Monthly Favorites: April 2018

I had a pretty good reading month in April with a lot of four- and five-star ratings! As has become my custom, I’m breaking my favorites down into the best of each category: young adult, new adult/adult, and non-fiction. If you want to see everything that I read in April, take a look at my April Page Count.

Best YA Best NA/Adult  Best Non-Fiction
The Raven Cycle (series)
Maggie Stiefvater
Bro Code
Kendall Ryan
A Higher Loyalty
James Comey

What were your favorites from April? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Book review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

⭐ Goodreads ⭐ Amazon ⭐

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 I’m not really sure what to say about this book, so here is a semi-chronological list of my thoughts while reading with all of the spoilers removed.

  • I’m pretty sure everybody in the world has read this except for me.
  • It’s sure descriptive, huh. So many adjectives.
  • Okay, it started pretty slowly but it’s starting to pick up.
  • I am so confused. I love all of these characters already but I am so confused.
  • Why is this so good? I’m going to have to read the whole series now.
  • Adam! Let me adopt you! Let me save you!
  • Oh no, Adam is so nice and then there’s Gansey, who is just something else.
  • Oh my god, Noah. I didn’t see that coming.
  • OH MY GOD. ADAM. Let me love you. Let me protect you. Let me save you. Let me do something even though you’re fictional but please.
  • OH MY GOD. RONAN. YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD FRIEND.
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING ADAM????
  • I love Persephone! (Actually, I love all of the psychics.)
  • NEEVE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
  • ADAM WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
  • There is so much happening at the end of this book!!!
  • I have no idea what happened in at least half this book but I loved it.
  • Next up: The Dream Thieves.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten series I’ve been meaning to start

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today is a freebie week, so I thought I’d go with ten series I’ve been meaning to start. I feel like I’m always meaning to do something bookish, whether it’s starting a new book or looking into an author or writing a bunch of reviews (though I have been better about that recently). At some point, when I’m caught up on everything else in my life, I’d love to give these ten series a shot.

✨ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve been meaning to start this series for years. Last time I was hanging out with my boyfriend’s much younger cousins, one of them was talking about how much he loves this series and honestly, hearing this eleven-year-old kid talk about how great the books are just made me want to read it even more.
✨ The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Twitter’s always all abuzz about this series! It’s got mixed reviews from my friends and following on Goodreads, but for better or worse, people are always talking about it.
✨  The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. This is probably heresy or something, but I think I’m the only book blogger alive who’s never read a Maggie Stiefvater book? Everybody is always raving about how awesome her books are, and yet I’ve never taken the time to read them.
✨ The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Even though each book is a 600+ page monstrosity.
✨  Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. This is another series with mixed reviews, but it also sounds amazing, so…
✨ The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Even though the next book is like 50 years away.  (This is the only reason I haven’t read it yet.)
✨  The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. See above.  I feel so bad. This has been on my TBR since 2012.
✨  The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I have literally all of the books on my living room bookshelf (boyfriend is a big fan) but the sheer size of them always scares me away!
✨  The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This is another one that, good or bad, everybody is always talking about.
✨  Replica by Lauren Oliver. I used to love Lauren Oliver’s books, but I haven’t read any in years. I have her Replica series on my library wishlist, so eventually, I’ll get there.

What series have you been meaning to start? Which one do you think I should dive into first?