March Wrap Up | 2020

Hello everyone. It’s currently 10pm and I’m just now writing this. I wanted to get it up yesterday, but here we are!

I know I feel like all I’m doing is apologizing and making excuses. I’m trying to get better. On the plus side, if you didn’t see. I posted a video on my YouTube! If you click on “continue reading” below, you will be able to watch it and see the rest of this post!

Let’s get right into it!

So, there’s the video! Make sure you check it out if you have the chance! But today I’m going to be wrapping up the books that I read in March! Total I read 11 books and caught up on my GoodReads reading goal! (Well, I did that after finishing the book I finished on the first of April).

But let’s review what I read. I will share a photo of the book (which will be linked to my Instagram review), give a brief synopsis, some brief stats, trigger warnings (in any), and a brief review of my thoughts. I’ll rank these from my. least favorite read to my favorite!

Also! I have a new reviewing method! I’m going to be rating based on cups of coffee instead of stars. You all know my addictions. Maybe if I like this I’ll progress to different types of coffees as different ratings, but for now it’s cups of coffee. And cups of tea are half stars.

This gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is about a girl who spent most of her life working on a ship to pay back her family’s debt. After escaping, she teams up with a strange man who she saved from drowning and pretends to be a rich woman to get revenge on the man who was in charge on the ship and the owner of the ship.

Pages: 327
Genre(s): Fantasy, Retelling
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Yes, though I don’t believe any terms are used in relation to sexuality or ethnicity/race. But it is diverse in both senses.

This book just wasn’t enough for me. It felt very generic and, need I say, lackluster. There was a lot I liked about this book, though. I will say that besides the representation, I don’t really remember anything I really liked. It was forgettable for me. I probably honestly gave it too high of a rating.

Would I recommend this?: I mean, if you’re a fan of Monte Cristo maybe give it a chance? I’ve never read nor watched it so I have no idea how it holds up. But generally speaking, no.

Will I read more from this author?: I mean, yeah. I’m not going to seek out anything by them but if I find a book I’m interested in, I’ll give it a chance.

For me, that’s going to be 3 hot cups of decaf. In other words, did not enjoy.

This manga tells the story of new friendships and love. There’s not really much else to say about it. Main girl’s only friend moves away then she becomes friends with a new girl.

Pages: 184
Genres): Contemporary, Shoujo
Audience: Teen
Format: E-Arc (Received from Netgalley and VIZ Media)
Release Year: 2015 in Japan, 2020 in United States
Diverse?: Yes

So, I honestly was very underwhelmed by this book. It’s the same author as a few manga that I’ve read and enjoyed (Ao Haru Ride, Strobe Edge), but this one just lacked for me. There wasn’t anything that stood out as bad, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Would I recommend it?: Ehhh. If someone asked if they should read it, yeah. I’d say give it a shot if it sounds interesting to you. But if someone was asking for recommendations, this wouldn’t be one of my first.

Am I going to continue on with the series/author?: Series, no. But I would read more from the author.

I ended up giving this 3 cups of coffee.

This book is a romance between a fallen angel and a demon bounty hunter who are both tasked with killing the other.

Pages: 400
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: eARC (Received from Entangled Publishing)
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Not explicitly that I remember?

This was another that let me down. You’d think at 400 pages that things wouldn’t have been rushed. But they definitely felt that way to me. Paranormal romances are definitely a genre I’m going to include in my “Reading my Preferences” series. It’s something I have a feeling I won’t enjoy too much, unfortunately. I would have liked for this book to focus more on the other stuff rather than the romance and I was just let down.

Would I recommend this?: Probably not.

Will I be continuing the series/author?: This is the first book in the Forgotten Brotherhood series. I may try the second book and see how I like that, but if it’s going to be like this then probably not.

This was another 3 cups of coffee for me.

This book is about Jade, who decides to have a one night stand with Max because it’s her birthday and she can have a one night stand with a hot guy if she wants to! Except, due to a faulty condom, she ends up pregnant. But there’s more. Max is expecting another baby in another state with his best friend. The two of them were just having a fling and boom. Baby. Max feels different about Jade and wants to be with her, but Jade is weary with his whole other life in another state.

