April Wrap Up + Book Haul… In which I broke personal reading records and still am on book buying ban

Hello, y’all! Nice to see you around ❤ Welcome to my April wrap up! As the title suggests, I didn’t get a single new book in April, so let’s just forget this part, okay?

WRAP UP

In April, I managed to read 20 books, 11 volumes of manga and a comic book 🙂

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Favorites of the month 🙂 Please add here The Quartermaster & The Marquis’ Son. I did this collage on Instagram moments before I decided to keep reading it and finished it quite by accident, haha!

BOOKS

To read my review for each book, just click on the respective links on the list 🙂

I’ll update this post with the missing reviews as they get ready 🙂

 MANGAS

  • TEN, vols. 1 &2, by Martina Peters
  • Night Walk, by Kano Miyamoto
  • Jackass!, by Scarlet Beriko
  • Zutto Issho ni Kurashimashou, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • Ijimekko no Okada-kun, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • From Yesterday, by Shouko Takaku
  • AV Gokko, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • Smile Maker, by Scarlet Beriko
  • Renai Moratorium, by Junta Mio
  • Hisho to Yajuu, vol. 1, by Yuu Takahashi

I’m ridiculously late with my manga reviews, pardon me 😦

COMIC BOOK

  • The Complete Alice in Wonderland, by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Erica Awano

Won Books

  • King Arthur, Barnes & Noble edition – @bookish.mel was kind enough to send me her spare copy as a gift! ❤ I LOVE YOU, MEL! THANKS FOREVER!
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from my Instagram 🙂
  • The Lingering Grace, by Jessica Arnold – I won an ebook copy on an Chapter by Chapter giveaway! Thanks ❤

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  • Kindred Spirits, by Rainbow Rowell – I won this one at a giveaway that lovely @beccareadsbooks hosted on Instagram ❤ Thank you!!
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also from my Insta!
  • Paper Hearts, by Hanna Peach – I won this novella from the author for being a subscriber to her blogger’s newsletter ❤

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  • Harry Potter coloring book – I won this one at a giveaway that awesome @riddlesteashoppe hosted on Instagram ❤ THANKS SO MUCH!

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 Received books

I’ve received the following books in exchange for an honest review this month 🙂

Thanks so much to all of you!! ❤

 Failed TBR

As much good that I was on April, I still failed to read some of the planned books. The reason? In two out of four cases, slacking. The other two? Family Issues. But I’ll read them someday!!

  • Cracking the Career Code, from Tom Henricksen
  • Anomalies, from Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman
  • Ashes in Waterloo, from Olivia Andem
  • Wish, from Grier Cooper

You can check my TBR for May on this post 🙂

This is pretty much it, guys! Thanks so much for reading! Have you managed to read all the books you had planned for April??

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The Ruins of Gorlan, from John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

I would like to start the review thanking my book jar-box. After many studies, I decided to make my own book jar (it is a box, I’ll have to pay therapy for it if I keep calling it a jar xD) and the first raffled book was this one. My expectations weren’t high, so it was an amazing surprise!

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directly from my Instagram profile 😀

Anyway, let’s go to the book: this is the story of Will, an orphan boy who grew up as a protégée in a medieval castle, under the Baron’s protection, among other children. Nobody seems to know about Will’s parentage and, to avoid being mocked by the other orphans of the castle, Will makes up that his dad was a war hero and starts to believe so himself.

When the protégées reach 15 years old, they must ask for a tutor in the castle, to make themselves useful in some way to the feud. Will’s dream is to go to the Battleschool, but Sir Rodney, the captain, thinks that the boy is too thin and weak to that. So, to general surprise, he is chosen by ranger Halt, to be a Ranger Apprentice.

You see, the rangers were seem as some kind of magical people by the people of the feud, so Will is not sure how this will turn out – he only knows that anything is better to spend the rest of his life in a farm.

Halt trains Will to the point of exhaustion, but not in vain: the boy proves himself an excellent apprentice (we soon learn that Halt tends to be always right xD) and slowly changes, realizing that there are more ways to be a hero than to fight.

Mean while, Horace, one of Will’s colleagues, is accepted in the Battleschool and starts to suffer a heavy bullying from the older students. He used to be full of himself and to fight a lot with Will, as both were stupid boys (sorry, but it’s the truth xD), but he also changes. It is amazing how Flanagan can capture and show the effects of bullying. All the symptoms, the fear, the frustration… At first, I hated Horace. Now, I love him, haha!

Both boys exceed in their apprenticing and become friends after an almost death experience sponsored by two angry boars (this is one of my favorite scenes in the book, by the way!). Things would only get dangerous when Halt and Will depart on a very important mission, as one of the greatest enemies from the kingdom is about to rise.

