January Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that January is already over! We’re 1/12 through 2019! Gah, the year is going by fast!

Anyways, I’ve had a pretty productive month reading/blogging-wise. I’ve read quite a lot, and I’ve managed to knock out a few of the ARC reviews I’ve been meaning to write for weeks!

Here is my month in books!

Books Read in January 2019:

1. Evermore by Sara Holland

Evermore (Everless, #2)

3 Stars

I feel like this book’s predecessor, Everless, set the bar of greatness so high that Evermore failed to meet my expectations. It wasn’t bad or anything, but it wasn’t nearly as good as Everless. Welp, I’m still sad to see this duology come to an end nonetheless.

2. Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk

3 Stars

Since it was the December Unicorn Crate Book of the Month, I wanted to love Amber & Dusk soooo badly. But, unfortunately, I just wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t have much love for Silvie, the main character (she was quite obnoxious), and the story itself just didn’t interest me.

3. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten 

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

3 Stars

This book is kind of cliche and filled with an outrageous amount of tropes, but I enjoyed it nonetheless! I’m sort of a mood reader which is why this book was fun to read since it was such a guilty pleasure!

4. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)

4 Stars

Really enjoyed this one! But I’m slightly scared to read the sequel because I’ve heard mixed things about it… Have you read it? And if so, is it worth reading?

5. Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita

Mirror, Mirror (Twisted Tales #6)

4 Stars

This was my first time reading a Disney Twisted Tale, and I must say, I thought that Mirror, Mirror was pretty darn good! I really enjoyed getting to know more about the fairy tale characters we’ve all grown up loving! …Or hating *cough cough* the Evil Queen. Anyways, if you’d like to read my review for this one, click this link.

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

5 Stars

It’s been a while since I’ve been hit this hard by a book… (jk not really). Ugh, THAT ENDING WAS SO UNEXPECTEDLY PERFECT! But now I’m crying because this amazing series is over! ):

7. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds

5 Stars

This book is the epitome of beautiful! I’m so so glad that I picked it up, for I loved it so much… so much that I’m actually planning to do a reread soon! Find my review for this gem of a novel here. 

8. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)

3 Stars

Meh. This was just your typical trashy, cheesy, trope-filled YA fantasy novel. But sometimes I’m in the mood for those kinds of books (mood reader, remember?), so I actually found Ash Princess to be quite a fun read! Can’t decide if I’ll read book 2 or not!

9. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

2 Stars

After thoroughly enjoying An Ember in the Ashes, I was super disappointed when I read this book and (I don’t know how else to put it) hated it. To be honest, I think that a two-star rating is generous… Yep, it was that bad. I’m sorry, but I nearly died of boredom. Rest assured that I will NOT be reading A Reaper at the Gates.

9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

1 Star (DNF @ 40%)

This was a total snoozefest!!! I honestly don’t get how these books are so popular… The writing style is so bland and the pacing rivals that of a slug! Lesson learned: DON’T GIVE INTO THE HYPE.

10. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage (Mirage, #1)

4 Stars

I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would! Not only was it interesting and fast-paced, but it got me out of a reading slump (*gives Truthwitch the stinkeye*)! LESSON LEARNED: DO GIVE INTO THE HYPE.

11. Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Between Before and After

4 Stars

Thanks for the arc, NetGalley! Between Before and After was a book that I ended up enjoying a lot! It was very character-driven, and y’all know I love it when books contain well-developed characters! Find my review for this lovely novel here. 

12. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

5 Flippin Stars

Oh. My. Gosshhhhh. THIS WAS PERFECTION. UTTER PERFECTION. But now I have a dilemma. I need the Wicked King in my life sooooo badly, but then I’ll have to wait another YEAR for Book 3, which seems impossible. WHAT DO I DO?

13. Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Blanca & Roja

5 Stars

Another amazing book! I absolutely adore Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing style! Her sentences are filled with such stunning detail and lovely imagery that it’s nearly impossible to put this book down! Wild Beauty is definitely on my TBR for this month, for I am desperate to read more of Ms. McLemore’s work!

