march reads: mini reviews

March was a strange reading month. I started several books but still haven’t finished any of them. Jane Eyre, which I started end of February, both book club books, and two different graphic novels.

But!

I binged Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo in one day. Did I do so that I would have a book instead of just fanfic reviews? Yes, yes I did. And also, I’ve been wanting to read this series for years and finally got the first three e-books on sale.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
3.5 Stars

I wanted to like this soo much more, and I know that many have told me the first trilogy is a a slow-ish read compared to the rest. But I am okay with that. Bardugo’s world building is fucking brilliant. Also, I feel like younger me, had I read it when it came out, I would have given Mal a chance at being worthy of the love triangle, but as a 30 year old who doesn’t have time to wait around for dude to realize “it was you all along”….noooope. Maybe I’ll change my mind about him in the next two books! We shall see.

Alina, sweet child. I want to shake her. With love. And tell her she needs NO MAN. Okay, that could be my gayness coming out. Whatevs. Point is. I am excited to see how she transforms and grows in the next book. I am always here for a coming of age with magic story and again, I love this world that Bardugo has created.

Am I already in love with The Darkling? Yes. Would younger me be in love with him? Yes. Do I really have a “type”? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. And hello, he’s being played by Ben Barnes. I’ve been in love. SO…

I’m not sure what else to say about it. I used to be so good at reviews damn it, but I won’t lie, I’m rushing this post a bit because I am determined to post it tonight as close to the end of March as I can. I don’t like April Fool’s Day, so today is actually March 22nd, thank you.

Anyhoo. I cannot wait to read the rest of this Grishaverse series!

Top Five Fan Fic Reviews for March

Total words for March: 3,227,462 words
Total Fics for March: 93
Shortest Fic: 1,073 words
Longest Fic: 477,981 words

I’m not going to put content warnings because if you click through the link, AO3 tagging system is brilliant and you can read those to see if this is a fic for you. More often than not, AO3 authors are heavy with the tags that way you know what you’re getting.

Also, I can’t keep up with trying to track all the fics I bookmark, whew. One day, I might be able to. But I’m cutting it down to sharing my top five fics.

Drarry

Verba Volant by shushu_yaoi_lj – This is an 8th year fic, which is one of my favorite tropes for Harry Potter fanfic. It starts the summer of the war, after the trials. Draco send Harry a letter, and there is banter and flirting, and it makes my heart happy. There is a also a sweet little mystery surrounding one of Harry’s ancestors and one of Draco’s. It’s precious and heartbreaking. This is also a Veela Draco fic, which is one of my favorite AUs. This fic really filled a lot of my faves.

Crown Witness by slytherco – Criminal-ish Draco and Auror Harry. Another favorite AU/trope. Even though overall, I don’t like when Harry is an Auror. I don’t think he would have been on given all of the trauma. But that’s a personal thing, and I can overlook it for a good criminal/body guard romance plot. Which is what this is. I love everything about Draco in this one. SO much sass and innuendos. Ugh. So good.

Ineffable Spouses

Divine Restorations and Repairs by SylviaW1991 & skimmingthesurface – Good Omens Human AU. Y’all. This might be one of my favorites. Crowley is leaving London and breaks down in Tadfield, and Aziraphale is an angel with umbrella who takes him in and all the pining ensues. Seriously. So cute. SIXTEEN CHAPTER SLOW BURN Y’ALL. But it’s worth it. This will become a comfort fic for sure. This is also what I would consider a found family fic, because FUCK Aziraphale’s blood family in this one.

Misty Mauve by MrsCaulfield – Good Omens Human AU. Victorian rivals to friends to lovers. So. Much. Pining. And slow burn. Can y’all tell I was in a mood? Lol. But really, this one is brilliant, another comfort fic. And sweet sweet Crowley. He tries. So hard. I always have a soft spot for Crowley when he’s trying to do the right thing and everyone misunderstands him. Ugh. Also, Victorian dancing and pining and NO period homophobia. Which I love. Also, MrsCulfield is one of my favorite Good Omens fanfic authors and I am subscribed to all the current WIPs.

Against Expectations by summerofspock and art by Blue_Sparkle – Good Omens Human AU. REGENCY arranged marriage and pining while fucking, and slow burn, and ashjdbfhugiwjgijf. Aziraphale is femme, Crowley is genderfluid as fuck. I don’t want to give too much away, this is a very sweet, sometimes heartbreaking fic because why don’t these two just communicate!?! But I loved everything about this. The art is wonderful nd everything about this one is brilliant.

Fingers crossed I have a better reading month in April. Not that over 3.2 million fanfic words is not good, but I do have a huge stack of books I want to get through. Especially the Grishaverse books before the show comes out! What have y’all been reading lately?

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