The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.
Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite.
Happy April Fool’s Day! I’ve certainly read my share of books with a surprise ending or twist. And I’m a confirmed fan – but I’ve read so many books that it’s kind of difficult to catch me off guard or to throw in a twist I didn’t see coming. That being said, some have succeeded, and when I learned the theme for April, three books immediately jumped to mind.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis. I won’t say exactly what this character did that was so surprising, but trust me when I say it was completely unexpected and shocking. Upon meeting the author, I had to ask where she’d gotten the idea for it, and told her how much I loved the twist.
Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff. With the revelations and twists in the last part of this book, I felt like my head had been put in a blender and pureed. I never had an inkling – not a single clue of what was coming. And the sequel will be released soon!
But the book I have to go with is The Empress by S.J. Kincaid. The twists in this book were soul-crushing and infuriating. I went through bouts of happiness, rage, frustration, hopelessness. It’s the first novel I’ve ever had to set down and walk away from for a period of time – my reaction was that strong. I read this book in 2017, and a part of my soul has died a little each day that I have to wait for the next book in the series – which is scheduled for sometime this summer. Maybe I’ll have a shred of soul left by then.