March 2015 Reads
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This was my most anticipated read of March. I pre-ordered this, as I loved Vicious and couldn't wait to get my hands on V.E. Schwab's latest book. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in an adult fantasy trilogy, centered around Kell, who can travel between alternate versions of Londons. Yes, 4 Londons to be exact. I will have a full review up this weekend, but I really loved the story and characters, so I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
I won't spend much time here, since I just posted a review of The Well of Ascension earlier this week. This is the second book in the Mistborn Trilogy (I reviewed #1, The Final Empire here). I had some problems with the beginning of this book, but the ending blew me away. I can't wait to continue on with the series and I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
Ok, this is a strange one. Please don't think I'm weird for being interested in this, but this book is all about the investigation of the Zodiac killer. The zodiac murders happened in Northern California during the 1960's and early 1970's. This book was written by a journalist who was closely connected with the police during the actual investigation. I found this incredibly interesting. It made me appreciate modern technology and science, particularly DNA testing and just the ability for detectives to use the internet to research. Spoiler alert: Zodiac was never caught, so don't be expecting closure at the end of this book. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Child 44 was definitely the stand out book of the month for me. I will be doing a full review of this and the upcoming movie later in the month. This thriller follows Leo Demidov, a security officer in the Soviet Union. Everything is going great for him until he starts to ask questions about a string of suspicious deaths involving all child victims. This book was shocking, completely gripping, horrifying, and I couldn't put it down. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin
This memoir is about the story of Lev and his family living their lives in the Soviet Union. When things become unbearable his parents decide that they MUST leave and so they begin the long, stressful journey to the United States. The events that unfold are told from perspective of adult Lev as he tries to work through his past. I loved this story and I think everyone can relate to it. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book actually surprised me. I started reading it and I thought it was going to affirm the idea that I might be over reading Young Adult books. The main character was quite whiney in the beginning, but once Dante was introduced in the story, things changed. I thought this book explored really important themes including: sexuality, tough homelife situations, and learning to deal with physical and emotional pain. I ended up giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
All in all it was a really solid month of reading. Have you read any of these books and what did you think? Do you have any recommendations for me?