Princess Geek Reads: Everything I Read In April

Hey guys! Good news! This month was a good reading month for me! It was kinda weird actually, the way it worked out. Usually this time of the school semester, I’ve got too much stuff going on to do much other than homework and such. But I was in the complete opposite of a reading slump this month, and all I wanted to do was read. So I went against my better judgement most days and ended up reading instead of doing the homework that desperately needed my attention sometimes. Don’t worry! I got everything done, somehow! But I managed to do it with getting a few books read, too! Take a look!

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 5-6 by Akira Himekawa

Genre: Manga

Synopsis: Volume 5: Midna has been Link’s traveling companion and ally since the start of their journey, but will her ultimate goal of saving the Twilight Realm drive her away from Link? Link’s own quest to save Hyrule leads him to seek the advice of Princess Zelda—and learn that to defeat the ultimate evil plaguing the world they will need a particular weapon: the Master Sword!

Volume 6: Link and Midna head for Snowpeak to find the pieces of the Mirror of Shadow which they will need to defeat the evil Ganondorf. Link has fought and defeated many terrible foes in his quest to save Hyrule and the Twilight Realm, but Midna now begins to worry that all that Link has seen and his obsession with power are changing him. What will Link do if his greatest enemy turns out to be…himself?

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As I have read these two before, I knew what to expect. But y’all, Volume 6 is still my favorite of the bunch (tied with Volume 7) because of the amount of character development that is crammed in there for Link. I’ve always been a major fan of how Nintendo has things like Dark Mario, and the real Mario has to fight him and stuff. It’s the perfect way of showing the character’s inner battle with himself, and Legend of Zelda’s Dark Link has always been one of my favorite video game characters. And in Volume 6, it is SO AMAZING. The art in this one went from 50 to 1039487920204 real quick, and I remember being really shocked at the detail and everything when I first read it. I’m just gonna say, there’s a certain page I turned when I first read it and my eyes just went wide when I saw the art. That tap on the shoulder (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve read it) just made me go on a little fangirl-freak out. Volume 5 is very good as well, but Volume 6 is just better.

Rating –

Volume 5: 4/5 Stars

Volume 6: 5/5 Stars

Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez

Genre: Play

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We read this play in my film/literature class, and I really liked it! I thought it was pretty cool how is was done (and the movie is even better, honestly). It was fun when we read some of it, because in my class my professor gave some of us parts to play so we could read it together. I love doing stuff like that, so it was really fun!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:

“Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.

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So my sister is a big fan of murder mysteries, and when we found this at our school library, we borrowed it instantly. We both got it read pretty fast, but can I just saw that I might have a bit of a mental scar from this one? The only other Agatha Christie book I’ve read was Murder on the Orient Express, and while I loved that one, it is kind of hard to say how I feel about this one. If you’ve read this before, you know that it is a little disturbing, but I guess that’s to be expected of any book like this. Still, I thought it was an excellent story with the kind of writing I would expect from someone as talented as Christie.

I liked the characters, and it was kinda interesting to read some of them as they slowly went mad on the island they were trapped on. While it was disturbing, I really did enjoy reading it, but sometimes it just fell short of five stars. Still, I recommend it if you’re a mystery lover!

Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie

Genre: Drama

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This is another short story I read for my film/literature class, and I thought it was pretty cool! The transitions between the flashbacks and the present were well done, and I liked the quick progression of the story. However, I didn’t really like it as much as I liked Zoot Suit, so when it comes to what we’ve read this second half of the semester, nothing has been able to overthrow that play as my favorite so far. Good luck to the last movie and literature of the semester…

Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

You’ve Reach Sam by Dustin Thao

Genre: Romance/Tragedy

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.

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Ya’ll, I wanted to like this book SO MUCH. It’s getting a tone of hype on TikTok and stuff, and the synopsis had me really intrigued. However, it just did not live up to the hype in my opinion. This was a debut novel, so I didn’t really go in expecting it to be the best thing ever, but it got such amazing reviews that I had to expect a little more than I actually got. So, in short, this book was highly disappointing for me.

The plot was actually pretty good, and I did like some of the characters, but there was a lot that felt completely pointless. Pointless background characters, and pointless story moments. I wanted to be sad for the main character, but she was so annoying and self-centered that I couldn’t be. What was worse was that there was barely any sort of character development, so I just couldn’t get attached. I have to say that the final scene did make me sad, only because I know what it feels like to lose a loved on and those last few paragraphs hit me in all the wrong places, so I was literally bummed for like two days straight. But that wasn’t because I was sad for the main character. I just couldn’t be for some reason.

