April Wrap Up
This month I managed to read nine books (versus last month’s six). Whilst not all of them were gems – in fact some were firmly in the rough – I had a couple of really interesting finds. One of these was Unequal Affections by Lara. S Ormiston – a really brilliant Pride and Prejudice re-telling which diverges from canon at the point of the parsonage proposal. I adored the characterisation of Elizabeth and Darcy here.
This wasn’t my only historical fiction – Amazon kindly gave me, as a Prime customer, the chance to choose a free book. I picked The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta. I would say this was firmly middle of the road – some lovely feminist history but also some very poor translation and very shaky romantic attachments. I read it in close proximity to The Rosegiver by Sandy Benitez – a very old school type of paranormal mystery which was just a little too simplistic in both character and plot to hold my attention.
I felt a similar disappointment when reading Light by Adrienne Woods. A truly inventive idea regarding the Sandman turned into a YA hot mess – in a similar way to both Hidden Monsters by Amanda Strong and The Outliers by Kimberley McCreight. I would say of the two that The Outliers was the better book – whilst her look at mental illness was flawed, it was bravely done and I felt the main character had more admirable qualities in her little finger than Strong’s did in her whole being.
I delved into the world of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series; both with the titular title novel and the prequel novella which was released early this year. Both I found had been overhyped (I was particularly disappointed with Cruel Crown – feeling the prequel stories were sorely lacking) – however Red Queen captured my attention enough to ensure I’ll be back for more when Glass Sword is released.
Finally I’ll close out this month in review with a discovery in the form of Diamond by Tigris Eden – a great dystopian sci-fi with a badass, independent main character and an enigmatic anti hero in the form of the titular Diamond. I loved this and am so excited to see if and when the next installment is going to hit.
Book of the Month: Unequal Affections by Lara. S Ormiston