[Wrap-Up] Books read in April 2017

It’s the end of another month and time for yet another wrap-up! I read a total of ten books in April, of which one was a short story collection and three were e-books. As always, the reviews of my April reads are all linked below!

My April reads:

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[Book Review] Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

51eiv8gjkol-_sx327_bo1204203200_Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian, classics

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In a post-literate world, Guy Montag works as a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are considered the source of unhappiness and therefore forbidden. Dissidents who defy society by preserving and reading books are tracked down by helicopters and the Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department. Still, Montag is unhappy. His marriage is cold, distant, failing – and there might be books hidden in his house.

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[Book Review] The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

51l28haoodl-_sx319_bo1204203200_Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Genre: Fiction, YA, fantasy, dystopian

Where I got the book: I borrowed this book from a friend.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Young Kelsea Raleigh has been raised in hiding after the death of Queen Elyssa, her mother. On her 19th birthday, the Queen’s Guard arrives to escort her back to the royal Keep so she can take her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling. But becoming a queen is not without its dangers. There is great evil in the heart of the Tearling. Many are plotting to destroy Kelsea, no one can truly be trusted, and in the neighboring nation of Mortmesme, the cunning and powerful Red Queen threatens. Kelsea has never been more uncertain in her ability to rule, but this is her kingdom now and she is the only one who can save it.

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[Book Review] Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

27823798Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Fiction, classics, mystery, gothic, romance

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While on holiday in Monte Carlo, a young woman working as a lady’s maid meets the wealthy and 20 years older widower Maxim de Winter. Their meeting leads to a sudden marriage proposal and, after their wedding and honeymoon, she goes to live with him at his beautiful country estate Manderley in Cornwall. However, the memory of Maxim’s late wife Rebecca dominates the house, the staff, the visitors, and soon also the new Mrs. de Winter. Though dead for almost a year, Rebecca’s lingering presence threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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[Book Review] The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

41x3q5g6x2l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Author: Ken Liu
Genre: Fiction, short stories, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A boy helps a hunted creature from Chinese folklore to adapt to a steampunk future. A mother expresses her love for her son by creating origami animals, which she magically brings to life. A couple offers people a chance to travel back in time to explore one of the hidden atrocities of the Second World War, but their invention has widespread consequences. This collection of fifteen short stories and novellas explores our technological advances and the individual’s assimilation into society.

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[Book Review] Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

51m2bpxji2bll-_sx352_bo1204203200_Title: Fever Dream
Author: Samanta Schweblin
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, surrealism, horror

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman named Amanda is dying of poison in a rural hospital clinic. Next to her sits a strange young boy named David, but he’s not her son. David urges Amanda to recall what has happened to her, and through their conversation emerges a feverish nightmare about damaged souls, toxins, and motherly love.

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[ARC Review] Void Star by Zachary Mason

51t1pescipl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Title: Void Star
Author: Zachary Mason
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: April 11th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary (modified from Goodreads): In the not-so-distant future, the seas have risen, the central latitudes are emptying, and in San Francisco weapons drones patrol the skies. Irina has an artificial memory that gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between her various employers and their AIs. Now, she has unwillingly discovered a secret belonging to one of her employers. Kern is one of the many refugees living in the drone-built favelas on the city’s periphery, where he trains in the martial arts and scrapes by as a thief and an enforcer. Now, he’s on the run after robbing the wrong mark. Thales is the mathematically inclined scion of a Brazilian political clan, and he has fled to L.A. after the attack that left him crippled. Now, a mysterious stranger demands to know how much he can remember. None are safe as their journeys are pushed together by subtle, unseen forces.

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