Happy 2021! How was everyone’s New Years? I hung out with my friend at her apartment, and we watched fireworks from the balcony. Those are technically illegal this year… But hey, if someone is gonna fire off pretty fireworks, I’m gonna watch.
I had a really good reading month; I read seven books! That brought up the final tally to sixty over the whole year. My goal was fifty, so I made it by a landslide! Well… a small landslide. But I’m glad I kept reading, because I read some really good books this past month!december wrap up
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
By Jennifer L. ArmentroutMy Rating:★★★★★
After reading From Blood and Ash I also had to read A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, of course. I gave this book five stars, because I was completely hooked, but I feel like I liked From Blood and Ash just slightly better. It’s probably because of the whole anticipation feeling it has. Though the ending of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire definitely made me want The Crown of Gilded Bones to show up on my shelves tomorrow!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By V.E. SchwabMy Rating:★★★★★
This book took me a little while to get into. It felt a little slow-paced, and the plot didn’t really kick off until Addie met Henry. But, I do love a character-driven story on occasion, and I loved reading about Addie’s life. I have a full spoiler free review for this book right here for ya. I believe this book will get a sequel? There was a tweet about it, but I haven’t heard anything since. Someone confirm pls.
The Devil’s Thief
By Lisa MaxwellMy Rating:★★★.5
This one had been on my TBR forever, and I’m glad I finally managed to read it. This book is really kinda huge, at just over 700 pages. I liked the story, but I feel like it also could’ve been 200 pages shorter if the main characters just communicated like normal people. I also found myself liking the chapters about the side characters more, than the ones about the main characters. The ending was pretty cool, though, so I will be picking up the final book when it comes out later this year!
By Taran MatharuMy Rating:★★★★
Here’s another book that had been on my TBR for like a billion years. It had been so long since I read the second book in this series, but luckily I remembered enough for a change. I love how these books are quick reads, but still have a lot going on. To be honest, I lost sight of the plot at some point around the middle, but the ending more than made up for it. The battle scenes in this series are always fun to read, as in my opinion they are written well, but also don’t go on forever.
By Terry PratchettMy Rating:★★★★
So if you read my Fae Friday posts, you’ll know that I have never really read a book that has a holiday as its center theme. Since it was Christmas, I decided to change that by reading Hogfather which had been on my shelves for a while. I haven’t read a lot of Pratchett’s books yet, but I love how absurd and totally logical they are at the same time. They’re laugh-out-loud funny, but then hit you in the face with quotes as “IT IS THE THINGS YOU BELIEVE IN WHICH MAKE YOU HUMAN. GOOD THINGS AND BAD THINGS, IT’S ALL THE SAME.” to name one. Either way, it was a super fun read.december wrap up
Heart of the Fae
By Emma HammMy Rating:★★★★
Can you guess what I’m gonna say next? Here is another book that had been on my TBR for a long while (I’m feeling like a broken record, but also glad that at least I cleared my TBR a bit). I was pulled into this book from the first page, and it kept the pace until the very end. I thought this was a standalone, so didn’t like the ending until I realized there is actually a sequel, oops. All books in the Otherworld series are retellings of a different fairy tale, mixed in with a healthy dose of Irish mythology. Two things I love. So it shouldn’t surprise I really liked this book!
The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Alex BellMy Rating:★★★★★
I said it before in my last Fae Friday post, but I was watching (How to Train Your) Gavin’s top 50 Middle Grade Books of 2020 video and this one popped up. It really stood out to me, so I just had to read it! Well, I’m happy to report that I seriously loved it. It’s about friendship, perseverance, and icy creatures of course. I read it in one sitting, and will totally be picking up the rest of the series this year.december wrap up