First Wrap-Up for the new year!! Hope everyone’s first month was good, bookish and non-bookish wise! I started the year off strong with reading 11 books this month! It was also a bit of a mixed month for me, some were good and others were not. So, onto the wrap-up we go!
Its a Whole Spiel
I started the year off with finishing Its a Whole Spiel, an anthology about Jewish teens. This was a book I was so excited was being published and so excited to read. I related to many different aspects of this book. This book also had me laughing so many times as well. I think this book does a good job of highlighting different aspects of being Jewish and I’m happy for a book with Jewish representation that isn’t a historical fiction book. I gave this 5/5 stars.
Next I picked up Reverie by Ryan La Sala for Barnes and Nobles teen bookclub. This book fell short for me in many different ways. The whole plot sounded cool and interesting but I did not find it executed well. The whole idea of the Reveries was hard to imagine and wrap my head around, I just could not picture them happening like they do. I also couldn’t connect to any of the characters and I did not like the main character. There were other issues I had with this book but I don’t want to make this too long. To keep this not all negative, one thing I liked was the representation. It was cool to see the main villain be a drag sorceress. I gave this 3/5 stars.
Dead and Dateless
Next I picked up the sequel to Dead End Dating, Dead and Dateless by Kimberly Raye. I don’t really have much thoughts on this. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. Again, this book is considered a romance book but the romance was missing like it was in the first. I gave this 3/5 stars.
I picked up the sequel to Skyward next, Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I loved this book! It was such a good sequel to the first book and I can’t wait for book three. The ending has me just scared and really really needing book three. But I loved all the action in the book and this book kept me on my toes. I gave this 5/5 stars.
My next read was Most Likely by Sarah Watson. I was worried that having four main characters would just clutter the book but I was glad to find it wasn’t. The author gives a unique voice to each of the characters that it is easy to distinguish who is who and Watson broke up the book so it didn’t feel as if we got so much of one character than the others. I have a review for this here! I gave this 4/5 stars.
Sons of Fire
From high school seniors to demons is where my next read took me. In the beginning I wasn’t super into the book but as the book went on it hooked me just a bit more! My main issue with the book is the plot. The whole reason Aiden and Keegan get sent to earth is to complete a task. But where was the task in the plot? The task doesn’t really come into play until the very end which was a little disappointing and made the whole thing a little rushed. I did like the characters and my favorite part of the whole book is watching Aiden learn to be human and discover human things. I have a review here if you want to check it out! I gave this 3/5 stars.
Shadow and Bone
My next read was a reread for me. I gave Shadow and Bone a reread for a bookclub and I enjoyed my reread! I think rereading it a second time I did see the issues with it more clearly, like the suddenness of Mal telling Alina his feelings and other things. But I still love this book and the series. I gave this 4/5 stars.
This was a book I never really had my eye on but it was the pick for the Barnes and Noble book club and it did sound good. I really enjoyed this book and found it super entertaining. The whole experience and Loveboat itself reminds be of Birthright,(which is a trip to Israel for Jews who are 18 and up). Ever is a fun main character and watching her discover herself through this book proved a good character development for her. I gave this 4/5 stars.
The Kiss Quotient
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was my first like from a bookstore romance book and I will definitely be reading more! I enjoyed reading this book and ended up finishing it in two days. I love the characters and how they are with each other, its cute! The only thing that sucked while reading this was I knew the ending but thats just the price that comes with reading romance books, they are pretty predictable but in cases like this it doesn’t bother me. I gave this 4/5 stars.
Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman is a very cliché story, and usually those kind of books are what I like from time to time. But I just did not enjoy this and I really wish that wasn’t how I felt. I don’t think it was the plot and the predicability of it that bothered me, it was the characters. The main character Stella is super clueless and she has the whole “he doesn’t see me that way” outlook and just the way it was written in this book, I found it a little annoying. Didn’t love the background characters either. I wish I liked this book more than I did, I really wanted to. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.
I ended the month with White Rose by Kit Wilson. This book has been on my to-buy and to-read list forever so I’m happy to check both boxes! I enjoyed this book, but the writing style wasn’t for me and thats mainly why this is a 3 instead of 4 star book for me. The prose writing(is that what its called?) just wasn’t for me. I did find the story of Sophie and what she did interesting and I’m sad to hear what she did din’t have the effect she hoped for. I gave this 3.5/5 stars.
So there it is, all the books I read in January! I hope February will be just as good of a month as January was🤞🏻