what i read // april mini reviews
True story: I wrote the title of this post as March Mini Reviews and it took me a full ten minutes to realise it's April. It's nearing the end of April?! What on earth. How dare the time go so fast.
Anyhow, this month I did a bit of reading. By a bit I mean four books which is becoming the new normal in the crazy world of working and editing and driving lessons. But they were all quite enjoyable, so that makes up for it. ;)
Cress by Marissa Meyer // This is the third book in the completely awesome fairy-tale retelling, sci-fi/fantasy series that is The Lunar Chronicles, and my firm favourite so far. I feel a little anxious because all throughout Cress it's like we're heading for the climax of the series plot, but it was half the excitement for me, too. Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne's (the main characters from the first two books) perspectives continue alongside that of Cress, an experience hacker and Lunar shell trapped in a satellite by the evil Lunar thaumaturge, Sybil. OH MY GOODNESS. So many feelings! The romance is so sweet, but Cress's wide-eyed enthusiasm/wonder/fear of the world is sweeter. Also there's weddings and kidnappings and blindness and friendship and doubting whether you're even capable of living up to who you are, and, which I'd been waiting forever for, an actual outsider perspective of Luna! (Yay!) Then, because I'm a nerd like that, I read the original Rapunzel; seriously, the little details and the lengths Marissa Meyer goes for a clever, in-depth retelling are the best. 4.5/5 stars.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough // The premise of this YA historical fiction novel: through the ages, Love and Death have participated in a game where two humans' love for each other either triumphs or ends in death, and, now, in 1930s Seattle, Henry, an orphaned musical prodigy, and Flora, an orphaned singer who would prefer to be a pilot, are their next players. It's a beautifully written tale about music and freedom and flight and family, and I really appreciated the historical details and continent/era hopping. But, for some reason - maybe the lingering of instalove/manipulation, maybe the slight predictability toward the end, maybe some of the themes didn't sit well with me - The Game of Love and Death didn't tick all the boxes for me. Still, 3.5/5 stars.
The Flying Classroom by Erich Kaestner // This charming German Christmas story is one of my mum's favourite books from her childhood so how cool is it that she found a secondhand English at a charity trolley in the hospital? I read most of it on a three-hour car trip and enjoyed myself immensely. I love how the author puts himself into the story and how the story doesn't shy away from the facts of life. 4.5/5 stars.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery // I have loved, loved, LOVED this classic since I first saw the movie (Kevin Sullivan version) as a nine-or-ten-year-old then slowly read through my mother's copy. Reading it again, after I bought an extremely beautiful hardback edition, has been such a joy. Anne Shirley, with all her imagination, fiercely held grudges, flowery speech, and bright exuberance for life, will always be my literary heroine. 5/5 stars. (Obviously.)
can you believe it's May already!? what books did you read in April? any of these?