Hi everyone, hope you are doing well. Today it is time for my January Wrap Up. I am extremely happy with the reading that I managed to get done in January and have started the year off well. I also read some high quality books that I thoroughly enjoyed, which is always a good thing.
Where I have written reviews for the books, I have linked them in the books title if you are interested in checking them out.
Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 3572
Pages Per Day: 121
Average Rating: 4.11
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising is the final book in the Shadow and Bone series. Ruin and Rising is my favourite book in the series, and definitely improved on some of the issues that I had with the first two books, but there were still bits that I didn’t like. I felt much more attached to the characters in this book, and I think it helped finding out more about the background characters as they really pulled the story together. I did appreciate the ending, as it deviated from what I expected it to be, so that was a nice surprise. I can’t wait to dive into the Six of Crows duology as I know that everyone loves them.
Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
I can’t believe how long it has taken me to finally start the Saga graphic novel collection. I have heard lots of other people rave about it, but I didn’t think it would be something that I would love. It turns out I really enjoyed it. I particularly liked the art style and feel like it fits the type of story it is trying to tell. I will definitely be picking up the sequel next time I get a chance.
Blood, Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings
Blood, Metal, Bone was an ARC that I received on Netgalley, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. I liked how Blood, Metal, Bone had the right mix between fantasy and science fiction, and neither felt out of place in the world that Lindsay Cummings created. I would have loved to have felt more connected to the characters, as they all felt a bit generic to me, but that was my only issue. I did enjoy Lindsay Cummings’ writing style, so I will definitely be picking up her next release.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
It has taken me a while to get round to reading The Raven Boys, but I have finally done it. While I did enjoy it, I had some issues with some parts. My most enjoyed element was the characters; they were all individuals and felt necessary to the story. The one thing that I didn’t like was the pacing, it is a very fast book, and I felt as if I missed critical bits of information because it went so fast. I will pick up the rest of the series as I am curious to see where it is going to go next.
Cut Her Out in Little Stars by Daniele Kasper
I read Cut Her Out in Little Stars as part of a Book Tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. It is a science-fiction romance book involving time travel. I loved the developing relationship between Cara and Caine and the world building that took place. I am looking forward to seeing where the sequel is going to go, especially with the ending.
The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into The Twisted Tree as I am not a massive fan of horror books, because I get scared very easily. But I really enjoyed reading The Twisted Tree. It had just the right amount of horror moments, to make me still be intrigued without getting too scared. The characters were both well developed and suited the situation and vibes of the book. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, especially after the ending.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I knew that I would love From Blood and Ash, but I didn’t realise I would like it this much. I loved the relationship between Poppy and Hawke, which was the book’s main focus and them individually, which is not always the way. But I also really enjoyed the fantasy and political elements of the story, which does not always happen in fantasy romance.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Based on my love of From Blood and Ash, I hoped that I would love A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, and I was not disappointed. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire starts 30 seconds after the ending of From Blood and Ash which I really enjoyed because it dropped you straight back into the action. I loved the character development between the two books, and in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, I discovered my new favourite character. The plot’s fantasy elements were much more central in this book, which I loved. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the third book in the series, especially after the dramatic ending.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I was hopeful that I would love Six of Crows even though I didn’t particularly enjoy the Shadow and Bone series, and I was not disappointed. I loved Six of Crows’ plot much more than Shadow and Bone and felt that it had much more world building and development. I also adore all of the characters, which made me fall in love with the story even more. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the sequel, especially after the revelations at the end of the book.
There you have it, my reading for January. I am hoping that I can keep this reading streak up for the rest of the year, as so far so good.
What was your favourite book of your January reading? Let me know in the comments below!