April Wrap-Up

Hello Bookworms & happy Friday!!! here in NYC we’ve decided to skip Spring & go straight to Summer and although when I’m outside I truly dislike it…when I’m inside, I get to blast that A.C. & no sleep is better than one right next to that powerful ice machine ๐Ÿ˜‚ย anyways, I pulled up Goodreads to see how many books I’d read in April & had to do a Britney…

I cannot remember the last time I read 8 BOOKS!!! *GASP*ย it was a great quality reading month, no complaints here (except for maybe Professed haha!) I was able to get ahead in my TBR ๐Ÿ’œย I participated in 2 Buddy Reads and had so much fun talking to the Bookworms in our group chats. I also borrowed for the very first time from another blogger buddy who is simply an amazing human being! Thank you Sarah @TheYaBookTravelerย I appreciate your kindness ๐Ÿ’œย Out of the 8 books that I read, 4 were 5 star reads which means I had a lot of fun reading in April.ย I’m hoping for an equally as good May & so far I think I’m getting my wish thanks to Harper & some new arc approvals that came through.ย Now without further ado I present to you my April Wrap-Up…

Professed by Nicola Rendellย โ˜…โ˜… STARS: Not what I expected but I read along since this was a book club pick for Julie & Chelsea’s Book Hangover Book Club. The characters just felt over the top & the “steamy scenes” were terrible ๐Ÿ˜ž

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglasย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 4 STARS: This being the first book I p/u as a reintroduction to the NA genre (not that I’ve read all that very many ๐Ÿ˜‚) was UNPUTDOWNABLE! ๐Ÿ˜ณย I seriously couldn’t stop reading & now I’m on a Penelope Douglas binge

Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody (Review)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 4 STARS: Falls into the younger side of YA but still very enjoyable with its Sin City/Moulin Rouge vibes. Book 2 was just announced today, titled King of Fools for 2019 & I’m REALLY looking forward to It ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young (Review)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 4 STARS: Character driven, less focused on the bloody history of Vikings we’ve all come to know. This one is for those bookworms who love stories about family bonds and loyalty and choosing who your family is when you’ve lost it all.

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (RTC closer to publication date)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 5 STARS: I mean C’mon! I LOVED My Lady Jane to pieces when I first read it & waited ever so patiently for this sequel. When a bookworm friend offered to loan me her copy I was STUNNED & Happy & grateful! I devoured it & all I can say is THANK YOU My Lady Janies for the ode to my childhood faves The Ghostbusters ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (RTC)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 5 STARS: a witchy read with a plus sized POC MC who’s a bit of a curmudgeon dishing out the sarcasm when she sees fit. Practicing witchcraft was never supposed to yield any real results until she needed it to & then…๐Ÿ‘€

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Review)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 5 STARS: This is perhaps my fave read of the month! a black MC who kicks a** & doesn’t back down whether it’s racist white men or the walking dead trying to make a snack out of her. This book has so much more going on underneath the surface, #Blacklivesmatter, Colorism, and racism are all weaved into this tale. I have a giveaway currently running until Sunday 5/6, open to international Bookworms as well ๐Ÿ’œย Click on the link to take you to my review post to enter ๐Ÿ’œ

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Review)ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… 5 STARS: Take me back to this little town & island PLEASE! so atmospheric & haunting, I cannot stop singing this books praises! Please pick this one up before the Netflix series airs, it’s a short read but sooooo good that it’s guaranteed to stick around even after you’ve read that last line ๐Ÿ˜‰

Avengers: Infinity War

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Date Day this month with the hubby was a ton of fun & led us to visit some of our favorite haunts. Starting off with breakfast at our fave diner by the theatre & a quick trip to The Strand where I picked up Leah On the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)by Becky Albertalli & the Graphic Novel Moonstruck: Magic To Brew. I spent a little too much time in the stacks & we ended up having to cab it to the other side of Manhattan to the theatre for a 1:30pm show. IMAX 3D…why do I always forget to wear contacts? instead I watch movies through 4 lenses ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

The movie was about 2.5 hours long & it just exceeded expectations! Thanos our villain is one complex character with depth to him, he wasn’t just trying to kill everything in sight for power or control. I found this villain really interesting but that ending still had me giving him major side eye ๐Ÿ˜‚ย It was awesome seeing some faves back on the screen & after watching Black Panther just last month, I was super stoked to return to Wakanda. This being part I of II, I expected to walk away with unresolved story line and I felt the ending sets up for the next movie rather nicely. The after credit scene led to a really cool development & now I spend my time on Screen Rant looking for any bread crumbs being released for the next set of Marvel movies. Overall I gave this movie 5 BUTTERFLIES!!!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful start of the month ๐Ÿ’œย what was your favorite read in April? feel free to link those wrap-ups down below & I’ll make my way over to your corner of the interwebz ๐Ÿ’œ’s! Don’t forget to throw yourย ๐ŸŽฉย in the ring for a chance to win a copy of Dread nation (see here)! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ


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54 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up”

  1. I am so jealous, but like jealous with love, if that makes sense. I’m so happy you gave My Plain Jane 5 stars, I can’t wait for the book, after I got rejected, ouchie. But like I need it in my life. Penelope Douglas is awesome and I also loved Birthday Girl.

