Reading-wise, I am off to a pretty great start. All the time off from school allowed me to just relax, hang out with my friends, and also read.
Here are all the books I read to kick off this new year! All of these are in order from date read.
1) The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
I had such a weird reading experience with The Substitute. I wasn't liking the first half, and I was actually thinking about DNF-ing it. Then, the book picked up and I really started to like it. I don't know if I'll read another adult romance by Swank, but it wasn't bad!
2) The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
The Valiant was such a solid read. I did have a couple issues, but they were few and far between. I loved the characters and all the kickass females. I really appreciated how there were no knights in shining armor in this book!3) Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Spellcaster is the first book in Gray's witch trilogy. the only other book I've read by Gray was A Thousand Pieces of You, which I did enjoy. I would say though that I liked Spellcaster more, but I'm more excited for the sequel of A Thousand Pieces of You. Though the ending opened some new doors for the series, it didn't make me want to pick up the next book right away.
4) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my AP English Lit class, which is unfortunately over now that the semester wrapped up. I would say that this is probably my favorite classic that we read this year, with Brave New World, Hamlet, and 1984 being up there as well. I personally loved the story and I know I'll want to re-read it in the future.
5) The List by Clare James
If I had two words to sum up this book, it would be average and fun. It was a classic freebie romance with a new adult feel to it, even though the main character was 29. My main issue was the main character and the voice of her. I couldn't relate to her at all and she seemed so immature for being almost 30.
6) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Guys. I struggled with Throne of Glass. I wrote a whole discussion post on why it was such a huge disappointment for me. o be honest, I don't even want to talk about it that much anymore. I will be continuing on with the series though!
7) Daughter of Alvar by Silver Reins
Duagher of Alvar is the sequel to Bride of Alvar, which I reviewed in December. I gave the first book in the series 3 out of 5 stars, and I did the same with this book. I liked the book, but I was thrown off that it wasn't a full completed story. Bride of Alvar was its own story, with Daughter of Alvar being a companion book. I thought it would be the same thing for this book, but it was not. However, I still liked the book, but I had a couple issues here and there.
8) Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis
I initially gave this book 3.5 stars, but I think I'm lowering it to 3.25. We'll see in my review, which should be coming later this week! Candy, the protagonist, was pretty annoying and kept on complaining about how her life was so hard. I just became apathetic to her. However, the book was a fun little adventure.
9) Seven Days of You by Ceclia Vinesse
I would say that this would be my favorite book of the month. The whole book takes place in seven days, and I loved the whirlwind aspect of it. The book is about this girl Sophia, who lives in Tokyo. however, she is going to be leaving in 7 days when her estranged childhood friend, Jamie comes back into town. A romance ensues as Sophia's life becomes even more hectic. Personally, I connected with Sophia and I loved her voice My only complaint is that this book seems to be a lost opportunity for a diverse cast.
Posts of the Month!
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Music Monday #2 | Bridgit Mendler
BOOK REVIEW | Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Waiting on Wednesday #11
December Wrap Up!
BOOK REVIEW | Torn by Amanda Hocking
Waiting on Wednesday #12
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Waiting on Wednesday #13
DISCUSSION | Why Throne of Glass was a huge disappointment
MOVIE REVIEW | Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Those were all my posts and books I've read in January! What did you read? I hope you had a wonderful January and start of your year!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!
Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!