Wow, April is over which means that #UnsolvedAThon is over too! I can’t believe the response to my readathon — you’ve all been amazing and so supportive. Thank you dearly to everyone who participated and/or who encouraged me. You’re all wonderful 💕.
Let’s see how I went:
I read every book for Ryan’s Path which means …
I solved #UnsolvedAThon!!
Clues solved: 10
Pages read: 3,713
Cheats used: 0
Format: physical books: 1; eBooks: 4; audiobooks: 5
Best book read: The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian
Clue #1: The Search for the Mysterious Mothman: Read a book about a mythical creature
Mythical creature: mermaids
I really enjoyed reading this book! I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did as its low on the romance and heavy on the violence, but I did. It’s about a young woman named Meela who’s people have been at war with mermaids for generations. Every few years, a group of male warriors are sent out on the Massacre: a hunting party dedicated to murdering as many mermaids as possible. Meela’s year is the first her island is sending female warriors, but there’s big problem: Meela used to be friends with one of the mermaids and as she massacres and comes across her old friend Lysi, she realises she’s in love with a mermaid.
Clue #2: The Chilling Mystery of the Black Dahlia: Read a very well-known/famous book
Famous book: 171,136 ratings on Goodreads
Um, I loved this?? I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, as its middle grade, but wowoooowwww. It’s about eighteen-year-old Sophie who somehow offends the Witch of the Waste, who turns Sophie into an old woman and prevents her from being able to tell anyone. Sophie leaves her family and wanders around town until she comes across the wizard Howl’s castle, and there she makes a pact with Howl’s fire demon who promises to turn her back if she frees him from his curse.
This was such a fun adventure novel. I absolutely loved Sophie as the main character — she’s headstrong and isn’t afraid to tell people off. And I loved her relationship with Howl. At first, she hates him but she slowly falls for him — although she’s not aware of that until the very end — and they’re just so cute together. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.
Clue #3: The Murders that Haunt the Lizzie Borden House: Read a book with an anti-hero or villain as the main character
Anti-hero: Rin, the main character
I went into this knowing I’d probably love it as so many of my blogging friends adored this book, but even so I was shocked by how invested I became in Rin’s story. Rin is a young dark-skinned war orphan in Rooster Province, who takes a country-wide test and is placed at the top-most powerful military academy. There, she has to fight tooth and nail to prove she belongs among the sons and daughters of nobility. But when war breaks out, Rin and her classmates are forced to graduate early and sent off to war.
This is a very hard novel to read but I still highly recommend it. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, and she was phenomenal! Seriously, all of her voices sounded distinct, even the male ones! If you plan on reading this book, definitely give the audiobook a chance!
Clue #4: The Grisly Murders of Jack the Ripper: Read a book about a serial killer or a murderer
Serial killer: Ayoola, the main character’s sister
I loved this! It’s such an amazing debut and really screws with your mind. Korede is the plain older sister who is used to doing everything for others and not herself, who’s trying to protect her beautiful younger sister who has a habit of killing her boyfriends. But then Ayoola, her sister, starts dating the doctor at work that Korede is in love with.
I loved the relationship between Korede and Ayoola, and how far Korede is willing to go to protect her sister. I also listened to this on audiobook and Adepero Oduye is an incredible narrator! I was so blown away by her performance.
Clue #5: Roswell’s Bizarre UFO Crash: Read a book involving aliens or outer space
Aliens: Almost every character
This book was such a disappointment! I’m genuinely upset I didn’t like it, but I’m glad I finally read it and it’s off my TBR. However, I listened to the audiobook and Patricia Rodríguez was a great narrator. I also really enjoyed the production of the audiobook, with heaps of sci-fi sounds incorporated into it.
I’m about to get a little spoilery here, so please don’t read my complaints if you want to read this book.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was boring. Like, nothing happens. Literally all the characters do is get this space job but instead of going there, they meet friends and party and get high and like … What am I reading this for? Nothing is happening, there is no plot! Usually, I don’t mind books that have little to no plot IF I love the characters. But sadly, I hated almost every character. Rosemary, the MC, has this massive secret that she’s worried about her new friends finding out and then they do and … that’s it. Her entire conflict is solved in three seconds. And also Kissy (I think that’s how you spell her name) was soooooooooo annoying! She never shut up and hearing her voice grated on my nerves. The characters also never experience any conflict, aside from one named Simmion, who is a pair and their pronouns are they/them. But by the end of the book they’re a “he” again (too hard to explain) and so they’re less queer! But also why should I feel sorry that the pair is dying? We don’t know them because they were barely in the book! And finally, I hated the idea of a universally attractive species, especially one that is coded as female. Because people have different attractions and not to mention that ace people exist so like??
Clue #6: The Enigmatic Death of the Isdal Woman: Read a book involving spies or espionage
Spies: Seregil and Alec, the main characters
Traitor’s Moon is the third book in the Nightrunner series, which follows master spies Seregil and Alec on their many adventures. I’ve been reading the series since last year and I absolutely love it! It does take me a while to read each book — they’re 500+ pages each — and can be very dense because a lot happens.
