April TBR

April is here and with it a global pandemic and a ton of time to read. Along with the O.W.L.S I am planning to complete the April Year-a-thon reading challenge as well as reading a couple of additional books.

as well as one of the following books…

Overall, I am hoping that I can get all 10 of these books read as well as finally finishing ‘The Secret History’ Which I have been reading for a couple of months already!

What are you most looking forward to reading this month?

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon
By Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 563
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 7
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning

After rereading Twilight I knew I wanted to do a complete reread of the series. It has been a lot time since I have sat down and actually reread these books and the nostalgia is real!

If you don’t know Twilight follows our main character Bella as she moves to the town of Forks to live with her dad after she decides that her mum should go with her new husband on his travels as a minor league baseball player.

Once there we are introduced to the mysterious Edward and the ever friendly Jacob.

Within the sequel ‘New Moon’ Bella is faced with hreat break and forced to move on, however instead of doing so Bella decides to embark on fixing motorbikes with Jacob. The development of the relationship between Jacob and Bella is one that I will always enjoy. Both are a little over dramatic but I was defnitely here for it when I read it in high school and I’m here for it now.

Although New Moon develops the character of Bella from the inital book, I don’t find it to be a positive development. She seems like a classic over dramatic heart broken teen, who really can’t function without thier ‘Soulmate’. It’s definitely not healthy but it is I woulf say accurate to intense teenage romance.

The setting of LaPush is one that I’ve always injoyed in both movies and books. It is such an interesting place in terms of its history and the community aspect of the peoples of the reservation. There was a developemnt of the mythology that surrounds the tribe as well as a progression from beleiving the myth to realising its reality. The scenery was definitely one that really does encaptulate me when it comes to the Twilight Saga.

Overall this reread is one that brings up so much nostaligia as a reader. I am deeply enjoying my time revisting the Twilight Saga and experiencing the characters again.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Overall: 4.5/5

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
Book #1 in the Twilight Saga

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 501
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

I am definitely a Twilight fan. Why would I reread something I didn’t like? I can also see why people don’t like it, to each their own right?

If you don’t know Twilight follows Bella Swan as she moves from Arizona to Forks, Seattle to live with her dad so her mum can travel with her new husband. She is initially miserable until she notices a mysterious boy, Edward. Suddenly Forks isn’t so boring.

I love Bella, I really do, but this time around I began to notice how she complained and what she complained about. Like the weather and that Charlie isn’t home. All things that no one has any control over, which leaves very little reason to complain. I can appreciate that it must be difficult to move to a new state and start at a new school but she really didn’t want to be there and definitely acted as such.

I found the backstories we got to be honestly the part of the story I really enjoyed. I couldn’t remember how I knew any of Alice’s back story and when it came up in the story I was so happy – I really wish there was a book about Alice, I would love that – I love reading about all their lives before hand, Carlile’s is another interesting one.

Forks as a setting is stunning to me. I am someone who loves the rain and the mountains so I am always in heaven reading books based in Seattle or Alaska.

Overall Twilight is a nostalgic read for me. Will I reread it again? probably. Does that mean that its a spectacular novel? no. But for me it will always be a go too.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Overall: 2.5/5

Review: ‘Fake Blood’ By Whitney Gardner

‘Fake Blood’

By Whitney Gardner

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: 2018
Pages: 300
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 1 
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia

It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had any exciting summer adventures like his best friends have. He even has the same crush he’s harbored for years. So AJ decides to take matters into his own hands. But how could a girl like Nia Winters ever like plain vanilla AJ when she only has eyes for vampires?

When AJ and Nia are paired up for a group project on Transylvania, it may be AJ’s chance to win over Nia’s affection by dressing up like the vamp of her dreams. And soon enough he’s got more of Nia’s attention than he bargained for when he learns she’s a slayer.

Now AJ has to worry about self-preservation while also trying to save everyone he cares about from a real-life threat lurking in the shadows of Spoons Middle School. 

What a quick read! I picked up ‘Fake Blood’ after getting it delivered to work and finishing my previous book before the train home. This meant I needed something to read on the commute and honestly I’ve never been happier about getting my books delivered to work (even when that means carrying 3kg of books on my 4km walk home)

This graphic novel is a light and easy read, I ended up finishing it in about 1 hour. I was engaged in the story and enjoyed the sweet little things about the characters, even in such a quick read.

There were also some references to ‘Twilight’ without being direct references, which as someone who likes ‘Twilight’ I enjoyed. I though things like our main character trying to make his skin sparkle in the sun was quite enjoyed.

‘Fake Blood’ is a light and easy read that I would recommend to anyone who wants something fun and quick to read.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 6.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:  4/5

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