Friday, February 24, 2017

February Reading Wrap-Up

I had a great reading month... I loved almost every book I read in February. So let's get into it!

Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Series: Alienated #1.5

My Rating:  ★★★

My Thoughts: This novella covers Cara and Aelyx's first Christmas together. Overall this was an enjoyable story, but it honestly provided nothing extra to the actual storyline. Cara and Aelyx were cute as always and it was nice to see how much they care about each other, but you can skip this novella and still get the same thing out of the actual trilogy.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity

My Rating:  ★★★★★

My Thoughts: This was my first Liane Moriarity novel and I was not let down! I have had this book sitting on my shelf since it was released. My mom had borrowed my copy and had loved it, but I just never got around to reading it. With the HBO miniseries starting this month, I figured it was time I read it in preparation (like all good book nerds, I like to read the book before I see the adaptation). I regret letting this book sit on my shelves for so long because it was SO GOOD. I wouldn't exactly call Big Little Lies a psychological thriller, but fans of that genre will like this book. There's a mystery that is presented at the beginning of the novel and unraveling the clues and plot twists along the way was just so much fun. I would highly recommend this novel and I look forward to watching the miniseries.

Full Review: Big Little Lies

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Series: Starflight #1

My Rating:  ★★★

My Thoughts: This novel had an intriguing synopsis.... Solara Brooks is basically a space pirate. SIGN ME UP! However, I was ultimately let down. There were plenty of things that I enjoyed: the world building, the slow burning romance, and Doran Spaulding's back story. There were also things I didn't like: the plot twist towards the end of the novel was predictable and I felt like this book was a little too long. I still look forward to reading the sequel, Starfall. This series is only a duology and I am excited to see how it all ends.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Series: Carve the Mark #1

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Overall, I really enjoyed Carve the Mark. As the first book in a new duology by Veronica Roth, she had a lot to live up to in my mind and she didn't disappoint. I wrote a full book review for this novel though, so please check it out for all my in depth, spoiler free thoughts! 

Full Review: Carve the Mark

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarity

My Rating:  ★★★

My Thoughts: Why yes, I did read two novels by Liane Moriarity in February and I loved them both! I think it's safe to say that I'm officially a fan of hers. I didn't enjoy Truly Madly Guilty as much as Big Little Lies, but only marginally so. I think that Liane has a writing style that she tends to sticks to (I haven't read all of her novels... yet... so I can't say for sure). In the beginning, she presents you with a mystery and then you go back in time and try to fill in all the gaps. I'm a sucker for these types of novels, so I had a lot of fun. Truly Madly Guilty was a little more sad towards then end than Big Little Lies was, but I would still recommend it to the same audience.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

My Rating:  ★★★

My Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this novel. Marissa Meyer's fairytale retelling series, The Lunar Chronicles, is one of my all time favorite book series. I think it's safe to say that I was eagerly looking forward to another retelling for this author. I wanted to give Heartless a 5 star rating so badly, but there was a very popular trope in this novel that I absolutely hate. I just couldn't, in good conscious, give it the rating that I wanted to give it. With that being said, I loved getting the backstory of one of the best villains of all time, The Queen of Hearts. Catherine was such a sweet girl who only wanted to open up her own bakery with her best friend. However, her parents had other plans for her and didn't support her dreams. Parents, amirite??? Marissa Meyer has a beautiful writing style and always delivers such interesting characters. I will continue to read anything she publishes in the future. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Series: Just One Day #1

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: I think I had a different idea of what this book was going to be. Just One Day started out well. The characters were interesting, getting to trave was exciting, and the plot was really easy to follow. However, I was disappointed that this wasn't the type of contemporary that I thought it was going to be. I kept waiting for the love story and it was more of a self discovery kind of novel. This isn't, by any means, a bad thing... I just didn't get out of it what I wanted.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Series: The Witchland #1

My Rating: ★★

My Thoughts: This was my second time reading this book and I still found it hard to get into to. I have heard such positive things about this novel, which is why I gave it a second chance. I thought that, maybe, I just wasn't in the mood for it the first time I read Truthwitch. I do plan on giving book two a shot and seeing if my feelings change any.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

My Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts: Little known fact... I love biographies written by funny ladies. I have read stuff written by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jane Lynch before and this novel fits right in with those. It was witty, hilarious, and honest... everything I love about Anna Kendrick. I would highly recommend Scrappy Little Nobody for anyone who is in the mood for good laugh or needs something short and sweet!

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