March 2021 Wrap-Up

I’d like to start by apologizing for publishing this wrap-up post so late! How is it that we’re already almost half-way through April? It’s crazy!

But I can assure you that I have an excuse for the delay: I was extremely busy in March! It was definitely a month that kept me on my toes. I spent the majority of it finishing up schoolwork to prepare for Spring Break, and by the end of March, I was feeling very burnt out after so many weeks of online classes. But thankfully, I was able to escape into books during my spare time, and I actually ended getting a lot of reading done!

Total Number of Books Read: 12

Amazon.com: A Very Large Expanse of Sea (9780062866561): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors. I absolutely adore her Shatter Me series, and ever since finishing it, I’ve desperately wanted to pick up her contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I finally got around to reading it last month, and as expected, I loved it. It was such a powerful book that I think everyone would benefit from reading. My only complaint is that the romance felt a bit flimsy at times, but despite that, the story was still incredible! Rating: ★★★★☆

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A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers, #1) by Elise Kova

A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova: A Trial of Sorcerers was my first Elise Kova novel, and it certainly did not let me down! The story was fast paced and intense, and I loved the characters! The plot was a tad predictable, and the magic system was pretty generic, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless! If you’re looking for a light, entertaining fantasy novel, A Trial of Sorcerers is, without a doubt, the book for you. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Hunted (9780062422286): Spooner, Meagan: Books - Amazon.com

Hunted by Meagan Spooner: This stunning Beauty and the Beast retelling definitely took me by surprise! It was unique and gorgeously written, and I felt like I was reading an actual fairy tale! Meagan Spooner is an extremely talented author (especially when it comes to retellings), and I’m so excited to read more of her work in the future! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Twilight (Meyer novel) - Wikipedia

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Yes, that’s right! Last month, I finally picked up Twilight, the book that I once vowed to never EVER read. Oh, the things this pandemic has made me do. I mainly read this book out of curiosity, even though many people warned me that it was cheesy, predictable, and ridiculous. It was indeed all of those things, but I confess, I did sort of enjoy poking fun at all the corniness! Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Outlander: Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440212560: Amazon.com: Books

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I was quite intimidated by this book prior to picking it up. For one thing, it’s MASSIVE! The whole novel is well over 800 pages! But even so, I now know that I had no reason to be nervous, for I ended up loving this book! The atmosphere was absolutely breathtaking… I truly felt like I was standing right alongside Claire and Jamie as they ventured through the lush Scottish highlands. I will most certainly be reading the next book in this series, and hopefully the books that come after that as well! I can see the Outlander saga quickly becoming a new favorite of mine! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 1) eBook:  Bardugo, Leigh: Kindle Store

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Re-read): As you might’ve already guessed, I re-read this book in anticipation of the upcoming Netflix adaptation, which I am SO stoked for! Even though I really enjoyed Shadow and Bone the first time I read it, for some reason, I never got around to finishing the series. The Netflix show has definitely given me motivation to finally do so! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: It’s common knowledge that sequels are typically either hit or miss… Fortunately, Siege and Storm was a hit! I would say that it’s probably just as good as it’s predecessor, Shadow and Bone. The addition of Nikolai’s character really made the book shine, especially when it came to his relationship with Alina. And even though the Darkling and Genya, two of my favorite characters, were annoyingly absent for a majority of the book, I still really enjoyed it. Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) by Julia Quinn

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn: It’s official: The Viscount Who Loved Me is now my FAVORITE Bridgerton novel! Well, out of the three that I’ve read… But that’s not the point! The point is that this book is beautiful, wonderful fluff that will have you swooning until the very last page! Kate and Anthony are such lovable, flawed characters, and their romantic journey was such a pleasure to read about. I am now more excited for Bridgerton Season 2 than ever! Rating: ★★★★.5

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Amazon.com: Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 3) eBook:  Bardugo, Leigh: Kindle Store

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: I’m not going to lie… the final book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy was a bit of a let-down for me. It was decent, but not the grand finale I expected it to be. The book dragged on and on and on, and the majority of it felt extremely slow paced. In all honesty, I wish this series had been a duology instead of a trilogy. Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: Opal: A Lux Novel eBook: Armentrout, Jennifer L.: Kindle Store

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout: The Lux series has become a new obsession of mine! The characters are so easy to root for, and the plot is fast paced and exciting! Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing is so fun and witty, I just can’t get enough of it! Opal ended on a colossal cliffhanger, so I’m dying to know what will happen next in book four, Origin! I can’t wait to read it! Rating: ★★★★☆

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An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series, Bk. 3): Quinn, Julia:  9780380815586: Amazon.com: Books

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn: An Offer From a Gentleman was a fun read, but it was not quite as good as its predecessor, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which set the bar very high for future Bridgerton novels! The beginning of the story had me completely hooked (it was the perfect set-up for a Cinderella retelling), but the middle felt a bit dull. Additionally, Benedict, one of the two main characters, could be very entitled and obnoxious at times, even though Sophie, the other main character, was far more likable. But I still really enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to seeing it brought to life on screen! Rating: ★★★.5☆

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The Soulmate Equation - Kindle edition by Lauren, Christina. Literature &  Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: Ah, Christina Lauren has done it once again! The Soulmate Equation is everything you could possibly hope for in a romance novel! It’s addictive, swoon-worthy, and charming, full of wonderful characters, shocking plot twists, and endless romantic tension. I’m so lucky to have received an ARC of it! Keep an eye out for my full review, which I’ll be posting in the near future. Rating: ★★★★.5

February 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova

My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

April is definitely turning out to be a month of re-reads for me! I’m currently knee-deep in my re-read of the Folk of the Air trilogy, which I’m having such a blast diving back into! Jude and Cardan are two of my all time favorite characters, and I’m so excited to be reuniting with them!

I’m not sure what I’ll be reading after that, but I have a feeling that I’ll be tackling a lot of ARCs this month… That will surely keep me busy!

Anyways, that’s my March in a nutshell!

I hope you all had a great month! Be sure to let me know what books you read, and what you’re planning on picking up next.

Well, I guess that’s it for now! ❤

Until next time,

6 thoughts on “March 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. wren @ wingsandfables says:

    I just picked up Hunted and Sherwood by Meagan Spooner so I’m so happy to see you liked Hunted! I haven’t seen many people talk about it but I can’t ever seem to pass up a Beauty and the Beast retelling haha. I’m trying to get through the Grishaverse too in preparation for the Netflix show–I’d never read any of them before. I hope we both love the show when it drops and I hope you have a good rest of April! 😊

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I definitely think that Hunted is a very underrated BatB retelling! It’s such a gorgeous book… I think you’ll like it! Good luck getting through the Grisha books! I’m so excited for the show!!! I hope you have a good rest of April too!

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  2. Tanja says:

    I also reread the first two Grisha books in preparation for the show and they just made me more excited. Only one more week to go 😀
    I’ve read the first 5 Bridgerton books so far, some are hit some are miss, but I heard good things about the sixth one so I’ll continue. Can’t wait to see Kate and Anthony on screen.
    I’m currently reading Folk of the Air for the first time and I’m in love with it all!

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  3. melbraxton says:

    Looks like such a good month! Hunted has certainly grabbed my interest and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed! Your Twilight read was great for insta! It deff made me laugh! It’s the only one of the series I’ve read, but sometimes I wonder if I should keep going, just so I understand all the references…

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Hunted is such a gorgeous story! I highly recommend it! And I’m glad my reactions to Twilight gave you a good laugh 😂 Even though I hated it, I still kind of want to read New Moon… Like you said, I want to be able to understand all of the references.

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