Wrap-Up

{Wrap-Up} • March 2020

March is over, and it’s time for another wrap-up post. I feel like I’ve read so much more than usual partly because I have not at all left my house for at least two weeks, but I read about the same amount of books as I did in January. Still, I feel like March was a good reading month and it promises a lot for the month of April (aka OWLS month!)

In this post, I will be talking about something called CAWPILE, which is a rating system that I got from G at Book Roast. In this video, she explains what it is and how it works, and you can use this handy spreadsheet to start using the rating system if you want to!

Beware: There might be minor spoilers for the previous books in a series.

New Reads
The Helm of Darkness (War on the Gods #1) by A.P. Mobley

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

I really liked the idea behind this book. I love mythology retellings, especially when there’s a twist – but unfortunately, this book didn’t deliver for me. I didn’t like the characters at all and the writing was a bit ‘eh’ as well. Still, like I said I loved the way the story went so that’s mostly why it got 3 stars in the end.

CAWPILE: 6 | 5 | 6 | 6 | 5 | 6.5 | 6 (Avg: 5.79)
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The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Wow, this novella was such a surprise to me. I had not liked any of this author’s previous books and actually DNF-ed the second Themis Files book. But this story went in a way I had not expected. I didn’t really like the way it ended though and wished there had been just a bit more to it, but all in all, I really liked this story!

CAWPILE: 8 | 8 | 7 | 8 | 8 | 8 | 8 (Avg: 7.86)
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Mayan Mythology by Bernard Hayes

Oh boy. I had read a book by this author before and had not enjoyed it, but I still wanted to give this one a try because I want to learn more about mythologies. Let me tell you – if you want to learn about mythologies, don’t pick up these books. There were a lot of repeats and there was at least one chapter where the author talked about OTHER mythologies/religions instead of the Mayan one. I learned more from a fictional book featuring Mayan Gods than I learned from this book.

CAWPILE: 0 | 0 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 3 | 2 (Avg: 1.71)
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket #2) by Roald Dahl

Well, this was an unnecessary sequel. I really enjoyed the first book, though that might be a little bit because of nostalgia – this book fell completely flat for me. I didn’t like the characters (honestly why are they all written so CHILDISH?!) and I wasn’t a fan of the way the story went. I think if they hadn’t added the whole space part, this book would have been a bit better.

CAWPILE: 5 | 5 | 5 | 4 | 5 | 4 | 4 (Avg: 4.57)
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When Dimple Met Rishi (Dimple and Rishi #1) by Sandhya Menon

I think I might enjoy contemporary books a bit more if I stop being that person that’s like ‘well they’re going to end up together anyway so why should I bother?’. That being said, I ended up enjoying When Dimple met Rishi more than I had expected. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators really made it a lot better for me. I loved the dynamics between Dimple and Rishi and even though I wasn’t a fan of the whole arranged marriage part (I know it’s a big thing in India, yes, still don’t like it) I loved the way this book went. Will I pick up the sequel? Maybe, if they’re available as audiobooks.

CAWPILE: 7 | 6 | 7 | 7 | 6 | 8 | 7 (Avg: 6.86)
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The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White

Let me tell you a secret – I have watched a bunch of Arthurian movies, I’ve watched two whole episodes of Merlin (there’s a story behind it, for another time) but I have never read the original stories nor have I ever read a retelling. The Guinevere Deception was my first Arthurian retelling and honestly, I didn’t love it. I loved the premise, Guinevere as a changeling, but the story overall wasn’t what I had hoped for. The last couple of chapters were great and were the main reason I gave this book the rating it got, but alas it wasn’t the epic magical story I had hoped for.

CAWPILE: 7 | 6 | 7 | 6.5 | 6 | 7 | 7 (Avg: 6.64)
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The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl #5) by Eoin Colfer

I continued reading the Artemis Fowl series this month, as I really want to finish the entire series before the movie comes out. (I do think I’ll have more time now, with all movie releases being pushed back). I do think this book is my least favourite in the series though. I wasn’t a fan of the demon characters and I didn’t care too much about the female Artemis (whom we apparently hear nothing of in the following books). Still, it was a very enjoyable book and I loved the dynamics between Artemis and Holly.

