April 2023 Reading Wrap Up
April was a bit of a slow month for me, but included lots of spice, a few hockey romances, a childhood favorite, and sadly, lots of low ratings. Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think!
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
This book was one of my favorites growing up! Reading it as an adult wasn’t really what I expected. I wanted it to be more nostalgic, but the characters were crazy young and I really didn’t like the main character! The end of this book is still one of my favorite reveals though! I ended up rating it a 4 because I do think it’s a great middle grade.
The Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon
What a jump from my previous middle grade read! The Lady of Rooksgrave manor is a monster romance… reverse harem. I liked it initially, but I got bored pretty quickly and was hoping for more plot. If you want monster smut, this could be for you? You can read my full review here.
THE KISS OF THE BLOOD PRINCE By Alessa Thorn
This book was alright! It felt like a pretty standard urban fantasy romance. It was super entertaining and I did enjoy the enemies to lovers trope. However, I don’t think I’ll continue the series just yet. You can read my full review here.
WILD EVER AFTER By Rebecca Jenshak
Wild Ever After is book 3 in the Wildcat Hockey series by Rebecca Jenshak. I read the first book, and it felt very typical hockey romance. I decided to skip book 2 because I wasn’t into the whole “taking care of my teenage sister trope”. I really thought Wild Ever After would be it because I love a marriage of convenience. Sadly, it didn’t work for me!
PESTILENCE By Laura Thalassa
I received Pestilence as an ARC from Netgalley and was pretty excited to read it because I loved Laura Thalassa’s Bargainer series. I did enjoy parts of the main relationship, but overall I got bored with the plot quickly.
PUCKING AROUND By Emily Rath
If you love reverse harem hockey romance, this book is for you! I loved the prequel novella, and this one was fun too. This one had GREAT hockey, fun relationship building, and high quality MMFM spice. My only complaint is that I couldn’t get on board with the poly relationship as much as I wanted to! I wasn’t completely convinced. Still really good! You can read my full review here.
A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON By Judy. I. Lin
I read this for my book club and was pretty disappointed. I think the tea magic was the best part of this one! But the romance fell flat and I found myself not really caring about the competition. Great food descriptions though!
PUCKING EVER AFTER: VOLUME 1 by Emily Rath
This novella is basically a collection of epilogue chapters for Pucking Around. A few chapters were cute and fun, but overall I don’t feel like I really needed to read this one! It was also very baby focused which just isn’t my cup of tea.
My favorite this month was definitely Pucking Around. I know it’s hyped on Booktok, and while I think it may be OVER hyped, I do think it’s a pretty solid why choose hockey romance! I’d also recommend One Pucked Up Pack by Sarah Blue if that’s the mood you’re in Happy reading!