February 2018 Wrap Up + Book Haul!
February wasn’t my best book blog month. First I was on an amazing vacation and I just needed to take a week off and take a break from life. When I got back I got sick and it was just awful 😷. But, now I’m back and ready to get back into blogging!
I did read quite some books but I haven’t reviewed that many of them. Also,I’m a bit sad because many of them weren’t that good. Overall I’m happy it’s March and I’m ready for a new start.
Omg, I So many books from Netgalley this month! Apparently this month the publishers decided it was time to accept almost all my request! I’m not mad about that! But, it does mean that I have some serious catching up to do!
Fawkes – Nadine Brandes
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
This sounds so intriguing and I’m not going to lie, that cover is absolutely beautiful and it might be the biggest reason why I really want to read this book. This feels like a book that almost can’t be a bad book, but maybe it’s all to good to be true? I’m often disappointed by books I expect too much of, so I’m going to try and expect this book to be a mediocre book, so that I don’t have expectations that are way too high this time!
Beartown – Fredrik Backman
Late one evening, toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.
This is the story of how we got there.
This book actually already came out under a different name, and it was on my tbr but I hadn’t bought it yet. So, when I saw it on Netgalley I obviously grabbed my chance and I’m so happy I got accepted! I just started reading this book (I’m 10% in at the moment) but that intro had me hooked completely! I’m normally not a person to read books evolving sports, but my got tells me this isn’t going to be like most books.
Ignite the Stars – Maura Milan
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
The cover of this book only came out a few days ago, and if I’m honest I’m not the biggest fan. I actually don’t know if I would have requested the book if I had know that this was going to be the cover! But, we all know that a bad cover doesn’t make a bad book! I’m a bit scared of this one because I have had some seriously bad experiences with YA sci-fi and if this book isn’t a good book, I’ll probably never read a YA sci-fi ever again.
Lady Mary – Lucy Worsley
By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce as you’ve never heard it before – from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary.
That sentence immediately made me want to read this book so badly! I love love love it when authors use actual historical figures and give their own spin on them. I mean, they are famous for a reason so their story probably isn’t a boring one! Add some of the authors fantasy to it and you probably get an even more interesting story! I’m 50% far into this book and so far it isn’t disappointing me!
Educated – Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
I saw this book being mentioned imnmn a blogpost on Goodreads and I really wanted to read it. The same day I logged in on Netgalley and there it was! I got approved the same day and that evening I started reading it. Talking about being lucky! I’m not far into this book yet, but it looks very promising!
Phoenix Fire – S.D. Grimm
This is the only book in this months Netgalley list I have actually already finished (I got some reading to do for sure!). I’ll talk a bit more about this book in the next section!
I read 7 books in February which isn’t that much for me actually. I’m going to review most of this books in the next couple of weeks, because as usually my blogging schedule is always too full.
Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
This book is so amazing! I’m turning into the biggest Ilona Andrews fan alive. This author duo really turns everything they touch into gold. It took me so much longer than expected to pick up this book and I’m so glad I finally started this series. I wish this book was longer than the 235 pages it is because it is sooo good.
This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab
This story is brilliant. It’s set in the future in an American city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. If you do something very bad, like shooting someone, a monsters can be created by that action. Victoria executed this story line amazingly by bringing in great moral questions. Is a monster bad, just because it’s born out of violence? I loved the story. But, I loved Shades of magic, one of her other series I already read, better. The characters were great, the story was great, but there was some kind of depth missing that I loved in her other books.
Everless – Sara Holland
This one was the biggest disappointment of this month, one has to be… I had heard so much about this book, so many people loved this book and I was pretty sure I would fall in love too. Although I loved it and it was a good book, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. This really sounds like it’s just me being too difficult. I think it’s a great book if you don’t read that much, but if you are a big reader, it may be a bit too predictable.
Zombie Abbey – Lauren Baratz-Logsted
This was a bit of a weird read, it was labelled as YA horror, but there wasn’t a scary page in this book. I don’t think it ment to be scary because I’m the type of girl who physically isn’t able to walk into a room where the lights are out. So, if I don’t think it’s scary, nobody will think that. But, way would you put the label “horror” on a book that isn’t the least bit of scary? I would have personally labelled it YA history. An other thing that bothered me is that the ending was so incredibly sudden. It didn’t feel like an open ending. It felt like this book was ment to be a series, but I don’t think it is. It really bothers me that they cut off the story so suddenly.
She, Myself & I – Emma Young
Another book that was a bit underwhelming, this book is about a girl who gets a brain transplant and so actually has to live in another persons life. I expected a very emotional book, but it really wasn’t what I expected it to be. Sometimes, the main character acted a bit distant and reacted really weird to everything.
Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
Definitely my favourite book of this month. The second book in an amazing series, Most of the time, I think the second book is the best book in a trilogy. I obviously always hope it won’t be the case this time, because that means that the third book also always is just a tiny bit disappointing for me. I haven’t read the third book yet, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Phoenix Fire – S.D. Grimm
Like I mentioned before, this is the only Netgalley book I got approved for in February and have already finished! It was such a good book with a good and very unique story.
If you want to read my entire review, you can read it here.
After a few months of complaining (mostly to myself) about the bad quality of my camera, I finally bought a new one and I’m so happy with it! Finally my pictures look good without too many hours of fotoshop.. I also no longer have to wait until the sun is fully out and at it’s highest point (my previous camera only worked with the best lighting, don’t try taking any pictures before 11am or after 2pm, it won’t work!
Enough complaining, I kept myself under control and only bought 4 books this month.
I actually already read Strange the Dreamer on e-reader, but I loved it so much and I wanted to do a reread so I decided to just buy it because it’s so beautiful! 😍