Political Fantasy, Romance & Superheroes // March Wrap-Up & April TBR

March Wrap Up & April TBR. The Unbroken. The Ones We're Meant To Find. Act Your Age, Eve Brown.

Hi everyone! I hope your March was a good one! I’ve had a very mixed month where I managed to do quite a lot but also my mood has been quite down.

One big piece of news is that I’m going to be posting slightly less on here. Not way less though! We’re talking 2-3 times a week instead of 3-4. I was starting to feel overwhelmed with the amount of time I was spending on blogging, I didn’t have time for anything else. I’m hoping posting a little less will free up my schedule and make sure that the posts I am putting up are amazing quality! That also means my regular posting days will be Wednesday and Friday now (and the occasional Monday).

Due to that bit of news I’ve changed the format of my posts a bit! I’m going to continue doing full wrap-ups, but my TBR will be reduced down to five books! I’m hoping that added flexibility will help me feel more excited about what I’m reading, and it won’t make these combined Wrap-Up/TBR posts super long!

The extra time I’ve had also means I’ve been able to (very slowly) start planning my book! I’ve always wanted to write a book but I’m a big planner and I never made time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll keep up the writing habit through April.

Without further ado, here are the books I read this month!

book covers of the book listed below.
  • The Councillor by E.J. Beaton – The Councillor is a brilliant Machiavellian fantasy featuring a bisexual scholar, chimaeras, and a desire for power in many different forms. Although slow-paced and a little bit difficult to get into at first, I had a brilliant time with this read. – Recommended for people who love political intrigue, people who love slow-paced fantasy, people who want an MC who likes to dominate her partners.
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – Talia Hibbert never disappoints and I loved this book! I’ve never read about a relationship between two autistic people and the way it was handled was superb.. – Recommended for people love diverse romance, people who love the sunshine x grumpy trope, people who want to read more books with autistic rep.
  • Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon – Sorrowland reads like a new type of gothic literature, with many of my favourite aspects of that genre mixed into a profoundly new voice. I loved this book, it was difficult and horrible at times, but it was also an enthralling read I couldn’t put down.- Recommended for people who love genre bending books, people who love books with dark and unsettling themes, people who love gothic horror tropes.
  • Radiance by Grace Draven – I really enjoyed this fantasy romance! The relationship was such a great friends to lovers, and although the plot was a bit weaker it was a great read. – Recommended for people who fantasy romance books, people who want a book that’s very focused on the relationship, people who love friends to lovers.
  • The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham – I’m really torn on this book, because some parts I absolutely loved, while other parts I hated. I was drawn to this book because it promised an dominant heroine which I don’t often see in romances. It was a fun dynamic in that regard.  On the other hand, they had such a frustrating relationship. It was the constant repetition of watching them become closer and then watching it all fall apart again that truly annoyed me. – Recommended for people who love angsty romances, people who interested in dominant women, people who want a new type of historical romance.
book covers for books listed below.
  • So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon – This book was short and sweet, maybe a little too short? I didn’t really connect to the characters which isn’t what you really want from a romance, I also think the tropes just weren’t for me. – Recommended for people who want a quick read, people who like the idea of a sugar baby romance, people who like CEO romances.
  • The Unbroken by C.L. Clark – I thought I’d love this book but it blew away my expectations it was so good. It’s a North-African inspired fantasy novel featuring an in-depth analysis of colonialism and rebellion in a compelling, easily understandable way. Also, sapphics! – Recommended for people who love political fantasy, people who want to read more anti-colonialism fantasy, people who love complicated sapphic relationships.
  • Strange Love by Ann Aguirre – This was a very strange book, I loved the relationship and how the author considered how aliens bodies would be different to ours but the alien society was horrifically dystopian and it wasn’t really tackled. – Recommended for people who want an alien romance, people who love talking dogs, people who like soft men.
  • We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal – This book is beautifully written, but the slow start almost let it down. When the characters got together it really began to pick up and I had a great time, but it took a little while to get there. – Recommended for everyone who want an arabian-inspired fantasy, people who love gorgeous writing, people who love quest fantasy.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I always love Holly Black’s books and this one is no exception!  It’s got tricky fae, a messy protagonist, destructive relationships, lots of magic and cunning, and a deep, dark forest. What more could you want? – Recommended for people who like faerie books, people who like tropes being turned upside down, people who like complex, messy main characters.
book covers for books listed below.
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book was a wonderfully atmospheric and magical read focusing on themes of Russian folklore vs christian fanaticism. I had a lot of fun with it but I’m not sure I enjoyed how strongly the stepmother was villainised over the father. – Recommended for people who love slow paced atmospheric reads, people who want a book set in the Russian wilderness, people who love books that focus on folkloric spirits and creatures.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – Although the magic system and setting of this book was brilliant I was a little disappointed. I’m not a huge fan of reading about people slowly come into their power and that’s what this one was. – Recommended for people who love unique magic systems, people who like coming of age stories, people who love necromancers.
  • The Wall by Gautam Bhatia – The Wall was an interesting, thematic piece of speculative fiction. It was slow paced and not as strong on character depth, but it gave me a lot to think about. – Recommended for people who love thoughtful dystopian books, people who love books that tackle real-world political issues, people who love detailed worldbuilding.
  • David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa– David Mogo, Godhunter was an entertaining read although the way it was paced didn’t quite work for me. I absolutely adored the setting, a sort of post-apocalyptic Lagos filled with dangerous gods. – Recommended for people who love fast-paced action scenes, people who love the idea of an urban-fantasy in Lagos, people who can handle a large cast.
  • Cute Mutants Vol 3: The Demon Queer Saga by S.J. Whitby – This was such an intense, wild ride! Cute Mutants is just getting better and better, please, if you want more queer superheroes in your life give this series a go! – Recommended for people who love superheroes and need more queer ones, people who want a darker YA series, people who love addictive, fast-paced reads.
book covers listed below.
  • Cute Mutants Vol 4: The Sisterhood of Evil Mutants by S.J. Whitby – Even more Cute Mutants! There were so many mindboggling reveals in this edition, it was so wonderfully intense. Please I need more right now. – Recommended for people who want queer superheroes, people who want messy, chaotic teenagers, people who want a talking tank that kills fascists.
  • In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens – This book was so much fun! Gay romance with princes, mermaids and pirates! I wanted a little bit more from the worldbuilding but I had such a good time. – Recommended for people who love light fantasy, people who want pirates and mermaids, people who love light political intrigue.
  • Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders – We need more queer sci-fi in the world and I loved this one! An amazing cast of characters, interesting themes, and action-packed plot, it was so much fun! – Recommended for people who like space operas, people who love found family, people who want to fight space fascism.

