Everything I Read In April 2020

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Ahh April. It went by SO MUCH faster than March. Like, March felt like ten years and April felt like ten days. I managed to read quite a bit in April, so I’m pretty proud of myself. I finished two series, well what is available of one, and read three of seven books in another, plus a bunch of other books! Most were pretty good but a couple had me doing a little side eyeing. Overall, it was a good month.

Following

From Goodreads

About the book: Alden wants to be a great investigator someday so he likes to follow people to prepare for that, not to be creepy. But one day he see’s Greg Matthes murders his girlfriend, but things aren’t adding up when she shows up at school on Monday.

Author: Jeffrey Johnston

Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Mystery

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: I’ll just copy my thoughts from Goodreads right over here. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH.

I read it fast and it was entertaining, but it doesn’t make sense AT ALL that the police don’t put together that this missing girl looks like the girl someone claimed was dead. Like, come on. It takes an hour to walk between Alden’s school and Alycia’s, so maybe like 4 miles? Maybe 5?

And nobody managed to realize her and Amy look alike and that it could have been her seen that day? Not even the police (even though we find out how incompetent they are later). Could have been better. Could have been worse.

War of the Cards

From Goodreads

About the book: Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was murdered, her father betrayed her, her loyal subjects have been devastated by war, and the boy she loved broke her heart completely and a new queen has risen from the ashes of her former life. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown and she is going to fight for both.

Author: Colleen Oakes

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA fantasy retelling

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: I thought this was way better than the first two. I almost didn’t finish this series, but found it on Book Outlet this winter and decided to get it. Dinah kicks butt in this and while she still may not be the best, she has her moments. Also, Wardley sucks. So hard.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars

From Goodreads

About the book: This is the introduction to the town of Night Vale where time doesn’t work, the weather is a song, and every conspiracy theory is true and it’s just as strange but proud citizens.

Author: Joseph Fink

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Sci-fi

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: After reading Welcome to Night Vale for my book club, I had to keep going. I got the first two books that include the episodes last year and finally read the first one. I loved getting to see more of the background of Night Vale and how the strange little town works. This isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed it. I also liked getting insight from the writers/creators.

Generation

From Goodreads

About the book: This is the third and final book in the series and I don’t want to ruin the first two books, so I’m not going to include the description.

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: Was this the best series ever? No, but I did enjoy it. I wasn’t sure if this could be considered Dystopian since, as far as I can tell, it’s basically our world, but with clones. I thought it was a good ending but one thing that kind of confused me in the whole thing was how all the imitations out in the world knew so much about her?

It Devours

From Goodreads

About the book: Nilanjana is an interloper working for the town’s top scientist, Carlos, doing science, using logic and fact, which doesn’t always work in Night Vale. All of this is put into question when Carlos asks her to help investigate a mysterious rumbling in the wasteland desert outside of town.

Author: Joseph Fink

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Sci-fi

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: I loved this. I really enjoyed the concept of the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God and the way they handled that, interweaving it with the monsters around town. I didn’t think this one was quite as depressing as Welcome to Night Vale, which was nice. Again, I know this isn’t for everyone but I’ve come to love the world of Night Vale.

Deviation

From Goodreads

About the book: Like Generation, this is the second book in the series and I don’t want to ruin the first, so I’m not putting a description here.

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: I thought this book moved a lot slower than the first, but still enjoyed it. I definitely expected what happens in book three to happen in this one. I’m actually having a really hard time even remembering what happened and I just finished this a couple weeks ago. I know I enjoyed it though.

This Cruel Design

From Goodreads

About the book: This picks up right where This Mortal Coil left off. The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over but Cat’s battle has just begun. She’s camped out in the woods with Cole and Leoben while her new panel re-grows and things start to change rapidly. I won’t say anymore to ruin the first one here.

Author: Emily Suvada

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: I really liked this and I still don’t entirely know how I feel about Cat and everyone else. I’m very easily influenced on feelings for characters and it was constantly changing with everything in this.

