women are barely dressed but I mean some of the men are barely dressed either so *shrug*) and I will definitely be picking up the sequel(s) if they’re translated to English.

CAWPILE: 7 | 8 | 7 | 8 | 8 | 7.5 | 9
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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I thought this was a really cute graphic novel with one of my favourite tropes ever (will put it under spoiler tags, just in case idk) View Spoiler » I did start to lose interest a bit towards the end and I wish some things had been explained a bit more, but overall it was a nice story. The art is gorgeous anyway!

CAWPILE: 8 | 8 | 8 | 7 | 8 | 7 | 8
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Scullion by Jarad Greene

I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.

This was a nice graphic novel, but I felt it was a bit lacking. I loved the artwork a lot but the story was not as great as I hoped it would be. Maybe if there were more volumes, I would enjoy them a bit more.

CAWPILE: 6 | 6 | 6 | 6 | 7 | 5 | 7
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The Tea Dragon Society (Tea Dragon #1) by Katie O’Neill

This was a very cute comic, but I thought it was longer. (Or maybe I wished it had been longer). The art is amazing though, and I will definitely pick up the sequel (or prequel? I’m not sure) asap!

CAWPILE: 8 | 8 | 8 | 7 | 7 | 7 | 10
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And that’s April wrapped up! I have no idea how May is going to go, but I expect to read a bunch of books as well. I have a big TBR that fulfils four different readathons, and I hope to read at least 16 books in May! What about you?