April Wrap Up + Stacking The Shelves


I got to take some leave this month, but I spent it working on something else so… is it a holiday if you’re always working?

Anyway, things are ramping up back at my day job and getting more intense, but at least I had some time to read during my leave.

Honestly, I’ve been reading a fair amount of Very Good but not Totally Awesome books, and I think it kind of made me forget how much I just really enjoy getting sucked into a book so good it hits every button for me and leaves it with a 5 star review.

I’ve read 18 books so far this year and only 2 of them have been 5 stars.

One of those was indie published and the other was a graphic novel.

I’ve read a lot of good books that didn’t make my heart thump, and that’s what I rate 5 stars. It really has to be something speical.

And I kind of miss reading that?

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading a lot more non-YA stuff.

But it makes me want to experiment with dipping my toes back into trad YA.

To the point where I actually bought some new books! (even though I don’t have room for them. Shhhh!)

Seriously, I have slowed down with my purchasing as well because I have over 600 physical traditionally published YA books to read (I do not count how many ebooks I have… I just do not), and due to life commitments and being responsible and having a job and other hobbies, I can’t read 2 or 3 books per day. I can’t even read 2 or 3 books per week. 600 books are going to take me approximately 12 years, and that’s if I don’t buy any new ones.


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews and hosted by Reading Reality.
It’s all about sharing the books we’ve picked up for the week, whether they are bought, borrowed, gifted, galleys, physical or virtual.
Share your shelves and remember to visit Reading Reality to find more great books!


The Encounter (Animorphs Graphic #3) by KA Applegate and Chris Grine.

When Tobias and his friends were given the power to morph, they were also given an important warning: Never stay in a morph for more than two hours. But Tobias broke the time limit, and now he’s trapped in the body of a hawk — forever.

When he discovers an important Yeerk secret, Tobias knows he has to do everything in his power to destroy it. But to do so, he’ll have to contend with a part of himself that’s wrestling for dominion. A part that isn’t human.

For Tobias, the fight against the Yeerks is more pressing than ever — not just for humankind, but for his own humanity.


The Luminaries by Susan Dennard

Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you…

Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie’s town―and the rest of humanity―from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night. Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal―and restore her family’s good name. Or die trying.

But in order to survive, Winnie must enlist the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.

Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.

I’m pretty sure I like Susan Dennard even though I haven’t read all of the Witchlands books yet.

The Last Huntress by Lenore Borja

Alice Daniels has a problem. Her reflection keeps misbehaving when she looks in the mirror–and the longer she ignores it, the harder it tries to get her attention. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns why: she is a huntress, someone gifted with the power to enter mirrors and the magical world that exists beyond. But with this power comes immense responsibility, for in the Mirror Realm lurks an evil that has infected the human race for centuries: demons. It is up to her and her three huntress sisters–with the help of one handsome and overbearing protector–to hunt and banish this evil one demon at a time, thereby keeping the chaos in check. But when an ancient god pays Alice a visit that turns deadly, it is clear the Mirror Realm is more than it seems, and she soon finds herself in a race against time to save the life–and soul–of the one man the gods are determined to never let her have.

The Last Huntress is a story of redemption and sacrifice, the bonds of true sisterhood, and the impossible, sometimes frightening, things we’ll do for love.

I didn’t even look at the cover for this. I saw the title on the spine and read the blurb and BANG, it was in my hand even though it was more expensive than I normally pay for YA.


Monthly Wrap Up

Book Stuff

  • Number of books read: 6 (UM WHAT! – 3 of these were under 250 pages and 2 were audiobooks!)
  • Finished a series: No
  • Started a series: Hades by Tate James however as it is VERY adult I will not be reviewing it on The Moonlight Library.
  • New to me authors: Emily Victoria (Silver in the Mist) and Matthew Perry (his memoir)
  • Favourite book: The Encounter (Animorphs Graphix #3) by KA Applegate and Chris Grine

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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