February 2016 Wrap-Up

Guys, make it staaahhhppp. How are we already at the end of February? This year is already flying by!

This month was kind of a slow one for me in terms of reading, but for the blog it was POPPIN’.

Warning: this post is going to be WICKED long. Sorry in advance!

Books I Read

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I love, love, LOVED this book! I thought that the characters were dynamic and that the world was beautiful and complex. I loved how this first book progressed and I can’t wait for the sequel. 4.5/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson. This was a novella that took place long before the events in The Remnant Chronicles, as it followed Morrighan and her life growing up from childhood to adult. This was a beautiful story and I enjoyed it immensely. I really think that it added to the lore of the world. 4/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Air Awakening by Elise Kova. I decided to get this on a whim, and WOW am I glad I did! I loved this story of Vhalla the library apprentice and how she was chosen by magic to have magic. I thought that it was set at a good pace, that the characters were complex, and that it held so much to look forward to. 4.5/5 stars Check out my review!
  • Fire Falling by Elise Kova. This book was better than the first and I thought that it was just…well, I had all the feels. Character progression, romance, politics, fighting, heartbreak, turmoil… so much! 4.5/5 stars Check out my review!

Books I Started But Didn’t Finish

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I’m having a really difficult time getting completely into this book, I’m not gonna lie. I like the story and everything, I’m just having trouble remembering some things and connecting others. I’m going to try to finish reading it in March, though, so hopefully I’ll finish.
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I got through a small portion of this book before putting it down after some things I saw floating around the internet. So, I hope to finish this eventually (as it was one of my resolutions), so expect a review in the future!

Books I Got This Month

So, I got a Kindle Paperwhite this month and I absolutely love it! It’s design and interface are different than my nook’s, but I quickly grew accustomed to it and I think that it’s awesome. I got quite a few books to read on it, and I also got some physical books (the last six in this list), so here they are:

  • Air Awakens, Fire Falling, and Earth’s End by Elise Kova. Once I started reading the first one, I NEEDED the next two! Love this series so far and how it’s turning out.
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this series, and when I read the synopsis I was instantly pulled in. Can’t wait to read this one!
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. This one I’ve heard about and, frankly, I’m interested because 1) romance, 2) Russia. I’ve never read a book that’s based in Russia before so I really want to see what this one has to offer.
  • Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice by Beth Revis. As a writer, and hopeful someday author, I’m all open for advice. And since I quite enjoy Beth Revis’s writing I figured I’d look into some of the advice that she has.
  • Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. I needed this one, guys. NEEDED. Because it’s about the night of Zuzana’s and Mik’s first date and why have I put off reading this? I can’t. My body is ready.
  • Anne of Green Gables collection by L. M. Montgomery. I figured that I got a scarf with quotes from this very famous book series that I may as well buy the collection while it was on sale for $0.99. So I did.
  • The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power. This is actually a galley (ARC) from Net Galley and I’m excited to read it because pretty much it’s about pirates and dragons. What more do I need than that?
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I’m finally jumping on the AGOS train, guys. I’ve heard a lot of raving about it over the last year or so, and now that the sequel is out, I decided to give it a go. And now, if I read it and like it, I can just get the second book without waiting; it’s a win-win.
  • Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. I was perusing the Amazon Kindle books section (as one does) and I kept seeing this pop up in my recommended area. So, after much deliberation (it really wasn’t much), I got the first book in this trilogy! I think that having magic be associated with paper is pretty cool, plus there’s romance, so that’s always a plus.
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak. Honestly, I was just looking for a romance story to add to my Kindle and I found this one. But it does actually sound interesting so I am excited to read it! I mean, gangs, grave robbers, medical examiners, love? I think yes.
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This book has had nothing but praise from as far as I’ve seen and I want to know what all the hype is about.
  • A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest. I think this was more of a guilty pleasure buy than anything, but I saw how many reviews it got on Amazon, looked into it, and decided to get it. I thought my vampire days were over, but APPARENTLY NOT. So I’m excited to see if this one sucks me in (pun totally intended).
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat. I kept seeing this one pop up in my recommendations, too, and after watching Adriana @ Perpetual Pages video review of the trilogy I decided to go ahead and purchase it. It has a gay relationship in it, and that’s really all I knew, and since I want to read more LGBTQIA+ books, why not start with this one?
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers. I actually got this book in the February Uppercase Box and I’m excited to read it! Space adventure, space PIRATES, and a romance? Yes, please!
  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy. I got this in the subscription box for March from The Book Drop! It’s about four different people during the Civil War era who’s lives intersect once the war starts. I never would have picked this up on my own, but I’m genuinely curious about it.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I had to. I mean, I haven’t read the Grisha trilogy yet (I know, I know), but I love the hardcover of this book so much with its black edged pages and beautiful cover. I couldn’t resist.
  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve been eyeing this book for MONTHS and I finally got it! It’s the pretty UK cover edition, too, but the story itself intrigues me: a book about sisters who are separated where one becomes a warrior, and the other a princess. And the magic system is, of course, enticing, so I needed this one badly.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I’ve been wanting to get this book since it came out, but never did until now. And I’m excited to read it because 1) faeries, and 2) Holly Black faeries. Yes, please.
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I’m giving this book a chance, and though I’m sure it has mixed reviews yet again, I still want to see where these characters are going and what happens next.

Guys… 27 books. I don’t even know how the hell that happened. But, I’m happy with my purchases, so I don’t care. ALL THE BOOKS ARE BELONG TO ME.

Discussions I Held

  • Shoutouts (Part 2) – I shouted out some more awesome people that I think you all should check out because everyone deserves to be recognized for their content!
  • Do You Write Fanfiction? – I genuinely want to know and if you have any tips, please tell me!
  • Separating An Author From Their Work – It can be a challenge and after some debacle that happened with a popular author, I had to raise the question: can I?

Top Ten Tuesdays & Top 5 Wednesdays

Beautiful People/Writing Related

This is a new meme I joined in on this month that is for writers and exploring their own books and such. Other than this, though, I haven’t really done anything writing related for the month. Such a shame.

Fun Things

Life Updates

  • As for my life, there isn’t so much to update. We’re still waiting for our reviews at work, and I’m hoping that mine’s positive and that I get some constructive criticism back.
  • I am currently regretting eating so much pizza in less than 24 hours. Ugh, my belly.
  • My husband and I saw Deadpool on Valentine’s Day and it was SO funny. The best part of the movie was actually one of the people sitting in the theater because he had a very infectious laugh and he’d sometimes repeat some of the things said in the movie while laughing, which in turn made everyone else laugh. It was great and I know we’ll be getting the movie when it comes out.
  • My dad told me that he and my mom saw it and I still can’t believe that my MOM went to a movie theater. She hates movie theaters and action movies, but she thought Deadpool was hilarious. You go, mom!
  • I recently started to wear makeup for the first time in my life on a daily basis starting Feb 24, and I’m really enjoying it. I feel beautiful and pretty and I never usually do. I’m not letting it change me or anything, but just enhancing me.

AND THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL. Wow, that was a lot. I was super productive on my blog this month and I didn’t even realize it! Sorry that this was 59837389248523 words long and stuff, but I had a lot to talk about and wrap-up for the month, apparently!

How was your February? Did you participate in Loveathon, and if so, did you enjoy it as much as I did? How many books did you read? Are you a writer and did you get any writing done? Tell me about your life and how everything’s going. Thanks for stopping by!

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