Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Monthly Reads ~ February 2024

Time for a look at my January Monthly reads! Each month I share a quick look at the books that I've read with a little synopsis and my rating - anything that I love or is really intriguing, I will share a more in depth review on a different post! 

Monthly Reads ~ February 2024
I purchased (or borrowed) all the books in this post

So, in February I read 10 books, with a mix of genres from middle grade fantasy to adult historical fiction. I love most genres, and I really want to keep my reads diversified this year! Also, I've been trying to read a mix of old and new books, and this month I'm right down the middle which is perfect! 

I read 2 physical books, 2 ebooks and listened to 6 audiobooks. Here's a quick look at all the books I read in the past month: 

How To Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann ☆☆☆½ - 3.5 stars. This is a contemporary fairy tale retelling but set in a group of fairy tale "survivors" coming together in a support group and sharing their stories, with a twist. It was dark and I liked that, but there was some twists I didn't love and for some reason, I just found this slow to get through even though I did enjoy the individual stories.

A Girl Called Echo Omnibus by Katherena Vermette☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This is set of four YA graphic novels - these are about metis history but also set in the present. In these YA graphic novels, we meet Echo, a young girl separated from her mother, thrown in to a new school and environment where she doesn't fit in. While in her history class learning about Metis history she is compelled to know more about her history and her people and we learn the history first hand as Echo is transported to big milestone events in Canadian history surrounding Metis people - in four volumes, the Pemmican Wars, Red River Resitance, Northwest Resitance and the Road Allowance Era. Fantastic and full of information that I did not know about! 

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. A book written the year I was born, this is a fabulous middle grade fantasy and it feels like a childhood classic even though I didn't read it myself for the first time until right now! What a lovely, whimsical story with fun characters, a quirky setting and an overall whimsical feel! So cute - got a little sidetracked with so many characters but it was still a great read!

With Any Luck by Ashley Poston☆☆☆½ - 3.5 stars. This is adult romance meet cute novella that is an Amazon exclusive - it features a kiss curse, a man of honor, best woman and a missing groom the morning of the wedding! This was short and cute! 

Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross ~ ☆☆☆☆½ - 4.5 stars. This is a young adult fantasy with a hint of romance and it's the follow up in the duology to Divine Rivals. This series features duelling gods with a pair of journalists in the middle who connect with their enchanted typewriters and I loved the writing and the connection with the tension in the background. 

Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge ~ ☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This is a historical fiction with a little murder mystery twist. We follow Maude who is trying to find out how her sister died while posing as a ship boy out at sea on an arctic expedition. We follow Maude in the current trying to track down the murderer and eventually plotting her revenge on the murderer. We also follow her sister's journal that she wrote while out at sea and it helps solve the mystery. I thought the story started out a tad slow, but really picked up and I couldn't wait to see how her revenge worked out! It was a little dark too and I enjoyed this!

The Exception to the Rule by Christina Lauren☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. Another adult romance in the meet-cute novella series with our main characters sending a misplaced email on Valentine's Day resulting in years long email exchanges that eventually leads to more! Cute and easy to read! 

Confessions In B-flat by Donna Hill ☆☆☆ - 3 stars. This is a historical fiction that has our main characters on differing sides of the political movements - one supports Malcom X and one supports Martin Luther King Jr. and this is the basis of their story. However, until the last 30% not much really happened and then it picked up and redeemed itself a little. 

XOXO by Axie Oh ~ ☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars. This was a really cute YA Romance (which I don't always love), that has our main character meeting a k-pop idol and after a series of events, winding up at the same performing arts school as him. She makes friends, has some family issues to work through and has a secret fling all while having to decide her future. It was a really cute, easy read!

The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins ~ ☆☆☆☆ - 4 stars .This is a quick, easy mystery thriller - I don't read a ton of this genre, but I've enjoyed Rachel Hawkins. This one features a complex family dynamic with lots of money and a big fancy house at stake and I liked how the story all played out and the reveals came!

February was overall a pretty good reading month - mostly good reads for me this month!

Here's a little refresh of my rating system:

5 Stars: Excellent/Fantastic/Amazing Read 
4.5 Stars: Really Great Read
4 Stars: Great Read 
3.5 Stars: Really Good Book
3 Stars: Good Book 
2.5 Stars: Eh, It was Okay Read
2 Stars: Finished it, but Didn't Enjoy It
1.5 Stars: Not Good at All
1 Star: DNF (Did Not Finish)

What was the best book you read this month?! For me, it had to be Ruthless Vows! 

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