Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up

 

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Is it really already halfway through March? Not going to lie, these first 3 months of the new decade have felt extremely long…February appeared off to a great start…until I found out Valentine’s Day night that a dear friend from high school, someone I had still remained in touch with weekly via the wonderful snap chat, someone that I could share work complaints with that understood, committed suicide. My work is truly fantastic that they allowed me to fly home and spend some emergency leave to attend the funeral. Though I was joined with my infant, so the flight and airport maneuvering in general with my laptop bag and his backpack and him was HORRID!

Then that brings us to March…ahh March. We have seen a massive epidemic outbreak complete with people losing their minds in stores and buying out every gallon of milk, carton of eggs, and roll of toilet paper. All while we hide inside our homes from a virus that runs rapidly through the streets inflicting more fear than mass terrorist attacks. I have been “self-isolated” at home for the next 14 days. Meaning my supervisor told me to stay home because I have been sick with the mild symptoms. Where I live, if you don’t have pneumonia, then you do not get to have a test. It’s remarkable that a celebrity with mild symptoms is a higher priority for a COVID test, but my two children, ages 3 and 1, are not. Just little food for thought on that…If you don’t have money (even though the tests are free), then you’re not a priority in America. Don’t worry though, Kim Kardashian sure as hell got her whole family of 20+ tested, without symptoms…

But what better way to enjoy your quarantine than to read, read, read!!!  My February actually provided more finished reads than I think I managed in January, and I’m not a mathematician or anything, but there are 2 less days in February to read! I completed 10 books. 10! Audible truly is becoming a helpful aid to get reading done.

Books Read:

A History of Russia

I would not normally read this on my own leisure. This was read purely for my History of Russia class, but I did enjoy it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Click the link for the GoodReads synopsis. If there is one series that I can recommend to fans of YA fantasy, this here. This is it. It is a must. SJM is a bloody queen!

A Court of Mist and Fury

Click the link for the GoodReads synopsis.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Click the link for my review. Forewarning, it was from my earlier review days. But I for real love this series. It is my entire heart.

Three Deadly Trials-ARC

Click the link for a GoodReads synopsis.

A Violet Fire

I read this for my book club and it still makes my heart soar…and shatter. Click on the title to read my review!

Shadows Between Us-ARC

Check out my review in the link. I LOVED this ARC, and anyone who hasn’t snagged this book yet, you are missing out on the best standalone from Tricia Levenseller. Click on the link to read my review.

Nineteen-ARC

5/5 stars. Click the link for the GoodReads synopsis. A perfect ARC. I just started diving into the poetry books finally and this was the best to reel me in. Beautiful heartbreak, love, friendship, healing. All of it just put into this wonderful book.

Susan Sand and the Riddle of Raggedrock Ridge

4/5 stars. Click the link to check out my review. This is a wonderful quick mystery read. There are 8 in the 1980s series and I am slowly reading along. I feel like this is one of those series that could have been as Nancy Drew. But the mystery I come across after every book: why did it end?

Escaping from Houdini

I gave this a 4/5 stars. This was an audible read, courtesy of the random book selector from Discovery Book Shelf Club on GR. I won’t lie, I had been putting this book off for awhile.  I am not a science person, hence why I am majoring in history. I love that Kerri Maniscalco has created this series off of historical people and spun a mystery surrounding them. I will admit, naming this installment after Houdini did not quite make sense. He really took a huge back seat in this book. So much so that if you made this a movie, he could be omitted without messing up the plot and flow of the story. It could have been better if he was the murderer. Another reason that it took me so long to pick up, the romance. I really am not a Rosewell shipper. I think their romance has its moments, but really is dull. She would have been better with Mephistopheles. Click the link for the GoodReads synopsis.

Genres Read: 

sci-fi/fantasy/romance, YA fantasy/romance, nonfiction history, sci-fi/mystery, mystery, contemporary romance/fantasy

Currently Reading

So what am I going to be reading next? A heck of a lot. I am taking an online LIT 322 Popular and Contemporary Literature the next 8 weeks, so I will be reading Gone Girl, The Hunger Games, and The Road. Not a bad reading requirement, right?

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Ruthless Gods-ARC

Okay, I have had this wonderful masterpiece in my Kindle shelf for months now. I feel like I get maybe 10% a month read because of either other ARCs needing read or school. With its release less than a month away, I am really cracking down on it. And let me just say, it is perfection.

Synopsis:

Darkness never works alone…

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.

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Three Hours in Paris-ARC

WWII, spies, Paris? I’m in love. Was this book written for my heart? Its release date is right around the corner. Time to get cracking! Also, please take a moment to admire this cover. Seriously, historical war books have some of the best covers!

Synopsis:

In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why.

The New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc investigations reimagines history in her masterful, pulse-pounding spy thriller, Three Hours in Paris.

Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.

Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.

 

 

So for my LIT 322 class, I have actually just finished Hunger Games, and next we have a week to read The Road. Anyone read this? I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic books. Hunger Games is like the only one I have found that I love. I have had Gone Girl on my TBR list for quite some time, but had it not been for this class I probably would never read it.

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Uprooted

I love the cover for this! It is full of such wonderful Easter eggs for the story, and such beautiful fantasy wonder. I started this book last month, but I am still trudging along. Anyone had a harder time getting into this? I have found the writing to be a bit different (not in a bad way, so before you start biting my head off) which takes me a bit to get used to. The story line though is so wonderful and I love its Eastern European vibe.

Synopsis:

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

 

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Bloodleaf

I freaking love this cover!!!!!! Like the picture does not do it justice. I am currently reading/listening to this book in between listening to my school books on audible. It honestly pained me to take a break from this book in February thanks to school. Why did I wait so long to read this after buying it? It is pure perfection!

Synopsis:

Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch.

Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country with nothing but her life.

Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there’s something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf.

Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can’t break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown.

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Winterwood

I am of the few that have this beautiful exclusive edition cover with blue sprayed pages. And every time I look at its beauty, I say I am going to read it next…This time, it is part of my random book a week on my Discovery Bookshelf weekly read. It must be read!

Synopsis:

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

Comments:

How was you February reading? Are you self-isolating/quarantined? How are you passing the time? Have you read any of these books? Opinions?

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