Hello fellow bibliophiles! As we start the month of April I hope you all have a fun list of books you want to read this month. Over the years I have started reading more new releases and I was eventually asked to read and review ARCs (Advanced Reader’s Copies) for a local indie bookstore. This brings me to the OUTSTANDING new release that you absolutely need to add to your TBR list this month: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni! It will be released on April 13th, and trust me, you do not want to wait to read this book!
Now, normally I absolutely refuse to read the first book in a series if the entire series is not yet published. The struggle of either having to remember or reread the previous books when a new book is released ultimately takes up too much reading time that could be dedicated to new books. However, a friend at The Novel Neighbor asked me if I enjoy fantasy novels (duh!) and urged me to read The Prison Healer, and by “urged” I mean she asked me and I caved in within 2 seconds. Little did I know I would finish the book in a day!
I will preface my gushing admiration of The Prison Healer with trigger warnings for sexual assault, self harm, and graphic violence. If you’re unsure of whether or not the book may be triggering for you, I recommend checking out the content warnings for the book on The StoryGraph.
I won’t include my entire book review here because there are so many spoilers, I would have to hide the majority of it anyway. Essentially the book is about a young woman, Kiva, who was put in prison as a young girl because her family was associated with a person who was suspected of treason towards the crown. 10 years later, Kiva is the prison’s healer, hence the title. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and leave you with your jaw on the ground at the end! It has the perfect combination of myth, fantasy, morality, and even some romance. Anyone else a fan of the “One bed” trope? I know I am! So, on your next trip to the bookstore, when you’re not sure which book to buy, pick up a copy of The Prison Healer. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
What books do you have planned for the month of April? Right now I’m buddy reading Strangers by Dean Koontz and I’m also reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I’m planning on reading A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong, and Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life on and Off the Ice by Curtis Joseph.