February has come and gone in a blink of an eye and it all happened faster than I had a chance to open a book properly. I do realise that the month has fewer days than most, but I’m still pretty sure there must be some time magic involved. Even without a time-turner, I did manage to do some things in February.
My whole office moved to a new and shiny office building, I took a trip to Prague to meet with my university friends, and I met a new crush. No matter how busy, I have to feed the nerd inside so after eleven months I finally finished Mass Effect: Andromeda and got hooked on Star Trek: Discovery. And I also found the time to read something. Not such a wasted month, after all.
The Raven King 4/5*
by Maggie Stiefvater
In the first days of February, I finished The emotional journey that was The Raven Cycle. If you follow me on any social media, you know all about this because I never shut up about it. If you don’t, you can take a look at my January Wrap-up where I talk about the whole series.
The Cruel Prince 5/5*
by Holly Black
February was a month of bookish surprises. The next book I picked up was the featured book in the January FairyLoot box and I didn’t even anticipate the treat I was in for.
The Cruel Prince tells a tale of Jude who was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.Long story short, this is Game of Thrones in Fairyland. Get ready to be constantly reminded of the sharp contrast between the beautiful fairytale world of Faerie and the intrigue, murder, sex, violence, cruelty and corrupted morality. The characters are interesting, confusing and surprisingly real and the plot twist will make you gasp with shock.
Red Queen 4/5*
by Victoria Aveyard
Oh ok, I know how late to the party I am with this one! I’ve had Red Queen in my sights for years but it never intrigued me enough to actually pick it up. After the unexpectedly violent experience that was The Cruel Prince, I wanted something simpler. Something to pass the time, to calm down. Boi was I wrong! Red Queen is another book that turned out to be something entirely different from what I expected. Seriously, people who write these synopses on the back of the books need to check themselves.
It takes place in a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. Mare finds herself working in a Silver palace and here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, she discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.
A wonderful dystopian fantasy in which you’ll find all the things we love most about the genre. The works that influenced the author are a bit too obvious in places and there are some mildly overused tropes. But the dramatic ending based on secrets, betrayals and heartbreak makes it all worthwhile
I have been on a book buying ban for months. With my birthday, Christmas and FairyLoot I didn’t feel the need to splurge in bookshops. I must have been in withdrawal because last month I went crazy and my bank balance cried. But I rejoice and you can too with my
FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL
by V.E. Schwab
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
by Pierce Brown
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the colour-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
If these synopses are to be trusted, the books were well worth the money. I can’t wait to read them all.