April 2020 Wrap-Up: Tier Ranking All of the Books I Read in April

I’m so glad that this month is over.

I mean reading-wise, it wasn’t that bad, but life as a whole has just been a mess. Online school has been a huge struggle, and staying uplifted and motivated is nearly impossible. The introvert in me is celebrating, but my paranoia and anxiety are reaching new heights (not in a good way).

*Sigh* Covid-19 really had to do us like that.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to talk about what a mess the world and my mental state are right now, so let’s tier rank some books!

Like I said, April was an above-average reading month for me, so I’m excited to discuss and categorize the 15 books I read! I’m going to be sorting these titles into six categories because I’m indecisive and need a wide range of options (that’s a big fat middle finger to you, Goodreads. I WANT AN UPDATE WITH HALF STAR RATINGS AND I WANT IT NOW! Have some empathy for us indecisive folks). These categories are: Trash, Bad, Meh, Good, Great, and GOD. I’ll categorize the books and explain why I put them in a certain category, and then I’ll reveal the final image of all of the books tier-ranked together. Disclaimer: I didn’t read any trash books this month, but I wanted to create the option in case I decide to tier-rank books for future monthly wrap-ups!

With that being said, let us begin!

Trash:

No trash books this month!

Bad:

  • Catherine House: A Novel: Thomas, Elisabeth: 9780062905659 ...Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (2 Stars): I totally thought I was going to love this one, which is why I was so disappointed when I didn’t. This book is marketed as a mystery, but it lacked any sort of tension and suspense. The main character is very odd, and the plot itself is a mess. Read my review for Catherine House here.
  • Shielded (Shielded, #1) by KayLynn FlandersShielded by KayLynn Flanders (2 Stars): Like Catherine House, Shielded was a book I really thought I would enjoy, but in the end, it failed to meet my expectations. The plot and characters were just so boring and unoriginal, and the sloppy use of tropes had me cringing so hard.

Meh:

  • Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal: 9781536209594 | PenguinRandomHouse ...Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal (2.5 Stars): I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re not a fan of flowy, descriptive fantasies, because that’s what Mermaid Moon is. I myself enjoy more action-packed/fast-paced fantasies, so obviously this wasn’t the book for me. Read my review here.
  • Scythe (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition) (Arc of a Scythe ...Scythe by Neal Shusterman (3 Stars): I really loved the concept behind this dystopian novel, but there were elements of the story that I really didn’t enjoy. The characters, for instance, were quite flat, and the romance between the two protagonists was unnecessary and poorly executed. I haven’t decided if the plot is interesting enough for me to read the next book in the trilogy.

Good:

  • House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas, Sarah J ...House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (3.5 Stars): While it was very slow at times, the world-building and character development in this book were off the charts! I thought that Bryce and Hunt were great characters, but we all know that SJM is gonna pull her typical stunt where she destroys male love interest #1 so the protagonist can move on to male love interest #2 (Tamlin and Chaol are punching the air right now). Personally, I see a potential romance between Bryce and that demon prince dude… Kind of ship it not gonna lie. Anyways, read my review for this book here.

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer

  • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hilyer (3 Stars): This beautiful retelling of Sleeping Beauty was immensely captivating. I really appreciated the unique main characters and the representation the story offered. The pacing of the book was a bit slow, but I can accept that as this is a very atmospheric story.
  • Amazon.com: The Court of Miracles (9781524772857): Grant, Kester ...The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (3 Stars): I liked this one! I was a bit skeptical of a Les Mis retelling, but I ended up really enjoying it. The political system of the world was what I found most interesting. The characters were rather bland, but the exciting plot made up for it. Read my review here.
  • Amazon.com: The Giver (9780385732550): Lowry, Lois: BooksThe Giver by Lois Lowry (3 Stars): This isn’t your typical gritty, fast-paced dystopia, but it’s still a really enjoyable read. The questions it brings up are very thought provoking and intriguing. I’m glad I read this one, and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
  • Amazon.com: The Cerulean (9780062489982): Ewing, Amy: BooksThe Cerulean by Amy Ewing (3.5 Stars): I was apprehensive going into this book, as it had many DNFs and low ratings on Goodreads. But I ended up really liking it! The world-building was incredible and the characters were all very unique. I wish the story had been faster paced at times, but it was still a great read.

