February 3, 2019: January Wrap-Up

2019 began pretty decent on the reading front! I read 5 books last month. That may not seem like a lot, but for someone who spends all her time working (or doing work-related material), it’s a wonderful pace for me!

One Day in December by Josie Silver
This novel was a pleasant read. I normally don’t lean toward romantic genre novels, but I wanted to try something new. Since I began this novel right around Christmas time, and this book centered heavily around the holidays, I dove right in. And I wasn’t disappointed! (4 Stars)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This novel fell under the Middle Grade genre. It follows a young girl who can communicate with ghosts, who travels with her parents who are famous for their storytelling abilities. I’ve heard negative reviews from some people about the story being a bit too ‘young’, but I loved the story. Cassie was a girl figuring out the depths of her supernatural abilities, and Victoria Schwab conveyed that clearly. (4 Stars)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This novel is Book 1 in the Grisha trilogy. It follows an orphan names Alina who discovers her power as a Sun Summoner accidentally. She is drafted into Grisha training by the Darkling, and she discovers her abilities while pining for the attention of her close friend Mal. While I enjoyed the school of magic plot line of the book, I could have dealt without the ‘back and forth’ nature of Alina and Mal’s relationship. (3 1/2 Stars)

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
In Book 2 of the Grisha series, Alina finds her way back to the Grisha school, thanks to a pirate and his misfit crew. She also seeks out precious amplifiers that are only heard in fairy tales, in order to defeat the Darkling. The battle slows down a bit during this story, setting up for the final showdown that will emerge in final part of the trilogy. (3 1/2 Stars)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This was an ARC I received through NetGalley. It’s based on the fairy tale The 12 Dancing Princesses , in which this version follows Annaleigh, a girl seeking to find the truth behind the deaths of her sisters. This story keeps an element of paranormal and mystery as Annaleigh discovers the secret behind these losses. (4 Stars)

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