February was a busy month- not only did I both finish and start a placement, but I also had an assignment to write and submit. So I am really surprised that I managed to finish 5 books! At this moment in time with my Goodreads challenge I am one book behind schedule but I am pretty happy to only be one book behind.
The first book I read was Identity Revealed by J.M Butler.
Read between: 22nd January- 9th February.
Synopsis: What if you prepared for the wrong destiny?
Cursed by her devious mother, Amelia, a young mindreader is driven by a deadly destiny. Only she can defeat Naatos, the shapeshifting warlord, in his march of terror across the thirty-six worlds. But Naatos conquers her home in a murderous midnight ambush before she has even learned how to throw a knife. She flees to Earth where she dedicates her life to training, fearing the curse will make her a monster if she does not succeed in defeating the brothers.
Naatos understands that with choice comes tragedy. He seeks to gather the worlds beneath his rule, righting the errors of previous monarchs and eliminating the complications of ignorant inhabitants. His only weakness is a young mindreader, the last living Neyeb. She doesn’t know who she really is, let alone what she will become, allowing him to twist both her destiny and curse to his advantage.
When Amelia finally returns to her home, the land of the bruin riders, she discovers her family captured, the royal court slaughtered, and her people imprisoned. She launches a rescue only to discover Naatos’s savagery and abilities exceed all reports. Even worse, the truth behind the curse and her identity eviscerates her resolve, forcing her to question everything from her beliefs to her priorities to her character.
Outmatched and outflanked, Amelia must defend her nation and take control of her true destiny or condemn the worlds to Naatos’s rule and millions to death.
Review: Firstly, thank you to Book Tasters and J.M Butler for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really like fantasy but this was different to ones I’ve read before, with the mix of races, and shape shifters rather than in an medieval setting with knights and dragons- okay, the main character is a princess but that’s about where the similarities end.
When we first meet her, she’s a child, but she didn’t sound like one, which irritated me to start with but it all made sense as the book moved on. Her voice definitely suits her more as a grown woman than it does as a six year old child. Amelia is strong willed, and I really liked that, but she can definitely lose her temper and sometimes I thought she was over-reacting. Just forget about it and move on!
The romance aspect of the book is slightly problematic- mainly because it reminded me more like ownership than marriage, because Amelia has no choice, and she may love someone else….Naatos is definitely not suited to her and I hoped he would become a charming husband but…no. He was still a bit of a dick come the end of the book.
He and Amelia argued all the time and I got bored of their squabbling.
Another thing I didn’t like- the spiders. I have a fear of spiders and I couldn’t read those scenes without my skin crawling! But that’s just me! They’re great as monsters in this adventure.
Overall, it was a good book. It started off slow and it took me a while to get into it due to the large amount of characters and the speed in which all of the events happened but I ended up enjoying it. Despite the flaws I picked out, there are some really great moments of action, of love, of adventure- and there’s even a time travel element which really added to the story!
I’d give it a 3.5/5 stars.
An enjoyable story, with characters to love and to hate.
The second book I read was Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.
Read between: 9th- 16th February
Synopsis: AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .
All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.
But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.
Until she meets Bram.
Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.
But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?
EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher.
Review: When I first heard of this book I was intrigued. I love Giovanna’s chicklit writing and I have never read anything by Tom but I am a fan of his music so I was excited to see how they handled the genre of dystopia.
It’s a really interesting concept and I really enjoyed it.
Eve is the first girl to be born in 50 years and that makes her extremely special. Bram is a member of the EPO, an armed unit built to protect her. They are bought together through Holly, a artificial intelligence protective best friend for Eve in her bubble.
And that’s when everything changes…
Both characters have lovable personalities, Eve is very head strong, which isn’t surprising considering she’s cut off from the outside world and the majority of people who live there.
I really liked the story. It was really to easy to get invested in the characters and once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down! It’s very cleverly thought out, I love the technology. The only downside however was how Eve got treated by the EPO nearer the end of the book. The change in personality was quite a shock!
Overall it’s a really good story and I’m looking forward to the next one!
The third book I read was my least favourite of the month as I gave it 2 stars and that was Wilder (The Guardian #1) by G.K DeRosa.
Read between: 16th-19th February
Synopsis: All that Celeste Wilder ever wanted was to find someone who would sweep her off her feet like she had seen in countless romantic movies. When she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Constantin brothers her senior year of high school, she gets much more than what she had bargained for. As they introduce her to an exciting supernatural world that she never imagined existed, she makes a startling discovery about her own family legacy and is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.
Review: I was very close to DNFing this book to begin with because I just couldn’t get in with the writing style. The main character, Celeste, was a really irritating character, she seemed really childish for an 18 year old.
But then something clicked.
Once we got into the main story there was something that pushed me to read on, but a human falling in love with a vampire was very ‘Twilight’ although with different circumstances.
I just wish the kissing scenes weren’t just snogging because it was a bit cringey. It does read a bit like it was written by a teenager.
However, I loved how badass Celeste got when she got her powers. Not as cool as Buffy but still cool.
I was expecting something more. It was okay. I liked what I read but I won’t be continuing with the series. There’s a good range of characters and it works out as a supernatural YA story….but it wasn’t for me.
Slow start. Could have been better!
The next book I haven’t reviewed as I read it for a task on my university course, and that is Carol Ann Duffy’s New and Collected Poems for Children.
I gave this five stars, I really enjoyed it, and it was great to dip in and out of over the month whilst I was reading other books as well.
Finally, I finished the month off by reading The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.
Read between: 19th- 24th February
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began
Review: Alice and Ella have had to move around a lot. However, when Alice’s grandmother dies it seems that their luck is changing….then strange things start to happen, and they’re linked to the Hazel Wood. What secrets does her grandmother’s estate hold?
This book was quiet a surprise. It had been really hyped up and I can see why! It was a good story. The mix of fairy-tale and the real world was interesting, especially with the way it was written. I really liked the plot twists too because I really didn’t expect it.
I went through a lot of emotions whilst reading this book which is how I know it was good. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is because sometimes Alice’s attitude was really annoying.
Overall, this book was really good and unlike anything I’ve read before. We all know the original fairy-tales were dark and this proves it.
If you like mystery and contemporary I’d definitely recommend it.
And that’s everything I read in the month of February!
Thanks for reading!