CAWPILE: 7 | 7 | 7 | 6 | 7 | 7 | 8 (Avg: 7)
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The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl #6) by Eoin Colfer

I loved this one a bit more than the previous one. I loved the time travel aspect and I loved the interactions between smoll Artemis and not so smoll Artemis. And some things happened in this book that made me go (!!!!!!!!!). It did kind of put me in a little Artemis Fowl slump, cuz I did pick up the next book right after finishing this one but couldn’t get through it. So I’m going to put them on hold for a bit and probably finish the series in May (because of the OWLs).

CAWPILE: 8 | 7 | 7 | 7.5 | 7 | 7 | 8 (Avg: 7.36)
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The Rise of Kyoshi (Kyoshi Novels #1) by F.C. Yee

I know I know I’m ‘late’ with this book, the sequel is almost out already (that’s an exaggeration shh). But I really wanted to at least finish (re)watching ATLA before diving into this book. But oh it was WORTH it because I loved this book so so much! I do have to admit it felt a litte bit similar to Aang’s story at the beginning but it totally went a different way and I loved it so much more towards the end. What I also love is that the original creator of the show has worked together with the author so this book is 100% canon. Highly recommend it if you loved Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra (and yes, I will go and watch that soon, don’t worry).

CAWPILE: 9 | 8 | 8.5 | 8 | 9 | 8 | 10 (Avg: 8.64)
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Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire

The Wayward Children books have always been nice ‘in-between’ books for when I don’t know what to read and I don’t want to pick up something I already have on my shelves. This fifth novella continues the story of Jack and Jill. I think their first novella was my favourite in the whole Wayward Children series, but I, unfortunately, didn’t love this one as much. There were some additions to the Moors world that I didn’t like and it all just felt a bit too fast-moving for me (I mean sure it’s a novella, but still idk). I will definitely continue this series for as long as the audiobooks appear on Scribd because I am just a huge fan of this world!

CAWPILE: 7 | 6 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 7 | 7 (Avg: 6.43)
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In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

One of my goals is to read more thrillers/mystery books and hopefully find some new favourites. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t one of them. While I enjoyed the first half of the book, the latter half wasn’t that great. I found it way too predictable and had guessed how the book would conclude about halfway through already. Still, I enjoyed the setting and like I said the first half of the book. I do still want to pick up more books by Ruth Ware, and I do have some more of her books on my Kindle (any recommendations?)

CAWPILE: 6 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 8 (Avg: 6.79)
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Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4) by Matt de la Peña

If you know me, you know I’m not a fan of DC in general and especially not of Superman (and Batman). However, I have been enjoying the first two DC Icons books very much (partly also due to the authors that wrote them). I have yet to read the Catwoman book, but I decided to pick up the Superman book first. I knew nothing of Clark Kent and his past, so all of this was completely new to me. Still, I very much enjoyed this book and while it has not made me want to watch any Superman movies, it has made me want to read more of Matt de la Peña’s books. If you love Superman and YA books, I do highly recommend you read this book!

CAWPILE: 8 | 7 | 8 | 8 | 7 | 8 | 8 (Avg: 7.71)
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Rereads

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Still loved it, still gave it 5/5 stars.
The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo – I hadn’t reread this since reading it for the first time in 2015 and I decided to bring my rating down to 3.5/5 stars. I don’t love the Darkling that much anymore as a character (who am I kidding I actually hate him right now) so I couldn’t justify giving a novella about him 4 or more stars. The story is still interesting (and he’s not as much of an ass as he is in the S&B books) but yeah…

I also read two manga (Diamond and Pearl vol. 4 & 5) but I don’t feel like reviewing them as I mostly read manga purely for enjoyment. I didn’t love these two too much but I mainly read them so I could finish all the books I borrowed off a friend (whom I’ll probably not see until August or s/t but still).

And that concludes my Wrap-up for February. I’m not sure what to think of this format, but I think I might keep it for March at least (and maybe write the reviews for each book I finish when I finish them, so the books are still fresh in my mind). How many books have you read this month?