March Wrap-up

In case you missed them… here are the links to my March reviews

5 Star Reviews
Across the Universe
Beyond the Highland Mist
Wither
Impossible
Where She Went
Future Diary, Volume 2

4 Star Reviews
Red Glove
Lock & Key
Lawful Escort
This Lullaby
Irish Moon
To Tame a Highland Warrior

3 Star Reviews
Untamable
Naked Shorts
That Summer
Insight

2 Star Reviews
His Elle

Total Reviews: 16

Reading Challenge Progress
Get Steampunked: 7%
2011 Debut Author: 33%
Off the Shelf: 4%
E-book Challenge: 50%
Audio Book Challenge: 75%
Whisper Stories in My Ear: 37%
Support Your Local Library: 40%

Best of the Month I’m basing this list off the one I did for my best of 2010. I thought it might help me narrow down my decisions at the end of the year. Also, I added the romance genre since I’ve been reading a lot of that.

Across the UniverseOverall – Across the Universe by Beth Revis was definitely the most captivating read of the month. I was totally immersed in the story of Godspeed and its passengers. Beth Revis is such a promising author. I can’t wait for more of this story.

Where She WentYoung Adult – Where She Went by Gayle Forman didn’t have me near tears like If I Stay did, but that doesn’t it isn’t just as moving. The emotion is more angry and angsty, but it takes the reader on the rollercoaster ride of feeling as the first installment, and leaves us with a not exactly perfect, but still satisfying, ending.

ImpossibleFantasy/Paranormal – Impossible by Nancy Werlin is somewhere in the middle of fantasy and realistic fiction. There are many real moments that could easy happen to anyone, but the plot is so interspersed with fantasy that it gives the story a nice merge between the two. 

Future Diary Volume 2Manga – Future Diary by Sakae Esuno still has me in its grips. It went up against Scott Pilgrim this month, but Scott’s humor just couldn’t stand up against the plot twisting mystery of Future Diary. Who knew I could enjoy shonen so much.

Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, Book 1)Romance – Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning got me hooked on Moning. I’m quickly making my way through her Highlander series, and the Darkfever series is next. I just can’t get enough of her superb mixture of humor, fantasy, and romance. I’ve really been missing out. Thanks to the Whisper in Your Ear Challenge. Otherwise, I would never have picked this up. 

Audiobook – Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning is narrated by Phil Gigante, who is a pretty big deal in the audiobook world. He’s got the voice and the acting chops to pull anything off. His flawless switch between Scottish brogue to an American Southern accent (though more in the style of Scarlet O’Hara than anything you’ll actually hear in Louisiana) was flawless. He’s the reason I’m listening to the whole series on audio.

Across the Universe2011 Release – Across the Universe by Beth Revis obviously got my attention. Here it is again. There have been so many good releases this year already. I debated between this, Where She Went, and Wither. When it came down to it, they all paled in comparison to my reaction to this book. It’s not only the best book I’ve read all year, but the best book I’ve read in a long time.

Best Cover – Across the Universe by Beth Revis is the obvious winner. I mean, come on. Nothing can compete with this awesome cover. Plus, there are two covers! How awesome is that? And I must say the blueprint of Godspeed did come in handy while reading.

Vesper: A Deviants NovelMost Disappointing – Vesper by Jeff Sampson just made me sad. *What I’m about to say is a spoiler* I really thought we were over the whole vampire and wherewolf thing. Seriously, I can’t do it anymore. I’m just not interested and I think it will be a while before I am again. I was hoping for something more original. After I found out what was going on, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the book. I know it was more about my expectations than the book itself, but it still disappointed me.

Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, Book 1)Series – The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning has me completely obsessed. I’m only two books in, but I love it. I just picked up the third book from the library and I can’t wait to listen. This is the kind of romance I like. It’s not just descriptions of muscles and explicit sex. There’s also good humor and lots of action. 

Author – Tina Folsom has me hooked. Like I said, I’m sick of vampires right now so it will be a while before I pick up her Scanguards series, but I’ll do it because I’ve really loved what I’ve read of her so far. I really loved the first Out of Olympus book and I can’t wait for the next. I also really liked Lawful Escort. It was so sweet. Tina, you rock!

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3 Comments

  1. Great wrap up! Looks like you had a wonderful reading month!

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  2. Awesome progress this month! Loads of great books here as well.

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  3. This is a great round up and lots and lots of books too

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