Hello everybody ^^ I hope you’re all doing great. In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my favorite books of March 2019, as well as my most disappointing reads. For every book listed below, I’ve included a short synopsis, as well as a mini non-spoilery review.
So in March, I read a total of 22 books. Since I’m only going to be talking about a small selection of those books today, you can check out my Goodreads here to see the individual ratings I gave to all 22 books, including the ones not mentioned in this post.
My Most Disappointing Book(s) of March 2019
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace
My Rating: 1 Star
This poetry book explores themes such as healing and personal growth, by combining realistic narrations with mermaid lore. While I like the concept of this book and appreciate how the author was able to merge mermaid lore with themes such as feminism and healing, I feel that after two previously published books in the same vein, this new entry in Amanda Lovelace’s poetry trilogy misses the mark a little. The book felt a bit convoluted to be honest. And there were times when it was trying too hard to keep the mermaid theme going. Having read the previous two books in this poetry trilogy, I thought that there was little to nothing here that I hadn’t previously already read. If you are starting the series with this book (you can read them in any order), you might probably enjoy it more than I did. For me however, it just didn’t work. And I have to say, I’m getting a little tired of these poetry books that are pretty much compilations of Tumblr musings. There is beauty in these words, yes, but a lot of the content of this book felt more like something you could have just read online in an Instagram or Tumblr post.
My Favorite Books of March 2019
Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman
My Rating: 4 Stars
Faerie Knitting combines stories, photography and knitting tutorials in a gorgeous book that is sure to please fans of fairy tales and faerie lore. Each fairy tale in this collect features a piece of knitted garment or object that comes to play a crucial role at some point in the story. Then, at the end of each story, you get a detailed knitting tutorial on how to make the object mentioned in the story. To further embellish each story and tutorial, there are also full colour photographs throughout this book, featuring models posing as the main character of each story and wearing the knitted garments and accessories mentioned in the stories and tutorials. Although knitting is one of the main elements in this book, you don’t have to be a knitter yourself to enjoy it. I’m not a knitter but I love fairy tales and faerie lore, and the stories and photographs alone were enough to make me fall in love with this book.
Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi
My Rating: 4 Stars
Before Minako Aino became Sailor Venus, soldier of love and leader of the Sailor Senshi in Sailor Moon, she was the famous vigilante Sailor V. Minako was the first of the Sailor Senshi to develop her powers and she’s had a whole career of crime-solving adventures long before joining forces with Usagi and the other Sailor Senshi in Sailor Moon. In Sailor V, the prequel series to the more famous sister series Sailor Moon, we get to see her family, her school life, her first loves and of course, her first meeting with Artemis, her cat companion. Minako’s story, despite being rich with the good old humour we know and love from Sailor Moon, is also a surprisingly touching one. By the end of the series, I was actually left with a very bittersweet feeling of nostalgia. We get to see Minako evolve from a carefree middle school kid to a full-fledged warrior and while her transformation is certainly empowering, I can’t help but also feel a little sad for the childhood innocence she’s had to leave behind to embrace her duties as Sailor Venus. If you are a Sailor Moon fan, I strongly recommend you check out Sailor V.
W.I.T.C.H. by Elisabetta Gnone (Part 1, Volume 1)
My Rating: 4 Stars
Continuing with the magical girls theme, in March I also read the first volume of the W.I.T.C.H. graphic novel series. Five girls, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin, have been chosen as Guardians, magical warriors blessed with the powers of the elements. Their mission is to fight against the forces of evil and defend the mystic veil that separates the human world from the creatures of other worlds. If you’re looking for something fun to read, you might want to give this series a try. Magic, friendship, adventure and a healthy sprinkling of romance… This series has everything every good fantasy needs.
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Book Four in the Heroes of Olympus series)
My Rating: 5 Stars
I am currently making my way through the entirety of Rick Riordan’s various mythology series (excluding the imprint titles not actually written by him), and the latest book I read in his mythological multiverse (don’t really know how else to describe it haha), was The House of Hades. I won’t say much about the plot, just in case you haven’t read the book yet, but what I can tell you is that this book had everything I could have hoped for, and then some. The plot went in places I was not expecting, and I loved every bit of it. The characters’ interactions were amazing and I think Rick Riordan did a great job fleshing out everyone’s character arcs. But what truly took over my heart and made me give this book a well-deserved five star rating, was the relationship between our two main leads. We’ve seen these characters grow from children to young adults. We’ve seen them battle all sorts of monsters, and along the way, we’ve also seen them first form the most beautiful of friendships, and then fall in love in what is for me one of the best book romances I’ve ever read. It is in this instalment in the series though, that their love story truly gets to shine. There is so much love and mutual respect between these two. In this book, they come to face their biggest trial so far, and it was amazing to see them work as a team and lean on each other as they fought their way through it. When you think of Percy Jackson, romance is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. For me though, the romance between our main characters was by far the best element in this book.
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (Book 0.5 in the Rolling in the Deep series)
My Rating: 5 Stars
Don’t let that terrible, terrible title fool you. As bad and as cheesy as it is, and despite the fact that I can’t help but hear Adele in my head every time I think about this book, Rolling in the Deep is actually an amazing horror novella. I went into this not really expecting much (I mean, just look at this crappy title), and ended up completely falling in love with the story. The Imagine Network is making a documentary to prove the existence of mermaids. A research team and a filming crew set out on the ship Atargatis in search of strange waters, where the presence of mermaids is rumoured to be true. To everyone’s shock, they do end up finding the mermaids. To everyone’s horror though, these mermaids turn out to have really sharp teeth and an appetite for human flesh. If you love horror stories, you’ll definitely enjoy this book. Fair warning to those of you who don’t enjoy violent stories though. This book is in fact very gory and contains a lot of graphic violence. If that’s not your thing, you might want to skip this one. And I do recommend you read this book before checking out the sequel, Into The Drowning Deep.
So those were some of the books I read in March. What were your favorite and least favorite books of March? Let me know down in the comments below 🙂