April Reads: Mini-Book Reviews & More

May is here and ‘may’ it be a good month for all of us. One-third of the year has already passed us by and I feel like I’m living in purgatory. Like just watching life go by without really doing anything. April was a fun month though, I got to travel and spend time with my siblings. My cousin brother who has been studying and now working in Canada finally made it back to India for a few weeks. So, we siblings took off for a short beach vacation while he was here. I will do a whole other post on the vacation since it was a lot of fun.

Reading took a back seat this month. I haven’t been able to find the kind of books that hold my attention. So I ended up DNF-ing 2 books this month and only completing 2 books. But the 2 books that I read were both really good, so if you are looking for book recommendations, here are the two books I read this month:

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

Plot: Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane have different date plans for Valentine’s Day. Siobhan, a busy life coach, is meeting her buddy (with benefits) for a breakfast date. Miranda, a tree surgeon, is meeting her new, dreamy boyfriend for a lunch date. Quiet Jane, who volunteers at a charity shop, is meeting her friend for a fake dinner date at a colleague’s wedding. The only thing all three women have in common is that they are all stood up….and by the same man. What is the truth about this man? Is he in love with any of them?

Review: When I started reading the book, I was a little annoyed with the women for ignoring huge red flags. I don’t read romance books because I find love stories annoying and mostly unbelievable. But as the story progressed and the plot becomes clearer, you fall in love with all the characters individually and start rooting for them. I want to give a more in-depth review but it will just end up spoiling the book for you. If you like romance with a twist, then definitely check this book out. It was a great read with a great twist in the tale.

Verdict: 8/10

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The IT Girl by Ruth Ware

Plot: Hanna Jones meets Alice, her new roommate, on her first day in Oxford and it changes her life. Hannah is a regular, hard-working student but Alice is used to being the IT girl. Hannah and Alice become best friends and Hannah finds herself a part of Alice’s group. But as fun as Alice is, she also has a dark side which makes her friends dislike her. When Alice is found dead in their flat, a creepy Oxford porter is convicted for the crime basis Hannah’s eye-witness account of watching him leave their flat. Now a decade later, a reporter reaches out to Hannah with suspicions that the porter was wrongly convicted and Hannah realizes that maybe there was more to Alice’s death than met the eye.

Review: I am a huge fan of Ruth Ware and a bigger fan of thrillers. (Check out my post on my favourite thrillers here.)This book kept me on my toes throughout. One of those books that has a storyline that makes you doubt every single character of having done the crime. The book was fast-paced and the story kept shifting between the past and present adding to the drama. The ending is shocking and left me gasping. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Verdict: 8.5/10

I started reading two other books but I just couldn’t get myself to finish either. I hope to read more in May. What are you reading these days? Are you excited for summer?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. The No Show sounds great. I’ll read this one.
    I am currently reading Independence by Chitra Banerjee and liking it immensely so far.


  2. mylittlehawk says:

    I might pick up The IT Girl, it sounds really fun!
    I’m reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor again, and I’m loving it even more then the first time I read it. I also never picked up Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2), which is crazy, because the story is sooo good!


  3. I saw The No-Show in the bookstore and I promised myself that I’d go back to get it. Now I’m really convinced to get. I can’t wait to read it!


  4. Deepthy says:

    Glad you had a fun vacation! Ooh I read the IT Girl in April too! Sadly, I didn’t like it as much as Ruth Ware’s other thrillers – I’m with you on the ending though, I did not see that coming.


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