Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great first month of the year, and I hope you’re all being productive with your new year goals and what not. I know I haven’t been as active as I would like these past few days. That’s because my Spring 2016 semester started this Monday, and it’s been a little crazy. Apparently, my professors think I’m a machine who can write three papers a day with no problem at all. How about no. 🙁 But what can you do?
I’m so, so, SO happy with my reading month. I hadn’t been reading much in the second half of 2015 – I was reading an average of three or four books a month, which is terrible by my standards. I really wanted to start off the new year by being a little more productive reading-wise. I participated in a readathon that really helped me get my reading back on track. Although I didn’t read anything that blew my mind, it was a steady month and I managed to check off a few books off my TBR.
Also, I won’t be putting up a haul because I bought NO BOOKS THIS MONTH. What the what? I am so proud of myself, you have no idea.
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican
I just started reading Brutal Youth this afternoon, so I haven’t really made any progress. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf since December 2014 – it sounded dark and gritty and interesting when I bought it. Today, I picked it off my shelf on a whim. I guess I was feeling like reading something dark and crazy. I hope I like it. 🙂
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira | Full Review
I went into this book wanting to love it, but I came out severely disappointed. There were several things in this book that were offensive to me on a personal level – I was offended in multiple ways. The characters were lackluster and stereotypical, the writing was juvenile and the plot was uninspiring. This was just a no for me, all-in-all.
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski | Review Coming Soon
I love Marie Rutkoski. I think she’s a wickedly fluid writer; her characters are amazing in the Winner’s trilogy, the story is gripping, the political intrigue is intense, and it’s all fantastic. But this book fell totally flat. The world-building had potential, but it wasn’t explored. The characters were boring. The romance was one-dimensional, and I just couldn’t bring myself to care about anything.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | 2.5 stars | Review Coming Soon
Please don’t hate me, guys. But I just finished this book earlier today and I can’t understand what the hype is about. I’m all for diversity, and I really appreciated how Albertalli dealt with the LGBTQ+ themes in this book. Done perfectly without seeming overbearing or overdramatic. But the characters were so… boring. I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of them. The romance was sweet, but underdeveloped. This book had so much potential, but in the end, it fell flat for me.
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins | 2.5 stars | Full Review
This book started off strong, and while some stories were done just right, there were several others that didn’t do anything for me at all. Everything was too insta-lovey for my taste, and some stories just felt like they would be better off as full-length novels. My full review contains individual ratings and reviews for each story, so be sure to check that out!
The Walls Around Us by Nove Ren Suma | Review Coming Soon
Okay, so this book took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting a prison-crime mystery, but this is what it was. And it very good at certain parts. Haunting, atmospheric, mysterious, chilling, lethal. The writing was lyrical and breathtaking. But I disliked the ending too much to give it a 4 star rating. Also, I feel like it would’ve been better if the paranormal aspect had been left out.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | 3.5 stars | Full Review
It took me almost four months to finish this book, but I did, and I ended up liking it quite a bit. Even though I enjoyed it, I still thought it was slightly overrated. I had quite a few issues with it: the characters were underdeveloped, the writing was nothing special and the whole thing felt a little emotionless. But the incredibly fast-paced plot and the imaginative world-building made up for what the novel lacked.
Shadow Kiss (The Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead | 3.5 stars | Full Review
This book was perhaps my favorite in the series so far. It was darker, which made the characters and plot more interesting. Mead took some of her characters in places I was not expecting, and it was enjoyable as always. But I’ve come to realize that Rose isn’t my type of protagonist. I also think this series is full of entertainment and fluff, but there’s nothing of substance here. It’s a good time, but that’s all.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | 3.75 stars | Review Coming Soon
This was definitely my favorite book of the month. I don’t want to say too much because I do plan on writing a comprehensive review, but this was one hell of a good time. I had so much fun reading this. Action-packed, quirky formatting, great world-building – all that jazz. But the book lacked proper character development, and I thought the pacing was off. That’s all I’m going to say for now!