Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Wrap Up 2017

Despite February being the shortest month of the year, I managed to do pretty well. Probably because I was alone on Valentines- I had plenty of time by myself to read ;)

The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken
I finished this book at the beginning of the month and loved it. It was my favourite of the trilogy and it was such a refreshing and enjoyable read. Once you get 100 pages through, you're flying. It's a dystopian-esque/post-apocalyptic novel full of supernatural powers and awesome road trips. Would recommend giving it as try.
Book Talk link

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)- Alexandra Bracken
Never Fade was my least favourite of the trilogy but it still wasn't too bad. It had a bit of an iffy plotline- one that I certainly didn't like too much- and it lost it's direction a bit during the span of this book. Having said that, it did eventually pick itself up in time for the ending and, if anything, this book just felt like a long build up for the final book.
Book Talk link

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)- Alexandra Bracken
*** (3.5 stars)
It took me a while to pick up this book but, once I did, I more or less flew through. It picked up a lot and I liked how everything finished up at the end of this trilogy. A few action sequences were side-stepped but, other than that, it was well-written and really picked the story back up.
Book Talk link

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern (Re-read)
I wanted to re-read this before moving onto Perfect so that I was familiar with all the finer details of the plot. Despite me only skim-reading this book (all I wanted to do was get to the sequel), I loved it just as much and would recommend this book to anyone. It was one of my favourite books last year and for a more in depth synopsis, check out the non-spoiler section of my Book Talk to see if it's something you'd be interested in.

Perfect (Flawed #2)- Cecelia Ahern (ARC)
This book comes out in April and, boy, am I so happy that I didn't have to wait for this to be released. It was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 (excluding ACOWAR, of course) and I was itching to get to it. Luckily, I received an ARC of it and... it was stunning. It was such a good sequel- it had action, romance and the politics of the world were executed perfectly. This is such a lovely paced series and I would urge anyone to read it.
I have written a Book Talk for this book but can't publish it until the book's released in April- stay tuned!

Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge
*** (3.5 stars)
This is often described as a Beuty and the Beast retelling but, I think it's way more than that; it's Beauty and the Beast meets Greek Mythology meets Rumpelstiltskin. Aka. such a good story!
I liked the beginning and middle most but the end did sort of swerve off the rails a bit. It got a tad confusing towards the end and I'm only half sure I know what really happened at the end, really. Still, it was good, if not a bit mythology heavy at certain points.
A Book Talk will be up soon!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy- Cassandra Clare and co. (Book of the Month)
Though I haven't technically finished it, I'm adding it onto this Wrap Up as it was the Book of the Month for February and... I don't have much left (that's a lie, I have over half). A Book Talk will be up quickly after I finish it.
Simon, to be brutally honest, isn't my favourite character so it took me a while to pick this one up. It also had my biggest pet peeve (character's memory loss) because we have to re-learn everything in the world along with this character. It also created a lot of tension that just... wasn't fun to read.
We see a lot of known characters (Will!!!) and that was the best part in my opinion.

Thanks for reading! What did you read this month? Feel free to comment below. Stay amazing!

1 comment:

  1. Beauty and the Beast and Rumplestiltskin........Once Upon A Time right there