I had a slow month for April. I read my monthly goal of 5 books, but I wish I had read more. I am not in a slump, but found myself increasingly busy this month.
Total Books Read: 5
TBR Books: 2/4
Some of the books I read:
1. Flip the Bird by Kym Brunner
Summary: “Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.
When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.
With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.”
My quick thoughts: A surprisingly emotional book led by a likeable, yet flawed protagonist that depicts the tough choices we have to make as we grow up.
2. The Magic Shop by Justin Swapp
Summary: “Action and adventure await you in The Magic Shop! Come and claim it in book one of the Shadow Magic series. See why fans have compared this page-turner to Harry Potter, Fablehaven, and Percy Jackson.
Marcus Fith doesn’t believe in magic. And why should he? Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents magic shop, and he’s all too familiar with the hand buzzers, card tricks, and fake vomit kits. So, imagine his shock when he stumbles upon his grandfather hiding something in a secret room in the magic shop — the one that all the rumors are about.
Join Marcus and Ellie as they unravel a laundry list of family secrets, and are thrown into a world they never knew existed. Not only is the family business is a front, but Marcus has to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born to protect.
Will they survive?
Will they find their parents?
First Marcus and Ellie must discover the secret their grandparents have been keeping from them all these years. It all comes down to what’s hidden at the Magic Shop.”
My quick thoughts: A fantastic novel taking place in a majestic plot filled with likeable characters and an interesting lore that keeps you engaged.