It seems to have become a pattern for me to read 10 books each month in 2022. I’ve read 10 books throughout April which I am proud of doing. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in April!
When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando
When fourteen-year-old Shaq is stabbed outside of a busy shopping centre in Manchester, three teenagers from very different walks of life are unexpectedly brought together. What follows flips their worlds upside down and makes Chantelle, Jackson, and Marc question the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media, and the rest of society.
Danielle Jawando is such an underrated author! Her books are extraordinary. They have got such heart-breaking stories told in such an honest and raw way. Her books and especially this one deserve so much more love. I cannot recommend this one enough. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here.
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
8.52. Siobhan’s been looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it – she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast with Joseph on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he?
14.43. Miranda’s hoping that a Valentine’s Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. It’s a fresh start and a sign that her grown-up life is finally falling into place: she’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up?
18.30. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at a colleague’s engagement party. They’ve not known each other long but their friendship is fast becoming the brightest part of her new life in Winchester. Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he’s not here…
Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.
I adore Beth O’Leary’s books. I’ve read and loved every single book she has released. The No-Show very quickly became my favourite of them all. The characters and their different yet intertwined storylines were extraordinary. The writing is beautiful too. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here.
Here is a little snapshot of 6 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones!
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – ★★★★
- The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean – ★★★★
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – ★★★★
- We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry – ★★★★
- Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson – ★★★★
- With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher – ★★★
Love, Locked Down by Beth Reekles
URGENT!!! Due to the current situation, building management has decided to impose a seven-day quarantine on all apartment buildings on London Lane.
With nowhere else to go . . .
Ethan and Charlotte wonder whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder when they end up on either side of a locked door.
A fierce debate over pineapple on pizza ignites a series of revelations about Zach and Serena’s four-year relationship.
Liv realises rolling with the punches is sometimes much harder than it looks after her bridesmaids’ party goes off the rails, leaving the group at each other’s throats.
Isla and Danny’s new romance is put to the test as they jump ten steps ahead on the relationship timeline.
And Imogen and Nate’s one-night stand is about to get six do-overs they never really asked for—not awkward at all.
I loved this book and all its different perspectives. At first, I thought all the different perspectives might be a little bit too much. But, it didn’t take me very long to figure out who was who and who they were locked down with. It was lovely and showed how the lockdown affected each of the characters in a different way. An overall lovely read!
Vile Stars by Sera Milano
17-year-old Luka isn’t looking for love. She’s trying to piece her life back together after a heartbreaking loss. But when she meets the gorgeous and charismatic Cosmo under a meteor shower at the Greenwich Observatory, it feels like destiny has played a hand. Surely theirs is a love written in the stars.
But Cosmo isn’t what he seems, using Luka’s love for him to slowly take control of her life. As the pandemic starts to make headlines and lockdown sets in, she is trapped emotionally and physically in a coercive relationship. Luka’s friends and brother can see what’s happening, but struggle to reach her. Something will have to be sacrificed so Luka can set herself free – but what will be left of her when she does?
I knew this book was going to be good after reading Sera Milano’s last book. But, it completely blew me away. It has such a hard-hitting and heart-breaking storyline with twists throughout that shocked me. If you are yet to read a book by Sera Milano, you are missing out. I cannot recommend her books enough!
There you have it, that is everything I read in April! What have you read in April and what are you looking forward to reading in May? Let me know in the comments!