Monthly Monkey Mini Review – April

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Okay, I usually like to post these on the first Friday of the month and I’ve been consistent with that for about a year now… buuut I knew there was no way I could get online yesterday, so it seemed a bad day to schedule it. Anyway, I’m sorry for still being all over the place with bloghopping, replying to comments and whatnot, I’ve just been juggling a lot lately…

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Well, not literally, I can’t actually juggle 😉 Offline stuff is still eating into my internet time, but I did get to do my first guest post in March and wanted to send a very warm thank you to the lovely Dani @Perspective of a Writer for very kindly hosting me! If you fancy a post on Unusual Classics feel free to check it out- and please check out Dani in general because her blog is *magnificent* and *stunning*!

Anyway today, I’m happy to say I only have good books to review, so this is more of a recommendations post than anything else 😀

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Anna Dressed in Blood– I’ve seen this book knocking around for years and happened to find it in the library when I was looking for One Dark Throne. Now, in case you’ve not seen my reviews, I haven’t been too enamoured by that series- HOWEVER I *loved* this. Some of the main issues I’ve had with Blake’s trilogy is an inability to connect with the characters and vague world building- that is not the case here at all! I thought the characters were very relatable and the world she created was so clear. On top of that, this was incredibly GRIPPING. The twists were INSANE as well and there were so many that I couldn’t guess all of them. Plus, any I did guess didn’t detract from the horror. This was so scary for me I *had to* put it down! Admittedly, I scare easily and don’t normally go in for this kind of book- still the fact that I desperately wanted to finish this book says a lot. It was a great story and I get why everyone’s been raving about it for years.

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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The Last Magician– I read this thanks to a *wonderful* review from Trang @Bookidote– highly recommend you check it out! And I’m delighted to say I had a great time reading it! I mean, what’s not to like about magicians and time travel? I was gripped from the awesome opening and I couldn’t stop reading. The characters and relationships were amazing; the world building was detailed and unique. I did guess some of the twists, though not all of them. Overall it was an exciting and different story, aided by sleek and effective writing. I didn’t give it a full five bananas just because it was lacking that je ne sais quoi for me, but (and this is not going to be a popular opinion) I will admit I wasn’t keen on the numerous, casually sexist, throwaway lines like “fragile male ego”- it saddens me that a book would go there.  Nonetheless, that’s more a sign of the times and I still thought this book was brilliant.

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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The Forbidden Wish– I was recommended this so many times by Anna @My Bookish Dream and Being a Book Nerd and it being a retelling of Aladdin, I just had to read it… and I’m really glad I did! This is a stunning YA fantasy book, with an evocative voice and dreamy tone. The writing is expertly done and has one of the best uses of second person I’ve ever seen. With this genius touch, it links the past and present. The one issue I had with this was that it could have done with more space for the characters and relationships to develop. It all felt a bit rushed considering the scope of the story. I’d easily have been happy with a longer book- it’s not like the brilliant writing style couldn’t have sustained it. But ultimately, I was really happy with this and I let out an audible aww at the end.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Anyway, this has been a veritable feast of great books, leaving me one satisfied monkey…

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So have you read any of these? Did you love them or loathe them? And do you plan to read any of them now? Let me know in the comments!

64 thoughts on “Monthly Monkey Mini Review – April

  1. I MUST read The Forbidden Wish! Aladdin is my all time fav😄 great reviews! Is it rue that the ink color is red in Anna Dressed in Blood????

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  2. Hello!
    Great reviews! I haven’t read any of these books, however I am glad to hear that you enjoyed them overall 🙂 Yes it also bugs me when there are sexist or other problematic phrases in a book, however small they may be.

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  3. Outstanding! Don’t you love those months when all the books are good? I remember months like that almost like a nice vacation. P.S. I’m back & missed you to pieces! Wow, over 100 likes. Your blog is going strong!

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    1. Oh I totally get that- I don’t normally read anything scary/horror, but I was so curious about it and because it was YA I thought I would give it a go- I didn’t find it the easiest read, cos I’m easily creeped out lol, but I did think it was great and it was cool to read something a little out of my comfort zone for a change! 🙂

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  4. I read Anna Dressed in Blood and loved it, so the minute the sequel, Girl of Nightmares, showed up at the library I nabbed it, but I set it aside because it was boring me. I was disappointed, but I am thinking it was my mood and I should try again. I keep seeing reviews for Anna and I wait to see what they think about the sequel, but no one ever seems to read it. Ha ha. 😛

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  5. THE FORBIDDEN WISH AHHHHH. Sorry for the screaming, but I loved this book so much, i’m so glad that you read and enjoyed it 😀 I heard amazing things about The Last Magician, but haven’t read it just yet, I can’t wait to read it sometime. I think I won’t read Anna, though…. I scare very easily and am not a fan of horror overall, but I’m so glad you liked that one 😀
    Lovely reviews! 🙂

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    1. hehehe I’m so glad you like it!! 😊 Oh definitely recommend it!! 😊 Fair enough- I found it hard to get through, cos it’s not my usual taste, so I can totally understand why you wouldn’t want to read it- I was never sure if I would until it turned up in my library.
      Thank you! 🙂

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  6. Great reviews for all three of these books. I still have The Forbidden Wish on my to-read list, it’s one that’s been recommended to me plenty of times too and as a fairytale retelling it’s pretty high on my TBR list as well. One day I’ll get around to it. Also I really enjoyed The Last Magician, it was the time travel that drew me to this book, and that and the magicians that kept me hooked. Now I can’t wait for the second book! 😀
    Again great reviews. 🙂 ❤

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  7. I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed The Forbidden Wish! 😀 The best feeling is when someone picks up a book you recommended. ❤ I do agree that the book could have been longer, I definitely wouldn't have minded to read more about those characters and I have a feeling that the author could have pulled off a longer book. Amazing reviews! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 😀 I really did!! 😊😊 ❤ Thank you again for the recommendation! ❤ Yeah for sure- but obviously it's better to come away from a book wanting more than feeling like there was too much, so it's only a minor complaint 😉 Thank you!! 🙂

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  8. These mini reviews are so good! I’m glad you had a good selection of reads. I’m also glad to hear you liked The Forbidden Wish and The Last Magician. I would like to pick these up someday but they do have mixed reviews. Hearing you liked it thought has made me relieved, and I’d definitely like to get round to them soon!

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