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April in Review

January 21, 2021

April in Review

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col and Werther Dell’edera — 3 stars
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — 5 stars
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart — 5 stars
Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz — 3.5 stars

I always loved reading the stories where Nancy Drew teamed up with the Hardy Boys, so I was excited to read this new modern graphic novel. This is definitely a darker take, a very noir and gritty adaptation. The art wasn’t my favorite, but I would still read the sequel.

Aurora Rising was a reread for me in preparation of the sequel releasing! I listened to the audiobook this time around, which has a full cast narrating each of the different character POVs. There was one narrator that I didn’t like at first, but they quickly grew on me as I got sucked into the story. Check out my full review of the book here.

I borrowed the Genuine Fraud audiobook from my library as a whim, and I’m so glad I did. This story instantly hooked me! It’s told backwards, which completely kept me engrossed as I tried piecing together the mystery. I loved how something seemingly small would be mentioned, and then the next chapter would reveal why it was such an important tidbit. This story will surely take you for a wild ride! And the narrator of the audiobook did a fantastic job capturing Jule’s different accents and the unreliability of her character. If you’re looking for a quick, page-turning thriller with a unique format and unreliable narrator, this one is for you.

Fans of the Batman universe will love Gotham High and seeing how Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, Jack Napier, and a few of the other classic characters interacted with each other in high school. My favorite part of the graphic novel was the artwork. The bold, vibrant art is gorgeous. It adds an edgy and modern feel to the story and creates an intense setting. The paneling changes up too, keeping the action and story moving forward. The story itself was interesting enough. Full of love triangles, epic parties, and betrayals, it was easy to get sucked into the story. Plus there’s a bit of a mystery added in. This reimagining added diversity into the cast of characters, which I hadn’t been expecting but ended up appreciating. Read my full review here.

Have you read any of these books yet? What books did you read in April?

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