Well, hockey playoffs didn’t last too long in this house. More time to read:)
What I’m hoping to get to next week: to read
Books read it 2017: 69
Debut authors read in 2017: 21
Another month done, another month closer to Summer.
Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts. 4/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed this world and the misfit feel to the group of characters.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – Chelsea Sedoti. 3/5 stars. It took me a while to get into this one. Once I did, I thought it got better but it still didn’t pull me right in.
The Hidden Memory of Objects – Danielle Mages Amato. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the twist with the main character being able to see memories attached to objects.
The Crown’s Fate – Evelyn Skye. 4.5/5 stars. Review. A great follow-up to one of my favourite books from last year.
The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli. 4/5 stars. Review. Another great follow-up to a favourite from last year.
Geekerella – Ashley Poston. 4/5 stars. Review. So cute and I enjoyed picking out the parallels between this story and Cinderella.
Blacklist – Alyson Noel. 3.5/5 stars. I missed the competition aspect from the first book but this one definitely upped the mystery factor.
The Lotterys Plus One – Emma Donoghue. 3/5 stars. It was a really cute story but it did feel like a MG-written story.
Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded – Sage Blackwood. 3.5/5 stars. Another cute story and I really enjoyed the magical world.
Starfall – Melissa Landers. 4/5 stars. Review. I did miss that the misfit crew from the first book was less present in this one but it was still great going back to this world.
Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh. 4/5 stars. Review. I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing and this one already has me excited for the next one.
After the End – Amy Plum. 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed the Revenants series so I had high hopes but it took me a while to get into this one.
The Last Thing You Said – Sara Biren. 3.5/5 stars. The way the two main characters kept hurting each other out of grief was very realistic.
Maud – Melanie L Fishbane. 4/5 stars. Review. It was a little strange at first, reading a fictionalized version of LM Montgomery’s life when I grew up in PEI but it was good.
Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore. 4/5 stars. There’s something very magical about Anne-Marie McLemore’s writing and the characters she creates.
Metal town – Kristen Simmons. 3/5 stars. This was another one that was hard to get into. The pacing was a bit uneven.
The Midnight Dance – Nikki Katz. 3.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed the dark and twisted spin the plot took but there was a lot of things that could have been explained better.
We’re now two months into 2017 and I’m loving all the books that are coming out.
Nemesis – Brendan Reichs. 3.5/5 stars. I liked the darkness and the twists but it felt a little too uneven in the pacing.
Wayfarer – Alexandra Bracken. 4.5/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. The addition of new characters plus more focus on characters from the first book were fantastic.
The Conjurer’s Riddle – Andrea Cremer. 3/5 stars. Other than the Nightshade series, I’ve had a hard time getting into her books and I just can’t put my finger on why.
King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard. 4/5 stars. Review. I liked this one more than Glass Sword but still less than Red Queen. I did think that, despite the slow pacing, it did move key points of the plot forward and it had some great character moments.
Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner. 4/5 stars. Review. This book was heartbreaking, terrifying and one to remember.
Secret Path – Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire. 4/5 stars. This is one I recommend pairing with the CD while reading for the best experience and most impact.
Just Another Girl – Elizabeth Eulberg. 3/5 stars. Review. I really liked the concept of this book but I just couldn’t get into one of the POVs no matter how hard I tried.
The Heartbeats of Wing Jones – Katherine Webber. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the dynamics between so many of the characters and the hint of magical realism.
Etiquette & Espionage – Gail Carriger. 3.5/5 stars. I liked this more than I thought I would. It’s a fun read.
Piper Perish – Kayla Cagan. 3/5 stars. I found I cared more about the supporting characters than the main character so it made the story a little hard to get into.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the magical world and the characters. It is the type of book I find better to read slowly because it’s very intricate and could be easy to get lost if I read too fast.
Star Cursed – Jessica Spotswood. 3/5 stars. I think I would have liked it more if I had skimmed through the first book before starting this one. It was so long since I read the first that I got a little lost.
Vigilante – Kady Cross. 4/5 stars. This was definitely one of those hard to read books that feel so important as you’re reading. It makes a lot of good points that won’t be easy to forget(and shouldn’t be).
Curtsies and Conspiracies – Gail Carriger. 3.5/5 stars. Still a fun series. Lots of action.
Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde. 4/5 stars. Really cute and easy to relate to. I loved getting to see the two POVs of two girls having very different experiences at the comic convention and loved seeing all the references.
Things I Should Have Known – Claire LaZebnik. 4/5 stars. I absolutely loved the dynamics between the main character and her sister, the two brothers they become friends with, and thought the author did a good job depicting the struggles the main character’s family was going through.
The Guy, the Girl, the Artist, and his Ex – Gabrielle Williams. 3.5/5 stars. This was a really fun book to read and I enjoyed the heist. It crammed a lot into its few pages, maybe at times a little too much.
First wrap-up of the year is here. I can’t decide if January went by too fast or too slow. I got in a lot of reading and it feels surprising that February is here already but at the same time, it feels like January was very long.
Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley. 3/5 stars. I loved the diversity in this book and that the characters discussed some pretty important and relevant topics but I didn’t really enjoy the main characters’ drama or all their lies.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. 5/5 stars! Review. Such an important read and one I won’t be forgetting.
A List of Cages – Robin Roe. 4.5/5 stars. Review. I loved that the focus on was the bond between the two boys as friends and former foster brothers instead of pushing it to the back for romance.
Allegedly – Tiffany D Jackson. 4/5 stars. Review. This one was another one this month that was hard to read because of what the main character was going through.
Frostblood – Elly Blake. 4/5 stars. Review. There were some slower parts but I really enjoyed the world, the magic, and the characters.
Yellow Brick War – Danielle Paige. 3/5 stars. I started this series on a high and I keep hoping I’ll come back to it but it seems like there’s too much action being packed into such short books.
Long May She Reign – Rhiannon Thomas. 4/5 stars. Review. I really liked that this was more science based than magic based and that the main character didn’t suddenly become someone else when she became queen.
Beast – Brie Spangler. 3/5 stars. I found this one a little hard to get into, like I was waiting for some more that never came.
Blood for Blood – Ryan Graudin. 3.5/5 stars. A really good follow up to Wolf by Wolf.
Love and First Sight – Josh Sundquist. 3.5/5 stars. Review. It was a cute story and a fast read.
The Wish Granter – CJ Redwine. 4/5 stars. I loved the darkness and that we followed three different characters and how everything intertwined with each other.
Hunted – Meagan Spooner. 4/5 stars. Review. Another re-telling with a darkness to it. I loved how capable Yeva was and that we got some little scenes from the Beast’s POV.
Blood Rose Rebellion – Rosalyn Eves. 3.5/5 stars. Review. This was slower than I expected but still had an interesting magical system and had many scenes to make me get a little emotional.
Who’s 50 – Doctor Who. 4/5 stars. It’s Doctor Who. I just wonder why it took me so long to read it when it’s been on my shelf forever.
The Inventor’s Secret – Andrea Cremer. 3/5 stars. I found it a little hard to get into this one but it may have been because I read it with a lot of people around. It intrigued me enough to give the sequel a chance.
You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner. 4/5 stars Review coming. I loved all the descriptions of art and how the main character connected to hers.
Caraval – Stephanie Garber. 4.5/5 stars. Review coming. Fell in love with this one right from the start. So excited to see where it goes from here.
Breakfast Served Anytime – Sarah Combs. 3/5 stars. Another one I had a hard time getting into. The synopsis made me think it would be a “me” book but it just wasn’t.
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