Thanks to a few snow days and spring break, I had so much more reading time in March and it was oh-so lovely!
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (3.75/5 stars)- The conclusion to Passenger, Wayfarer follows Etta and Nicholas’s quest through time, as they try to find each other and the missing astrolabe. While the book is told from both Etta and Nicholas’s perspectives, I only cared about Etta’s side of the story. I found the action in Nicholas’s sections hard to follow at times, and I found his companions, Sophia and Li-Min, much more interesting than the narrator himself. I loved reading from Etta’s perspective because I enjoyed her interaction with Henry and Julian, who were my favorite characters in the book. I would’ve rather spent the whole book with Etta and just have Nicholas simply appear back in her timeline.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (⅘ stars)– Everything Leads to You follows Emi, a young set designer who’s gone back to the same girl too many times. With the help of a mysterious letter from an acting legend, Emi is led to Ava, who helps Emi in more ways than she could ever wish for. I finished this book in less than two days because I couldn’t step away from this cute, contemporary story for too long. Nina LaCour filled Everything Leads to You with such great characters and relationships. As someone who’s interested in film and media, I also loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of movie production.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (5/5 stars) – I needed another Schwab book to tide me over until Our Dark Duet’s release, so Vicious seemed like a great way to go. AND I WAS RIGHT BECAUSE I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Vicious follows two college roommates who turn from best friends to archnemesis after an experiment gone terribly wrong. I have a full review of this book on the blog, where I use even more exclamation points and capitalized phrases to describe my feels. If there’s one thing you need to know about reading this book, it’s this: THERE’S A DOG SO GO READ IT NOW PLEASE!
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (3.5/5 stars)– When I learned that Jacqueline Woodson was visiting my school, I knew I had to pick up Brown Girl Dreaming right away. Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of Woodson’s childhood, living in both the North and South during the Civil Rights Movements. While I found many of the passages to be so beautifully-written, I wasn’t totally memorized with the story overall. .
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (3/5 stars)– I picked up this book at the library because of its cover and since it included road trip in its blurb. Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour has me wanting this trope more and more, okay? The Museum of Intangible Things surrounds best friends Hannah and Zoe’s life in their working class New Jersey town. When Zoe tells Hannah that she needs something different, the two embark on a road trip and leave everything they’ve ever known this book. If I could describe this book in one word, it would be bizarre. While I enjoyed having Hannah as the main narrator and the road trip, I really didn’t like Zoe as our other main character. Zoe has bipolar disorder and while I like how Wendy Wunder incorporated mental illness into the book, Zoe’s mental illness became more of a plot device than simply being a part of her identity.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (4.75/ 5 stars)- As a big fan of The Lunar Chronicles, I knew I had to read Marissa Meyer’s other fairytale-inspired novel. The origin story of the Queen of Hearts, Heartless follows Cath Pinkerton, who is trying to avoid accepting the King’s marriage proposal. All Cath wants to do open the best bakery in Wonderland. Cath dreads receiving the King’s proposal at a royal ball, until she meets Jest, the handsome court joker. I really enjoyed the connections to Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. People, there’s croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs! While I had a small hope for an alternate ending where Cath didn’t become Queen,I did enjoy seeing her transform into the Queen of Hearts.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (⅘ stars)- After constantly seeing it being compared to Caraval, I decided to finally pick up The Night Circus. Since Caraval is the first in a series, I decided to go with a standalone, The Night Circus, first. The Night Circus follows two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been set against each other in a ‘game’. With the circus as their playing field and an entourage of individuals with their own special abilities, Celia and Marco try to figure out how to play, even as their feelings for each other deepen. I enjoyed The Night Circus because it is different from most of the novels I’ve read. I liked interacting with a full cast of characters, not just the two main protagonists. My biggest problem with this novel was that I didn’t feel very connected to the story and its characters. However, I wonder if it was Erin Morgenstern’s point to make us feel like outsiders and simply observe the circus in action.
Favorite Book: Vicious. I just couldn’t put this book down, and I wish there was some sort of sequel or companion novel to go along with it.I finally started reading Victoria Schwab’s books this year and her books might end up defining my reading year!
Between wrapping up this semester and life really, April looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy month for me. That being said, I would still love to read as much this month as I did in March. What books did you read this month? Share in the comments below!