Pages: 400
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adult (Explicit sex scenes)
Format: eARC (Received from Entangled Publishing)
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: A bit? A minor side character is diverse, but that’s really it from what I could tell.

I was extremely let down by this book. I didn’t expect the other pregnant woman and it just felt like a bit of a mess to me. But I still found myself enjoying it quite a bit. There was too much, but it was an easy read.

Would I recommend it?: I feel like no. I have read other and better romances with accidental pregnancies.

Will I read more from this author?: Probably not. There are so many romance authors and this one just didn’t stand out to me, unfortunately.

I gave this book 3 cups of coffee and a tiny cup of tea.

This manga is a compilation of a bunch of shorts following an ex-yakuza legend who has given up the gang life to become a house husband.

Pages: 160
Genre(s): Humor
Audience: Young Adult? I’d recommend a decent age because I do believe there’s a handful of violent scenes in it.
Format: eARC (I received this from NetGalley and VIZ Media)
Release Year: 2018 in Japan; 2019 in US
Diverse?: Yes, it’s a Japanese manga

I actually really enjoyed this. There wasn’t much “substance” to it, but it was a really enjoyable read. It followed a general story line but the main idea is that it’s little shorts of tasks that most housewives do, but done by an ex-yakuza. It was just really funny and over dramatic.

Would I recommend this?: Yes. Especially if you’re looking for a funny and quick read.

Will I continue the series?: Absolutely. I don’t know when but I will 100% continue. I need to know what happens to the Immortal Dragon!

I ended up giving this 4 cups of delicious coffee.

In this book, Mandy ends up inheriting a house that she plans on fixing up and selling to head back to LA to continue trying to reach her dreams of being on the big screen. Except she only inherited half of the house; the other half was left to her ex-step brother, Alex. He wants to continue to live in the house.

Pages: 200
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Audience: New Adult/Adult
Format: eARC (Received from Entangled Publishing)
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Yes, the main male suffers from PTSD and has anxiety attacks

I feel like I read this book so long ago! I feel like there was nothing that really stood out about this book besides the main male’s PTSD and anxiety attacks. While it was handled well, there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way, but to avoid spoilers, I’m not going to get into it. It was a clean romance with a deeper message which was a nice breath of fresh air compared to a lot of other romances.

Would I recommend this?: Yeah.

Will I read more from this author?: Yeah. I think this is an author I can enjoy more from.

I gave this book 4 cups of coffee.

This book tells the story of a girl falling in love with another girl and trying to discover what that means for her.

Pages: 234
Genre(s): LGBT Romance
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Format: Audiobook (though I did have an eARC from Netgalley)
Release Year: 1982
Diverse?: Yes.

While this book wasn’t my favorite, there was nothing wrong with it. And the fact that this was published in 1982, won a bunch of awards, and has been banned and burned just goes to show how important this book is.

Would you recommend it?: Absolutely. (It’s free on Kindle Unlimited for anyone wondering)

Will you read more from this author?: I mean, maybe. I don’t think this author is going to be one that I really vibe with, but I think it’s important for me to read more.

I gave this book 4 cups of coffee.

This book is about two boys falling in love while their parents are training to be astronauts to go to Mars. Cal is a popular social media journalist and Leon is fairly well known because of his appearances on the TV show that follows the astronauts.

Pages: 314
Genre(s): LGBT Comtemporary Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Oh yeah.

So I didn’t really love this book. But I didn’t hate it by any means. My main hang up was the fact that I couldn’t connect to the characters. I couldn’t get invested in the story or their romance. While there were deeper things that were going on that bumped up my rating. As well as the NASA aspect. I didn’t think I’d really be into that, but it was one of my favorite parts of the book.

Would I recommend this?: Yeah. Probably not one of my top recommendations, but I think some other people would love it

Will I read more from this author?: This was Phil Stamper’s debut so yeah. I would definitely like to see where else he will go with his writing. He has another book planned for 2021, but there’s no information on there. Props to him, though. That one already has 5 stars!

I ended up giving this book 3 cups of coffee and a cup of tea.

