Hi everyone, hope you are doing well. Today’s post is my December Wrap Up and I am really happy with the reading that I managed to get done within the month. I had some amazing books, some which have become new favourites. I definitely think that I have come out on the otherwise of my reading slump.
Books Read: 11
Number of Pages: 3888
Pages per Day: 126
Average Rating: 4 Stars
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
The first book that I read in December was The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson. While I enjoyed this book, I wanted it to have a bit more horror. I felt like it wasn’t dramatic enough and needed something else to keep me engaged. But I did love Alexis Henderson’s writing style and the way that it flowed throughout the story.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Cinderella is Dead is Kalynn Bayron’s debut novel, and I did enjoy it. I liked the characters within the book, but I wanted so much more from it. I wanted there to be so much more to the relationship between Sophia and Constance as I loved the start of it. I would have also loved some more world building as I think it would have enhanced the story even more.
Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries
I had heard such great things about the Blackbird graphic novels, so I had high expectations going into it. And I think that all of my expectations were satisfied. My favourite part of the volume was artwork; it is so vivid and dramatic and completely fits the story it is trying to tell. The only thing I would have liked a bit more of was the supporting characters; I think they had more of a story to tell. But that could come more in some of the later volumes. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the sequel.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm is the second book in the Shadow and Bone Series. I liked Siege and Storm more that I liked the first book, but it wasn’t by a lot. I still don’t feel a great attachment to the characters, which left me a bit deflated while reading. But I do think there is hope with the introduction of a new character. I am still looking forward to the final book in the series, Ruin and Rising as I am curious to see how it will finish.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Cemetery Boys has become a new favourite of mine. I loved the story, romance and the emphasis that it puts on family. Aiden Thomas has a beautiful writing style that leads to you becoming engrossed in the story and the repercussions of the characters’ decisions. The ending was absolutely fantastic, and I wish that Aiden Thomas would write a sequel, but I know it is a standalone. I can’t wait to read whatever they decide to write next.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Chloe Gong has become a new favourite author of mine. I am in love with These Violent Delights and the need the sequel now! It is a Romeo and Juliet inspired story set in 1920s Shanghai, and that told me all that I needed to know. The romance between Roma and Juliette was simply incredible and felt so realistic. The worldbuilding within These Violent Delights made it feel as if you had been transported to Shanghai. I can’t wait to read the sequel, hopefully sometime in 2021.
The Raven and The Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
The Raven and The Reindeer was the MythTake Book of the Month for November and December. I’m not sure about my opinions as I found it to be a very strange ride. It is a Snow Queen retelling, and I have never read the original, but I still enjoyed it. However, I did find myself getting extremely confused throughout the story, which did take away from my reading experience. I will probably not read another T. Kingfisher book again, as I don’t think they are for me.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I am generally not someone who reads contemporary romance, but I thought I would give it a go with Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and I am so glad that I did. I had heard such great things about this book, especially the chronic illness representation, and I was not disappointed. The romance between Chloe and Red was amazing, and they had such great chemistry. I will definitely be picking up the companion books in the near future.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was one of my anticipated releases of 2020, and it did not disappoint. V. E. Schwab’s writing within The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is some of the best that I have ever read. I loved Addie as a character as I would love to read even more about her in the future. I didn’t feel as in love with Henry as I wanted him to have a much stronger personality, but the book wasn’t really about him, so I could look over it. I really hope that V. E. Schwab writes another book like Addie LaRue in the future.
The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks
I wasn’t sure what to expect, heading into The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss, but I did end up enjoying it. While it is a traditional ya contemporary, with a friends-to-lovers romance, it does tackle some more difficult topics as well. I wanted a little more world building, as I felt there were some more areas that I wanted to be explored. But I will definitely be picking up Amy Noelle Parks next book when it is released.
There you have it, my December Wrap Up. I am really happy with the reading that I managed to get done in December, so hopefully I will carry on with it in January.