February 2021 Wrap-Up

Wow, can you believe February is over already? I certainly can’t! Ever since the pandemic began, all the months have just blurred together. At this point, my concept of time is completely messed up! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

But in regards to the pandemic, we’re finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! People are slowly but surely getting vaccinated, making us one step closer to herd immunity! After months of hopelessness and repetition, it’s nice to finally get some good news.

Beyond the vaccine news, nothing all that big has happened in my life this month! The weeks are still full of endless Zoom meetings (*gags*) and basically nothing else. I wish I had a more exciting monthly update for you all, but, alas, I don’t really have anything exciting to share! Hopefully when life gets somewhat more normal I’ll have better updates to give you.

On the bright side, February, despite being rather uneventful, was a pretty decent reading month for me! I only read seven books, which is a bit fewer than usual, but some of them were super chunky (ACOSF and War Storm to name a couple), so I’ll give myself a pass!

Total Number of Books Read: 7

Amazon.com: King's Cage (Red Queen, 3) (9780062310699): Aveyard, Victoria:  Books

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Re-read): While King’s Cage isn’t nearly as good as Red Queen, it’s a whole lot better than its predecessor, Glass Sword. It’s a book full of tension, excitement, and pain, as we get to see our favorite characters overcome MANY challenging obstacles! Even though Mare, our protagonist, continued to be whiny and overly dramatic at times, she did go through some significant character development. I also really loved getting to read through the POV’s of some of the other characters in the story, in addition to Mare. Underdeveloped secondary characters are the WORST, so I was thrilled to see Victoria Aveyard dive deeper into some new character arcs. Complex, multi-layered characters are so great to read about! Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

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Amazon.com: War Storm (Red Queen) (9780062422996): Aveyard, Victoria: Books

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: War Storm was a good book, but my big issue with it was this: It could have EASILY been condensed into 300 or 400 pages. This beast of a book is over 600 pages long, and in my opinion, it should’ve been much shorter. Many scenes felt like they were being stretched out to unnecessary lengths, which caused the plot to slow down a lot. I still enjoyed the emotional intensity of the novel, and the politics of Norta were very interesting to read about, but again, War Storm really didn’t need to be 600+ pages long! Bigger isn’t always better! Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜….5β˜†

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Amazon.com: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses  Book 4) eBook: Maas, Sarah J.: Kindle Store

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Re-read): I re-read this book to prepare for the release of A Court of Silver Flames, and while I really disliked it the first time I read it, I LOVED it this time around! I’m not really sure what changed, but I guess it helped that this time, I was going into it knowing exactly what to expect: a fun, light-hearted novella full of adorable moments between my favorite characters! Truth be told, ACOFAS is not a plot-driven book (it really just serves as a bridge between ACOWAR and ACOSF), and if you read it with that knowledge in the back of your mind, I think you’ll enjoy it quite a lot! Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5

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The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen: The Traitor Queen is easily my favorite Danielle L. Jensen book yet! I relished every single word of it, and I truly didn’t want it to end. Lara and Aren’s relationship is such a beautifully complicated one, and it’s expertly written as well. These two characters go on such a breathtaking journey together in this novel (a journey that is both physical AND mental), and I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m truly sad that Lara and Aren’s story is over, but I’m comforted by the knowledge that there will be MORE Bridge Kingdom books in the future, told in the perspectives of new characters! Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn: The Duke and I was a light, fluffy historical romance, but nothing more than that. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The characters were likable enough, even though they were a little bland. Simon and Daphne’s romance was, for lack of better words, fine, but again, it was nothing groundbreaking. I know that the TV show adaptation for The Duke and I (Bridgerton on Netflix) has gotten a LOT of praise, so maybe it’s better than the book??? But anyways, I can’t see myself continuing on with this series. Book #1 was alright, but life is too short to waste time reading mediocre books! Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Angelou, Maya, Winfrey, Oprah:  9780345514400: Amazon.com: Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou is an absolutely incredible woman, and a phenomenal writer as well. Her memoir is emotional, impactful, and gorgeously written. It’s full of stunning imagery and beautiful figurative language that will leave you shaken to your core. Ms. Angelou’s story is one that I think everyone should read at one point or another. It’ll make you feel every emotion possible: joy, sorrow, heartbreak, anger, love, and hope, to name a few. I highly recommend giving this memoir a read. Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

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A Court of Silver Flames - Chicklit.nl

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas: Sarah J. Maas books always come with a cost: an extremely painful (yet inevitable) book hangover. A Court of Silver Flames, Maas’s newest book, proved to be no exception! This book was my most anticipated release of the entire year, and boy oh boy, did Sarah J. Maas deliver! I’ve never been a big fan of Nesta, so you can imagine how surprised I was to find myself connecting and relating to her in ACOSF. Her feelings and emotions were so raw and real, and I resonated with them deeply. Seeing Nesta go through so much development and growth was a truly beautiful experience, and I think that SJM has outdone herself when it comes to mental health representation in her books. I’ll have a full review for this book published soon, so I won’t say too much more, but just know that it was an easy five star read for me! I officially love Nesta. Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

January 2021 Wrap-Up

WWW Wednesday 2/24/21

I’m probably going to spend the first half of March struggling to cope with my ACOSF book hangover (we all saw this coming from a mile away lol). I knew this book was going to destroy me, but that doesn’t make the book hangover any less painful. Oh, the woes of being a book lover!

When/if I get out of the funk ACOSF has left me in, I’ll try to tackle some of the ARC’s I need to read/review in the near future! These include The Soulmate Equation, A Trial of Sorcerers, and Luck of the Titanic!

Anyway, that’s it for my February!

How was your month? Did you read any good books? If you did, PLEASE drop their titles down below in the comment section! I’m always looking for new book recommendations!

Well, I guess that’s it for now! I hope everyone has a fantastic March. ❀

Until next time,

5 thoughts on “February 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. Jamie @BubblyBooks says:

    I NEED to read the Traitor Queen!!! After the ending of the first book I need it. I just do. And omg so glad you liked A court of silver and flames bc I’m reading that book next and I am SO ready. Honestly I thought the show was better than The Duke and I – although the second book in the seires The Viscount Who Loved Me is one of my fav historicals eveer!?! So def recommend continuing the seires! Great wrap up πŸ™‚

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      THE TRAITOR QUEEN IS SO GOOD, YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!!! Same goes for ACOSF! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it! I’m probably going to watch the Duke and I show, because I’ve heard really good things! And I think I might consider continuing the series, because I’ve heard that the later books are better!

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