February brought me an amazing reading month, so I am very pleased. I also managed to read one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 last month which was amazing. Fingers crossed I can carry on my this brilliant reading pace for the rest of the year.
Books Read: 13
Pages Read: 4065
Average Pages per Day: 145
Average Rating: 4.31
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean
My first read of February was Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow and I am so glad it was, I absolutely adored. I loved Archie’s character, and while his plans may not have always gone well, he had the best of intentions. I also loved his friendship with his two best friends Seb and Bell, I can remember being their age, and definitely had friends like them. Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow has an amazing message of acceptance, and I definitely recommend everyone picking it up.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette De Bodard
Fireheart Tiger is a reasonably short novella, and while it was short, I got the majority of things I would have expected from a full length novel. While I didn’t completely feel attached to the characters, I found the main character Thanh to be a bit annoying and wanted someone else to solve her problems. I would have also have loved a little bit more world building and background to the events because I was really enjoying what I was reading. I did love Aliette De Bodard’s writing style, and it completely fit the style of the novella.
The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
The Pale Dreamer is the prequel novella to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. I definitely recommend picking up this novella if you are going to start reading this series as it gives you a good understanding of the characters and the world before you start. There is quite a bit of world building that goes into The Pale Dreamer, but you still get a plot that I really appreciated.
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Cruden
I wasn’t sure whether A Touch of Death was going to come out as a three star or four star read while I was reading it, and in the end, it came out as a high three stars. I liked the characters and felt they all had a good grounding and went through quite a bit of character development. However, I did have a couple of issues with the world building and background we were given about the events before the book. I wanted more to understand the motivations of the characters and what led them to the decisions they made. I do think that I would attempt another Rebecca Crunden book in the future, as I did like her writing style, but I don’t think The Outlands Pentalogy is for me.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season was a re-read for me ahead of reading the new release The Mask Falling. I had forgotten how much I love this series but I absolutely adore the world that Samantha Shannon has created. Everything is so intricate and always has some kind of meaning. My favourite think about The Bone Season specifically is the characters, I loved learning about them all, and it felt as if they all had their distinct voices, even those that we don’t get to see for very long.
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
I felt that I was in the mood for a little bit of fantasy romance ahead of Valentine’s Day so I decided to go with A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. I had such high expectations heading into this book, but I ended up disappointed. While I liked the book, I just wanted more from it. I felt that I wanted there to be a more significant plot as it felt as if elements were discussed but were never resolved. The one bonus is that A Deal with the Elf King is a standalone fantasy romance that will have companion novels, so Elise Kova tied everything up nicely.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my TBR for a very long time so I thought I would finally give it a go. But I don’t think that this series is for me. I found myself getting really annoyed with all the characters and their actions which was pulling me out of the story. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before also features the trope that I hate the most which is miscommunication, if all the characters had just spoken to each other, everything would have been easier. I will not be carrying on with this series, as I have heard the books do get worse, I will probably just watch the films if I want to find out what happens to Lara Jean and Peter.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
The Mime Order is the second book in The Bone Season series, and I this is a series that I absolutely adore. The Mime Order delves deeper into the world’s gang politics, which creates a much darker atmosphere that I love. We also get to find out much more about some of the characters who are only mentioned in The Bone Season. There are some very interesting people in this story, who add to the atmosphere with all their little mannerisms that make them and their motivations very puzzling. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this series is going to pan out, especially after the dramatic ending.
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
I didn’t think it would be possible to love a Samantha Shannon book more than The Mime Order, but I have been proven wrong. The stakes in The Song Rising are much higher, and Samantha Shannon does an amazing job at building up an atmosphere, so you feel the tension that the characters do. I also love the world building within The Song Rising as we are visiting different places around the UK, and they all feel very distinct. The characters go through significant development in The Song Rising, and I love seeing them grow as we progress through the series.
Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques
Marrow Charm was a book that I had not heard about before taking part in The Write Reads BBNYA2020 tour, and I am so happy that I did. Marrow Charm is unlike any other book that I have read before, and I really enjoyed getting to know the unique world and the characters. The story is all around family relationships and the lengths you would go to to save the ones you love. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the sequel, especially after the ending.
The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon
The Dawn Chorus is the bridge novella between The Song Rising and The Mask Falling, as there was originally a four-year gap between their publications. The novella directly deals with the events of The Song Rising and the trauma that Paige now has. It also deals with the start of her recovery from it. This novella sets up The Mask Falling perfectly as it gives the necessary recovery from the events without it taking time in the main book. I highly recommend picking up The Dawn Chorus if you are reading The Bone Season series.
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
I’m not sure how to put into words how much I adored The Mask Falling. I love this book, and the direction that this series is taking. I love the character development that occurs and getting to know some new characters we have not met before. The Mask Falling is set in a completely new country, so we get quite a bit of world building within this story, and Samantha Shannon does world building so well. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, but I will probably have to wait a long time.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses was a reread because I want to reread the whole series before I start on A Court of Silver Flames. I’m so glad that I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses as much as I did the first time; otherwise, it would have been a massive disappointment. There were a couple of moments that I had forgotten, so it was amazing to dive back into the world and experience it again. I can’t wait to carry on with the series.
There you have it, my February Wrap Up! Fingers Crossed March will be as good as February was!