Hello friends and happy Sunday!
The year is finally coming to an end and that means it’s time for another Month In Review. Typically I don’t feel like I need to do one for December, since it’s included in my Year In Review, but then I realized that you all wouldn’t know how I felt about those books. So here we are! This month, I focused all of my time on finishing my Reading Challenge and while I didn’t have a lot of books left to go, the pressure was still there. That, and all the Christmas and holiday shenanigans I had to endure made finding time to read a bit tricky. But I think I fared pretty well in the end.
In the month of December, I managed to read the final 8 books that I needed to complete my challenge. Do you know what that means? I actually read 100 books this year! How insane is that? I decided to be smart with the last few books that I needed to read, and by that I mean I had five JLA books left to read and I read them. Ah yes, how clever of me. To leave my favourite author’s books for the end. But in reality, I just couldn’t find those books so I just kept pushing them back before giving into iBooks and buying them with my credit card. Anyways, The other books I read were still pretty good selections and I’m happy with how they all turned out. It was a good way to finish off the year.
- Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆☆1/2 I liked this one a bit more than the previous one, finding that the story was more intriguing and exciting, but that pesky age gap for the romance will still be a problem for me. I thought Gabe and Nikki were great for each other, but I just wish they were closer in age. But that’s my own personal pet peeve. It’s still a good book.
- Smut by Karina Halle – ☆☆☆ I think I came across this book when I was looking for something else and after reading the synopsis, I thought it would be a hilarious read. And it was. It’s not a super serious, award winning type book, but one that you’ll have fun reading. But a nice surprise was how it talked about the stigma of reading NA and romance in general and how it shouldn’t matter what someone reads as long as they’re reading. That’s the best takeaway, in my opinion.
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – ☆☆☆☆ This has to be one of the best YA books I’ve read all year. It had magical writing, amazing protagonists, a hint of a potential forbidden yet slow burning romance that’s actually killing me, and a world of fascinating folklore and mythology. I’m honestly in love with this book and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
- Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆1/2 Definitely not the best JLA book I’ve read, but also not the worst. The plot was absolutely intriguing and I liked how things were explained regarding the various powers people had, but it was a bit too predictable in the end for me. I liked the romance though. It was nice.
- Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆☆☆ I personally believe this is JLA’s best thriller and it really makes me wish she wrote more. Her previous YA ones are great, for sure, but this was beyond creepy and it’s because of how she wrote it. I also loved the subplot of a second chance romance and thought it was lovely. I would read this over and over again and actually go out and buy it, to prove to my past self that I shouldn’t have judged it so hard.
- Unchained by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆ Yep, this is my least favourite JLA book. It’s apparently the second book she’s ever written and it shows. The narrative was chaotic and all over the place, the ending was rushed and a bit predictable, the characters weren’t overly likeable, and it seemed like she wanted to turn this into a series but never did so it was very open ended. I’m just glad she’s vastly improved.
- Tempting the Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆☆ I’m constantly wary about the bodyguard trope after being burned by it before (I’m looking at you K&B, you ruined this for me) but this wasn’t too bad. Actually, JLA didn’t really explore the bodyguard dynamic and turned it into Chandler merely protecting Alana because he cared and I appreciated that. They were cute together. Plus, it had the series finish out on a full circle which was nice.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – ☆☆☆1/2 My final book of the year! And it was an accidental vampire book read! I had no idea! But I loved Black’s storytelling narrative and found the plot to be very intriguing. I liked how ordinary Tana was and how everything she did was to keep her sister safe. I just wish the synopsis was a bit more forthcoming with information. But that cover is so nice that I’m not mad.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
As of December 30, I am 100% done my Reading Challenge. I have read 100 out of 100 books, not including rereads. I did it! And I managed not to reread a single book. Well, that’s not entirely true because I started rereading two books but I never finished those rereads.
Currently, I am not reading anything. I am simply basking in the glory that I finished my Reading Challenge.
Until next time,