February was an interesting month for me. I am trying a new format with my wrap ups. If you would like to read my reviews in more detail please click the title of the book.
- I had my first DNF of the year!
- I continued with my challenges and read a 2nd chance book, 2 books for my ONTD challenge and I read a sequel!
- I read 7 books, 2 of which were DNFs.
- In terms of genre I read an two urban fantasies, a short story collection, two thrillers and three murder mysteries.
- I read three ARCs, one library book, two were re-reads and one was a backlist book I owned.
The Last Smile in Sunder City – Luke Arnold (4 stars)
This was an ARC that I was super excited to pick up. In my opinion, it was a brilliant debut. I really enjoyed the world and loved exploring the idea of magical creatures having to survive in a world without magic. The plot was really interesting but I did at times struggle with writing style. At times it did make me cringe.
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – Brothers Grimm (DNF)
This was a re-read for me as well as a book for my second chance challenge. Sadly, like last time, I couldn’t get through it. Quite a lot of the stories I read I already knew so I got quite bored reading through it and I felt myself called to other books so I DNFed it.
My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite (3 stars)
I had mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the short chapters, I was intrigued about Ayoola as well as the bond between the two sisters. But I felt the story could have been deeper, I felt we only really scraped the surface. It needed more depth.
I read this book for my ONTD challenge, the theme was “Read a book set in Nigeria or a book written by a Nigerian author.”
In the Crypt with a Candlestick – Daisy Waugh (DNF)
I don’t have much to say regarding this story apart from I struggled to connect with the story or characters.
Tears of the Giraffe – Alexander McCall Smith (3 stars)
I really enjoyed the multiple narratives that weaved its way through this book. It really kept pace up and the novel engaging. I enjoyed Mma Ramotswe, she is such a strong character but my criticisms fell under the lack of actual detective work and a lot of important themes that were raised but never really explored.
Murder at Enderley Hall – Helena Dixon (3 stars)
This was another ARC that I read. This was another solid book in the Miss Underhay series, I think it held up really well against the first novel which was equally just as good. I felt the pacing of this story was done really well, the “romance” in this story has me really invested which rarely happens and I felt a strong sense of Dixon maintaining a solid series-arcing plot.
The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan (4 stars)
Another solid sequel, while in my opinion, not as good as the first story. This one was too short and a lot of convenient things happened to push the plot forward. But it was super fun, action-packed, we were introduced to some amazing characters. But what Riordan did, that was my favourite, was building up the series-arcing plot really well which makes you want to read the next book.