So I got stuck in a reading slump this month and I had (and continue to have) piles of studying and assignments dumped on me. Yay. Anyway, I enjoyed the books I did get to, but I am definitely in need of a break from contemporary YA novels—I don’t usually read them and when I do, it’s only for a one-book break from my usual fantasy/historical fiction reading, so I am easily bored with that genre. I still managed 6 books in March, all of which have full reviews available or reviews will be coming in the next week, so keep an eye out for those! I hope you all enjoyed your reading month and found plenty of time to sit down with a book.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I enjoyed reading the sequel far more than Aveyard’s debut novel. I felt that this book was an improvement and really added to the series with lots of character and plot development. I’m excited to see how this series concludes!
The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney
Such a cute contemporary romance, and… set in Australia! I loved the relationships in this novel—and not just the romantic relationships, but the relationships between friends, between families, and especially the relationship between Heidi and her identical twin sister Harper. Highly recommend to those who love YA contemporary.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This book was good, but not amazing. I didn’t have any expectations going into Rebel of the Sands which I think added to this. I’ve heard that those who go into the book already knowing about it are disappointed, so if (I mean, WHEN) you pick up this book, try to keep an open mind. My favourite aspect of this book is the setting which is amazing and original and definitely worth the read.
Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
This is a debut novel from an Australian debut author and it is perfect! I was so overwhelmed when I finished the book that I went into a huge reading slump and couldn’t organise my thoughts to write a review for two weeks! This book will change you (in a good way, of course). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick up a copy of Frankie!!
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
So many people have recommended this book to me and told me that it is the best WWII YA historical fiction and that it completely changed the way they saw that period. I was really disappointed. Yes, it was a good story and yes it showed a different perspective on the horrors and tragedies of the war, but this book didn’t live up to the hype for me.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I went into this book with slightly lower expectations than with Between Shades of Gray, but it still wasn’t-out-of-this-world amazing. Also, I already knew the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff which is a bit of a spoiler. What I did love is the multiple perspectives and how this made the book multiple stories in one. This book seemed to have more of a point compared to Between Shades of Gray and I definitely connected with the characters more.