Team Owlcrate Books Of The Month: What We Read In April 2024

By: Cheryl Long

Time for another Whatcha Reading? Team OwlCrate Edition. If there’s one thing book lovers love more than actually reading books, it’s gushing about their favorite reads (and convincing you to read them!) Every month members of our team love to share their personal favorite reads from that month! We are a diverse team of readers, so if you’re looking for your next five star book, read on dear readers and check back next month for another installment! 

Sophie's Reads For April 2024

 Wild Love by Elsie Silver 

Still in my Cowboy Era with Elsie Silver latest edition...

 Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

I can't believe I waited so long to read this !!! I loved it! Such a sweet YA.

When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.

Shadow and Bone meets Lore in Rebecca Ross's Divine Rivals, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.

Powerless books by Lauren Roberts 

Mine and Korrina's new obsession, a BookTok current favourite and I can 100% see why, full of romance and angst. Perfect for YA fantasy fans with a hint of The Hunger Game vibes!

The novella did in fact make me cry and I highly recommend the audiobooks!!

Cori's Reads For April 2024

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I first read The Bone Season back in 2014 and completely fell in love with this complex, dark, but compelling story. When it was announced that Samantha Shannon was releasing a completely revamped and revised version for the 10th anniversary I was fully on board and it definitely delivers.

Set in Scion London in 2059, Paige Mahoney works for a crime syndicate to stay alive - because simply existing as a clairvoyant is illegal. Her life is dangerous, and when arrested she is sent to a penal colony where it is discovered her abilities are something extremely rare, and something those in power want.

If you read the original and loved it, 100% take a chance on the revised story. There are a lot of subtle changes that really work, and the bones of what made it great to begin with remain.

Cheryl's Reads For April 2024

The Other Side of Disappearing by Kate Clayborn

Kate Clayborn has become my auto-buy go-to romance author! I just love her combination of believable circumstances, intelligent characters, a light hearted plot but balanced with emotional brevity and the *just right* touch of smut. In her latest release, you’ll follow half-sisters Jess and Tegan who spend a few summer weeks hunting down the mother that abandoned them ten years ago, leaving Jess to raise Tegan alone. Accompanied by the popular crime podcast host and her assistant, Adam, the foursome try to solve the mystery of where their mother currently is and why she was lured away by a professional conman. A great summer read! 

Girls and Their Horses by Eliza Jane Brazier

I wouldn’t say I was a “horse girl”, but that didn’t stop me from gobbling up this ridiculously addictive, fast paced novel. If you like stories with completely unlikeable characters, that centre on the bad behaviours of the Uber-wealthy, go on and grab this light thriller/mystery for your summer TBR. Taking place at an extremely exclusive competitive horse ranch in California, these girls (and their mothers) have very sharp claws under their riding gloves! Ambition, secrets, sisterly rivalry … so much fun.

Marlena's Reads for April 2024

I’m Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Sutanto

I picked up this book while spending a day in town and wandering into The Works (A UK bookshop that Sophie on our team always recommends). The selection of books at The Works isn’t massive but the cover of this book grabbed my attention and when I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it.

I’m a huge fan of You by Caroline Kepnes so this book was perfect for me. For the majority of the book we follow Jane however, we do get some other POV’s at some points in the book which adds to the plot.

Jane is unhappy and a struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, and is living a life she's never really wanted. Jane has only ever cared about one person, her best and only friend from back at university: Thalia.

But then one night ruined everything. The blood-soaked night that should have bound Thalia to Jane forever instead made her lose her completely. Thalia disappeared without a trace for years, and Jane has been unable to find her since. Until now. And Jane will do anything not to lose Thalia again.

The book was split into three parts and the last part was filled with plot twist after plot twist and I couldn’t put the book down.

This book is slightly different from what Jesse Sutanto usually writes and I’m surprised not many people have been talking about it on booktok.

 One Day by David Nichollas

DEVASTATING is all I can say. If there’s one genre I love it’s got to be sad love stories and this is just that. As someone who loves The Notebook, this book broke me so much more than The Notebook ever did.

In One Day we follow Emma and Dexter. Each chapter is one year apart and set on the 15th of July. The book begins on the 15th of July 1988 when Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?

I knew I had to read this book as soon as I saw the show on Netflix and now that I’ve finished reading the book (and crying over it), I’m ready to cry over it all over as I near the end of the show. This is a book I will 100% reread, it just felt so real and I wish there were more books like this.

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