I’m not entirely happy with the number of posts that I managed to put up this month. And I want to promise you that I’ll have a billion posts up from now on, but I don’t want to lie to you. My schedule will be hectic until March, but I promise that there should be at least one post a week up (I hope). Anyway, enjoy this late wrap-up!
1. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Book 2 in the Harry Potter series)
Getting the illustrated edition for Christmas is totally an excuse to reread it again, right?
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
At 12:07 the monster appears, it isn’t the monster that Connor expects but it still wants something from him. Something terribly painful, the truth. Adding one more thing to the list of problems that Connor has to face.
This was an extremely short and moving novel. It’s completely incredible that a book so small could pack such a meaningful punch. A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking journey about life, death and growing up, that sweeps you away in a hurricane of emotional chaos. You can read more of my thoughts on A Monster Calls, book, and movie, by clicking here.
3. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkins (Book 1 in the Shaw Confessions series)
Taking place right after the events of The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Noah and Mara are continuing to discover the mysteries and horrors of a world that has opened up in front of their eyes.
I LOVE The Mara Dyer series, so when I found out this book was happening I almost had a heart attack. And as much as I enjoyed this book, it just lacked the unique essence that the Mara Dyer books contained. It wasn’t as dark, the plot moved slowly, and I overall prefer Mara’s point of view. But I am excited to see where we are going and what the next book will have in store. You can read my thoughts on the Mara Dyer series by clicking here.
4. Watercolour Smile by Jane Washington (Book 2 in the Seraph Black series)
Seraph Black’s life is anything but safe, she lives in a violent home, works at a sleazy club and spends her life protecting her brother. But Seraph’s life changes when two new people come into her life, and two old ones become something she never expected. With secrets being kept, powers forming, and someone hunting her down, is her life about to get better, or worse?
The first book was addicting and fun, and while this book was the same, it just wasn’t quite as good. We got a more interesting look at the world and the story really started to develop. I’m not exactly sure what it was that made me enjoy it a little less, but I’m still excited to find out where we are headed in this series. You can read my review of the first book by clicking here.
5. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Book 13 in the Sookie Stackhouse series)
Sookie Stackhouse is just a normal waitress in a small town, well except for the fact that she can read minds. Is now she’s dating a vampire, and people are dying all around her, totally normal.
That’s it, I’m done, I finally read all the Sookie Stackhouse books (only took me like three years). It was a fun and slightly weird ride and I don’t have a huge amount to say that I haven’t already. So, you can read my review of the series by clicking here.
6. The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (Book 2 in The Diabolic series)
Nemesis was created for one purpose, to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. But now the only way to do that is to become her.
This book was one big rollercoaster ride. So much happened that my head is still spinning. At every turn, there was complete disaster and I honestly have no idea what’s coming next. This book was very heavily political, which isn’t my favourite thing in the world, so some parts were a little dull for me. But mostly it was a suspenseful journey full of pain and eternal suffering (yay).
7. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Kyra is waiting for her best friend Corey to finally return to her. But before Corey can visit, she gets the call that her best friend for life is dead. And now she’s back in the place she used to call home, but everyone wants this outsider gone, and Corey is going to find out why.
This book was a haunting and creepy mystery that had me wanting to slap an entire fictional town. Like what’s actually wrong with you creepy people? It was an addicting thriller that constantly kept you guessing and wanting more. You can read my full review by clicking here.
Well, that’s my January wrap up. I’m not sure how I managed to pull off reading seven books but whatever. Let me know down below what you read this month!
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