February Wrap-Up

Total Reads: 10 books.
Around the World Map locations added: six
Average rating for the month: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Books 19 through 23 were apart of rainbowthon

17. The Corgi Chronicles by Laura M. Madsen

17884757Pippin may look like a dog, but corgis are actually the steeds of fairies. He is the steed to Aliiana, an earth fairy. When the source of all good magic is stolen Aliiana and Pippin must retrieve it. This books was a book I indeed picked by it’s cover. It was cute and magical.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Read: January 29-February 2, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17884757-the-corgi-chronicles

18. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

11250317This is a retelling of pieces of Homer’s The Illiad; it’s narrated by Patroclus about his time with Achilles. It’s really addicting and I’ve already written a longer review on it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 4-5, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11250317-the-song-of-achilles

19. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

12432220A civil war is brewing. Conner, a nobleman, devises a plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. The book follows Sage, an orphan questioning if what Conner wants it right, knows his only way to survive is to be the chosen one. Despite being middle grade, it read like young adult as it was brutal at times. It was fast paced and I found myself wanting to know what happened next. I guessed a major plot point, but a more major one escaped me.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
Read: February 6-7, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12432220-the-false-prince

20. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

23398607This book was rewritten as if the Library of Alexandria had survived. It also has an illegal book market and alchemy. The book follows Jess, son of a local smuggler, as he attends the library’s program to become a librarian so that he can be worth something to his family’s “business.” This book dragged a lot in the beginning. It took until almost the halfway point to feel any sort of investment. If this hadn’t been the only book I had brought with me, I maybe would have not finished it; however, towards the end makes up for the beginning.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 7-8, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23398607-ink-and-bone

21. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
10874177This the first book in a series about a finishing school that also teaches the art of espionage and assassination. Sophronia, the main character, is a covert recruit to the institute so the reader learns about the school as Sophronia does. As this was my first steampunk novel, my expectations were low and high simultaneously. I felt myself wanting an expansion on the classes Sophronia took, but overall I really enjoyed it.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Read: February 8-10, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage

22. The Siren by Kiera Cass

25817407Kahlen was saved from drowning by the Ocean in exchange for being a siren for the next one hundred years. Kahlen is the Ocean’s favorite siren until she meets Akinli whom falling in love with breaks all the Ocean’s rules. I’ve previously read The Selection by Kiera Cass and I was curious if the romance in this would be held similarly. My only problems with the novel lie with how some of the chapters end abruptly and seem to start in a strange spot.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Read: February 10-11, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25817407-the-siren

23. The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

13279441Cally’s sister went missing at St. Bede’s Academy ten years prior to the start of the story. Cally then decides to attend the academy and finds out another student has recently gone missing. I feel like the mystery part of the story was a little paint by numbers, but the school elements made it better. There were some parts of the book that were a little unnecessarily insensitive as well.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 11-12, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13279441-the-little-woods

24.Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
23309646Lane is a teenager obsessed with figuring out what makes serial killers tick because she may be one. This book was considered similar to Dexter, but with a teenage girl protagonist. I felt very disappointed by this novel as it felt like a direct rip off of Dexter. I guessed the major plot point about 30 pages into this book. Plus the slut-shaming in this book is absolutely terrible; like I’m pretty sure the sister gets shamed almost every other time she appears.
Rating: 2/5 stars.
Read: February 24-25, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23309646-killer-instinct

25. Oblivion by Sasha Dawn18404448I’m not sure how to describe this book besides that Goodreads recommended it me based The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly which was my second favorite book of last year. The story was okay but the love square was kinda pointless. If I had a better understanding of how important the love square would have been to the story, I may not have picked it up.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 25, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18404448-oblivion

26. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
24790901

This is a pirate fantasy novel with genetically engineered sea creatures. I have already written a review about this book, but the novel was very diverse.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
Read: February 18-29, 2016
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24790901-the-abyss-surrounds-us

 

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