Hey everybody, I’m a little late getting this up, the month of February went by so quickly. It was another great reading month, I read 10 books! It was also a great K-Pop month so many great comebacks. The past two months I’ve read more than in the last half of 2020.
Onto the books I’ve read in February!
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn ★★★★
I picked this book up because I really wanted to watch the Netflix show. I don’t know why I do not pick up historical romance more because I love it so much. This book was so much fun, it’s a fake dating story between Daphne and Simon. This book grabbed me right away, the writing was easy to follow with quick wit and banter. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Daphne and my opinion of her only lessens as the book went on. There was a problematic scene, mini spoiler/trigger warning for Rape, Daphne is in disagreement with Simon and when an opportunity presented itself she physically violated him. I can see why the author included the scene however the situation could have done without it. So I lowered a star for this.
Credence by Penelope Douglas ★★★★★
This book got a lot of hype when it was first released, at the time I was interested in reading it then never got around to it. I had absolutely no idea what the synopsis was, only that it seemed to be a very polarizing book. You either loved it or hated it. And I am so happy to be in the category of people who loved it. Penelope Douglas is a phenomenal writer, she left me sobbing at the end of the book, while taking me on a wild ride. Of course this is a dark romance, when she finds her parents have died by double suicide she gets a call from her father’s step brother saying he has been left as her guardian. He lives in a secluded town in Colorado, up in the mountains, while Tiernan currently resides in California. She soon finds herself in an unfamiliar place, with three men she’s never met. first 20% of the book is a little slow but so worth it once the story gets going. This is also a standalone, so it does wrap up at the end. If you like dark romances then this is definitely one you want to read.
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins ★★★★
I flew through this book, it was fast paced and intriguing, I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen. I have never read any of Rachel Hawkins YA books, but I very much enjoyed her thriller. This is said to be a Jane Eyer retelling, I am not familiar with that book so I cannot say if the stories are similar.The Wife Upstairs is set in Briningham, Alabama as we follow Jane, a broke dog walker with a mysterious past, who caters to the rich and entitled housewives of a exclusive neighbourhood. Her luck soon changes when she meets Eddie Rochester, a recently widowed resident of Thornfeild Estates. His wife Bea and her friend Blanche drowned in a boating accident. And now an intimate relationship starts between Jane and Eddie.This has a southern gothic charm, while the residents share some dark secrets. This is a slow burn mystery but the payoff is fantastic.
Home Body by Rupi Kaur ★★★
Rupi Kaur is one of my favourite modern poetess, and I was so excited that they had a new collection. This book felt more personal than there previous books. Like they were talking directly to the reader. I enjoyed this collection more than The Sun and her Flowers. As always they bring up topics in mental health, relationships and women empowerment.
Hate by Tate James ★★★★
I’ve been working my way through the books I have on Kindle Unlimited, and this one was at the top of my list. The cover really drew me in and that it is a reverse harem story. When I first started reading it I wasn’t really sure if I would end up liking, however as the plot grew I became very invested. Tate James knows how to write dark romance! She really didn’t hold anything back, and I love that. The last few pages had my heart racing and it left on a huge cliffhanger. I seriously cannot wait to read book 2.
A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen ★★★★★
This is an adorable YA Contemporary, I was looking for a fun fluffy read and this book hit the spot. I also loved reading about all the Asian desserts! Liza was a delight as the MC, she felt like a realistic teenage girl. Liza mother is the owner/baker of this little bakery and every year she hosts a baking competition that awards a money prize for college. This year her mother uses the competition as a matchmaking opportunity. The romance was really sweet and I loved seeing the characters fall for each other. I really enjoyed this book!
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas ★★
This series is one of my all time favourites so in pains me to give it less than 4 starts. This is a novella, following the events of ACOWAR. The circle is getting ready to celebrate winter solstice. Personally I felt like this did nothing to further the story. I was bored and not caring about what was happening. It did show how Nesta was struggling but we did not need 200 pages to express that fact.
Go Deep by Rilzy Adams
I heard to many raving reviews about this book, and I’m slightly disappointed I did not enjoy it more. This is a novella about best friends to lovers, because it was only a novella I didn’t feel a connection to the characters, if it was a full length book I think I would have liked it more. I did love that this book has a full black cast,I loved the playfulness between Navaya and Xander, friends to lovers is such a cute trope. This is a very steamy read.
Oh god! I can’t believe I finally have this book and can hold it in my hands. This book is 800 pages!! It is huge, the audiobook is 26 hours and at 1.5x speed I managed to finished it in three days. This book has become my favourite in the series right after ACOMAF!I wasn’t always a fan of Nesta, this book completely changed my opinion on her. She has always been portrayed as angry and hateful. When in reality she uses those resists as cooping mechanisms to mask her true feelings. ACOSF is an incredible journey of healing and self acceptance and learning to forgive yourself. I loved it so much!!
Shine Your Icy Crown by Amanda Lovelace ★★★★
Amanda is my favourite poetess, and this collection is one of my favourites. I have read all of there books, and each one explores similar topics such as depression, anxiety, trauma, feminism, self love and healing. I believe if you read poetry at the right time it can be very impactful, I really connected to a lot of the poems.
Those are all the books I’ve read in the month of February. I know we are s week into March but I’m very excited for a few new releases. Have you read any of these books? What was your favourite read in February?