I simply loved it. I love Young Adult Novels and this one surpassed any expectations. The characters are strong, the action is real, the book is fast paced, but not too much that you get lost or miss details and is about the power of friendship. One of my June favorites ❤

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 Have you ever read Ranger’s Apprentice series?

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Austenland, from Shannon Hale (Austenland #1)

Hi, guys! I’m finally being able to post all the reviews that I owned you from my Instagram promises 🙂 This time, I’m talking about Austenland, from Shannon Hale

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my baby with one of my favorite necklaces ❤

Jane Hayes is a 30 and some years old woman and lost her hopes in love. She had 12 serious boyfriends in her life before until the book starts and all those relationships ended pretty bad for her. She had a deep love for Jane Austen’s works, especially for Pride & Prejudice (and who doesn’t? LOL), so she dives a little farther into Austen’s world at each boyfriend that she lost, to the point she wants to give up on men.

One fine day, she discovers that a relative of hers who knew about her current situation had left her a three weeks trip to Austenland in her will. The place was a kind of resort of Jane Austen in England and, while there, people would have to behave like the English society of 1816, in manners and rules. After thinking very carefully, Jane decides to give it a go.

At first, Jane was sure that the experience would only increase her obsession. The dresses, the actors playing gentlemen, everything screamed that she couldn’t do that. Moreover, when she’s introduced to the actor that held Mr. Darcy’s style (each actor in the house was inspired by one of Austen’s heroes), she knew she was a goner. In the middle of her mental confusion, she starts a “forbidden” affair with Theodore, the gardener, to try to calm down and go back to the real world for a while during the insane 24-hour role-playing game.

The days go by and Jane starts to change. Her romance with the gardener turns out to be not what she expected and she embraces her painter side, way forgotten in her life. Jane also starts to accept better her limitations and flaws, including her obsession. It’s a very impressive process to the character: it’s the small things that shows her changes, slowly, freeing her from herself. Even with difficulties, Jane leaves Austenland as new stronger woman.

My expectations with this book weren’t high, but I really loved it. It’s a contemporary romance with lots of comedy and no vulgarity at all, with brilliant dialogues. Jane and Mr. Nobely’s discussions are amazing, just like Jane’s thoughts and actions… I really got involved with her character in this sense of falling in love with the man’s mind before his body, just like she does with Theodore and Mr. Nobley. I highly recommend this book, it’s very funny with a breathtaking end 😀

That’s it! Thanks for reading and this was my favorite of June so far and second favorite of 2015! Did you already read it? 🙂

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Book review: Darius – Grace Burrowes (Lonely Lords, #1)

Hello, everyone! Today I’ve finished a marvelous book: Darius, first in the Lonely Lords series by Grace Burrowes ❤ I’m so excited about it that I almost couldn’t wait to get home from work to write all my thoughts down, lol.

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He’s no Gentleman 😉

This historical romance takes place in 19th century London. The main character, Darius Lindsay, is the spare son of an Earl and faces serious financial problems, as his father is an ass. Darius earns his own money by whoring himself for married and bored ladies, but we learn later that he doesn’t have sex with them, just some other intimacies.

One day, Lord William Longstreet, who knows about Darius means of living and wants to make use of them, approaches him with a proposal: Lord Longstreet is a very old man in need of an heir for his title, as he’s a Viscount, and he and his wife, Lady Vivian, elected Darius to be the father. After long negotiations, Darius accepts the scheme and meet Lady Vivian over a dinner in the Longstreet’s town house.

Vivian is the second wife of William, being the former company of his first late wife, Lady Muriel. William married her off to protect her from her dreadful stepfather, Thurgood, which had already sold Vivian’s older sister, Angela, to the first man to pay him. Luckily, Angela’s husband was a good man and they had a happy marriage. But, without a heir to William’s title, Vivian was in risk of falling into Thurgood’s hands again, so she accepted her husband’s scheme and chose Darius. Lucky her.

The couple spent a month at Darius property, at Kent, and Darius turns Vivie’s world upside down. Besides getting her pregnant, he also transformed her into a new woman, capable of fending for herself as William’s hour approached. A Lioness, as he defines it.

With this huge secret, a forbidden love and many twisted turns of events, the book took my breath away, as I couldn’t see an easy happy ending. And I was right, it was damn complicated, lol. Darius isn’t a remarkable hero, neither is Vivie. What really got my attention was the plot: it was so good and different from what I’m used to with these kind of historical romances! It’s funny how they simply made the reverse way of historical romance couples: first they were intimate, then lovers, then strangers, then friends, then lovers again and the husband and wife (no, it’s not a spoiler with this gender. The fun of it is to see how it’s going to reach the happy end, not how is the end itself lol).

I highly recommend it! It was worth of 5 stars at my Goodreads’ review (that is pretty much like this one).

That’s it! Thanks for reading! Have you already heard about or read this book?

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