March 2021 Wrap Up

March was a pretty average reading month all around.

So March was a bit of a mixed bag… On one hand, I didn’t feel like I read a ton. I still read plenty, but definitely not as much as previous months. However – I did read THREE 5 star books this month (and one 4.5 star). Which is pretty awesome!

March Stats

Books Read: 12
Pages Read: 4,502

Genres
YA Fantasy: 3
Contemporary Romance: 4
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance: 6
Historical Romance: 2

Age Range
Adult/NA: 4
YA: 7
MG: 1

Format
Physical: 7
Audio: 5

Other
ARCS: 8
Owned TBR (Owned physically/electroncially prior to reading): 3
Borrowed: 1
Reread: 1

Books Read

If I’ve posts a full review, I’ve linked it in the title and Goodreads pages are linked below.

Like the last couple of months, I’m just sharing some highlights, pros, and cons since I’ve talked about/reviewed all of these in full (or will be).

1. Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3) by Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
Audiobook, Hoopla

Highlights: Sequel, Paranormal, Ghosts, New Orleans, Middle Grade

Pros: Spooky vibes, Amazing friendships

Cons: The main Jacob plot is wrapped up in there and I wasn’t blown away by it.

2. Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Edelweiss+), Physical

Highlights: Gothic, Atmospheric, Fantasy, Mystery, Snowed in, Rivals to lovers

Pros: Great setting, Dark and gritty atmosphere, Wonderfully woven in themes

Cons: This book didn’t quite push as far as I wanted. I think if this was adult, it would have absolutely blown me away.

3. Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley), Physical

Highlights: Witches, Sapphic romance, Travel fantasy, Curses

Pros: Well developed world, Powerful witches, Sweet sapphic romance, Exploration of familial bonds

Cons: Nothing groundbreaking or new, The characters themselves weren’t particularly deep or multidimensional

4. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley), Audiobook, Audible

Highlights: Urban fantasy, Multi-POV, Fae, Political intrigue, Murder mystery

Pros: Super unique world, Queer AF, Badass main characters, Amazing & twisty ending

Cons: There are a lot of characters, This takes awhile to get moving and it’s quite long

5. A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley), Physical

Highlights: Women in STEM, Historical romance + mystery, Body guard romance

Pros: Strong independent women, Amazing chemistry between the main characters, Dual POV

Cons: Personally I didn’t love the ending or how the villain aspect was handled

6. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley/Edelweiss+), Audiobook, Libro.fm

Highlights: Peter pan, Magical woods, Mental health representation, Mystery

Pros: Fantastic mental health representation, Powerful themes & metaphor

Cons: Stinted & sometimes juvenile feeling dialogue

7. Namesake (Fable #2) by Adrienne Young

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Edelweiss+), Physical

Highlights: Series/Conclusion, Pirates, Romance, Political intrigue

Pros: Found family, Twists and turns galore, Pirates and sea setting, Amazing world & character development

Cons: Literally nothing, this series is everything.

8. Blood of Zeus (Blood of Zeus #1) by Meredith Wild & Angel Payne

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
Physical

Highlights: Urban fantasy, Teacher/Student romance, Gods & Demons

Pros: Super quick and easy read

Cons: Cheesy and super repetitive writing, The entire book felt like a prequel

9. To Love and to Loathe (The Regency Vows #2) by Martha Waters

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley)

Highlights: Friends(ish) to lovers, Widowed heroine, Forced proximity

Pros: Great banter and chemistry between the main characters, Sassy and independent heroine

Cons: Pacing was a little slow, Heroine’s scheming grew repetitive

10. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
ARC (Netgalley), Audio, Hoopla

Highlights: Sapphic, Married in Vegas, Mental Health

Pros: Stunning prose, Audiobook narration was outstanding, Ride or die friendships, Raw and emotional mental health discussions

Cons: I wanted just a tiny bit more from the romance

11. Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
Audio, Audible

Highlights: YA Mystery/Thriller, Podcast

Pros: One of the best audiobooks, Podcast/mixed media elements, Mystery was perfectly woven and executed, Shocking and twisty ending

Cons: None. This is the best YA mystery series out there in my opinion.

12. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Goodreads Page
Reread, Physical, TogAlong

Highlights: Sequel, Assassin, High fantasy, Love triangle (kinda)

Pros: Nehemia, The world really starts to open up

Cons: Chaol (sorry I still hate him…)

I’m also currently in the middle of 5 additional books 😅 So hopefully I’m able to wrap up some of those in early April!

Let me know in the comments what you read this month and what your favorite book of March was!

12 thoughts on “March 2021 Wrap Up

  1. Brilliant reading month! You read so many books that are on my TBR. I am so excited about Sweet and Bitter Magic, A Dark and Hollow Star, Good Girl Bad Blood, Lost in the Never Woods… I mean pretty much everything really!

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  2. wow u read so much this month! Yay! I’m also so glad you loved Namesake bc I loved Fable so much and really want to get to this one!!

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