Helloo lovelies! Happy Saturday. As always, I wish I were curled up on the couch with my doggo, but more than likely I’m in the office staring at a computer screen.
Now, this wasn’t the post I’d planned on posting today. Wednesday was going to be my wrap up post and today was going to be a tentative TBR for February, but I planned a bit poorly and quite literally passed out after dinner. But! Don’t fret, my TBR for February is actually a little boring since it’s mostly ARCs I’ve received and need to review so you’ll be getting a bunch of reviews throughout the month to make up for it….*cue confetti*
Anyway, like the title says, I actually got quite a bit of reading done in the month of January. In total I read 5 books (this includes my one audiobook), 2209 pages, and too many words to count. I was really surprised because last month is really when work picked up and they started adding kiddos to my caseload. I’m hoping to finish about 4-5 books a month to hit my reading goal of 50 books this year.
I bet you’re all thinking OMG Adrianne get to the books already! I don’t blame you, I like to talk so here are the books I managed to get through in January!
1.) The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Now, this was a book I also read via audible. I had a copy of the e-book and it was sort of staring at me whenever I opened my kindle, but I just couldn’t get into it reading it that way. If you don’t know, The Belles is a fantasy where a majority of the population is gray in just about every sense of the word. The only way that they can become “beautiful” is with the help of a Belle, one of the few people who is blessed by the goddess of beauty with powers to change a person’s outward appearance (to my understanding). Now, our main character Camellia just wants to be chosen as the favorite by the queen of Orléans and follow in her mother’s footsteps.
When she’s chosen she realizes that not everything about being the favorite is as glamorous as she always believed. There are a bunch of dark secrets that she discovers and things get to be a little overwhelming to say the least.
I really enjoyed the audiobook for this! The narrator had a very…interesting French accent during the reading and for some reason when she gave the characters their voices I just imagined a cartoon version of The Capitol in The Hunger Games? Weirdly enough. I honestly can’t think of a book to compare this one to, but definitely give it a shot if it’s been on your TBR for a while! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the sequel, so we’ll see how well I like it after listening to this one.
I’d have to say 4/5 stars for me
2.) The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
I won’t go into too much detail for this one because I raved about it in my audiobook recommendations/audiobook review post, but this has got to be my favorite read because of the way the author blended the fantastical with the real history of the time/location. I mean where this first one left off, I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, and see what happens to my little djinn babies next!
Definitely a 5/5 for me!
3.) Slayer by Kiersten White
Like The City of Brass I won’t go into too much detail on this one because I did do a review for i
t earlier this month (go check it out! I really loved writing it). Like I mention in the review I was never a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, but even with that being the case I was able to jump into this book without feeling like I didn’t know what was going on or who the people were. There were a few boring/slow parts and the main character kind of rubbed me the wrong way at the start because she was just too sheltered, but she grew on me (not sure if I mentioned that in the review lol).
A solid 4/5 for me!
4.) The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
I received this book as an e-ARC late last month and T.B.H. I had no idea what it was about when I requested it. It was a total cover thing for me (and let’s be real, how stunning is that cover?). I went into this novel totally blind and ended up loving it. There were parts of the story that were super slow for me and of course characters I didn’t like, but I don’t want to get into it too much in this wrap up because I do have a review post coming later this month.
To summarize what this story was about, basically our main character Sera is a Cerulean. She comes from a utopian society that essentially latches onto a planet via a tether and worship Mother Sun as their goddess. Sera is a very curious member of this society and she is especially curious about the tether that keeps her home attached to their current planet. Sera is then chosen as the Cerulean that’ll be sacrificed to break the tether to “save” their city. Essentially she jumped from the rim of their city/ship (it’s really weird, like I said I’ll go more in depth in the review) and falls to the planet below. The only problem? She doesn’t die. She actually wakes up on one of the islands on the planet below and is found by some interesting characters. From there she’s got to find a way to survive and get home.
ANYWAY, keep an eye out for that review, but I’d give it…a 4.25/5? It’s hard to describe.
5.) The Wicked King by Holly Black
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I was one of those people that ordered the Owlcrate exclusive box and got my cover to match the Owlcrate exclusive cover for The Cruel Prince, so you can probably already tell I enjoyed it. I was really happy I worked it into my TBR for the month. Morally gray characters are my bread and butter. I love them and who’s more morally gray that the fae? Anyway, I really enjoyed the first book, but I found it lacking enough Cardan for me, especially considering that he is the so called “cruel prince” that our main character Jude has to deal with. And I know that’s a silly thing to say, but I just couldn’t shake the…lack of a cruel prince in a book with that title, IDK it didn’t sit well with me.
But this. This beauty made up for it in so many ways. I won’t get into spoilers, but I just…I’m in awe of the massive world Holly Black has created. I’ve loved her take on the fae since I read her Tithe trilogy back in middle school, and to see those characters pop up in this story makes my little fangirl heart warm. I honestly devoured this book the second I started reading it and now I’ve got to wait until the third book comes out. I hate the waiting game, sigh.
5/5 stars from me. If you’ve read the first one and haven’t gotten your hands on this one, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
So these are the beauties I finished in January! Right now I’m in the middle of The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (and loving it) and The Waning Age by S.E. Grove (still feeling it out) so I’d say February has started off pretty well as far as reading goes.
What did you guys read in January? And, a bonus question, what do you plan on reading in February that you’re excited for?