If you are one of the 36 people that saw the draft version of this post go up yesterday, April Fools, I guess? If that glaring mistake isn’t the most indicative representation of my life right now, I don’t know what is.
March was another difficult month for me professionally and personally, continuing the Reading Slump of Doom. I won’t be talking about this in detail, but I do want to share that almost two weeks ago I went on a medical leave of absence from work. Right now I am trying to focus on my health and getting better, which is why my blog hopping and replying to comments is slow and sporadic right now. I promise I will reply to all my comments as I am able and will do my best to hop as much as possible.
The good news is that I am finally reading a little bit! And even better, I am ENJOYING IT! Maybe the slump is coming to a close?
Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.
“Nothing monstrous was conquered with a kiss, nor by love. Evil went down by the trigger, overcome with bullets, shutters, blood, and courage.”
After reading and loving Pitch Dark last year, I was excited to check out Alameda’s debut for some more spooky goodness. Friends, while I expected to enjoy Shutter a lot more than I did, it was a creepy and enjoyable read for me. It’s fast-paced and hauntingly atmospheric; Alameda has a way with words that is impossible to ignore. If you are a fan of spooky stories that deliver on the horror with imaginative detail, then keep reading because this book might be for you!
Shutter is told in the third person perspective of Micheline Helsing, the one of the last descendants in the lineage of the Van Helsings, and I honestly was sucked into the book with its opening lines: “Call it a reaper’s insomnia, but the dead wouldn’t let me sleep at night. Everytime the sun went down, I swore I sensed them stirring, starving.” There is something about the writing style that sets an almost noir mood with the words and painting the scene of my mind in black and white.
It’s that time of the month that I make your TBRs quake with fear and grow exponentially, friends! March was cursed blessed with so many amazing releases that my wallet wept (but I somehow managed to exert a little self-control) and April also has a good amount of amazing releases. Grab onto your wallets friends, here are 12 Anticipated Releases for April!
📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight,check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!
BRIEFING NOTE: This is a fantastic end to one of my favorite series ever, chum. This is a trilogy that is excellently plotted into three acts and is never ███████ boring. If you haven’t yet read Illuminaeand Gemina, tread with caution as this review has spoilers for the first two books.
“Every story needs its villain. And its hero. And its monster.”
I am so sad that this amazing series is over, chum. If I am being honest, it took me almost two months to read this book because I didn’t want it to end and was savoring every single page. I simply didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters I had come to love, especially Nik.