Happy Sunday my dears! I’ve been a little quiet these days as I was really busy and yesterday was my birthday so barely had time for Social Media. I’ve had a great time and I really enjoyed spending time with the family and doing new things, stepping out of that comfort zone. Pretty pleased that I had the time to take some new shots as well, so all is good now. Check out my instagram for daily bookish content.
January it was a really productive month as I managed to read a total of 13 books! Wow! This follows up from the December when I read a total of 14 books so I am pretty pleased with myself (not that it is a race). I had a lot more time in January and I’ve been in the mood for romance, so that made it easier to read as many. So without further ado, lets get into it:
Books read: 13
Pages read: 3911
1 to 2 star books:
Firebolt by Adrienne Woods was a 1⭐; story started well and hooked me right in, but the characters were extremely weak, and the plot was nonexistent, the writing didn’t do much to elevate the story, and lots of information dumping. Full review here.
2 to 3 star books:
Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz I rated at 2.5 ⭐ as well because although I did enjoy the first half of the story, I could not shake the feeling that I was reading Pride and Prejudice and not as good.
3 to 4 star books:
Snowbound surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas I rated 3 ⭐ as I did enjoyed it, it had the angst, but I wanted something a little more from it.
I also gave 3 ⭐ to Fallen by Lauren Kate as I finally managed to finish reading it (3rd time the charm!) and it took me 2 days?! I ended up enjoying the story and will probably pick up the next book soon, however there were certain things that did NOT make any sense to me, and had some issues with the huge amount of missed communication throughout the story. The love triangle didn’t help either…
Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant was a 3.5 ⭐ as I really liked the characters, the story and the mythical world, although for me it did not quite work the multiple POV’s.
A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza I gave 3.5 ⭐as well as it did not captivate me as much as the first book in the series, although the writing was good, and the characters were likeable (a full review will follow soon).
I gave 3.5 ⭐ to Angel’s blood by Nalini Singh as I enjoyed the story a lot – read it in two days -, the characters were likeable, the angsty romance was there, however there was something lacking and sometimes the main character was overdoing the badass act which she didn’t need to maintain 24/7; she was human afterall!
Another 3.5 ⭐ for Unfed by Kirsty McKay, this was the sequel to Undead which I loved back in December, and although it was really entertaining, and the bad guys upped their game, sometimes the characters got way too lucky in their attempts to escape and quite predictable at times. I am really gutted that there is not book 3.
4 to 5 star books:
I really enjoyed Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo so I gave it 4⭐. The magical system and the romance made me swoon completely. I am not a huge fan for court intrigue, but I did not see that one coming! Loved it!
The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr and Elizabeth Corr I rated 4.5 ⭐. I loved Merry and Leo as characters, and Merry’s character arc was really well done, although I would’ve wanted to see a bit more of Leo. I really enjoyed the magical system and although Merry is “the chosen one” it is explained as to why this is, follows logical sense. The romance was really sweet and flowed nicely. I could completely understand why Merry took some choices. So if you are looking for your next fantasy series read, look no more!
The power by Naomi Alderman was a 4.5 ⭐ that I loved to bits! The story is incredible, with complex characters and beautifully woven story. I really loved the themes that emerged and Naomi handled some really difficult topics very well. This is the kind of book that you put it down and can’t stop thinking about it! Totally recommend it!
So that’s it for my January reads, guys! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?