Great:

  • Amazon.com: Lovely War (9780451469939): Berry, Julie: BooksLovely War by Julie Berry (4 Stars): Lovely War was, well… lovely! It was such a heartbreaking beautiful story that absolutely blew me away. After reading it, I’m dying to get my hands on more of Julie Berry’s work! The writing was so lush and breathtaking, I couldn’t get enough of it. Highly recommend this one!
  • Amazon.com: The Shadows Between Us (9781250189967): Levenseller ...The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (5 Stars): This Slytherin romance was EVERYTHING! The characters were so deliciously wicked and the plot was full of constant twists and turns! Tricia Levenseller never disappoints. Read my review for this amazing book here.

Amazon.com: Serpent & Dove (9780062878021): Mahurin, Shelby: Books

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (4.5 Stars): This book was a ton of fun! Lou and Reid are such loveable characters, and they are so adorable together! Can’t wait to see where their story goes in the next book! The wait for Blood & Honey is going to be agony… Can it be September already?
  • Amazon.com: Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars) (9780525647027 ...Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (5 Stars): Agh, I loved this book! I was scared it wouldn’t live up to the amazingness that was Spin the Dawn, but it totally did! I’m sad that this wonderful duology is over! Read my review for Unravel the Dusk here.
  • Amazon.com: Cinderella Is Dead (9781547603879): Bayron, Kalynn: BooksCinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (4 Stars): My new favorite Cinderella retelling! This book has strong female main characters, a gripping plot, and a powerful message of feminism. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it! And ugh, isn’t the cover gorgeous?

God:

  • Amazon.com: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air (3 ...The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (5 Stars): I’m so devastated that this trilogy is over! I’m going to miss the world and characters so much. Cardan and Jude will always be my OTP. The Queen of Nothing was a perfect conclusion to a perfect series. It was an easy God Tier!

Final Ranking:

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And… that’s a wrap!

I had so much fun tier ranking all of these books, and I think I might start doing this instead of my traditional monthly wrap-ups.

What did you read in April? How are you doing in general? I’d love to hear from you! ❤

See you soon,

Octavia

 

 

 

24 thoughts on “April 2020 Wrap-Up: Tier Ranking All of the Books I Read in April

  1. Blue says:

    The Giver has got to be one of my all-time favorite series. They take a different turn after book one, the vibe is changed a lot. However, I really liked that. I’m excited to see what you think!

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  2. dinipandareads says:

    I’m so glad April is over but May hasn’t exactly kicked off amazingly either. I’m hoping that it can only get better from now 😀 I’m keen to reading so many of the books on your “great” list — so glad to see you enjoyed them! Hope your reading in May is just as great ❤

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  3. readingbystarlightblog says:

    I’m sorry to hear that April wasn’t your month. It’s such a weird and anxious time to be alive right now but at least we’re going to have a cool story to tell our grandchildren on day! I can’t even imagine trying to trudge through online school – that must be a struggle and a half! I hope may treats you a little better! ❤ ❤ ❤

    But like HOW did you read so many books??? Girl you killed your reading goals! Also, I just received my copy of Serpent and Dove today! I can't wait to start is because it seems like you and so many of my bookish friends have been raving about it lately. I can't wait to rave about it with you! 😉

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      • readingbystarlightblog says:

        Haha, oh no – that dreaded wait!!! At least I’ll have a lot of new books to keep me busy. Did you hear – Stephenie Meyer just announced that Midnight Sun is FINALLY happening! I must have known something when I re-read the books??? Just call me Alice I guess!!!

        I’m planing on finishing Breaking Dawn, starting Crave and then Serpent and Dove – I’ll be giving you all my thoughts and feels! 😉 😂

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      • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

        I just heard about the Midnight Sun announcement! Guess I finally have to read Twilight now lol (yes, it’s embarrassing I still haven’t read it). I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about Crave! It’s on my TBR 😀 Enjoy all of your upcoming reads!

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  4. wren @ wingsandfables says:

    I saw The Court of Miracles on NetGalley earlier this month but I was hesitant about reading a Les Mis retelling too! It’s such an amazing story, I was unsure if it would translate well to a different setting. I might give it a chance now. :))

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