April was a slightly better reading month for me, but I’m still working to get back on track.
For April, I read a total of 7 books. I managed to write reviews for 1 of them. Below you will find short reviews for the 6 books I read, but didn’t review.
Total Books: 7
Total Reviews: 1
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In the 1940’s, an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital. Without Henrietta’s or the family’s knowledge, cells were collected from her body that quickly became known as HeLa. In this book, Rebecca Skloot dives into the convoluted history of Henrietta, her family and John Hopkins Hospital to tell the story of the woman behind HeLa cells. This was an extremely engaging non-fiction book, which raises some interesting questions about ethics.
Chasing Tail by Celia Kyle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Quick and Furry #1
Rating: C –
Celia Kyle is great if you’re looking for a quick read without a whole lot of drama. However, Chasing Tail had an issue with nothing having consequences. A character would do something and the moment would be built-up as having an impact on another character, then in the next scene it would be completely forgotten. By the end, there were a lot of loose threads that never got tied-up. This made the end feel abrupt and pretty unsatisfying.
Collected Poems by Stevie Smith
This is a collection of Stevie Smith’s poetry. While I enjoyed a couple of Smith’s poems, her style isn’t my cup of tea.
Atoning by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Young Adult/Novella
Series: Darkness Rising #3.1
Rating: B –
Atoning is set after Armstrong’s Darkness Rising trilogy. Chloe, Derek and gang go on a mini-camping adventure that gets interrupted when someone tries to kidnap them. This novella is more for fans of the series, but I read it to see if I could to get into Armstrong’s Young Adult books. After reading this one, I’m unsure if I can.
Armstrong has said that she started writing Young Adult because she wanted to create something that her daughter could read, and it shows. This story was laden with morals that Armstrong probably wanted to pass on to her kid. This is fine, except when all of your main teen characters are extremely responsible and understanding to the point of having no major flaws. It makes the characters boring and gets pretty heavy handed when the adults are all commenting on how crazy responsible they are.
However, I’m willing to give Armstrong the benefit of a doubt and will probably one day read a full length book in this series. I’m just not in any rush to do so.
Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #2
Glory In Death follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she works to capture the person slashing successful women’s throats. This was my second “In Death” book and while the murderer is fairly easy to figure out, I enjoyed the mystery plot a lot more than Innocent in Death. However, my rating for Glory In Death is entirely for the mystery because I hated the sub-plot of Eve’s relationship drama with Roarke.
Basically, the characters are on different levels in their relationship. Roarke wants commitment and for Eve to move in with him. Eve isn’t quite ready for that step and is trying to adjust to Roarke’s constant, I love you’s. Instead of respecting that they’ve been dating less than a year, and that Eve is not ready for the next step, Roarke plays mind games. I was extremely frustrated with the direction this plot thread took and with how high-handed Roarke was with Eve. Forcing someone to move in with you and say I love you, does not automatically fix their commitment issues. If anything, this would only cause more problems down the road. But since Roarke is devoted to Eve and he’s “oh so sexy, smart and rich”, we’re supposed to think his manipulations are romantic? While reading this, I could not understand why a character like Eve would put with Roarke’s actions. It didn’t gel for me. So, after finishing this, I decided to read the first book, Naked In Death, to see if I could figure them out as a couple
If you’re looking to start this series, I would recommend reading one of the later books. The stories stand well on their own, so you wouldn’t be lost.
Alice in the Country of Clover: The March Hare’s Revolution by QuinRose
Series: Alice in the Country of Clover Standalone
Ah yes, my monthly guilty pleasure read. This manga series is pure escapist fantasy, but I eat it up like popcorn. March Hare’s Revolution is a standalone title in the Country of Clover universe and follows Alice as she develops feelings for the Hatter’s right hand man, Elliot March. There’s not much to the story, but that’s pretty expected in a one-shot. The main plot consists of Alice trying to get over her initial reaction to seeing Elliot kill some assassins. Not the best in the series, but not the worst either.
My Book Reviews from April
- Suicide Squad Volume 1 by Adam Glass