Hello friends and happy Wednesday! Another month is ending which means it’s time for the always fun Month In Review. No offence but I hate February because it’s too short and it always goes by way too fast. Plus one day you’re bombarded with snow and the next it’s like 10 degrees because February can’t seem to make up its mind. Anyone else feel this way? Just me? Ok cool. Regardless of my dislike for February, I feel like it turned out to be pretty stellar as far as reading goes. Though I haven’t found too many new releases to sink into, I did manage to find some reads that were new to me and I think they kept me pretty happy.
I’m starting to think that 8 is my magic number because more often than not that’s the typical amount of books I’m able to read per month, which I think is pretty solid. However, if February was a little longer like the other months are, maybe I could’ve reached 9 books. We’ll never know, will we? It’s fine, 8 books will keep me happy. I didn’t completely love all the books I read this month and some of them went places I either didn’t like or didn’t enjoy, but at least there aren’t any regrets in this batch so I’ll take the silver lining. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the TBR pile in my room is still mocking me. It’s a problem, I’m aware.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – ☆☆☆1/2 Although I had some minor problems with the writing here and there, it was still such an intriguing and dark story with a creative cast of characters. I loved Mia as an anti-hero and the whole school for assassins was insane but awesome. I’ve yet to get to the sequel but I’m hoping to get to it soon.
- Secret Heir by M.J. Prince – ☆☆☆ This was an ARC given to me by the author and all in all, it was fine. It wasn’t amazing but it also wasn’t the worst. The writing could’ve been better, particularly grammatically, and it wasn’t the most original book, since it was relatively similar to another series, but I’ll still give it a full shot. I think I enjoy Jazmine’s spunk a little too much to write it off completely.
- The Learning Hours by Sara Ney – ☆☆1/2 I didn’t really want to read this and I only did so to get to the next book and I should’ve trusted my hesitation. The romance was nice and the dynamic reversal was great, but I can’t get over how the relationship started out because it’s something I’ll never be ok with. And then there’s the overall involvement of one of the worst characters to ever exist that not only ruined this book for me but the next as well. We were doing so well Sara Ney, what happened?
- The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney – ☆☆3/4 All I wanted was a nice, happy book for Elliot. Did I get that? Not really. Elliot’s a nice guy and I really like him but he deserved better than this book. The romance/relationship was fine, I understand the entire plot, but that one character was back and ruined this book even more than I expected him to. The flip-flop personality of the girl also didn’t help here and it wasn’t what we deserved out of this book. Whatever, I’m just bitter.
- Sacked by Jen Frederick – ☆☆☆☆ I may have been “tricked” into reading this book but I really enjoyed it! The writing was really nice, the male character was fantastic and refreshing, and so much about the story was interesting and well developed. I have very little complaints about this book; it was great.
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – ☆☆☆3/4 Catch me hopping on another bandwagon with this book but I really enjoyed it! I personally took longer than I wanted to reading this but it was still a good read. The world building was some of the best I’ve ever seen, the protagonist was lovely, and the writing was stellar. Oh, and that plot twist had me yelling for hours. I can’t wait to see where this series goes.
- Jockblocked by Jen Frederick – ☆☆☆☆1/2 This. Book. Was. Amazing. I loved almost every single thing about this book, minus like one thing, and it’s an instant favourite. Matty is so good not just to his love interest but in general and he’s borderline perfect. He deserves his own half star. But Lucy was fantastic in her own right and important as well. Their story is one of my favourites and played out beautifully.
- Downed by Jen Frederick – ☆☆ Urg. That’s all I got to say; urg. I read this to give Ace a chance at redemption, and I feel like he did earn it in some aspect, but was it worth enduring the pure annoyance that was his love interest? I’m not sure. But I do know that this book was not for me at all.
As you know, I’ve promised myself not to reread anything this year and I’ve been so good and haven’t reread something yet! But I’m gonna break soon, I can feel it. Pray for me.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
As of February 28, I am 16% done my Reading Challenge and I am on track! I have read 16 out of 100 books, not including rereads and I don’t intend to include any rereads. I can’t afford to reread anything.
Until next time,