April Mini Reviews

The Unquiet Dead – Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Unquiet Dead

This was an incredible debut novel, compellingly complex and layered. The two main characters were engaging and the plot was definitely thought-provoking. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys intelligent crime mysteries.

Cross Her Heart – Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book which I’ve been really looking forward to. It definitely did not disappoint and was a perfect example of a twisty thriller that keeps the reader utterly gripped from beginning to end. Definitely a worthy follow up to Behind Her Eyes.

The House Swap – Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap

The first two-thirds of this book was an amazing example of domestic noir and I was on track to give it five stars. Then the tension just sort of fizzled out and the ending was an anticlimax. This could have been great though which made it all the more frustrating.

The Time-Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England – Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

Continuing my resolution to read more non-fiction books, I chose this one based on a friend’s recommendation. It was an accessible and fun introduction to the Medieval era in England and read more like fiction than dry historical non-fiction thanks to the engaging and witty writing style.

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson

I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages and decided to pick up the first book and give it a go. It was a fast-paced adventure story and pure escapism. The melding of ancient and modern is brilliantly done and the characters are great.

This Thing of Darkness – Harry Bingham

This Thing of Darkness

I’ve been reading this crime series one book per month and it keeps getting better and better. I’ve already reserved the next one from my library as I’m eager to see where the events in this book lead. Fiona is such a great character and these books are so well written and engaging.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

This was a reread for me and I loved it more than I did the first time. It has made me question Tamlin’s character development though as I’d forgotten how great he was in this book. This is definitely one of my favourite Beauty and the Beast retellings.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

ACOMAF - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

This is still my favourite book in the series but I can see a few flaws when reading it for the second time, especially concerning the characterisation of Tamlin. But I love Rhysand and the Inner Circle so this book remains a brilliant read.

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas

This is one of those series where, whilst I’m aware of its flaws, I still enjoy it so much. Most of the characters are incredibly memorable, and the world-building is very detailed. I can’t wait to finally read A Court of Frost and Starlight next week and catch up with the Inner Circle. 

Paradise Lost – John Milton

This was required reading for my MA but I’ve been meaning to read it for years. I can tell I’ll need to read it a couple more times before better understanding its complexity and nuances though!


  1. Sam@WLABB

    30 April 2018 at 12:21 AM

    ACOMAF was my favorite of the ACOTAR series. I was so pumped on girl power after reading it. I knew ACOWAR could never surpass the greatness of that book.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      30 April 2018 at 1:22 AM

      It was just so good! I definitely found more faults with ACOWAR as some things felt forced or out of character.

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