Mini TBR

book covers for books listed below.
  • The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter – Adult Fantasy Thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power, a mask imbued with the spirit of a serial murderer. Now he’s loose, killing from beyond the grave. It’s up to Krona and her fellow Regulators to stop this insatiable killer.– I love dark fantasy, and a book about a fantasy serial killer sounds so interesting!
  • The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk– Adult Fantasy Romance  Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, when she marries she’ll be locked in a marital collar cutting off her powers to protect her unborn children. She finds a grimoire that contains the key to her salvation, but its taken by a rival sorceress.– This sounds like a really interesting historical romance! Women fighting for their rights!
  • The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia CadeAdult Cli-FiWith the collapse of ecosystems and the extinction of species comes the Grief: an unstoppable melancholia. As a scientist, Ruby resists it by researching resilient jellyfish but a hidden world of the resurrected dead is rising, and it comes with a price. – I love the premise of this book and I really want to read more cli-fi!
  • The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He Young Adult Cli-FiCee has been trapped on an island, with no memories except for the fact that she has a sister out there. She spends her days building a boat out of junk to reunite with her. Kasey lives in isolation in an eco-city to protect against climate change. Her sister didn’t like the lifestyle and took a boat to sea, never to return.. -More cli-fi! Everything about this book from the premise to that beautiful cover makes me excited.
  • In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland Young Adult FantasyRovan has kept her powers a secret, but when she accidentally reveals them she’s bound to a spirit and thrust into a world of palace intrigue and deception. Desperate to escape, she finds herself falling for two people she can’t trust: Lydea, a rebellious princess, and Ivrilos, the handsome spirit with the ability to control her. – Pansexual blood mage! What more can you possibly need! This book looks brilliantly gothic.

Here’s some of my favourite posts I’ve written this month!

Necks Are Sexy Now // The Councillor

Touraine’s Arms Appreciation // The Unbroken

10 Amazing Sapphic Fantasy Books // Celebrating Women’s History Month

Gothic Horror and Human Experimentation // Sorrowland

Ableism in the Bookish Community // Discussion

Interview with C.M Caplan // Author of The Sword in The Street

April’s New Book Releases I’m Excited For

Favourite Instagram Picture I took this month! @luminositylibrary

instagram picture of The Councillor.

How was your month? What was your favourite read? Have you read any of these?

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