Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2019

Hi friends! I hope you are having a fantastic Saturday! Today, I’m going to share with you my Monthly Wrap-Up for April 2019.

April has been a great month for me in terms of reading. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads goal, I managed to read a lot more books, and I’ve been catching up with my book tags! I also didn’t take any hiatuses, so that’s also very good! Let’s break everything down!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

This month was pretty good for me reading wise. I managed to finish 9 books, which is roughly two books a week which I think is pretty good. Click on the titles to visit my reviews.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A great mystery with twisted characters and a satisfying end.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An engaging historical mystery with great characters, and an intriguing, yet predictable plot.

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins // ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: A confusing, yet interesting book with a satisfying ending.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An intriguing mystery with a slow build-up and a great, yet predictable, ending.

No Exit by Taylor Adams // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An action-packed thriller with a determined, and courageous main character.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A cute contemporary romance with an important message.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A painful yet amazing read with a great main character. (Review to Come)

I also had, sadly, one DNF. Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I wasn’t in the mood for it, so I DNF’d. However, I may try to read this some other time.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 9
Did Not Finish: 1

Tags:

Only two. I did a third one yesterday, but alas, it was already May 2nd. However I’ll sneak it on here anyway…

The Bookish Adventure Tag (Thank you so much Umairah!)

Mystery Blogger Award (Thank you so much Meeghan!)

The Liebster Award (Thank you so much Umairah!)

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

How To Request ARCs From Publishers, Tips To Succeed & Basic Etiquette – A Guide by Jenn @ Jenniely

let’s whisper // DO YOU GENUINELY LOVE THE CONTENT YOU’RE CREATING AND CONSUMING? by Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

#NewBloggersWelcome! Edition #10 + End of Hiatus!!! by Evelina @ Avalinahs Books

Review + Recipe: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth + Chicken Parm Recipe! by Christina @ Recipe and a Read

Anything Else?

An announcement. Tomorrow’s post is going to be the last one that I’m doing for a while. May is going to be very packed for me, and I’m going to be taking a month long hiatus, starting from tomorrow, till June 10th. On June 10th, I’ll resume my normal blogging schedule! I might still visit blogs and answer comments so feel free to continue sharing!

I did my first discussion post in a looooonnngggg time (I know this discussion was posted on May 3rd aka yesterday, but I had to include it lol). This is my second one ever, and after the amazing positive feedback, I’ve decided to come out of my shell and do more of these! You can check that post out here.

I also reached 100 followers yesterday!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! I’m so happy, thank you all so much, and be sure to check out my mini letter to you guys here ❤❤

That’s A Wrap!

So, April was a lot better for me compared to February and March. I got some more reading done, didn’t take any breaks, and kept up with my blogging schedule (mostly). I think I did more blog hopping as well. Once I’m back from my hiatus, I plan on discovering more new blogs, doing more discussions and interesting posts (because I know doing the same thing every week is boring and that you might be tired of this cause I honestly am), and definitely doing a lot more reading.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! Thank you guys so much for reading, and for helping me reach 100 followers! I’m glad that this was an awesome month, and I’m sad that I can’t be here for May. However, I do hope you have a great month, and I can’t wait to catch up once I’m back!

How was April for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Anything you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

No Exit by Taylor Adams – Review

Welcome back friends! Today, I’m going to review No Exit by Taylor Adams. This was a short action-packed thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked the main character Darby and was cheering for her the whole way. It was also gruesome and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Book: No Exit

Author: Taylor Adams

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?


Some spoilers are marked!

Quote: “There’s refuge in normalcy — if you can hold onto it.”

*Thriller. This. Was. A. Thriller. My heart was pounding through-out the story and it was so “edge of your seat” amazing that I went from my bed to the floor. I’d suggest you not read this before bed.

*Darby. I really liked reading about Darby’s struggle to save the kidnapped girl. Her pain and suffering was immense and yet she still came back and fought to save her. I kind of related to her, since she felt it her responsibility to save the girl herself. I probably would have done the same thing and it made the story more “real”.

*Setting. If you are caught in a winter-storm, dubbed Snowmageddon, and you see a tiny hand moving in a crate in the back of a truck, what would you do? The setting of this story was amazing. Dark, cold, snowy, it all added to the level of despair and made Darby’s attempt to save the girl even harder. I loved the atmosphere and it really enhanced the story!

*Gruesome. This was VERY painful. The amount of pain and torture shocked me and in a twisted way, added to my enjoyment of the story (no I’m not weird….or am I?). I felt the pain of the characters, and the agony that they were in, since it was described and it hurt. Trust me, after this, you will be terrified of door hinges, rest stops, and nail guns for life.

*Short. This book is short, and that helped because I wouldn’t have been able to put it down had it been a long novel. I got through it in about two and a half hours and I still enjoyed it.


Quote: “Sometimes God puts people exactly where they need to be. Even when they don’t know it.”

*Implausible? At the end, there is a shocker, and if you’d like you can read a spoiler below, but I thought that the end was quite implausible.

SPOILERDarby was shot at, with both a gun and nail gun, had two of her fingers smashed in a door hinge, was out in Snowmageddon for several hours, had been doused in gasoline, twisted or maybe broken her leg, and in general, been battered and hurt about a thousand times, yet she still survived? During the ending, it seems as though she died, however, if you read it twice, you can see that they are talking about her mother who also died on that day from cancer (that’s why she was driving in Snowmageddon anyway). I just think that it is a little of a stretch because she’d been shot, and her fingers had been smashed and she’d lost A LOT of blood, she was NOT wearing a coat, and she’d been running up and down in the cold and well, I really think that she couldn’t have possibly survived (though it would have been nice, but it’s not plausible).

*Gruesome. I also added gruesome in The Bad section because I think that it was a little too much and could have been turned down a notch. But I think it was bearable.


Quote: “Darby preferred to live her life wide-eyed, tormented, running, because nothing can catch you if you never stop.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this, though I’m shifting my original five stars, down to 4. It was an amazing and thrilling ride and I’d definitely recommend it. However, be warned that it is gritty and gruesome and might be too much for some people. This book will probably end up on my” Favorite books of 2019″ list.

One sentence summary: An action-packed thriller with a determined, and courageous main character.

Overall, 4 shining stars!!

★★★★☆

Have you read No Exit? What did you think? Have you read any other books by Taylor Adams? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #18

Welcome back to WWW Wednesday! I hope you’re having an awesome day! WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finished I Found You late Wednesday last week and I really enjoyed it. The slow reveal of how the three stories tied together was wonderful and I really liked Alice, one of the main characters. Review

Instead of reading Blanca and Roja over the weekend, I read No Exit by Taylor Adams. This was thrilling, quite graphic (I felt the pain that the characters were in), and I liked the steely resolve of the main character Darby. This was a five star though I might move it down to a four. Review will hopefully be up on Friday!

Last night, I was feeling pretty nostalgic, so I re-read a book from one of my favorite espionage series from when I was younger, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter. This is the second book in the series, and I will not be doing a formal review. However, you can read some of my thoughts on Goodreads here.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I am currently trying to get in to Blanca and Roja. I don’t think it’s for me, and if it doesn’t pick up soon, I might have to put this on the side for now.

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next, I’m reading Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about how amazing this is, and I hope I love it!

That’s it for this Wednesday! What are you reading? Do you have any thoughts on any books that I’m reading, just finished, or want to read next? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s!)