Wrap Up | February 2021

Yesterday we talked about the books we added to our shelves in February and now it’s time to talk about what we read. How many books did we read? Did we like what we read? If you want to know, keep on reading for our February wrap up!

Candyce

February was a slower reading month for me, but I did read some amazing books. I ended up reading a total of 15 books (5 ARCs, 5 Paperbacks, 4 Audiobooks and 1 Hardcover). In total I read 5,522 pages. At the moment I’m two books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge. I’m definitely happy with my reading so far. I have the first two weeks off in March, so hopefully I can get a head start on all the books I’m really looking forward to!

White Trash Warlock – David R. Slayton

This book was so much fun and I can’t wait for the sequel. White Trash Warlock was pitched for fans of Supernatural and that was definitely the case. I loved the characters, plot and world.

Obsidian & Onyx – Jennifer L. Armentrout

A friend and I are rereading LUX together after we finished up with the Origin series (well there’s still one more book to be published). I’m loving being back in this world and once again I’m shocked by how much I’ve actually forgotten. We’ll be starting the third book soon.

Bringing Down the Duke – Evie Dunmore

Bringing Down the Duke was one of the group reads in the TBR and Beyond group in February. I loved this book and the main character. This is definitely a book I should’ve picked up sooner. I’ll be reading the sequel, A Rogue of One’s Own, when this post comes online!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab

This was one of my most anticipated releases last year and I did start my ARC and got 30% in before getting distracted. Isabelle recently picked it back up and finished it and loved it a lot! That had me wanting to continue as well and I’m so glad I did! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is so unique and I didn’t know how it was going to end at all. I have to say this is a really special one.

One to Watch – Kate Stayman-London

I don’t watch many reality shows, but One to Watch sounded amazing. One to Watch has a main character who is a popular fashion blogger and she outs her frustration that there’s never a plus sized woman as the main squeeze (kind of like the Bachelor). Bea is an interesting character as well as the men on the show competing for her love. I really enjoyed this one! I’ll be reviewing it soon.

Branded by a Song – L.J. Evans

LJ Evans did it again! She always knows how to make me love her characters and hits me in all the feels. Branded by a Song is everything I wanted and more. These main characters were amazing and I’m glad we’ll probably see them appear in future books.

Overachiever – S.M. Shade

S.M. Shade always knows how to make me laugh! Let’s just say there was a rather intimate scene where the main characters’ friends walk in. I actually laughed out loud on the train. It may have gotten me some weird looks, but Overachiever was so much fun!

Hot British Boyfriend – Kristy Boyce

After a humiliating rejection, our main character takes her chance to go to England for a semester. I was really excited for this one, but I have to say after reading it I have some mixed emotions. Hot British Boyfriend was a fast and fun read, but it felt lacking in some of the character development. A lot happens, but in many ways I don’t feel like I know some of the characters. Also, it’s normally not good when you like the side characters more than the main character, haha. In the end it was a fun read, but just not my favorite.

Bridge of Souls – V.E. Schwab

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an e-arc of Bridge of Souls! V.E. Schwab had me hooked after the first two books in this trilogy and this one didn’t disappoint at all. Once I picked it up I just couldn’t put it down. Isabelle and I will be posting our buddyreview soon!

Bad Habits – Flynn Meaney

Bad Habits is definitely funny, bold and surprising, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I enjoyed the fact the main character fought for things like sex to be talked about at the Catholic boarding school she was at. The only problem is that I just didn’t connect with the main character at all and even though there were important messages and discussions I didn’t feel that much really happened.

The Island – C.L. Taylor

The Island sounded like a thriller that I would enjoy and it was one that I saw everywhere right around the time it was released. I did enjoy the setting and the idea behind the story, but it fell a bit flat for me. Some of the events were rather rushed and it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han

Before the movies of the first two books in this trilogy came on Netflix I did a reread by listening to the audiobook. So of course I had to when we finally got the date for the third and final movie. I loved being back with these characters and I actually forgot some of the things that happened. I still need to watch the movie though.

Chasing Lucky – Jenn Bennett

I’ve been wanting to read Chasing Lucky for quite some time and I’m glad I finally did! The fact that the family had a bookstore made it a lot of fun. The main characters were really interesting and I loved that there was a backstory. Also, family played a big part in this book and I loved how we slowly learned more about everything. I need to read more by this author.

Maybe This Time – Kasie West

When I’m looking for a cute contemporary, I definitely think of Kasie West. Maybe This Time is one of the newer releases, but I hadn’t read it yet. This book was a little slow to start, but I ended up really enjoying the characters and how everything developed. Andrew was a fun character once you started to understand him more.

 

Summary
Favorite Book:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Least Favorite:
Bad Habits
Most Surprising:
White Trash Warlock

 

Isabelle

I didn’t read as many books as I did in January but I’m still very happy with all that I read. These past 4 weeks I read 7 books (2 eARCs and 5 audiobooks). I read a total of 2253 pages with an average rating of 4.6. You could say I had a pretty good reading month!

Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods – Otegha Uwagba

This was a short non-fiction audiobook. It was super interesting and I loved it a lot. There were some moments that were confronting but I think that’s the way we learn. I would love to read more books like this, especially when the author narrates the audiobook.

The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune

Everyone seems to love this book last year and I had been planning on reading it for a while. To be honest, I expected this one to be a bit overhyped. While I thought I would enjoy it, I didn’t think I would LOVE it haha. Turns out it was as good as everyone was saying and I did love it.

First Place Witch – Danielle Garrett

This magical cosy mystery series is so much fun. I really enjoy these audiobooks and I fly through them. Danielle wrote a couple of spin-off series and I hope that in time all the books will be available as audiobooks on my subscription service. It’s just a really fun series and this instalment did not disappoint.

Bridge of Souls – Victoria Schwab

I was so happy to get an eARC of this one! Victoria is a favorite writer of mine and I adore her Cassidy Blake series. This instalment was amazing and like Candyce said, you can expect our buddyreview very soon. I hope we get a lot more books in this series!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab

I can’t believe it took me this long to finish this perfect story. In the end I did a combination of my eARC, my physical copy and my audiobook haha. It was the perfect way to fly through the book. I never expected the story to go where it went and I think the ending was absolutely perfect. But I do need a sequel ;).

The Project – Courtney Summers

I was really looking forward to this one after loving Sadie. Unfortunately this did not live up to my expectations. I listened to the audiobook and I think I wouldn’t have finished the book if I didn’t go the audiobook route. The last part of the book was interesting and I liked some things but overall it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

Harry Potter 1 – J.K. Rowling

I couldn’t help myself and I had to reread the first book. Lately I’ve been watching a lot of HP tiktok, browsing Pinterest for fan art and looking at some amazing HP shelf on youtube. All thanks to a friend haha. But I just had to get back to the books! Even though I’m so disappointed by Rowling’s recent behaviour, HP will always be comforting to me.

Summary
Favorite Book:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Least Favorite: 
The Project
Most Surprising: 
The House in the Cerulean Sea

So that’s what we read in February! If you’ve read any of these we’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, what did you read in February? Any books we need to read as well? Let us know in the comments.

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