It’s 2020, one of my resolutions was to read more books this year but most importanly more quality books, if you know what I mean. My first thought was quality above quantity but then I figured….nah I can do both. Or so I thought. I started the year off with a kick and then school took up most of my time which resulted in me reading a total of eight books this month. Nothing wild, but still a good number.
So here we go: January wrap-up
- Wait for you by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Definitely not the best book I’ve read this month, to be honest I found it rather mediocre. The writing was okay I guess but the plot, that’s a whole other story. See our main character has a bit of a backround and the author made it seem like it was some sort of deep dark secret that she should be ashamed off, hence the reason why she ran off to the most remote and uknown college she could find. But the issue is: it wasn’t anything worth leaving everything behind for. On the first day of school she’s late and runs into her love interest, literally. And then you know the drill, they fall in love but don’t realise it yet, get confonted with the ghosts of their past which mengles with their relationship and then they make-up only to fight again and eventually all is well and the sun seems to shine a bit brighter because of their requited love for each other.
Point is, I didn’t like it, wouldn’t recommand it, should’ve DNF it.
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Now this book I did like, what a gem. It did take me some time to get into the story but it was still quite the adventure. For obvious reasons (me not wanting to spoil the previous books for anyone that hasn’t read them) I won’t go into detail as to why I loved the book but I’ll say this: If you haven’t read the Darker Shade of Magic series, you’re missing out on something. Especially because the author has announced she was working on three sequels. Can’t wait, even though they probably won’t see the light of day before at least one/two years. But hey, they’re worth the wait.
- Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Again, wonderful book. What a magnificent way to end this magical book series! I was entranced from beginning till end. The only critique I have is that it may have been a bit too short? And I’m not speaking from a place of sadness because this was the end of an era. The book was just too short. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t so I’ll limit myself to this: the final epic battle wasn’t all that epic. But appart from that, I loved every single part of it. Cardan is and will forever remain one of my favourite book characters.
- Alter Ego: My Journeys Beyond Human Boundaries by Giuliano Golfieri
I’ve already posted a review of this book so feel free to read it if you want a detailed resume. But I did like it, I’m always game for crazy outer body experiences. 🙂
- Reasonable Doubt series by Whitney G.
Now this series I really did not like. I kept on reading it because I was hoping the characters would redeem themselves as the book went on (spoiler: they didn’t) .
The book follows Andrew, a well known lawyer, who likes to spend his time on a ‘lawyer dating app’. He uses it to meet a multitude of girls with whom he sleeps, making it clear that one night stands is the only thing he’s interested in. But hold and behold he makes an actual friend on the app, ‘Alyssa’. And although he would like to take things to the next level she doesn’t share his interest, not because she isn’t into him but because she’s been lying to him the whole time and if there’s one thing Andrew hates, it’s liars.
And I’m pretty sure you can figure out how the story continues. Why didn’t I like the series? Because Andrew is the biggest sex-obsessed hypocrite you’ll ever meet and it’s just not my thing. Crazy, right?
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Last but not least: Serpent & Dove. I loved this book, as far YA books go, this one was pretty great. Recently I’ve been picking up more and more books that feature witchcraft and since this one revolves around witches I was only too happy to read it. Here’s what the book is about:
Lou has been running away from her mother for quite some time and everything is all fine and well until she finds herself in a very comprising situation and ends up being forced to marry her nemesis: a Chasseur. The problem? Lou is a witch, the very thing Chasseurs are trained to capture and burn at the stake. And as if things couldn’t get worse, her mother is back in town and is not planning on leaving without Lou.
The plot sounds great, because it is great. You know what’s even better? The ending. Would I recommand this book? Yes, absolutely if you like YA.
And this is it folks! All the books I read in January!
How many books did you read this past month?