Also, I get that everyone is trying to protect Cat, but they just keep lying to her and hurting her and they know she’s going to find all this out but they still just lie and it’s so frustrating. She needs to not have a boyfriend and just be on her own while she figures out who she is. Girl, you do you.

Imitation

From Goodreads

About the book: Ven is the clone of Raven Rogen, a wealthy 18-year-old, and knows everything about her Authentic so she is ready if, when, she’s called to serve. Imitations like her only get to leave the lab when they’re needed: to replace a dead authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. Raven has never needed her. Until now.

Author: Heather Hildenbrand

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: I really liked this. I think the idea of it is really interesting: wealthy and powerful people have clones hidden away so if something happens to them, they can just be replaced. I like how we get to see the greed behind this and how it really goes down versus how it’s expected to go.

Welcome to Night Vale

From Goodreads

About the book: Jackie Fierro is nineteen and has been for decades. She owns a pawn shop and one day is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket with a deerskin suitcase and she can’t get rid of it. She throws it away. It comes back. She eats it. It comes back. She is unsettled by this and the fact that no one remembers him. She is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket.

Author: Joseph Fink

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Sci-fi

Format read: Physical book

Final thoughts: This took me a bit to get into but I ended up really brooding it (brood is the wildcard word of the week and can mean whatever you want it to mean) and immediately started reading It Devours, then Mostly Void, Partially Stars. It was a little depressing, but the little quirks and weird things in it really made me love it.

Duplicities

About the book: There are major spoilers for book one in the description for this, so I’m not going to be including a description. The first book is just below this.

Author: Tara Brown (A.E. Watson)

Rating: 4/5, maybe 3.5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: I liked this, for the most part. I can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to love triangles, or squares in this case, and was pretty tired of so much back and forth with all of that. I do love the premise of this though, that you can’t remember the day before and think it was done well, but the love square stuff really gets me.

Imaginations

From Goodreads

About the book: The Last City of Men is peaceful. There is no bitterness, hatred, or bias because no one can remember the day before. Memories are made over time, through repetition, unless you’re a planner. Then you’re given all of your memories. When this happens, one girl discovers things aren’t quite what they seem and now it’s up, not so willingly, to her to change that.

Author: Tara Brown

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopian

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: I really liked this. The idea of not remembering the day before is terrifying. The way they have to remember things is to just see or do it for like, five months, then they know it. Every night they sleep, they’re reset.

It was really confusing with this though since Tara Brown writes as A.E. Watson.. sometimes? I guess? There are like four different covers and it looks a lot like Imitations (this one at least) and I won’t lie, I get them a little confused sometimes.

Baking Bad

From Goodreads

About the book:

Author: Kim M. Watt

Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: Cozy mystery

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: I’ll include my thoughts right from Goodreads again. I don’t leave reviews too often, but if I have particularly strong feelings about something in a book, I will.

It was a fun easy read. I did almost DNF it pretty early, but pushed on. The dragons were a little confusing though. They were always worried about being seen but most people couldn’t see them at all? And one knows what The Cloud is but calls a tablet an “internet thingy”? Other than that I liked it for the most part. I probably wouldn’t read more of these though.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

From Goodreads

About the book: Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time, breaking the protective charms on him as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorcycle with Death Eaters not far behind. Harry knows he has to find and destroy the rest of the Horcruxes to finally defeat Voldemort.

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Format read: Kindle

Final thoughts: Ugh. I’m so sad I’m finished with the series! It was my first read-through and I loved it. I already want to start it over. I want the illustrated versions for my birthday, so maybe if I get those I’ll start over.

Have you read any of these? Which ones? What did you think of them? What’s the best book you read in April?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a Wisconsin native currently working my way around the US. You can probably find me reading on the beach, wandering through the desert, or hanging out in a cute little coffee shop.

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