This is a sports romance about Liv, who was kicked out of her school and off her softball team after punching a girl on the other team. Now at the school of the girl she punched, she needs to prove herself to the softball coach that she can be a team player. That’s when Grey comes in and recruits her to be his replacement on the football team.

Pages: 369
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Yes. Liv’s sister is married to a woman.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I didn’t think I’d love a sports romance, but I took the chance because it’s a woman in a “male” sport. It reminds me of high school when we had a girl on the football team. I don’t think she stayed on past a season, but I remember the shake up it made. I couldn’t help but to root for her despite the fact that she hated me. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and it delved a bit into deeper topics, like why violence isn’t the answer to homophobia.

TW: homophobia

Would I recommend this?: Yes!

Will you read more from this author?: Certainly. There are a few books by Sarah Henning I’d like to read like Sea Witch and there’s another coming out in 2020 (hopefully) called The Princess Will Save You.

I gave this one 4 cups of coffee.

This book is one I would recommend going into blind. But check below for the trigger warnings before doing so.

Pages: 341
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery?
Audience: Young Adults (would recommend for teens with parent’s discretion, check my thoughts and the trigger warnings)
Format: Audiobook
Release Year: 2016
Diverse?: Yes? I believe.

This book left me speechless and I still don’t really have the words to explain how I felt. This book takes a gritty look at rape culture. While the storyline itself was not my favorite (I still really liked it’s darkness, if like is even the word I would use), the message here was so freaking vital. It looks at rape from multiple perspectives and through multiple different methods. It handles so much darkness in a way that is as easy to consume as possible, but it will tear you to shreds going down so you feel the entire thing.

Again, I would recommend this for teens but parents, read it yourself first. Decide from there when you would feel your teen is ready and BE THERE FOR THEM. This is going to be a tough one.

TW: Rape, sexual assault, violence, and probably more

Would you recommend this?: I got a bit into that already and the answer is yes.

Will you read more from this author?: I don’t know. I need more opinions. This one hit me in such a way, I feel like I’m going to be disappointed in anything else I read. What do you all think?

I gave this book 4 cups of coffee.

This book is about a girl who failed the trial to prove that she is worthy of ruling over her kingdom and protecting her people. She teams up with this mysterious pirate to prove that she is worthy of the crown before she is caught by her father and sentenced to death.

Pages: 384
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Release Year: 2020
Diverse?: Yes.

I absolutely ADORED this book. The only reason it won out over Female of the Species was because of the love I felt. Maybe that’s because it reminded me a bit of Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller. Who knows. But pirates and mermaids are my jam so this was a definite hit for me and I’m so glad I read it. And the magic system was GOLDEN. All that being said, I feel like the ending was too quick. Wish this was a trilogy or the ending was pushed out further to make the book longer or bleed into the next book. I’m interested in seeing where the next book is going to go, though.

Would I recommend this?: YES!

Will I read more of this series/author?: Abso-freaking-lutely.

I gave this book 4 cups of coffee and one of tea.


Now let’s wrap up some stats!

Total Pages: 3,313
Average Pages (per day): 106.87
Physically Read Pages (ebook or physical): 1,713
Pages Listened: 1,600

Diverse Reads: 8-9
Romances: 6 (These are ones that follow the genre guidelines)
Fantasy: 3
Audiobooks: 5
Physical (ebooks and Physical): 6

Average Rating: 3.68
Lowest Rating: 3
Highest Rating: 4.5

Released Before 2020: 3 and 1 (the one of the manga was released in Japan before 2020)
Released in 2020: 7 and 1

But I think that’s it for stats! Oh man. This was enlightening. I didn’t really have outstanding reads this month and I also need to read more books that were released before 2020. Because only one of those that were released before 2020 were off my physical TBR. That’s not how I’m playing this game!

As for how many of these were on my March TBR, I read 9 books off that TBR and 5 were pushed. Of those 5, I plan on reading 3 of them in April and one is already read. So I’m not upset about that.

But that’s it for this one. I do hope you enjoyed. Let me know if you read any of these or any books you read in March. I’ll see you all in the next one.

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