The best books I read in April 2022

April is all about cliffhangers, a new author who I will send my therapy bills and fanfiction. And that made me realize how ‘all over the place’ my booklist for this month is. Oops. But I promise it’s a good month filled with book recommendations! These are the books I’ve read in April 2022.

A little side note: all summaries are the official summaries because I usually get too excited when reading a good book and when that happens, I always end up spoiling the whole thing.

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Best books of April 2022: cover of a kingdom of flesh and fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Everyone who read my last books of the month blog post knows I ended the month with ‘From Blood and Ash’. I was not 100% convinced by the first book, but mama did not raise a quitter, so here we are. I read ‘A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire’ which is the second book of the series. I liked this book better than the first one, but it still took me a long time to finish it. So long that I decided I was going to take a break from this series after this one. And then the last few chapters happened… Guess what happened? Your girl immediately started the third book. The ending left me shook and with a major cliffhanger. While I don’t like that it took me so long to really start getting into this story, I am happy I pushed through.

Summary of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her. Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation. A Secret… But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Best books of April 2022: cover of The ​Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

So as I said, I immediately started the third book and it did not disappoint. It is full of twists and turns. The third book finally answers a lot of questions I had during the first two books. However, because it is answering so much, it tends to feel like an information dump from time to time. That being said, this is now a Kieran stan account and that’s all you need to remember when you start this series. The Crown of Gilded Bones was not perfect yet I still wholeheartedly enjoyed it.

Summary of The Crown of Gilded Bones: Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers. Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head. But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Best books of April 2022: cover of It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

To Colleen Hoover, I will send you my therapy bills. You know that a book is phenomenal when it leaves you speechless and feeling like an emotional wreck. This book was my absolute favourite of the month; it is even one of my all-time favourites. And it is the reason I will be binge reading all of Hoover’s books. It is one of the most honest, inspiring, beautiful and heartbreaking stories I have ever read. My favourite part about this book is Lily’s letters to Ellen. They make the book feel so personal. It has been a few weeks now since I read it but I could still talk about the plot and its societal relevance for hours. This is a book everyone should read.

Summary of It Ends With Us: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Best books of April 2022: cover of The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Where are all my star wars fans? This book is actually based on star wars fanfiction about Kylo Ren and Rey. And after seeing it all over Booktok (TikTok for book lovers), I had to give it a try. I guess it is not that surprising that I liked it since it still has some references to Star Wars, it includes women in STEM and it has a tall, dark and handsome main character. It is an adorable feel-good book if you are looking for something relaxing. 

Summary of The Love Hypothesis: As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees. That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs. Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

See you next month!

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