14. The Girl King by Mimi Yu

The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)

2 Stars

Ehhhhh. I can’t say I loved this one. I was really looking forward to reading it, as I have been loving all the amazing YA releases by Asian authors that I’ve gotten my hands on recently! But, alas, the Girl King didn’t live up to my high expectations. If you are looking for some great YA fantasy novels written by Asian Authors, I’d recommend Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, and Forest of a  Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. 

15. Poseidon’s Academy by Sarah A. Vogler

Poseidon's Academy

3 Stars

This was a fun middle grade read, yet I couldn’t help but feel like it was a rip-off of Percy Jackson. It’s difficult not to pick up a lesser-known children’s novel about demigods fighting off mythical creatures and monsters without immediately thinking of the PJatO series.

16. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

4 Stars

This was such a light, enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read! You can definitely tell that Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows work well together! I’m looking forward to reading My Plain Jane!

17. The Raven Boys Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

2 Stars

This book wasn’t awful, but it just contained too much romance (CHEESY romance might I add) for my liking. I mean, there were so many significant things going on within the plot, but the author just HAD to talk all about the cliche romance that no one even cared about.

18. Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

Hurricane Season

4 Stars

Thanks, Algonquin Young Readers, for mailing me an arc of this one! Hurricane Season was such a heartbreakingly emotional read about love, loss, and family. Every page of it was beautiful. I will be publishing a review for it soon!!!

19. Foreign to You by Jeremy Martin

Foreign to You

3 Stars

Wow, January has certainly been a month of ARCs (Thanks, NetGalley)! This book had some details that I found rather “meh”, but it was overall a pretty decent read. Find my review for it here.

20. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

5 Stars

This was WONDERFUL! About a week ago, I very nearly pulled an all-nighter staying up reading this amazing book. I literally can’t wait for Spin the Dawn to be published in July, because THE WORLD NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK! Brace yourselves for a gushing review!!

21. Stain by A.G. Howard

Stain

1 Star

Don’t even get me started on this one… Stain literally put me to sleep!!! Did you pick it up because you were immediately attracted to its gorgeous cover? Yeah, me too. But don’t be fooled! This book is bad news. Save yourself from falling into a reading slump and find something else to read.

22. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows

Ummm, this is irrelevant to my interest in this book (or it is???), but this cover is totally giving me To Kill a Kingdom vibes! Anyways, House of Salt and Sorrows was really good! It was a very interesting take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Find my review for it here.

23. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

2.5 Stars

Okay… so I know this book is a touchy subject for a lot of people, so I’m not going to express my personal opinion about it to avoid causing unnecessary arguments. What I will say is that I read this book (as an ARC) before knowing that it had been pulled from publication, so I therefore don’t think it is appropriate for me to write a review for it. If you are reading this and are totally confused about what I’m talking about, feel free to watch this video created by the amazing Francina Simone where she explains the whole controversy that this book has stirred up and why its publication has been cancelled.

Anyways…

23 books! Not bad considering how busy my month has been!

Let’s move on.

Blog Archive of January 2019:

My first posts of the year!

-ARC Review For SLAYER by Kiersten White

-Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

-ARC Review for Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita

-Throne of Glass vs. A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Tag!

-Review for The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

-First Book Haul of 2019!

-ARC Review for Foreign to You by Jeremy Martin

-WWW Wednesday 1/30… Bring on the Books!

Eight posts! That’s twice as many as last month! Whoo-hoo!

Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with how my month has gone!

Unfortunately, I probably won’t post or read all that much this month due to the fact that its tech week for the musical theatre production I’m in which = no free time + sleep deprivation.

So just be aware of that if you don’t hear much from me throughout February

Enough about me, though! How was your month? Did you read any good books? Let me know down below (and feel free to link your January Wrap-Up post if you have one)!

 

 

4 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up

  1. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    You read so many books!! Wow!! Also, please read the wicked king, i need EVERYONE to scream about it with me, and you won’t regret reading it (and u can join everyone in pining for book 3) i’m glad you loved forest of a thousand lanterns and spin the dawn – i hope to read these two at some point in the year! Happy reading ❤

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    • Octavia @MythicalReads says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment! ❤ Yeah, I think I might as well stop torturing myself and give into reading TWK!! 😂 And happy reading to you too! I'm wishing you an amazing February!

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