RTW: Best April Read

This week’s RTW topic, courtesy of YA Highway is:

What was the best book you read in April?

This is a tough one and a major tie between two fantastic YA reads.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvatar and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.

I loved this book because of the whimsical writing, the island setting and the understated but oh so real and relateable characters. I don’t usually like alternating POV in a story, but this book convinced me that it can work when done just right. Stiefvatar’s subtle interweaving of mythology also boosted this story into my favourites list. The story is both gentle and brutal, as are the characters, as is the island of Thisby upon which the novel takes place. I simply loved this book.





Ship Breaker is something truly different. A post-apocalyptic tale told through the eyes of a teenage boy. The male POV was refreshing as was the world-building. I’ve never read a story with a setting like this one and absolutely loved the motley cast of characters and the intricacies of the society. I look forward to read the other books in this series.



So those were my best April reads so far. If I manage to finish Graffiti Moon before the end of the month however, I suspect Cath Crowley’s novel may just swipe the top spot for April.


What’s your favourite April read?

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  • Oooh, Ship Breaker is on my TBR pile!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It’s great! Start reading it today!! 🙂

  • Crystal Schubert

    These are two that I’ve been wanting to read, along with GRAFFITI MOON. I keep meaning to pick them up, but then I get sidetracked by contemporary romance. Damn you, contemporary romance!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Hehehe. I’d recommend reading these three. You won’t be disappointed 😛

  • I have THE SCORPIO RACES on my TBR list. I have GRAFFITI MOON on there too. Both books I look forward to reading soon.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Yay! 🙂

  • Jessica Silverstein

    Sorry for the lack of intelligent contribution but YES THE SCORPIO RACES OMG YES. *ahem* I, uh, have strong feelings about that book. I was really into horse books as a kid, but they tend to be either a bit maudlin or a little insipid or both if you re-read them as an adult. This tapped into all that horsey goodness while still being a really great YA read. It has made me Maggie Stiefvater’s biggest cheerleader.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      I love horses. I used to devour The Thoroughbred series as a kid and any others I could lay my hands on. This book was just great! 😀 Makes me want to write about horses…

  • Alisonmiller20

    I have Scorpio Races on my TBR. I read several good books this month. So hard to choose!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It is a tough choice! That’s why I cheated and mentioned three 😛

  • I’ve been meaning to read both of those books. Thanks for sharing! My April fav is Melina Marchetta’s FROI OF THE EXILES.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Never heard of Marchetta’s book – will check it out! Thanks!