You guys, how is it already the end of March?! This year is flying by and I can’t seem to catch my breath. The last couple of months have been some of the hardest of my life and 2021 needs to get its act together already 😂 That being said, I had a slightly better month in March than I did in February in terms of my reading (if not in life 🙄), with a total of 6 books, which is still decent progress, even if I am 3 books behind on my yearly goal. I’m sure I’ll claw that back later though 🤭 But let’s just get on with it, shall we?
- In March, I read a total of 6 books.
- This equated to 3,197 pages.
- I read an average of 103 pages per day.
- My average rating for the month was 3.8 stars.
- I read 6 fantasy books.
- They consisted of 4 young adult books, 1 new adult book , and 1 adult book.
- I read 5 hardbacks, and 1 paperback.
- 4 books were re-reads, and 2 books were new to me.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 4★
Continuing on with my re-read of the Throne Of Glass series has been one of the highlights of my month. Though I still haven’t gotten to my favourite part of the series, Crown Of Midnight really is a great installment. We get to see a bit more of the world in this sequel, as well as even more fascinating characters. And the twist at the end? Even though I know it’s coming, it still puts me on the edge of my seat every. damn. time 😂 Sarah J. Maas really has created such a fantastic story and I can’t wait to finally re-read Heir Of Fire in April!
serpent & dove by shelby mahurin – 3★
I first read this book last year, and despite the hype, I was a little unimpressed. Knowing what to expect this time definitely helped, but I still struggled with certain things. My biggest gripe, the one that gets my back up every time I think about it, is the marriage between Lou and Reid. It’s mentioned in the synopsis that they get forced into holy matrimony, but the reason why that happened could have been executed so much better. Apparently it’s okay to beat your wife, but not a random woman from the streets? 🙄 That’s all I’ll say about it here, but it infuriates me that the author couldn’t think of another way for it to play out. That being said, I did enjoy Lou and Reid’s relationship overall. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favourite tropes, and their relationship did develop at a somewhat natural pace. If you’re a fan of the relationship between Nina and Matthias in Six Of Crows, I definitely think you’ll appreciate this particular romance. The execution really did piss me off though 😂
wicked saints by emily a. duncan – 3★
This was another re-read for me, but I initially got recommended this book because I’m a fan of the Shadow & Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. And believe me when I say that this book is startlingly similar to that series. There’s a lot of info-dumping in this book, and it’s not necessarily written particularly well, but ultimately I did enjoy the story itself, and the magic system – despite us being told rather than shown – was very intriguing. Though there are a lot of similarities between this book and Shadow & Bone, this is still its own story. It’s just extremely clear where Duncan found her inspiration, and it ended up hitting a little too close to the mark for me. That being said, I will be reading the rest of the trilogy (mainly because Malachiasz is such an interesting character, albeit a Darkling clone in a lot of ways), but I really do hope that Duncan takes this story in its own direction from here on out. It was messy and predictable, but I’m willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. This gothic-inspired fantasy definitely has a lot of potential. I just hope it lives up to it.
chain of gold by cassandra clare – 5★
I know a lot of people are tired of the Shadowhunter world, but y’know what? I’m not one of them 🙈 With the recent release of Chain Of Iron, I decided to re-read this book and I’m so glad I did. This cast of characters is probably my second favourite that Clare has created (second only to The Infernal Devices which will always be my number one), and getting to see Tessa, Will, and Jem again is just the icing on the cake. The way this book ended simultaneously broke my heart and gave me so much hope, and I can’t wait to see where she takes the story in the sequel. A lot of people dick on Cassandra Clare for the way she writes romance, and I can’t understand that (the “incest” plot in The Mortal Instruments being the only exception 😂). Cordelia and James are two of my absolute favourite characters and I’m so excited to see how their relationship develops in the future!
the last magician by lisa maxwell – 4★
Now, I just want to preface this by saying that I’m not generally a fan of time travel books, and do tend to stay away from them if I can. That being said, I found The Last Magician to be a unique spin on it, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The historical setting, the magic system, the characters… it was one hell of a ride. The slow burn romance was something else that really kept me hooked, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel. While it’s true that the multiple points of view were difficult to keep track of at the beginning, I eventually came to adore each and every one of them and hope Maxwell continues that trend throughout the rest of the series. If you love heists and historical fantasy, I definitely recommend this book 😍
assassin’s quest by robin hobb – 4★
Well, I finally finished my first Robin Hobb series, and what a ride it’s been. I’m a huge sucker for character-driven stories, and FitzChivalry is a fascinating character to follow, that’s for sure. Though the way things ended may not be the strongest way to end a series, I still admire Robin Hobb for creating a fascinating world with amazing characters. The tone of this book is entirely different to the first two installments, and I know a lot of people struggle with that. For me, it just felt fresh and exciting, and I have a feeling Hobb may end up being one of my favourite fantasy authors. Her prose is just fantastic, and the way she writes character development is something to behold. I can’t wait to continue exploring the rest of the Elderling books, that’s for sure!
So there you have the 6 books I read in March! I’m sorry if my thoughts were a little confusing, my brain isn’t functioning at 100% lately 😂 Did I read any of your favourites this month? What was your favourite read of March? Until next time, happy reading 😘