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
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.
Title: Ninth House(Alex Stern #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
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.
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)
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.
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.
Title: Carry On(Simon Snow #1)
Author: Rainbow Rowell
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.
Title: The Magnolia Sword
Author: Sherry Thomas
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.
Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
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.
Title: Rebel(Legend #4)
Author: Marie Lu
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.
Title: The Colour of Magic(Discworld #1)
Author: Terry Pratchett
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.
Title: Caraval(Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
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.
Title: Clockwork Prince(The Infernal Devices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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.
Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
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.
Title: Renegades(Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
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.
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!