Recent Reads #13 | April 2021

in , , , by Kristen Woolsey, 1:09 PM
Oh boy, do I have a random list of books for you guys today. My reading tastes are all over the map, so this is actually a pretty good picture of the variety of books I read! So excited to share that I've got more than one 5 star book for you today.


The Red Queen

Basically: In this world you are either a 'red' or a 'silver'. Reds are regular people, Silvers are elite people with superpowers. The main character is Mare, a Red, and she ends up working at the palace and finds out she has a power of her own. 

I definitely enjoyed this book. The world building was good and immersive. The thing is, it's a series, and I literally never cared to pick up the next book. I think that says a lot! 
Rating: 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

One of Us Is Lying

Basically: Five kids end up in detention, and one doesn't make it out alive. 

This was kind of like an updated Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Kinda fun, kinda dumb. 
Rating: 2.5 Stars ⭐⭐

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Basically: Feyre is hunting one day and kills a wolf. Turns out the wolf is a fairy. Fairy rules says she has to pay for what she's done and is taken as a prisoner to go live in the fairy kingdom. 

I had a lot of issues with the plot in this one, but eventually most of it is explained. Like, why would the punishment for murder be going to live the rest of your life in luxury? Eventually that gets explained. Parts of this book were really engaging, and then it would get boring, but then something would happen that made you stick with it, and then it going boring again. I'm in the minority though because a lot of people love this series. Just not my thing.
Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

The Four Winds

Basically: This takes place during the Great Depression in the Great Plains. Elsa is an ordinary woman who has to do really hard things to help her family survive. The big decision of the book is do they stay or do they try to make a new life in California where things aren't supposed to be as hard.

Oh, Kristin Hannah. She is such a great author. The writing in this book is excellent and it really sweeps you up. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and this does not disappoint. I really learned a lot about the Great Plains in this time period. 
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

One True Loves

Basically: Emma marries her High School sweetheart, and they have an amazing life together. They travel, go on adventures, and are just blissfully happy. But, on their first wedding anniversary, her husband Jesse goes missing in a helicopter crash. You follow her as she moves back home to be with her parents as she grieves. Eventually, she is doing well and ends up getting engaged again. Only to find out her husband was found and isn't dead after all!

Sound soap opera-y, doesn't it? It's not! The writing is so good and it feels a lot less dramatic than the premise. Loved this! I was conflicted the whole time!
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Midnight Library 

Basically: With a touch of science fiction, this explores the multiverse. Nora has a pretty crap life, and she decides to end it. She wakes up in a library. Here she gets a chance to try on different lives where she made different decisions throughout her life. For example, she tests one where she didn't break up with an ex, or one where she didn't quit swimming competitively as a kid and ended up being in the Olympics. 

I have a lot of thoughts on this book! Loved the concept of exploring regret and seeing how your life might of turned out differently if you made another choice. I also loved that she was just thrown into these lives and had to figure it out as she went. For example, in the life she was an Olympian, it was just before she was about to go out on stage and give a motivational speech. That made it a little confusing at times, but much more interesting! Also loved the ending and the choice she made.
Rating: 4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark Places

Basically: Libby was the lone survivor of the brutal murder of her family. She was really young at the time, but she remembers her brother being there and her testimony puts him behind bars for murder. The story flashes between her really screwed up life now and the day of the murders. 

This was such an intense, twisty turn-y book! I was totally surprised by the ending. Libby and Ben are really dumb, but hey it's a great thriller. 
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Are Not Alone

Basically: Shay is a lonely person who has lost her job and is really just down on her luck. Shay ends up witnessing a suicide when a woman throws herself in front of a train. Somehow she ends up a the funeral for this woman and makes friends with her former friend group. These friends are super sketchy. 

Another thriller! I enjoyed this a lot and was pretty surprised by the twist! It's kinda off the rails at times, but still fun to read. 
Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Flatshare

Basically: Tiffy is really broke and needs a new place to live after breaking up with her boyfriend. To avoid living in totally squalor, she applies for a 'flatshare'. Meaning she and another person will share an entire apartment. Should work out great because the person she is sharing with, Leon, works nights and weekends and they will never be there at the same time. In fact, she hasn't even met him. They communicate through post it notes and actually become friends. 

This was a fun opposites attract British rom-com! I really enjoyed it and finished it really quickly. A great beach read! 
Rating: 4 Stars  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Surprise Me

Basically: Sylvie and Dan go to the doctor and get the great news that they are perfectly healthy and will live till they are 100. Sounds great, except they realize that means they will be together for another 68 years. They kind of tailspin after that and try to spice things up by surprising each other to help their marriage.

I have a hard time reading about messed up marriages. It really frustrates me because 99% of the time the problems could be solved if the people just communicated. But, then I guess there would be no book! Overall this is a light read and I was pleased with the character development and how it all turned out. 
Rating: 3.5 Stars  ⭐⭐⭐

I've Got Your Number

Basically: While trying to find her lost engagement ring, Poppy has her cellphone stolen. Things couldn't get much worse. But, she ends up finding a cell phone someone threw in the trash. Desperate to have a phone that the hotel could call when they found her ring, Poppy steals the trash phone. The phone actually belongs to an assistant of a guy named Sam. Sam is not happy his assistant quit, and even more unhappy that this random person stole the phone he needs. 

Silly, not that realistic premise, but still a cute book! It was an easy read and a fun story. 
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Hating Game

Basically: Lucy and Josh are each executive assistants to Co-CEOs and they HATE each other. Like, not just dislike, actively hate. In fact, it's almost a game to see who can make the other more miserable. And now they are up for the same promotion.

I almost hate to admit how much I enjoyed this book! It's ridiculous, but some how the chemistry between these two leaps off the page. It's pretty steamy! One thing that bothered me was that the location was never mentioned! I guess it doesn't really matter, but I found myself wondering about it throughout the story. Maybe it's on purpose that they don't mention it. 
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Leave a comment below and give me your latest book recommendation! What genres do you find yourself reading the most? 

-Kristen

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