Reading Round Up: March 21st – 31st

Hi Friends! I read a ton of books for my last round up of March. I read 8 books and DNF’d 2. 5 of the 8 books were backlist titles for me and I am so happy to have read them. Still really behind on reviews so I am just giving my thoughts, let me know if you have any questions or comments on any of these books!

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn – 4 Stars This was the fifth book in the Veronica Speedwell series and I think this one could be my least favorite in the series. I still enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars but I think it is the least memorable. Veronica and Stoker are tasked with helping the Royal family and this is during the height of the Ripper murders so this book dealt a lot with that. A bit darker in tone then the others as well.

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews – 4 Stars I finally got to book 4 in this series or book 1 in the new part of this series. We started following the middle sister in this book and I still love Ilona Andrews writing, her books are always so well written and the world building is great! This is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that follows a family as the deal with other magical houses and the politics that go with having magic. Highly recommend this series!

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews – 4 Stars This is the next book in the series and I am now caught up for when the next one comes out later this year. We are still following the same sister in this one and I am curious as to where the next one will go.

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez – 4 Stars After pretty much hating the authors first two books I was not going to pick this one up but I kept seeing so many good things about that I decided on a whim to get it. I am so glad I picked this one up. It still has her style of dealing with heavy topics but I liked how it was handled in this one, definitely check out content warnings for this one. The relationship between the two characters was so good and I could not put this one down! Highly recommend!

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron – 4 Stars I am a sucker for a Jane Austen retelling and even though Emma is one of my least favorites I still enjoyed this one. Kamila is good at setting up her friends and throwing parties but not taken too seriously and this was a theme throughout the entire book. Loved seeing all the parallels and also the changes that were made. Not sure if I missed the Miss Bates character or not.

The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James – 5 Stars Simone St. James could be one of my top 5 favorite authors and her books rarely disappoint! This one follows a medium who can find lost things and is contacted by a man to look into the death of another medium when a seance goes wrong. I love how all of her older books take place in England just after WWI and deal with the paranormal. We also get a character from a previous book in this one and I always enjoy visiting past characters.

Silence For The Dead by Simone St. James – 5 Stars This book is one of my favorites, it is set in a house that is being used for a home for soldiers who are suffering from trauma from the war. I loved following the stories of the men who were living there and the nurses who took care of them. I also really liked the setting for this one an dit added a lot to the story.

Lost Among The Living by Simone St. James – 4 Stars This one was on track to probably be my favorite of her older books as I really liked the characters in this one. This one had the strongest romance in it and I lobed it. However, I was left wanting more info with part of the plot. I felt like the supernatural aspect wasn’t explained enough and it was just very vague but overall it was still great!

A Curse In Ash by Julie Zantopoulos – DNF I really wanted to like this one because I have been following the authors youtube channel for years! This one is a fantasy series that follows a witch who is working with the police while also dealing with fae politics. It was pretty easy to follow but I just felt everything felt very YA to me and I am just not enjoying books following characters in their teens or early twenties. I might try this one again at some point not sure yet.

The Shaadi Set-Up – DNF I got about 30% into this one and I just did not care at all! I was also annoyed that the main character is in a relationship and trying to make it work while having very mature thoughts about her ex who suddenly shows up in her life again. Not for me.

Published by Becky Lewis

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Becky and I am a Real Estate Agent/Stay At Home Mom and I live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my husband, two kids, dog and cat. I am an avid reader and read on average 2-3 books a week. I started my blog because I needed a place where I could talk about books and put down my thoughts on all things book related.

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