Anyway, the writing was also kinda bad if I’m being completely honest. It got on my nerves at times, and it was littered with typos and such (though that is more the editor’s fault than the writer, I guess). All in All, I did like the book, just not as much as I wanted to.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Western/Romance/Crime/Mystery/Fantasy

Synopsis: Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

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Someone get the defibrillator, because this book almost ENDED me. Here’s the thing about Brandon Sanderson. Everything will be just fine for a while, and then BAM; suddenly it’s chaos, there’s universe-shattering plot twists, and five characters just died. It took me a while to get through this book, but once I hit the midway point, I couldn’t stop reading. There was the plot twist with Wax’s wife, and I COULD NOT. I was sitting with a friend while I was reading that horrible ending, legit trying not to cry (I’m a crier if you haven’t noticed) so I didn’t look like an idiot. It ripped out my heart and made sure to stomp on it before putting it back in. That last page was literally just plain evil!

But aside from that ending, I thought this book was brilliant, as is usual for Sanderson books. A few new characters were introduced, and I really liked them, so that was cool! And that big Mistborn character cameo had be doing the internal fangirl stuff because I was so happy to see this guy, it felt like foreverrrr since the last time I saw my best boi (if you read the book, you know who I mean!).

I’m going to say this every time I mention Brandon Sanderson… if you have not read any of his books, PLEASE DO. You will NOT be disappointed, because this is like, S-tier writing, and I haven’t seen anyone match up to him in the world of fantasy yet. He really is the king of that genre!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Western/Romance/Crime/Mystery/Fantasy

Synopsis: Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metal minds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

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Right after Shadows of Self, I jumped right into this one. I don’t think there has ever been a book that made me laugh out loud so much, because it was a STRUGGLE to be quiet whenever I read this out in public. It’s just torture, because while the last book was a bunch of heartache, this one was a rollercoaster of emotions. It could go to hilarious to soul-crushing in three seconds, so I never knew what to expect. I’m trying to decide if this is my favorite out of the three Wax&Wayne books, but I think I’ll wait for the fourth and final book in the series to come out before I decide that.

The chemistry between the characters were A+++++, and the dialogue just flowed perfectly. This has to be the most chaotic character group I’ve ever seen, because this was one wild ride. There was never a dull moment with these guys, and I’m really glad Steris got more book time since it gave her a chance to let me, you know, actually pay attention to her. Her interactions with Wax were adorable, and hilarious sometimes, so I really got to liking them being together (I didn’t really like them being together at first).

Funny enough, though, while I started to like Steris, I had a harder time liking her half-sister, Marasi in this one. I have no clue why, but she just seemed a little off in this one. In fact, so did Wayne. I really love these two, but they just seemed a little different in this book. I still love them though, and it was fun reading them all together. And Wayne, bless him, had a brilliant moment near the end. The writing is just on another level, y’all. Especially the dialogue.

And we can’t forget to mention the elephant in the room. And that is the very last page in this book. So, knowing Brandon Sanderson, I knew he would pull something in the very last pages. Everything was winding down, and it was all calm, right? But I KNEW it wouldn’t stay that way, because Sanderson just can’t end things all wrapped up and calm.

So he really turns it up a few notches with the freaking reveal that a certain someone might STILL BE ALIVE. I sat there just staring at that last page with this look of shock on my face long after I finished reading it. I am here to tell you, if this character is still alive, I will flip my kitchen table. I will have no further comment on that until I know what’s going on.

All in all, like I said above, please do yourself a major favor and get into Sanderson’s books!!!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel: Practical Advice from a Bestselling Author by Gilbert Morris

Genre: How to Write

Synopsis: In his entertaining and informative style, best-selling novelist and teacher Gilbert Morris leads you step-by-step through the process of writing a novel.

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I started this book last November with Christian Girl Writes (hi!). There were a lot of great tips for writing, and the exercises were, at times, pretty fun! I thought there were a lot of helpful stuff in it, but honestly, it wasn’t my favorite book on how to write novels. Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories by Maragret Lucke has been sitting on that throne for years since I first read it as a beginning writer, and it will be hard for any “how to” books from taking that spot, haha! I’m not saying Morris’ take was bad at all, though! As I said, it was pretty great, even if I didn’t really agree with some stuff in it. I’d recommend it to anyone who’d like to learn to write novels! Though it doesn’t have everything you need to know about writing, it is definitely helpful!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

That’s all of them! Honestly I was hoping to get at least one more book in there, but I’ve had a busy last two days and I didn’t want to push myself. I was happy with what I was able to get read, and I’m thinking May might be just as productive. Let’s hope so, anyway!

So what did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below! And as always. God bless y’all and have a wonderful rest of your week!

Synopses from Goodreads

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