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    1. I got rejected for it too Lara but it was my fault, I was a little late to review an arc. Tried again with a clean slate and just got approved for everything I requested. My Plain Jane I borrowed from a friend & Iโ€™m patiently waiting now to own a finished copy on pub date ๐Ÿ’™ I hop you love it, have a feeling you will ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Iโ€™m hoping to read Corrupt by Penelope soon cause Birthday Girl was so good! Thank you for stopping by โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•


    1. Thank you Sara โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’• itโ€™s also up on Edelweiss, in case you wanna give it a shot. I was denied the first time but as long as youโ€™re in good standing and youโ€™re active on your blog, theyโ€™re pretty cool on approvals ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

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      1. This was me for about a year NetGalley was my friend but eventually the tides turned with Edelweiss for the better. I will have all my fingers crossed for you โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. CONFESSION: I totally purchased Leah w/out having read Simon vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda SMH, I do plan on reading both though LOL! 3 times?!?! that means it’s worthy ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy reading in May! heading over to your corner now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Wow you read some great books! I’m so excited to read My Plain Jane and Ace of Shades! Also, I’ve been hearing so much about Undead Girl Gang and Sky in the Deep – I might consider giving them a try too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I will tale a quality month any time! And you killed it in April ๐Ÿ–ค I agree about sleeping in the AC haha. I also keep a fan on. It is the best. Besides, I think I read once that sleeping in the cold is better for you? I went to Powell’s a few weekends ago. But I want to come visit you and the Strand!!!

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    1. Danielle! I had the AC on last night & it was HEAVEN! best sleep ever! โค April was such an unexpectedly good reading month, wish to see more of those but we shall see haha! I need this article to show to Lorenzo who thinks I'm trying to make the room into a igloo lol. Powells *heart eyes* one day! I feel about Powells probably the same way you feel about Strand. One day my friend ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Eight books, nice job Lilly! ๐Ÿ˜€ A lot of five star reads too, that’s always exciting. Everyone is watching Avengers and I’m over here clueless, because I really don’t like superhero movies or TV shows. HAHA.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! You made my YEARRRRR! โค โค โค you just wait & see, I'm going to include the fan book trailer you created for it in my review lol! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Sounds like you had a good month! And I love that pic of you with the books hehe. Also I totally get the watching through 4 lenses thing ๐Ÿ˜› I can’t wear contacts so that’s me EVERY TIME we go see a 3D movie hahaha

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  6. You had a really great reading month! Look at all those 5 stars! I feel you on skipping spring and going straight to summer. I’m in Vermont and it was 87 degrees out yesterday! I hadn’t gotten the AC out yet and my bedroom was boiling hot all night. It was awful!

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    1. Thank you Bentley! no complaints here, April was a fun quality reading month ๐Ÿ™‚ yea we hit 90 yesterday & I didn’t know how to act haha! I got home and started turning the AC’s on in the bedroom and Living room, melting status LOL! I hope you have a much cooler night today ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. You got through some great books this month Lilly, and I am so so glad to see you gave My Plain Jane five stars because that is one of my most anticipated releases for this year, I can’t wait to get my hands on my copy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also your review definitely made me want to check out The Wicked Deep so hopefully I’ll be able to get around to that soon myself. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I saw Avengers: Infinity War this month too and oh my god it was incredible right? That ending has left me shocked and heartbroken and kind of gutted that we have to wait a year until the next one is released.
    Great post, it seems like you had a great month as well so I hope you have an even better May! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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    1. Thank you Beth! โค โค โค I'm pretty confident you're going to love My Plain Jane ๐Ÿ˜‰ I CANNOT wait for you to read The Wicked Deep. Such a good read! & OMYGOSH that ending!!! what was that?!?! haha! Psyched for the second part to this movie ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Amazing wrap up, love! And… I’ know I’m completely biased because you blessed me with so much of your time, BUT STILL! Also, I’m still jelly over your day date! Ahhh! I can’t wait to go to NY! But amazing April, love! And I’m wishing you all the love, happiness, and good books (preferably with me) this May! ๐Ÿ’–xx

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    1. Thanks Mel! ๐Ÿ–ค haha yea we did buddy read a lot in April & it was AWESOME! Hope May sees us enjoying all the books with some more great buddy reads along the way. Haha @ that last bit! Of course with you! Btw I got another Harper title but Iโ€™ll text you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’— Happy reading & all that jazz in May! ๐Ÿ–ค

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  9. Man, those are some really interesting-sounding books you mentioned! I suddenly predict that my TBR list is about to grow some more. lol
    And yay for Infinity War! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค
    I was so busy in April that I had practically no time for reading, which sucked because it just made me want to read that much more! Oh, well, here's hoping May will be calmer and full of more books. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Great wrap up! You had a great bookish month! I can’t wait to read Ace Of Shades, and Sky In The Deep! Birthday girl is not for me but I love Penelope Douglas books. You should also check out Punk 57! It’s dark and emotional NA romance.
    Hope you have a wonderful May! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Raven! ๐Ÿ’œ I hope you enjoy Ace & Sky, I have Punk 57 on my Kindle & have heard so many great things that I’m sure I’ll get to that one as soon as I read Corrupt ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ I love dark & emotional haha! I hope you have an amazing May! ๐Ÿ’œ

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  11. Lovely wrap-up ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so happy April was such a good reading month for you! You’ve made me even more excited to read Undead Girl Gang and The Wicked Deep, I love a witchy read! Happy reading ๐Ÿ’•

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