It’s still such an amazing book. Seregil and Alec have been in hiding for two years, having retired from spy life after winning the necromancy battle. They lost a lot, but when the Queen asks them to help her daughter on a diplomatic journey to the fae land.
Seregil and Alec were amazing as usual. I adore them both so much, and I especially love how comfortable they are in their relationship. They’re finally together after two long books, but there’s still so much Alec doesn’t know about Seregil. I’m really keen for the next books in the series, although it might take me a while to get to them.
Clue #7: The Haunting of Hannah Williams: Read a book involving ghosts or spirits
Ghosts/spirits: multiple characters have the ability to see spirits
This was such a lucky read because when I chose it for my #UnsolvedAThon TBR I actually didn’t know if it had any ghosts or spirits in it. When I googled it, I found out there’s a grump ghost who paints and so I went “Ok, good enough”. But then it turns out that the entire novel revolves around spirits and clairvoyants who can see the ether and force spirits to work for them. So like that worked out! 😂
Anyway, it’s about a woman named Paige who is a clairvoyant and is kidnapped by a secret race of otherworldly creatures, who force her into servitude and training to defeat evil creatures. Paige becomes the personal student of the Blood Consort, a man named Arcturus, and at first she works against him, but eventually she has no choice but to trust him to survive.
This was another audiobook I listened to and I loved Alana Kerr’s narration! The only issue I had with the narration was that her voice for Arcturus was very high, and I expected something much deeper … especially for a guy (otherworldly creature) who’s 6’9″. Anyway, Paige and Arcturus are like one of the few m/f couples I ship. Seriously, I haven’t been this invested in a m/f YA couple since … Clary and Jace from TMI? Wow. But I loved them — plus the plot and the world building was pretty awesome. I’m super keen to read the rest of the series!
Clue #8: The Historic Disappearance of Louis Le Prince: Read an unknown book or a book that has less than 500 ratings on Goodreads
Less than 500 ratings: 294 ratings on Goodreads
Darkling is a book I’ve wanted to read for a really long time and I’m so glad I finally got the chance! It’s about a trans man named Ryder who is a powerful witch: he’s half elemental witch and half necromancer, and to become a necromancer, he needs to die and be brought back. The problem is, necromancy is looked down upon in his coven. Also, Ryder has a massive crush on his best friend Liam, who is also a witch, and is terrified of telling Liam.
I already knew I’d enjoy this book but I doubly glad that I did. I definitely want to read the series, and I think I’m especially excited for book three (I think it’s an extra story) which is about a demon? I think it’s called Unbroken. I love romances with otherworldly creatures!
Clue #9: The Haunted Town of Tombstone: Read a book about an outlaw/a group of outlaws
Outlaw/criminal: Jack Turner, a main character
UM, THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING?!? WHY DIDN’T I PICK IT UP SOONER?? I listened to the audiobook and holy hell, Gary Furlong’s voice is STUNNING. Absolutely beautiful. I loved the way he added nuance to the character’s voices, to the point that it sounded as though the two men were standing right next to me.
It’s about two men: Jack Turner and Oliver Rivington, in Edwardian London. Jack is a scoundrel: a criminal who makes his money by doing illegal things to help rich women, like sending their husbands off to other countries to get them out of the way. Oliver Rivington is a gentleman back from the war with an injured leg. He’s searching for a place where laws and propriety govern society after the horrors he saw in war, and when he finds out his sister employed Jack to get rid of her husband, he follows Jack on another criminal case to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone’s lives.
I LOVED Jack and Oliver, they’re both amazing characters who are even better together. I loved this book so freaking much that I ended up reading the remaining two books in the series 😅. I highly recommend this series!
Clue #10: The Odd Vanishing of Amelia Earhart: Read a book with a female main character
Female main character: Naledi
Wow, another amazing book! I expected to enjoy this book but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! And that’s because I don’t usually like adult m/f romances — I always find the books super misogynistic even if the author didn’t intend for it to be. The guy is always some gross toxic male and I can’t stand that. But A Princess in Theory doesn’t have that!
The book’s about a student scientist named Naledi who keeps getting these emails from a scammer claiming she’s the betrothed of an African prince. Obviously, she doesn’t believe such a thing, but to her shock it ends up being true! I absolutely loved Naledi: I like how she develops as the book progresses. At the beginning, she’s someone who constantly puts everyone else first, to her own detriment, but by the end, she knows how to put up boundaries. And Thabiso is one of my favourite male love interests ever: he’s so sweet and he genuinely cares about Naledi. He even googles things she talks about when he doesn’t understand her studies 😭. Highly recommend!
And that’s my Postmortem — a wrap up of how well I went with #UnsolvedAThon!
Did you participate? How well did you go? Please let me know!