April 2020 Reading Recap


Good-bye April, the shortest month this year. I have gone through a lot of sudden changes, but there are always more books to read. I even discovered two new favorites this month, which feels exciting.

This month, I also interviewed Aleksandra Ross to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Don’t Call the Wolf and I had outlined a plan to improve my craft. I will be saving the craft reads for their own post.

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ARC Review: SHOREFALL (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (2020)

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Release: April 2020
Source: NetGalley ARC

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Content and trigger warnings include: mass suicide, magical surgery, manipulation, body horror

Sometimes there are books I read that I know sticking around for the sequel will be absolutely worth it. Founders is another trilogy I should add to that category. Three years have past since the incident at the Mountain and the first heirophant, Crasedes, is on his way to returning. It is up to Sancia and her crew of Foundrysiders to put a stop to a being who wants to reshape reality in order to fix society. The Maker of that world is on a mission and sacrifices must be made or prevented.

This book had such a focus on the great world-problem: stop Crasedes Magnus. As a result, the characters were allowed to shine in all of their pieces of designing the plan and magic used for traps. Because the first book had spent so much time establishing the world, the plot was allowed to push through in a very character-driven way in this one. There is, however, much time spent on explaining the scrivings and the world’s internal logic, which might not be for everyone.

One of my favorite details, however, has to do with Crasedes. Not only is he a really compelling antagonist, but he is just such a mystery. So mysterious, in fact, that when he undoes his bindings, it causes madness. His design is unfathomable but he has so many dimensions from start to finish.

Fascinating use of coding as a type of magical tech in a story that winds intricate plot twists without ever turning into a knot. This sequel is so intense and I can’t wait for the third book.

April 2020 TBR

Shelter-in-place continues through April in Illinois. I will keep reading horror and others.

Hard Copies

  • Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
  • Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
  • Scapegracers by H.A. Clarke (ARC)


  • Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross (ARC)
  • Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
  • The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)
  • The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson (ARC)
  • Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (ARC)
  • Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin


  • Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
  • The Fisherman by John Langan
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

No betas this month, but sending a draft to two friends for alpha reading. Exciting stuff.

Reading Recap: August 2018

RRAugust2018In August, I frantically prepared for Pitch Wars, but managed to get a few good reads in. I don’t think I started a lot of book, so it was mostly me finishing up the ones I had started back in June. Continue reading