March 2, 2016 Emily

February Reading Wrap Up

It’s officially March, woohoo! March is off to a snowy but awesome start… I’ve already read two books!! But this post is about February, in which I read six books. I’m kind of disappointed in the number of books I read because I feel like I could have read so much more, but at the same time I had A LOT going on this month. Here are the books I read in February:

  1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5)
    City of Ashes is the second book in the infamous Mortal Instruments series which I’m reading for the first time. I thought it was a major improvement from the first book, City of Bones, which I enjoyed but thought was lacking depth in the characters, mainly Clary. Fortunately, in City of Ashes I started to connect more with Clary and understand some of her crazy rash decisions. Overall I thought it was a great book, but the only thing keeping it from being a 5/5 star book for me was the last fighting scene… I thought it was kind of boring but at the same time overdone.
  2. First and Then by Emma Mills (4.75/5)Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.38.34 AM
    Why is no one talking about this book?! Usually I go for books which reviewers I trust have enjoyed, but I picked up First and Then, which I’ve never heard anyone talk about, on a whim because of its beautiful cover (I’m a sucker for pretty covers, don’t judge). Devvon, the main character, is a senior in high school and is trying to figure out where she wants to go to college and what she wants to study. Being a senior in high school and also trying to figure out where I want to go to college, I found this extremely relatable. First and Then is a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but since I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice (I’m planning to, though!) I can’t comment on how true of a retelling it is. I loved this book SOOOOO much and Emma Mills is definitely an auto-buy author for me now. If you want a full review of this book let me know and I would be happy to do one.
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell *reread* (5/5)
    I read Fangirl last year and absolutely fell in love. Fangirl is about Cath who is a totally obsessive fangirl over Simon Snow (basically Harry Potter) and going in to her first year of college. Cath is absolutely hilarious and extremely relatable and the love interest, Levi, is equally funny and adorable. I was nervous to reread this because it was one of my favorite books of last year and I didn’t want a bad rereading experience to ruin my love for this book. Honestly, though, I think I loved it this time even more than the first time!
  4. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park (4.5/5)Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.42.20 AM
    In Order to Live is an autobiography of Yeonmi’s journey escaping from North Korea and her terrifying story of finding freedom. After reading this book, Yeonmi is such an inspiration to me as she is to many others. What she goes through to find freedom is horrifying, but yet her mindset and actions are so encouraging. I highly recommend that you read this book to learn the truth about what happens when citizens escape from North Korea.
  5. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (5/5)
    City of Glass, the third book in the Mortal Instruments series, completely blew my mind. The character development was fantastic and there were twists and turns on almost every page. I became so much more attached to Clary, Jace, and the Lightwoods. This book was perfect, in my opinion, and left me dying to read the next book in the series.
  6. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5)Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.43.09 AM
    Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is connected to the Mortal Instruments series. It’s recommended that you read both series in publication order, so after reading City of Glass I picked up Clockwork Angel. I absolutely adored all the new characters that were introduced in this book, especially Will Herondale 😉 This trilogy deals with automatons, which is equally awesome as it is creepy. I loved the historical fiction combined with fantasy and can’t wait to figure out what happens next!

 

So those are the six books I read in February! Though I didn’t read a ton, all the books I read I really enjoyed. What books did you read in February?

Stay book smart,
Emily

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