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February Wrap up

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted for a while. Quite a long while, but hey, this is my second post today. I’m sorry, life get’s busy sometimes, but hey, here are the books that I read this month. I read a total of 8 fantasy books, of which five were YA and 3 were adult, 2 historical fiction books, 1 dystopian, 1 sci-fi, 1 mystery and 1 classic. I think I had a pretty good reading month overall and I enjoyed most of the books that I did read this month though I did have 1 DNF. For this month, I wrote about each book after I finished it instead of writing it all in one giant writing session at the end to simply save some time for me.

 

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic(Shade of Magic #1)

Author: V.E Schwab

Genre: Fantasy/Historical

Book size: Normal

Thoughts: This was the read for Between the Pages bookclub. I quite enjoyed it and found the world building to be great. Kell and Rhys were awesome characters but I didn’t love Lila as much at first.

Recommended for: People looking for a YA novel that has a blend of historical and fantasy.

Rating: 8/10

 

Title: Ninth House(Alex Stern #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy/Adult

Book size: Bit larger than normal

Thoughts: Not exactly what I expected since I’m used to her YA books but enjoyed it nonetheless. This is a very much so adult book with very adult themes so be warned.

Recommended for: A book that deals with PTSD and secret societies set in Yale.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

Title: Warbreaker(Warbreaker #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Book size: Big but not incredibly so

Thoughts: This was amazing! The worldbuilding was fantastic and I loved the character development. Brando Sando is my favourite working author at the moment so I sort of knew that I would love it. 

Recommended for: Fans of well written Epic Fantasy that happens to a standalone(for now)

Rating: 9.5/10

 

Title: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy(Montague Siblings #2)

Author: Mackenzie Lee

Genre: Historical fiction/YA/LGBTQ+

Book size: Bit larger than usual for YA

Thoughts: I enjoyed this one but found this one to be much less fun compared to book 1. The character development was really good though for all the main characters.

Recommended for: Strong female characters in a historical setting that shows how bad it was for certain people back then with LGBTQ+ characters.

Rating: 7/10

 

Title: Catching Teller Crow

Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Genre: YA, Mystery

Book size: Small and there’s verse

Thoughts: I ended up really loving this even though I didn’t expect to. It tells the most wonderful story and I’m always a sucker for poetry.

Recommended for: Looking for fiction with Aboriginal characters by Aboriginal authors.

Rating: 9/10

 

Title: Carry On(Simon Snow #1)

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Book size: Largish for YA

Thoughts: I found it far to similar to Harry Potter(it did start as HP fanfic) and I really couldn’t get into it so I decided to DNF it before it led me into a slump. It simply was nothing I wasn’t interested in reading at that time.

Recommended for: People looking for stories similar to Harry Potter with LGBT+ characters.

Rating: DNF

 

Title: The Magnolia Sword

Author: Sherry Thomas

Genre: Historical/YA/Retelling

Book size: Average?

Thoughts: Now as a person that hasn’t seen Mulan, and as this is a Mulan retelling, I actually quite liked this but it had its problems.

Recommended for: Fans of Mulan and historical fiction set in dynastic China.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Author: Alix E. Harrow

Genre: Fantasy/Historical

Book size: Standard

Thoughts: I found the wiring style in this to be beautiful but I wished for a bit more development in other aspects. The world building here is pretty cool as well.

Recommended for: People that want loads of multiple dimensions from the perceptive of the early 20th century while following diverse characters.

Rating: 8/10

 

Title: Rebel(Legend #4)

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Dystopian/YA/Sci-fi

Book size: Normal YA book length

Thoughts: Essentially I am in love with Day and June and for them alone this book was awesome and everybody else was irrelevant.

Recommended for: People who have read the Legend trilogy and are looking for more Day and June goodness. Other than that, give it a miss.

Rating: 8/10

 

Title: The Colour of Magic(Discworld #1)

Author: Terry Pratchett

Genre: Absurdist/Fantasy/Humour

Book size: Very, very, very small for a fantasy book

Thoughts: I liked it though it was far weirder than anything I have ever read before.

Recommended for: Anybody that needs something a tad bit(or a LOT) weird.

Rating: 6/10

 

Title: Caraval(Caraval #1)

Author: Stephanie Garber

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Book size: Surprisingly, again, a normal sized book

Thoughts: There was a huge lack of any semblance of world building, the characters lacked some serious development and the romance was really, really bad.

Recommended for: I suppose for people needing a lighter read.

Rating: 5/10

 

Title: Clockwork Prince(The Infernal Devices #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Book size: Quite large

Thoughts: I really liked it for the most part and I was definitely engaged during the course of the book, though I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles.

Recommended for: For fans of the Shadowhunter world.

Rating: 8/10

 

Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Genre: Classics/Romance

Book size: Big

Thoughts: Surprisingly enough, I actually really loved this and thought that for the time, the way that the author wrote such a strong female character, who honestly is better than lots of female characters portrayed in fiction in my opinion.

Recommended for: Anyone needing a good classic.

Rating: 9/10

 

Title: Renegades(Renegades #1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Sci-fi/YA

Book size: Big for YA, yet it’s easy to read though…

Thoughts: I liked it for the most part and it was lots of fun yet I also felt that it was a bit too long and would have liked a bit more character development.

Recommended for: Fans of superheroes.

Rating: 6.5/10

I hope everyone got something new for their tbr or maybe there’s a book you’ve read and have had the same(or opposite) thoughts to mine. I do try to keep my reading fairly diverse though the books I read are definitely more geared towards fantasy. I’ll be back next month with another wrap up, hopefully. But until then, happy reading everyone!

7 comments

imosshelf

Definitely some new books to add to my tbr! I get what you mean about Carnaval, the plot was interesting but the romance could’ve been better. I’m currently reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and it’s pretty great!

29th Feb, 20
zitongbooks

Crooked Kingdom is awesome!

1st Mar, 20
guppy

I am generally not a huge fan of epic fantasy, but I will tentatively drop my prejudices and see if I can get into Warbreaker... It sounds like an awesome book! (Also good job on being able to fit so much reading time into a busy start to the year!)

1st Mar, 20
zitongbooks

Haha thanks and I hope you like it!

1st Mar, 20
sekhmet

I understand what you mean about The Colour of Magic. It is nowhere near as good as some of his others (I REALLY recommend the Tiffany Aching ones) and I couldn't finish it, perhaps because I read most of his others first and was expecting better.

2nd Mar, 20
zitongbooks

I’ve heard that many of his other books were way better and I certainly intend to read more of them soon :)

2nd Mar, 20
sekhmet

In reply to zitongbooks

Cool!

2nd Mar, 20