Reading Challenge Update: April/May 2021

Hey hey, friends! It’s another Saturday! This weekend is a three day weekend for me, and I’m actually really excited. I finally have a weekend where I don’t have anywhere I absolutely have to be, and that sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read all weekend, and then go to Scarborough Renaissance Festival on Monday! We really missed it last year, so I’m glad we’re able to go this year.

You probably thought I’ve been in a slump this last year. It’s true, I have. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve struggled in this pandemic. I’ve gotten better these last couple months, though, so hopefully I’m back to my old self soon. Part of my slump has been less reading and watching more TV, which I’ve hated if I’m honest. In April and May, I only read a total of 3 books, bringing my challenge total to 12/36. I’m behind schedule, but hopefully I’ll be able to get back at it and read more.

As always, I receive no compensation for reviewing these books or you purchasing them. I’ve included links to purchase the books on Amazon, but feel free to support your local library (if they’re open, or you can find it as an ebook) or bookstore (if you can order it).

Warrior (Relentless Series #4) by Karen Lynch

Ok, I hate to say this, but I wasn’t a fan. I loved the first three books in this series. This book was a retelling of the first three books from the viewpoint of Nikolas. It felt incredibly rushed (one book covering the whole of three books) and entirely unnecessary. I am interested in the rest of the series–it’s different stories from other characters. If you read this series, I’d probably give this one a miss. I hate saying that but it just didn’t make much sense to have it.

You can purchase this book here.

A New Jerusalem: The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles #2 by Stephen Black

Now THIS was a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Kirkwood and his friends are back to saving the world from The Scourge again, only this time the enemy plays dirtier. Featuring parallel universes, a murderous cult, time travel, and plenty of sassy one-liners, this book is a whirlwind adventure that never gets boring and always has you asking “what’s next?” I’m incredibly eager for book 3 to come out, and I wish I knew when that will be.

You can purchase this book here.

The Bad Break by Jill Orr

This was a fun murder mystery I devoured in three days. I didn’t realize it was book two in a series until it was mentioning things that happened in book one, but it didn’t mess up the plot of this book. I know the whodunnit in the first book if I ever decide to read it, but that’s fine. This book was hilarious and there was at least one night where I may have stayed up until 2 am reading, but I won’t confirm that. Riley is a junior reporter for the newspaper in a small town in Virginia where a prominent doctor is found murdered. Riley gets her big break into journalism with it, though the break could end up costing her life.

You can purchase this book here.

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