Happy February! How are we already done with January, it feels like time is moving so slowly but also very quickly. My city is currently in the red phase, which is difficult on the kids as they cannot busy grandparents or friends. But despite that inconvenience, January has been pretty good to me reading wise, I hope your January has been good to you.
I’ve got a feeling February is going to be a great month, I have a lot of content planned that I’m really excited about. I wanted to post more in January but time got away from me.
Anyways, I was able to read 11 books this month, which is insane to me because most months I finish between 6 and 8 books. Some books were of course shorter than others but I have been reading in my kindle, which was one of my goals, so I believe it is helping.
Now, let’s start the wrap up, shall we?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas ★★★★★
This was a re read, in anticipation for the new release in February. I actually enjoyed this book more upon the reread, my expectations weren’t as high and I could just enjoy the story. A Court of Mist and Fury will always remain my favourite in the series ( maybe silver flames will change that) but this book is good in a different way. This one focuses more on war and battle, which of course I love. I enjoy war strategy and planning. But it also gave us new relationships and character growth with more of the side characters. I absolutely adore Lucien and I so happy with him in this book he was a shinning star! Of course I love Rhysand with my whole being!
The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher ★★★★
Taryn Fisher is a QUEEN! Her books are some of the most unique stories. I have yet to give any of her books less than 4 stars. I never read the synopsis, I just jump in, because I trust her completely. This story was so engaging and sucked me in from the beginning, this is my new favourite thriller. The Wrong Family is a dark and twisted story and just when you think it can’t get any darker it dose. Please read this one you won’t be disappointed!
The Project by Courtney Summers ★★★★
Holy crap this book was insane!! Courtney Summers knows how to write intriguing stories with sad broken characters. You think you know how the story will end but there are some many twists. I was immediately sucked in from the first chapter. This book follows the story about Lo who lost her parents in a car crash, an accident that she was also in the car for leaving her with traumatic memories. While she was healing in the hospital her sister Bea, met a man who says he speaks with God. Bea leaves Lo to live with an aunt, joining up with The Unity project. Years later Lo works for a prestigious magazine, and a suicide that leads back to The Project and her sister. I loved this book so much! I highly recommend.
Lesson in Corruption by Giana Darling ★★★★
I have fallen in love with the Fallen men series. I’m so happy I started this book, because within a few pages I knew I was going to love it. This story follows Cressida, a young teacher that got married when she was eighteen to an older man. Lately she feels as if she is with him to please her parents and not because she actually loves him. She decides to ask for a divorce, now she lives in a small rundown cabin, working as a teacher at an elite school. She unexpectedly starts s fling with a hot blond biker. She’s finally allowing herself to live and give in to her desires. But when she finds out her new student happens to be the biker, she panics. I loved the chemistry between the shy teacher and the bad boy biker! King was such a swoon worthy character, a cute biker with so much charm, and a poet! Ohh and did I mention it’s set in Vancouver, having a Canadian setting makes me so so happy! This was the first motorcycle romances I’ve read and I loved it so much. I’m probably going to start book 2 really soon.
I am More Than my Nightmares by Jennae Cecelia ★★★
This is a poetry collection, that focuses on anxiety. I feel as if it was well represented as I have a form of anxiety, I related to many poems. I really enjoy Jennae’s poetry,the only reason I have it a 3 is I felt it was often repetitive, however I still really enjoyed it.
Dark Lover by JR Ward ★★
I really wanted to love this book, but I was so incredibly bored. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. The writing was just average, I’m not even going to get into the names. There are so many trigger warnings that I didn’t know about, such as the main character was sexually assaulted in like the first chapter. Beth, must have been described as beautiful so many times, I get it she’s pretty. There was just so many romance tropes , but they were done so badly. Here’s the kicker, the love interest Wrath, had long black hair, a widows peak, wears a lot of leather, with wraparound sunglasses, and he’s described as having thighs as wide as her waist haha okay I’m sorry but this guy does not sound attractive at all. I wanted to cringe every time he was described! I really wanted a fun vampire romance , but even the vampire lore sucked, they don’t actually feed on people. And I found myself questioning why I continued to read the whole book, but it is because I’m told the series gets better. However now I’m very doubtful and I’m not sure when I’ll read book 2.
How the King of Elfham Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black ★★★
This was a fun addition to the trilogy, was it necessary? No. Did I enjoy it anyway? Yes. I loved this novella for what it was. And of course I’m always here for more Cardan content.
I Would Leave Me if I Could by Halsey ★★★★
Halsey is one of my favourite artist, so I can’t explain how excited I was for this collection. I read this via audiobook which is narrated by Halsey. It was such an amazing experience I highly recommend, the audiobook. I would like to buy a physical copy soon, because this book was stunning. She has such a unique way of capturing emotions and some topics are a little tougher to read about. But if you’re a Halsey Stan I highly recommend.
Tender is the Flesh by Auggtina Bazterica ★★★
This book was not on my radar until I started seeing all over Instagram, being described as horrifying. So naturally I had to read it. And it was nothing like I’ve ever read. I can deal with a lot of horror tropes and gore but this book was disgusting. I cannot deal with cannibalism and I had an idea that this book would involve that topic. I guess I like to torture myself, because some scenes literally had me gagging dosent help I listened to this via audiobook. This book was originally written in Spanish, so it also went towards my goal of reading translated works. It tells the story of a man named Marcos, who lost his son to crib death. This man works at a processing plant for human meat. Due to a virus that affected animals making them unsafe to eat. These people are not referred to as human but what type of quality meat they can produce. The descriptions of the plants workings are absolutely horrible. At the same time the story talks about Marcos and his marital problems. It was an interesting read I can tell you that.
Flock by Kate Stewart ★★★★★
For this book I’m going to write a whole series review so these are just quick thoughts. I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I also had no idea what this was about other than my friend read it and loved it. This is a thrilling dark romance, with a polyamorous relationship playing on the robinhood trope! If that’s not enough to lure you in, then add a feisty main character with a huge heart, a charismatic sunshine boy and a grumpy moody boy. Ughh my heart! This book was so good, I immediately read book 2 afterwards.
Exodus by Kate Stewart ★★★★★
Book 1 was the happy book, this one ripped out my heart, torn it to pieces then stomped on it. I can’t say much because it starts instantly where book one ends. But we are introduced to a new character and I wasn’t too sure about him at first. He grew on me, however grumpy boy is my favourite, he owns my heart. I’m going to start book 3, because I need to know how this ends.
There you have it, all the books I read in January. I hope to have a great reading month in February ! What was your favourite book you read this month ?