What is our Goodreads Group Book of the Months in April?

So it's April already and our Goodreads book group is frantically trying to whittle down their TBR's. We know this is an impossible task. Each month we have four Books of the Month. It provides us with a great way to read books we might not normally read. (stop recommending so many great books. Do you know how many first-in-series I've read in the last year and half?) Just kidding. I love being exposed to authors I never knew existed. We like to have four books as it gives everyone a chance to hopefully find one they would like to read.

So let's take a look at what we are reading this month. Please note book blurbs are included in the descriptions below.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy #2

The Vampire Academy is our series that we are reading month by month. Personally I've never been a huge Young Adult fan, but there is just something about this series which captured my imagination and that of other readers in our group. I have to give a big thank you to Barb, for pointing this series out to me. Thanks Barb!

From Goodreads:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

Hell Bent (Broken Magic #1) by Devon Monk

Hell Bent is set in the same world as the popular Allie Beckstrom series, but is told from the POV of Shame Flynn. He survives on coffee and whiskey. It's an impressive technique. Plus he has the whole magic vibe going on. I've already read this one for the month and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the first Devon Monk book I've read, but the humour and lead character made it a fun read. It's part of a two book series as well, which makes a nice change from having to read a ton of books before the series concludes. Hell Bent can be read separately from Allie Beckstrom, however if you are planning to read Allie, this book would of course contain spoilers for that series.

From Goodreads,

Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be....

The King (The Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward

Another popular series is out for it's twelfth installment. This multi-POV series continues to rate strongly with readers and the central relationship in this novel is Wrath and Beth.

From Goodreads

J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

This is one of the books I'm really looking forward to reading this month, as I've heard a lot of good things about it. It's a fantasy book  and it sounds like the type of book that is going to be very good. Fingers crossed.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

We list out Books of Month we are reading here. The lovely Beta keeps this up to date, so if one seems the kind of book you would like to read, there is always someone to discuss it with in our Goodreads Group. We would love to see you there.

Have you got any books recommendations our Goodreads Group could read? Let me know below.


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