The 28 days of February have ended and in that time I managed to read 5 books with a total page count of 2020 pages. Out of those books, 2 were contemporary, 1 was a dystopian and 1 was a fantasy, and I borrowed all 5 of them from the library. Now, let’s get to the wrap-up.
The first book I finished in the month of February was The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes (3/5 stars).
The premise of this book was great, but it turned out to be an average read that had the potential to be more. I didn’t really like the way the “revenge” was handled as it became more about perpetrating violence against men. This is kind of a backwards ideology as society is trying to prevent violence against women and I don’t think the right way to do that is by turning the violence back onto men. I do love that this book is very female-driven and provides us with some much needed female empowerment, but I think it could have been handled better.
Next, I read Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (4/5 stars).
This book started off as an average 3 star read, but then the ball started rolling and it got so exciting that I couldn’t put it down. There was action, twists, great characters. I loved every second of it once it got going. My only issue was the romance. It was way too fast and felt too unbelievable. I really would recommend this book. It was an awesome ride and definitely not what I expected going into it.
Then, I re-read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (5/5 stars).
This book was so beautifully written. I didn’t want it to end just so I could stay there forever. The love story written in these pages was wonderful. Once I understood the reason for why they felt connected right away, I just fell even deeper into their love. Laini Taylor just has a way with words that I cannot explain. I loved every second of this book and can’t wait to fall into their story again in the sequel.
Next, I read The Gender Game by Bella Forrest (2/5 stars).
I was very disappointed while reading this book. The Gender Game was marketed to fans of the hunger games and divergent. The only thing that puts the book in league with those is the divide between genders. This book started off ok, but by the end I was skimming the book just to get through it. I didn’t like the world building or the way each gender was treated in the two opposing nations. I just feel like this story could’ve been done so much better than it was. It was also very problematic. I will not be continuing with the series.
And lastly, I read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (4/5 stars).
I loved this book. I’ve been wanting to read it since watching the series. It’s an intense and emotional read that made me feel everything. It’s honest. It shows that no one really knows what’s going on inside your head, because no one knew what Hannah was going through until they heard the tapes. And Clay’s reactions to the tapes just broke my heart. I loved the tapes, but they just felt spiteful. Like Hannah was trying to get back at the people on them. When she wasn’t saying names or blaming others, the tapes were great. They told her story and showed her slow progression from average teen girl to depression and then the end.
Currently Reading: Containment by Caryn Lix. So far, I’m enjoying it, however, it’s starting to feel like a rehash of the first book. I’m hoping it gets better and that the end brings something new to the table.
Thanks for reading. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought. Byes 👋