Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Reading started off strong this year but that’s usually how the first month (or first few weeks) of the year goes for me. I’m sure a lot of us can relate. For a lot of things, such as goals and the like, I do very well in the very beginning. The challenge is to keep that momentum going for the rest of the year. Let’s see how it goes. 😏
Here is a recap of the books I’ve ready from January to February of this year. Can you guess which ones are my favorite?
Kingdom of The Wicked | Kerri Maniscalco | Paranormal Fantasy YA | A wonderful start to the year. I love the premise of this story. I read a lot of similar ones the past year so when I read the synopsis, I just knew I had to read it. I can honestly say that stories like these are my favorite and KOTW is on the top of the list.
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) | Victoria Schwab | Paranormal Fantasy YA | Schwab is an incredible writer and never pulls any punches and this book hurt a ton. The lore of this duology is pretty cool too!
Cold Snap | Macky Santiago | Sci-Fi Space Opera | A Snow White inspired/re-telling set in space with lots of cool action scenes? Heck Yes. I need book 2 ASAP, Macky!
Where Dreams Descend | Janella Angeles | YA Fantasy | Phantom of the Opera and Moulin rouge Inspired. Very curious to know more about the lore and world.
Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy | Cassandra Clare | YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy | Simon Lewis is my favorite character from the first series (The Mortal Instruments). Need I say more? I love how well Clare weaves her series together. I thoroughly enjoyed the cameos from all the past, present, and future characters in the world she has so brilliantly created.
The Time Machine | HG Wells | Classic Sci-Fi Dystopia | Wells is known as the father of Science Fiction, and as someone who enjoys Sci-Fi, I wanted to read his work. The concept of the story is brilliant and definitely lightyears ahead of its time. Sadly I wasn’t too fond of this type of writing/story-telling. Still a brilliant book!
The School for Good and Evil #1 | Soman Chainani | Middle-Grade Fantasy | The fairy tales are true. I thought the concept was so interesting but I, unfortunately, wasn’t in love with the storytelling and the characters themselves. Agatha was the only reason why I wanted to finish the book. And honestly, she deserves better.
The Shadows Between Us | Tricia Levenseller | YA Fantasy Romance | Alessandra isn’t my kind of heroine/MC, but then again she probably isn’t the typical YA “heroine”. She is, for a lack of a better term, a very Slytherin character who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Unfortunately for her, her target is pretty much the same.
Warcross # 1 | Marie Lu | YA Sci-Fi Dystopian | I got this as a gift last Christmas from my friends Alexa and Macky Santiago and I am BEYOND grateful. I immediately fell in love with this book. POC MCs, gaming elements, and morally gray characters? This series was an immediate favorite and I made it my homework to read the rest of Lu’s works as soon as possible.
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) | Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows | Historical Fiction Fantasy | I must admit that I’m not thoroughly fond of Historical Fiction when they’re based on actual people who once existed, but I loved the fantasy aspect of this story and found it very humorous more often than not.
A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) | Sarah J Maas | New Adult Fae High Fantasy | Gosh, where to start? I’ve waited YEARS for this book. Nesta Archeron received so much hate from the people (yes, including readers! I see you). But she’s the one I related to the most out of the three Archeron sisters with Feyre being second. I’m beyond happy that we get to see her story – finding the path towards her healing, her “family”, and many other things I wouldn’t want to spoil for you.
The Lost Book of The White (Eldest Curses #2) | Cassandra Clare | YA Paranormal Fantasy | I love seeing and reading about how Clare’s characters have grown over the years. You’d think their story ended with the first series but there’s still so much more to tell. I also appreciate how she has always been mindful about inclusion (backgrounds, cultures, experiences, etc) and how to go about it the right way.