The Monthly Wrap-Up – March Edition (3)

Books Read:

Heather:

Burning by Elana K. Arnold
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Fever Series (1-5) by Karen Marie Moning
Darkfever
Bloodfever
Faefever
Dreamfever
Shadowfever
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Miller

Marlene:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Jewel of the Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure by Angela Misri

Books Reviewed:

Heather:

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutoski
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Half Bad by Sally Green

Marlene:

Of Beastand Beauty by Stacey Jay
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Jewel ofthe Thames: A Portia Adams Adventure by Angela Misri

Top Book of the Month:

Heather:

Yeah–no way can I go with just one:

The Rosie Project-
This is the ULTIMATE feel good read. Perfect if you have been reading a lot of heavy, angsty, gut-wrenching fiction. I adored it.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters-
I was SO lucky to get an e-ARC of this book–one of my most anticipated of the year. Words to describe it?
Ambitious. Swoony. Unexpected.
That’s all you get until my spoiler free review next week 🙂

Maybe Someday-
I wasn’t even thinking of reading this book to tell you the truth–it only very recently became known to me. Then my friend Lauren read and said although it wasn’t a book for her, she thought it might be for me. It was. But it’s the musical accompaniment by vocalist Griffin Peterson that makes this book so memorable and a top read for me.

Marlene:

Side Effects May Vary is my top read this month! The snarky, self-destructive, selfish, and manipulative Alice won me over somehow. Her complexity demanded attention, and my goodness, she had mine! Alice decides to embrace life when she’s diagnosed with leukemia–by seeking revenge on those who’ve wronged her and enlisting her childhood best friend to help. If this doesn’t sound like the book for you, don’t worry, Alice does some nice things too. Though she’ll infuriate you a lot, this girl is worthy of redemption. You might have to dig a little to see it, but it’s there. What I really enjoyed about Julie Murphy’s debut novel is how it pushes boundaries. We’re given a heroine who carries emotional baggage; someone who doesn’t know who to talk to or how to express her distress in a healthy manner, so naturally, her destructive behavior is messy and offensive. But you know what? This story packs so much truth about how confusing and chaotic life can be and how imperfect humans are, and I enjoyed it. Win!

Leading Character of the Month:

Heather:

Again, no way I’m going with one.
Here are my top three and why I chose them:

Most development and growth in a character: Liraz from Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Most pull at your heartstrings character: Don from The Rosie Project
Most enigmatic character: Jericho Barrons from The Fever Series

Marlene:

Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss. Can I just say that I want to be Anna’s friend? Because I do! Anna is taken out of her comfort zone and shipped off to Paris to finish off her high school career. At the beginning, Anna is scared and unsure, but she totally rises to the occasion, makes friends, and eventually navigates the streets of Paris on her own! I don’t know if I could ever be so daring, but in this story, we slowly see how independent Anna becomes. She aspires to become a film critic. She has a great sense of humor, is shamelessly clumsy, and is self-aware. Sure, Anna makes a few (romance related) mistakes along the way, but don’t we all? Love is a tricky thing, and sometimes, it takes dating a few frogs before discovering what a prince looks like. Was that cheesy? Yes. Yes it was. But I don’t care. This story is a feel-good kind of story, and Anna makes it all worthwhile. (So does Etienne, but you know, this section is about Anna). 😉

Most Memorable Quote/Excerpt Read This Month:

Heather:

I read a lot of great books with memorable quotes and excerpts but these two from The Chapel Wars are sticking with me:

“Hey Ho.”

“”If looks were America and ugly was Los Angeles, this boy was comfortably Kentucky. West Virginia when he smiled.”

Lindsey Leavitt, The Chapel Wars

Marlene:

I highlighted about 40 passages in Murphy’s novel. I truly enjoyed her writing style, it was both fluid and real.

I didn’t want the easy kind of love, I wanted the crazy love, the kind of love that created and destroyed all at the same time. – Anna

Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary