April Reading Wrap-Up

This is the month in which I finished my dissertation and in the first few days of May, I finished my degree altogether! So, all things considered, I did pretty decently reading-wise this month.

127937¬†The first book I finished this month was The Gladiators from Capua¬†by Caroline Lawrence¬†****.¬†As always, with this series, I really enjoyed the book as it took me on an emotional and educational rollercoaster. This is 100% one of my favourite children’s book series’ and I’ll be preaching that for many years to come! I definitely plan on reading the whole series once I am able to find them in the right covers in paperback and I know I’ll love them.


The next book I finished in April was The Hazel Wood¬†by Melissa Albert ****, which I had as an eARC from NetGalley (yes I was behind, it is distressing and I’m working on it!). I have a full review of this book on my blog which you can find here¬†but as a short overview, I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to the sequel.


36593157The third book I got to was Magnus and the Jewelled Book of the Universe by S.L. Browne **, which was another eARC thanks to NetGalley. I also have a full review of this book up on the blog, find it here, but the essence of it was that I was disappointed. This book could have been so much more.


34530151Book number four for the month was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas *****, which I was reading as part of a little travelling book club. My review of this book is up on my YouTube channel, and the link to the video is here. This was a very hard-hitting book which made me very angry, very emotional and I recommend it to anyone.


437330One book which was a big surprise¬†to me was The Comedy of Errors¬†by William Shakespear¬†****. I like Shakespear. I really didn’t expect to. I bought three mass market paperbacks of his plays as I thought they looked pretty and I decided I should attempt to “make my way” through some of his work. It turns out that both of the two I have read so far have been funny, entertaining, interesting… I really like Shakespear! I was expecting the¬†climax of this to come a little sooner to allow for more time for resolution, however, as a play the timing works well as it is so I just need to get used to reading plays. A fun, quick little play which I didn’t expect to enjoy!

36355075This month was the month I finally finished Other Minds by¬†Peter Godfrey-Smith ****! I haven’t read non-fiction in a very long while, despite it being one of my main genres to read as a child, so I had forgotten that they take me a lot longer to read than fiction books. This was a really interesting book, and the only reason it lost a star was that there were some sections which focused too much on humans. I understand bringing them in for comparison but at certain points, I had forgotten it was an octopus centred book until it mentioned them again. Other than that, this was informative, interesting and something that was very much outside of my comfort zone but that I enjoyed reading!

eggThe last book I finished in April was Davenant’s Egg & Other Tales by Jemahl Evans, *****. If you’ve been following me on this blog for a little bit, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Jemahl Evans’ work and have been ever since I got his first book. So it’ll be no surprise to any of you that I loved this set of short stories which tie in with the Blandford Candy universe! If you want to see more of my thoughts on this book then click here! If you want to see my thoughts on The Last Roundhead (book 1) then click here, and This Deceitful Light (book 2) then click here!

I wasn’t able to get to Ink or Rebel in the Sands this month. Mainly because I was so focused on my University work, it meant I didn’t want to spend too much time reading and also I wasn’t out and about much, meaning the Kindle (where Rebel in the Sands is) wasn’t used as much. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get to them in May, fingers crossed!

Considering that I have had one of the most important months of my educational life, I think I’ve done pretty well reading 7 books in April along with getting all of my assignments done. Now I have finished my degree I’m hoping I’ll be able to read some more in May and catch up a bit with some books I should have gotten to!

Stay tuned for my May tbr, which will go up soon!!

This Deceitful Light by Jemahl Evans


I was lucky enough to win both This Deceitful Light and the first book in the Blandford Candy series in a Goodreads giveaway. I absolutely fell in love with The Last Roundhead and so was incredibly excited when I found out I’d won This Deceitful Light. I love that both of my editions have been signed by Jemahl Evans with some personalisation too, a really nice addition to a series which has quickly become one of my new favourites.

Read my review of book #1 here!

The second book in this series continues to follow Blandford (Sugar) Candy looking back, in his old age, on his life during the Civil War of Roundheads vs Cavaliers.¬†Find the full synopsis on Goodreads here. We go on a wild ride up and down the length of England, as Captain Candy is sent all over the country on the orders and whims of those higher than him. When he returns to London he finds much of what he expected to come back to changed, with death and worry all around him. He still manages to be our good old Sugar and find some time with the ladies though, many different ladies… some things never change!¬†We encounter Cromwell within this book and see both his gruff and demanding side as well as the softer side that history often forgets, making him appear much more human than the frequently portrayed character would suggest.

As with the first book in this series, all historical events are referenced in the back of the book and there is an enormous wealth of detail to go alongside Candy’s storyline, with extra information included from his sister Anne and from historical accounts of important events he was not part of added in within the chapters in a different font to allow for clear differentiation (definitely loved this bit as the font for the letters is just perfect and the typewriter style for the historical accounts is a good choice).

A beautifully written historical fiction, with enough humour to counteract the death which is an expected companion of a piece set in this time period, but also enough focus on the important moments. I really don’t know why these books aren’t more popular, definitely recommended by me!