January 2018 Stats
Pages Read: 3,019
Books Read: 7
Average Star Rating: 4.14
The Books & The Thoughts
The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan
This was an absolutely wonderful contemporary novel! The official publication date is in March, but I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of the book, courtesy of TheNovl. I have a full review for it (click here), but I will say that it was so powerful and extremely unique. The writing style is beautiful and unlike any I’ve seen before. Our characters’ feelings and reactions were told through colors, and that was an unusual and intriguing part of the story as well. Overall, 4/5 stars!
A Million Worlds With You, by Claudia Gray
This was the third and final book in the Firebird trilogy, following a cast of dimension-traveling characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this installment. The first book was a strong introduction and I really enjoyed the unique concept of dimensional–not time–travel. However, as the story progressed, the romance element of the story became overwhelming and that really lowered my interest. We also got a new plot line toward the ending of the second book. It was confusing and, in my opinion, unnecessary. This conclusion was satisfactory, but by no means extraordinary. I’m of the opinion that this could have been a standalone or, at most, a duology. As I’ve touched on, I will compliment the fact that we focused on a unique plot point and the writing style. Otherwise, this was a letdown for me. 3/5 stars.
A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
This was the second installment in the Ember in the Ashes series, and lemme tell you, it was SO GOOD. Ember was interesting, but it wasn’t my favorite fantasy, and I wasn’t expecting much when I went into Torch last year (I eventually DNF’d it). Earlier in January, I decided to give it another try and I am so glad that I did! This book is an absolute whirlwind, filled with great characters and plot twists and action and so much general goodness, I could gush about it all day! The end left me on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I need Reaper ASAP. The writing style is beautiful, the Ancient Rome-inspired aspects are done so well, and it’s such a good high-fantasy series. 5/5 stars.
Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie
I did a spoiler-free review of this, here, if you’re interested in more detailed thoughts. A slight overview of my opinion is that I really enjoyed this anthology and absolutely dashed through it. I finished it in two or three sittings (and it’s a 300+ paged part-fantasy book!), which should give you an idea of how addictive it is! There was such a variety in the types of stories told–we had second person, a text-message story, fantasy and contemporary. If you’ve not picked up this author-BookTuber collaboration yet, you totally need to! Some of the stories were simply average, but I can safely say I discovered some new authors I need to read! 4/5 stars.
Our Dark Duet, by Victoria Schwab
This was the second and final installment in the Monsters of Verity duology, and it was such an action-packed sci-fi/dystopian read (are you proud? I’m reading sci-fi!). Our characters, August and Kate, are more morally-gray than ever before, and I loved it just as much as I did in This Savage Song! This futuristic world divided by monsters and humans is unique and engaging and I want to know more! I blew through this novel in 3 or 4 days, which is pretty fast for such a heavy sci-fi like this one! I totally recommend this dark duology to anyone who loves questionable characters, an unusual world, and a dark story line. 5/5 stars.
The Dazzling Heights, by Katharine McGee
The second novel in the Thousandth Floor duology was a dramatic, futuristic, murder-y insta
llment and I AM TRASH FOR IT. This series is literal candy in book-form and I cannot stop reading. Personally, I describe this as Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars with a whole lotta new technology. The writing style isn’t special and the characters’ storytelling can be a bit repetitive, but the story is so addicting and I totally recommend it to you guys if you’re looking for a series filled with a whole lot of drama and a touch of murder. 4/5 stars.
Warcross, by Marie Lu
I have a full spoiler-free review here if you want to know some more in-depth thoughts. Other than that, I’ll say that Warcross was a thrilling beginning to what I can tell will be an action-packed…duology? Series? I’ve got no idea. I only know that I need the next installment tomorrow. Please. The World of Warcross was one I won’t soon stop thinking about because it is so close to what we have now, in our world. The technology isn’t too far away. This story really makes you think. Please go read this!! 4-4.5/5 stars.
So those are the books I read this month! Let me know what you read, because I’d love to know!
My YouTube wrap-up is going up today as well, so if you prefer video form, you can view that version!