April Wrap Up

April is over! And with the end of April comes the end of my second year of university (I still have a few assignments due but no more lectures). I was in deadline hell this month but I still managed to find time to read which surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to read as much as I did and I am loving how good I am getting at managing my time effectively this year. Anyway, let’s go on to tell you more about the books I read and the films I watched this month.

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Books:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

As expected this month I carried on with my Shadowhunter reread. I was really excited to get to City of Glass as I’ve always called it my favourite in the Mortal Instruments series. It is definitely better than the first two because it just has so much more action. It also focuses a lot more on the side characters rather than just Clary and Jace. That death in the middle of this book hurt just as much as it did the first time I read it 6 years ago. – 4 out of 5 stars.

As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

This is a free short story sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi that you can read on rivetedlit.com and it’s a lot of fun. It did feel slightly unnecessary but it was so much fun that I didn’t even mind. I loved seeing Dimple and Rishi again but I especially loved seeing Ashish and Sweetie. – 4 out of 5 stars.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I decided to pick this up on audiobook as I’ve found that I really enjoy listening to short audiobooks. This book was really interesting. I didn’t know what to expect as I’m not really a fan of Victoria Schwab but it was a lot of fun. It was full of Harry Potter references and cute friendship moments between Cassidy and Jacob. I actually can’t wait for the sequel to come out . – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

As expected, I fell madly in love with this book but I don’t want to go into a lot of detail here as I wrote a full review for it, so go check that out if you want more of my thoughts on this book. – 5 out of 5 stars.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

I was so excited for this book. I really enjoyed Geekerella and I had heard such amazing early buzz for this book. Sadly, I was ultimately let down. This wasn’t a bad book. Everything in it was okay but I just wanted more. I feel like everything in the story was underdeveloped, especially the two love stories. I was also not a major fan of either of the main two characters. Jess was quite an awful person and Imogen was extremely irritating. It just didn’t quite work for me but I can see why others like it. – 3 out of 5 stars.

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

I loved this book and I feel like everyone needs to read it. However, I do not want to go into it any further here as I have a full review of it so go check that out for more of my opinions.  – 5 out of 5 stars.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

From one exciting 2019 debut to another, I fell head over heels in love with this book but I also did a full review of this book so check that out if you want to know more of my opinion. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I then decided to finally read Before I Fall because it’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for years. Overall, I thought this book was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. I don’t think I’m a fan of time loop books as I find them too unbelievable. I also really didn’t like the main girl or her friends so that definitely affected my opinion of this book. – 3 out of 5 stars.

My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

I decided that I wanted to re-read this book and review it ahead of it’s UK publication so if you want to know more of my thoughts, go check out my full review. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Next, I carried on with my 2019 Shadowhunter re-read and finally reached the point where I can finally re-read The Infernal Devices. In case you didn’t know, The Infernal Devices is my favourite series of all time and I re-read it at least once a year. I flew through my re-read of Clockwork Angel in a day because it’s just that good. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Circe by Madeline Miller

This was one of the most hyped books of last year so when the paperback came out, I decided to pick it up and finally see what the hype was all about and I really enjoyed it. I was slightly disappointed but I think that’s because my knowledge of mythology is quite rusty at the moment so I didn’t get quite as much out of it as I would have if I read it a few years ago when I was really into mythology. I thought it was a really fascinating read with a fantastic main character. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

This was one of my most anticipated romance reads of the year and it was just as cute as I thought it would be. One thing that did slightly bother me was the writing style of Leon’s chapters but it related a lot to his personality so it made sense, it was just slightly difficult to read at times. It is still an amazing debut and I highly recommend it to any romance fans. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

This book has been on my physical TBR since it released and I finally decided to pick it up but I was quite disappointed. The only good part for me was the anxiety rep. Other than that, I found the story quite boring and the characters were kinda ridiculous. The mystery was pointless and the romance was incredibly forced. I just don’t think John Green books work for me. – 2.5 out of 5 stars.

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

This is a really fun middle grade novel that I’ve been meaning to read for ages and I finally got around to listening to it on audiobook. It was so much fun and I would have loved to have read this book when I was a kid as I would have been obsessed with it. The main character slightly annoyed me sometimes but I can forgive that since they were young kids trapped in the Amazon rainforest. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Aru Shah and the End of Time and Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

I got sent the sequel to Aru Shah for review and as a part of my 2019 challenge of reading all of my review books before release date, I obviously had to read it. However, I realised that I never actually got around to reading the first book when I got it for review last year (I’m a terribe blogger obviously). Therfore, I decided to binge-read both of these books and I’m so glad I did. It’s been a while since I read a Rick Riordan book but this took me back to all of those years ago when I loved the Percy Jackson series because it was just so much fun. I had even more fun in this series because it deals with Hindu mythology which I am much more aware of from my love for Bollywood movies. The characters are so much fun, especially Aru who is so reliable. I love how she is in her Spider-Man pyjamas for the whole of the quest in the first book. I loved all of the new characters in the sequel that we got introduced to and I cannot wait to get to know more about them in the following novels. I loved so much about this series and I highly recommend it for any mythology fans. I am eagerly anticipating the third book in this series already. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma-Smith Barton

This is a 2019 debut book that is set for a July 11th release that I got to read early courtesy of Netgalley and I really enjoyed it. It delves deep into mental health and stability especially in an Asian community which I loved. I won’t go into it further here because I have a full review coming soon so keep an eye out for that. – 4 out of 5 stars

Movies:

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

This is a film that I was dying to watch in cinema earlier this year but it didn’t show near me. When it came onto Netflix, I immediately had to watch it. Overall, I was disappointed. I was expecting an amazing LGBT rom-com film but that’s not what I got. I wasn’t a fan of the overall story and the way it was told. I also think the acting could definitely be improved. It wasn’t a bad film, it just wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Before I Fall

After finishing the book, I decided to watch the Netflix movie to see how it compared. I had the same overall feeling about the film as well. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. It wasn’t too drastically different to the book but there were some aspects that I wish they put in the film. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Avengers: Endgame

I still can’t quite believe that I’ve seen this film. It doesn’t feel real. I went to the midnight screening and it was epic. It was a perfect conclusion to 22 films and I’m sad that it’s over for some characters. In my opinion, it wasn’t as good as Infinity War but that might be because my favourite characters are the newer heroes whereas this film definitely focuses on the orignal six, as to be expected. If you’re an MCU film and you haven’t seen this film yet, get on it, now. – 5 out of 5 stars.

So that was my April. How was yours? Did you read a lot? I hope to read a lot in May especially since there are so many exciting May releases coming out soon. Any that are on the top of your list? Let me know down below.

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