Hello there! I’ve been absent for a little while, but I hope to settle back into some sort of schedule here pretty soon. I’ve been busy adjusting to my new full time job, so I didn’t read as much as usual this month, especially in the latter half, and I didn’t review any of it here on the blog, so here are a few quick thoughts about what I did manage to read this month.
Books I Read in February
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan-4/5 stars
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan-5/5 stars
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi-5/5 stars
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan-4/5 stars
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan-5/5 stars
More Than This by Patrick Ness-4/5 stars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman-4/5 stars
Such a good month for quality over quantity! Not a bad one in the bunch.
I had started The Lost Hero in Januray and I finished it and the rest of the Heroes of Olympus series thus far this month. Riordan juggles even more main characters this time around, giving every one point of view chapters. It didn’t work entirely at first, but I adored House of Hades. I love when books can be funny and poignant or frightening all at once, not just at different times, and House of Hades definitely did so.
I paused in the middle of that series marathon, though, to read Tahereh Mafi’s Ignite Me, the final book in her Shatter Me series. Her writing style is incredible, and this installment was the pinnacle of that, wrapping up Juliette’s story in a very satisfying way. It did do my dystopian pet peeve of leaving off at a point where the societal struggles aren’t really solved just yet, but Shatter Me was always Juliette’s story alone anyway, following her from weakness and fear to strength.
I hesitate to even try to explain More Than This because it was such a twisty-turny ride of a story, but it was such a beautifully eclectic mix of genres and characters. Definitely check it out sometime, it is so uniquely YA without seeming like a cliche, though it did borrow a bit from a movie I love, but it does so in a way that works to its advantage. Can’t explain it. Just read it.
I got very, very busy this month and started a new job that involves almost three hours of commuting each day, so audiobooks are my new best friends. I chose The Ocean at the End of the Lane as my first audiobook experience and I loved it. Neil Gaiman performed it and I really enjoyed his (literal) voice and, of course, his writing. TOatEotL was a beautiful book, dark and lyrical and memorable.
March To Be Read
I hesitate to even make a list, because who knows? I always seem to deviate from it anyway. I’m currently reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and listening to the audiobook of V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, two books with surprisingly similar concepts. Apparently I’m having a super-humans phase. I’m not too far into Steelheart, though I’m enjoying it so far. Vicioius, however, is pretty much amazing, even though I don’t like the narrator as much on the audiobook. I am so glad I checked it out after hearing about it over on booktube (PeruseProject and JessetheReader are the ones who were over the moon about it, if I remember right).
After those, I have a couple of books from the library that need to get read so they can be returned: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Anna Dressed in Blood has a sequel, I know, so I might get to that in March as well. I’m excited about reading The Scorpio Races. I love Maggie Stiefvater (even the Shiver trilogy, which is not as universally liked as The Raven Boys, but I enjoyed it.) and I’m excited to read her acclaimed stand-alone.
Then I definitely need to read Cress by Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles books so far have been amazing, full of rich, fun sci-fi elements with a fairy tale cast. I’ve heard good things and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I picked it up the day after it came out, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
I’ll need to get another audiobook about mid-week as well. Any of you audiobook listeners? Have any suggestions for me?