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April Mini Reviews!

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I'm reading summer publications right now, so I thought I'd share these little reviews of books I've read lately that I haven't really mentioned on the blog yet. I've added a publication date for the ones that haven't been published yet!

These are kind of a mixed bag - some I loved, others were a bit 'meh' for me - but you might really enjoy them :)

Published Before April 2016

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
This book is about the author's struggle with depression, and most people seem to have loved it. I couldn't really connect with it though - I feel really bad about it!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Epistolary novel set after WWII. This one is just wonderful and happy (mostly). the letters are so much fun to read and I loved every moment of it.

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Fairytale retelling of the Grimms' Twelve Dancing Princesses. Azalea and her sisters aren't allowed to dance after their mother's death, and so they set out to find a solution to their problem by making a deal with the mysterious Keeper. I'd heard really nice things about this one, and it's cute and all - but it left me a bit bored?


The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Fantasy with magical realism. Quentin does magic. But I know some readers don't like Quentin so they don't like the book and that makes me sad. I love this one, and I'd definitely recommend it!

Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
Fantasy. Natalie Barns is sent on a mission through a gateway into the kingdom of Fourline, where, in order to survive, she will have to pretend to be a magic-wielding Warrior Sister. I found this one quite binge-worthy!

Set for Publication later in 2016


You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Contemporary YA with LGBT themes, but this one takes a look at teens' lives after they've come out: everyone's okay with these kids' sexual orientation, it's just a part of who they are, and the emphasis is on how they deal with first loves and friendships.
[publication date: 7 June 2016]

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
I think I'd call this urban fantasy, maybe? There's magic that's based on Russian folklore, vampire-like creatures called the 'kin.' I wanted something a bit more from this, but it was pretty intriguing.
[publication date: 14 June 2016]

The Progeny by Tosca Lee
Exciting thriller with a modern day setting, but revolving around the Hungarian blood countess, Elisabeth Bathory, and more importantly her descendants who possess some unique abilities.
[publication date: 24 May 2016]

Have you read any of these before? Are any of them on your TBR? Definitely tell me if you've read the Magicians, because I feel like it doesn't get enough love!

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