Hi everyone, how are you today?
February went by in a flash, didn’t it? Then again, after January, any month is going to appear quick in comparison!
I am still continuing my challenge to read 60 books this year, and January made a massive dent in that challenge. And February has managed to give me a total of 20 books! Woohoo!
I read a fair few this month, and I wanted to share my thoughts on them. Once again, there were ones that I enjoyed, and those that I hated with a passion. So, without further adieu, let’s get to these books.
The Gatekeeper’s Bride: Eva Poehler
Unfortunately, I’m starting this list with one that I hated. I love Greek mythology, and when I heard that this was a retelling of Hades and Persephone, I got excited. Honestly, this book is awful. The writing style is so juvenile, it could have been written by a child for their SATs. It’s a very non-descriptive account of things. You don’t really get much of a description of the Gods; I guess you’re just supposed to know. It’s just an awful book that put me off reading the rest of the series.
House of Salt and Sorrow: Erin A Craig
After the abysmal Gatekeeper book, I needed something good! Thank God for this book’s existence! It’s a Gothic Horror retelling of a German Fairytale. You follow the story of a young woman who’s sisters and mother have all died, and her entire town believe that the family are cursed. Everyone is wondering who in the family will be next to die. Her younger sister starts seeing ghosts and there is a huge mystery over who is killing her family off. It’s so creepy and so good. I loved it!
The Institute: Stephen King
I’ve been a huge fan of Stephen King since my teenage years, and so far haven’t read a dud book yet. He’s awesome. This book reminded me so much of Firestarter; evil government agency trying to use telepathic powers and children to manipulate world events. The book starts off slow but once you’re introduced to Luke and the Institute, things kick off. I don’t want to say much else as I could easily spoil a few things, but this was really good, and once again got my conspiracy head whirring. Definitely give it a try if you fancy a good government bashing conspiracy style book.
Shadow and Bone: Leigh Bardugo
I’d heard a lot about this book; some younger readers comparing it to Sarah J Maas; so I decided to give it a try. Honestly, I’m sure if I had come across this in my teenage years or even my early twenties, I’d have loved it. It’s a very fast paced adventure story with a female antagonist, which is something that I normally love. However, I think that I’m a little bit old to enjoy the story. This book’s audience is clearly meant to be younger, so I don’t think that I’ll be reading the others in the series. I might change my mind, but compared to the next books on this list, I don’t think this series is for me.
The Velvet Chronicles: Claire L Wilkinson
I read the first three books in this series this month. Oh my God, they’re amazing! Claire is a local author from near where I live and her books are partially based in Newcastle. They are a mixture of Buffy, Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight. So yeah, it’s a supernatural tale that involves a lot of sex. But honestly, the story is really good. The main character Velvet discovers that she’s part witch, part hunter and has to decide which side in an upcoming supernatural war that she’ll be on. They are very short and easy reading, but I’m hooked. I’ll have had the 4th and 5th book read by next month!
City of Bones: Cassandra Clare
I finally got round to reading this! The TV series was a guilty pleasure for me, although I haven’t watched it in a long time. However, people who have read the book tell me that the books are so much better….. now I see why. The tv series tried to make drama where there was none, and I see how stupid the shapeshifting thing was in the series now. Things just make more sense in the books. I will be reading the next one shortly, but I do have others to read first.
Be My Girl: Tony Hutchison
I came across this one through my sister. Her future father-in-law was the editor (he actually gets a mention in the acknowledgements). Like the Velvet Chronicles, this book was written by a local author and it’s based in the North East; it’s a fictional town, but I kept picturing Seaham, which makes this book even more terrifying to me. It’s a crime book based on a police team trying to find a serial rapist who is breaking into women’s houses with the sole purpose of raping his victims. It is so frightening at times but it had me hooked. Definitely give this one a try if you’re a fan of Val McDermid’s books. It’s so good!
And that is all of the books that I have read this month. What have you been reading lately?
Have a lovely day, and take care guys!