Mini Reviews: April Roundup

Every week we post mini book reviews to our Instagram stories. Now that it’s May, we’ve got a round up of all the April mini reviews we posted over the last month. If you want to keep up with these reviews as we post them, make sure to follow us on Instagram.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

5/5 Stars

This 26 hour audiobook was a commitment, but I was so excited excited to read about Nesta’s training to become a warrior as she works through the trauma of her past. Cassian is as wonderful as ever, and I completely fell in love with all the new characters that were introduced.

Like earlier books in the series the depth of emotion conveyed had me crying more than once, but in a cathartic way. I’m very ready to see where this series goes from here.

Yoga While You Wait by Judith Stolezky

3/5 Stars

I do tree pose while I brush my teeth, so I felt like this book was made for me. It gave me a lot of ideas for poses I can while I’m doing chores around the house, but a few poses felt a little gimmicky for a cool photo, like savasana in a graveyard. The photography was really beautiful. This probably isn’t the best book for an absolute beginner, but as long as your familiar with a few basic poses I think you’ll be able to follow along.

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

4/5 Stars

This is an incredible book both about Schizophrenia and a family with 12 children, 6 of whom were diagnosed with Schizophrenia, whose DNA was and is instrumental in the study of Schizophrenia.

Content Warning: It’s an incredible book, but the trauma experienced by every member of this family was absolutely heartbreaking, and unfortunately includes: suicide, forced institutionalization, incest, and pedophilia among other distressing topics.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

5/5 Stars

I’m not crying you’re crying. A curmudgeonly old man ready to die is adopted by his new (and old) neighbors against his will – or so he will continue to tell them. God, this character and this book wormed its way into my heart. I guess I’m gonna have to go ahead and read all of Backmans’ books now if the first two I’ve read are this good.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

3/5 Stars

As strange as any Murakami story should be with a boy imprisoned in a cell in the basement of the library by a spooky old man who wants to eat his brain. A short read but not as much depth to the story itself beyond the actual premise as I would’ve liked.

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

4/5 Stars

This book made me think about racism in an entirely new way. Wilkerson explains the origin of what can only be described as an intricately crafted craste system in the United States that those in the upper caste will go to any lengths to protect. An incredibly important and insightful read.

Sentient by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Gabriel Walta

5/5 Stars

This comic. THIS COMIC. If I can’t sleep tonight it will be because I can’t stop thinking about this comic and how unbelievably good it is from start to finish. When all the adults are killed on a spaceship, the A.I., Val, becomes their caretaker and protector. Lots of violence but it doesn’t feel needlessly gratuitous. The horror sci-fi graphic novel of my dreams.

Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins

4/5 Stars

After reading Tempest last year, I couldn’t wait to read Spring’s story and more about Reagan and Colt as well. A part time journalist comes to paradise to interview Colt, but ends up meeting Springs first when he’s thrown from his horse during a blizzard. I loved the way their relationship built, and they worked through their assumptions.

A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

4/5 Stars

This is a wonderful romance; although, the first few chapters were difficult to get through while Patience and her baby were being mistreated. I loved the way the relationship between the Duke and Patience developed and the mysteries and conspiracies unfolded. I read the second book in the series first, and think I’d have enjoyed it even more if I had read it in order.

Teach Me by Olivia Dade

4.5/5 Stars

Olivia Dade is quickly becoming a favorite romance author. I loved that the main characters in this novel were in their 40s and had both been through divorce. So many romances focus on characters in their 20s, so it’s nice to read something a little different.

The ending was so good and heartfelt that I made me cry. I loved it.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

5/5 Stars

Books rarely make me laugh out loud, but this one certainly did. Eve and Jacob’s romance was incredible and probably my favorite in this series, and I loved Eve’s journey to figuring out that she isn’t a failure and the she does have talent and intelligence.

Check back next month for another round up. And until then, let us know which of the April mini reviews was your favorite.