In high school, I was a major YA Fantasy lover, but I don’t think I have read any fantasy books at all since then. This month I read 6. April 2020’s list includes some can’t miss fantasy romance!
April 2020 Book Stats
These are mainly for me, I love to keep track of what I am reading to look back on 🙂
- 6 Books Read
- 3,270 Pages Read
- 6 Fantasy Books Read
Books I Read in April 2020
It all started with a reading Facebook group I’m in. I have only been in it for a few months but since the day I joined I have nonstop heard how wonderful A Court of Thorns and Roses is.
I decided to order the ebook and I loved it so much that I couldn’t even bring myself to order physical copies of the rest of the trilogy because I didn’t want to wait for them to arrive to read them.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
This book has 4800 ratings on Amazon and is 4.6 stars so I should have known it was going to be great from the moment I started it. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a beauty and the beast retelling in which a girl named Fayre is taken from her home by a beast-like creature named Tamlin and dragged to a mythical land. Here she begins to fall in love with not only Tamlin, but also the magical land of the Fae.
A Court of Mist and Fury
The follow up book to A Court of Thorns and Roses has even BETTER ratings than the first and for good reason. If ACOTAR has a 5 star rating, A Court of Mist and Fury should have a 6 star rating. I hesitate to give the synopsis of ACOMAF here because I believe it gives away too much of the storyline of the first book, but just trust me.
I actually think that this book made me not like the first book, if that makes sense. What I learned in the second book just put me in a totally different mindset than I was when I read the first!
Rating: 5/5, but should be a 6/5 if I was allowed 😉
A Court of Wings and Ruin
In A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre is preparing for war in the Fae lands. I love the character development in this series and Feyre becomes her best self in this book.
If I were to rank the three books of this series A Court of Wings and Ruin would come in second behind A Court of Mist and Fury. I loved this series and blew through it. I am super sad that this is the last book about Feyre. I have heard rumors that the next books will be about Feyre’s sister, which I am also looking forward to!
So naturally as soon as I finished this amazing series I wanted to read more Sarah J. Maas and I found out that her newest book House of Earth and Blood had just been released soooo….
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)
I really really enjoyed this book. Not more than the ACOTAR series, but it was right up there and I am looking forward to reading the rest of these books as they are released!
House of Earth and Blood is about Bryce Quinlan and her quest to find who is responsible for the murder of her loved ones. Hunt Athalar is a prisoner who is assigned to help Bryce solve the murders in order to earn his freedom. Together, “they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”
Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1)
In the same reading group I talked about previously there is a post… “If you finished A Court of Thorns and Roses what should you read next?” and this series was highly recommended so I started it.
I am not totally done with the series because starting in book three, I think the main character sounds very childish. I am struggling to finish the third book, but I did like this one. It is a lot more heavy on the romance than the previous books on this list (which all contain a romance aspect).
“Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.
But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.”
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book #2)
I enjoyed book #2 in the Bargainer series as well. Here is the synopsis of book #2…
“Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.
But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.”
If you like fantasy books that are pretty heavy on the romance then you would definitely enjoy this series!
I’ve moved on in May to more of a variety of books, but if you have any more fantasy recommendations send them my way!