I had one of the best reading months I’ve had in a while which is surprising because my life was bullshit busy/intense this month and I can’t believe I found that much time to read! Somewhere between my wacked up work schedule and the craziness of starting a new degree at a new university (eep help – why am I embarking on a masters?!?!?), I managed to read six books – and they were pretty much all fantastic!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
By J.K Rowling – 4 stars
As if I’m ever going to stop loving this book. Each time I read it, it’s just as magical as the first. My boyfriend and I did a Harry Potter movie marathon at the end of January and by the end of the last movie I was actually a sobbing mess (it was a little embarrassing but it can’t really be helped – HP IS LIFE fight me). Anyway, so to recover I picked up the Philosopher’s Stone and it looks like I’ll be doing a reread of Harry Potter this year. OH WELL *shrugs* *cries*
(p.s. Don’t ask how many times we watched all the HP movies this month)
(p.p.s It was three)
By Lynette Noni – 4 stars
The second book in the Medoran Chronicles. I read Akarnae last month after picking it up and putting it back every. Single. Time. I went to a bookstore over the last year (this is many MANY times). The covers were just so intriguing, but then I’d read the synopsis and put it back. Until I saw it popping up all over bookstagram and people wouldn’t stop raving about it. So I finally took a copy home and boy was I pleasantly surprised! Raelia was even BETTER. I have found myself mildly attached to these characters and if I don’t get my hands on the third book soon there might be a tantrum.
By Amy Ewing – 5 stars
This was my third time reading this book. I read it when it first came out in 2014 and then never got round to finishing the trilogy despite how much I adored this book. So I decided I would finally read them all and officially finish it. And boy am I glad I did. This book was just as great the third time round. It’s so different to any other YA dystopian/fantasy novels, with great world building, natural character developments and politics. Would strongly recommend!
The White Rose:
By Amy Ewing – 4 stars
The second book in The Lone City trilogy and it picked up right where The Jewel left off. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, but it was still a fantastic read. Got to know a bit more history about the world Ewing created in The Jewel and more politics and plotting came into this as they planned how to overthrow the royalty. Overall it was a good read and it left me wanting more (not a whole lot of books can do that to me so yeah).
The Black Key:
By Amy Ewing – 4 ½ stars
I did it!
I finally did it! I finished The Lone City trilogy – and I was not disappointed. The Black Key has finally found its way onto my big bookshelf full of “read” books. It was the perfect conclusion to a thrilling series of books. The ending had me both destroyed and happy and I am so glad that these books exist in the world (and that I’ve read them).
Would recommend this trilogy up and down and sideways!
A Curse So Dark And Lonely:
By Brigid Kemmerer – 4 ½ stars
What a pleasant surprise this book was! I had seen so many good things about it (and would you look at that cover *heart eyes*), but then I picked it up and saw “modern Beauty and the Beast retelling” on the front and nearly put it back. LUCKILY I opened it up to see what it was like and the first two sentences left me hooked.
This book had me up late at night unable to put it down (which hasn’t happened for a while for me), and I’m so excited for the next one (not excited about the wait but oh well). Brilliant characters, mystery and intrigue and a twist of modern DC and fairytale kingdom Emberfall. Any fairytale retelling lovers should read this book!
February’s Favourite Read:
My favourite read this month goes to A Curse So Dark And Lonely (yes, I’m surprised by this as well). Despite The Jewel being the highest rated book of the month, I have also read it three times now, so I think I enjoyed A Curse So Dark And Lonely more.
I set myself a goal of five or six books this month, so at this stage I’m right on track to get to 60 by the end of the year!
I can’t wait to see what books March has in store for me.
What books did you read this month?