Wow did I do a lot of reading this month! I spent the whole of January in a tiny ‘town’ on the coast that is miles from anywhere significant, so that might have something to do with it… I had an amazing reading month reading not only a large quantity of books, but a high quality of books. It is a great start to the year, but unfortunately it won’t last as I’m moving interstate again in February and I start my third (and hardest) year of university in March. Just as well I love my majors of English literature and writing and that part of my courses is to read and read widely. Anyway, I read 17 wonderful books and here are my mini reviews for them.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. The first of many great books to be released this year. I only wish I’d waited for all the books to come out before reading them because I NEED Wayfarer NOW!! Loved the romance, loved the travelling (especially to places I’ve been before), and I just love where this story is going.
Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. You can always count on Brigid Kemmerer books for some epic paranormal romance! My only complaint is that it seemed to end too quickly, so I hope this means that we can expect a sequel…
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. I’ve grown away from hard core dystopian fiction, but this book rekindled my love for the genre! Such an interesting premise that the book most definitely lives up to. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Deception’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
I think that the only reason that I didn’t enjoy this so much is because it is actually middle grade historical fiction rather than young adult and I feel that the book was a bit too young for me. But still great themes, great characters, and—best of all—amazing setting!
Yellow by Megan Jacobson
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. I #LoveOzYA !! This is seriously one of the best YA books written by an Australian and set in Australia that I’ve read in quite a while. I loved it so much that I read it in less than a day. This book couldn’t be more perfect!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. This is my book of the month. That’s right; the best book I read in the whole of January. Pretty impressive considering my line up, I’d say. If that doesn’t convince you to pick up the book RIGHT NOW, then read my review and just try to resist!
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
FULL REVIEW ON REVIEWS PAGE. Not quite as amazing as Code Name Verity, but it is still pretty damn good. I really felt like the setting shined through in this book and I most definitely felt the terrible pains of the characters. Such a poignant read.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This was my least favourite of the trilogy and I almost decided to put the book down or at least stop reading after the first book. Juliette is just so whiny and I couldn’t stand it! If you haven’t read these yet, please know that is does get better after Shatter Me.
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is my favourite book in the trilogy (probably because of the super steamy scenes between two certain characters…).
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Finally, some action! And not much of a conclusion… I was expecting more, but it was still pretty good.
Fateful by Claudia Gray
FULL REVIEW TO COME. This book combined two of my favourite genres: historical fiction and paranormal. Who wouldn’t want to read about a romance crossing the class system, while on the doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic while trying to escape werewolves? Let me tell you, there aren’t many places to hide on a boat, even if that boat is as big as the Titanic.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Talk about a disappointment. I haven’t been so disappointed in a book in a long time. I don’t even really know what to call this book; is it historical, is it fantasy, is it dystopian? I don’t even think the author knows the answer to that. As Mr Knightly (from Jane Austen’s Emma) would say: “Badly done!”
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I’ve read so many mixed reviews of this book so I didn’t really know what to expect. I loved it. And the best part? I wasn’t spoiled for the ending so I was in a state of complete shock which was amazing! I really think that a good book should have the ability to pull a twist like that that isn’t too predictable and yet is still completely plausible.
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
FULL REVIEW TO COME. Lie, murder, and romance go hand in hand. At least they do in this book. I read Dangerous Lies in 8 hours. It’s so addictive. And I don’t just mean the suspense; the eye-candy in this book is damn scrumptious! I’m pretty sure I drooled on the page every time he was mentioned. Awkward…
The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
I haven’t read an adult book in so long so The Blonde was so refreshing! I really enjoyed this imagining of the last years of Marilyn Monroe’s life as a Soviet spy. It was action-packed and I found myself constantly reading on the edge of my seat. If you’re looking for some great adult historical fiction, definitely check this one out!
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
I really needed a fluffy romance with a ridiculously overprotective and gorgeous love interest! I really believe that there is a time, a place, and a readership for all the books out there. This probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it. I can’t wait to read the sequels!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I was honestly quite bored throughout the first half of this book and the ‘twists’ and revelations were too predictable. The end of the book redeemed my overall opinion of The Raven Boys and I will continue with the series, but I’m not super excited for it.