January 31, 2020

January 2020 Wrap Up

*Hey friends! I'm here with my reading wrap up for January and a nice little book unhaul.




The books I read.

This was my first read of 2020.  I was, shall we say, extremely underwhelmed with this one. I was so excited to read the next book in the Children of Blood and Bone series and this one just fell flat for me. The characters constantly made decisions that made no sense and frustrated me to no end. It ended on a huge cliffhanger so I'll be reading the last book in the trilogy. I just no longer have high hopes for it.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater 
This was my second book of the year and this one also fell flat. It was extremely confusing and had some pretty abhorrent characters in it. Overall I'm not really sure what the point of the book was.

Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica Fellows
This was fun to read. It covered behind the scenes info on the show and also compared how well the producers kept the show authentic to the time period it's set in. This was purely just for fun and I really enjoyed all of the imagery and the actor interviews that were included in the book. 


I've reread this book several times and it still fails to impress me. I love Harry Potter. I love the world and the story, but this book suffers from sequel syndrome so badly. I wish there were more character development and that the story was maybe a little more exciting. 

Cartier's Hope by MJ Rose
I reviewed this book extensively in another post so I won't reiterate. The short version: this book was awful. I didn't like it. Actually, I hated it.

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters and how well written they are. I'm impatiently awaiting the second novel in this series. You can read my full review for The Raven and the Dove here!

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
This is probably my biggest let down of the month, if not the year. I LOVED  A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I read it twice last year. Heart was good, I was actually enjoying it quite well. Until the epilogue. That let me down so much. I don't even know what the point of the series has been up to this point now. I'm so heartbroken by the ending, I'm not sure I want to read the next book.

Dark Age by Pierce Brown
At the time of writing this post I haven't finished Dark Age, but I'm loving it! I'm predicting this to be a 5-star read. It's been heartbreaking but it's been soooo good. I just want to sit and finish it.

Edit: You can read my full review here!

Two books I dnf'd.

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
I loved the first book, Shadow of the Fox. I had high hopes for this book but it just wasn't holding my attention. I still want to read it so it went back into my unread jar. Maybe in a few months, I'll be able to pick it back up. 

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book came in on my Libby app before I was ready for it, but I was willing to give it a shot. I managed to read about 130 pages before I decided it wasn't for me. The writing style was so off and I couldn't stand the way the characters talked. The story felt like it was going nowhere and I didn't like either of the main characters. The world was also super brutal. I felt that it was too brutal for it being a YA book. In the end, I decided it wasn't for me.

Books I unhauled.

I unhauled 8 books this month. 6 were ebooks from my kindle and 2 were physical books from my shelves. All of them were unread.

From my kindle:
The House By the River
The Great Passage
The Question of Red
The Light of the Fireflies
The Widows of Malabar Hill
The Golem and the Jinni

From my shelves:
A Gathering of Shadows
A Conjuring of Light

I hope you had a great reading month my friends.

Happy reading,

Alicen