February Wrap Up

This might be the shortest month in the year – though I did enjoy the extra day that comes with it being a leap year – but I’m already predicting that this is going to be one of my best reading months for the year. I didn’t get to as many books from my TBR for the month as I’d hoped, but I still manage to read a decent chunk of books. I certainly started some, but the downside of reading multiple books at once is that sometimes I get pulled into one world more than the others and those just… fall aside for a little bit. On top of that, I even managed to post a decent amount of reviews this month! (Links to those will be a little further down)

Oh, and as always I got to spend some quality time with my little stinker, Yzma. She even got to spend a weekend on a farm and get scared by chickens! She didn’t see any of them, but they were loud enough to startle her whenever she walked by their coop. Aaaaand I also might have been able to spend a little time with the cutest little lamb ever.

Yes the little lamb looks proud of herself for peeing all over the floor. Truth be told, she had the cutest little smile on her face and always looked proud of herself. Also lambs are loud when they’re looking for their “mum”. Also also, please ignore the used pee pads in the garbage can – 4 day old lambs pee a lot. Thank you.

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.

Total books completed: 16

Total pages read: 4,586 (287 avg. pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Soulless at Sunset by Deanna Chase (Last Witch Standing, Book 1)[4 stars]
  2. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 1)[5 stars]
  3. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 2)[5 stars]
  4. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 3)[4.5 stars]
  5. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 4)[4 stars]
  6. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  7. The Bad Mother’s Pregnancy by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 0.5)[3 stars]
  8. The Bad Mother’s Diary by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 1)[2 stars]
  9. Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong (No Match for Love, Book 5)[3 stars]
  10. The Last Necromancer by C. J. Archer (The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 1)[5 stars]
  11. In Plane Sight by Angelina Kerner [3 stars]
  12. Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare [5 stars]
  13. The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun [4 stars]
  14. When Stars are Bright by Amber R Duell [5 stars]
  15. The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 3)[5 stars]
  16. Flashback by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)[4.5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  3. Soulless at Sunset by Deanna Chase
  4. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  5. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney – Spoiler Free
  6. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
  7. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  8. The Last Necromancer by C. J. Archer
  9. Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare
  10. In Plane Sight by Angelina Kerner
  11. Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong
  12. When Stars are Bright by Amber R Duell
  13. The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun
  14. The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B Andersen

 


Wrap Up:

Soulless at Sunset:

Phoebe’s best friend goes missing and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back – even if that means teaming up with the most powerful vampire in New Orleans. Jam packed with supernaturals, this book packs quite the magical punch. However, I’d recommend reading the series that came before this one, first – Crescent City Fae.

Etiquette & Espionage:

Sophronia is a disappointment to her mother, abysmal in the ways of being a lady and much more interested in dismantling the machinery around her than learning how to execute a proper curtsy. After being enrolled in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, Sophronia realizes being a lady isn’t so bad as she once imagined.

If you’re looking for a fun read with a mix of how to be a proper lady and lessons in how to be a spy, I’d highly recommend giving this read a try. This novel gives a mix of historical societal views, supernatural races, and futuristic technology in one of the most seamless ways I’ve ever read.

Curtsies & Conspiracies:

The second book in the Finishing School series, I found myself being pulled even further into this world – and even further in love with it. Sophronia and her friends continue to get into the thick of things, much to everyone’s chagrin but Sophronia’s. If you’re interested in Steampunk worlds – or haven’t tried one yet and are willing to give this world a try – I highly recommend this series. The second novel is better than the first, and Etiquette & Espionage has quickly become a favourite of mine. In fact, this was my favourite novel in the series – but I fell in love with the entire thing.

Waistcoats & Weaponry:

The third book in the Finish School series, Sophronia and her friends find themselves in more danger than ever before. When things at Sophronia’s family’s ball go sideways, it’s up to Sophronia, Dimity, Soap, and Lord Felix Mersey to get Sidheag to her family’s land in Scotland. With a suspiciously empty train heading in the right direction, things take a rather unexpected turn.

Manners & Mutiny:

The fourth and final book in the Finish School series, Sophronia finds herself struggling in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s with only some of her friends surrounding her. After years of getting away with her plans, and only occasionally getting caught in the thick of things, Sophronia finds it hard to convince people she’s not actually the one planning things. Struggling to determine who she can trust – and who will trust her – Sophronia finds herself in the middle of the most sticky situation yet.

Heir of Lies:

Emory and her friends must fight against the odds and the whispers of dark magic spreading throughout the land in order to protect her parents’ legacy – The Academy, a place where those with special abilities can live without being prosecuted. An unexpected visit brings new tensions with the roguish king from the Shattered Isles, forcing Emory and Adair into the middle of politics. Along with their friends Brokk and Memphis, they search for the truth that seems to be hiding from them.

Good news friends, this series will be re-releasing and Heir of Lies will be coming April 21, 2020! This editions contains an exclusive map and bonus content! As a huge fan of maps in books, this speaks directly to me!

Strike a Match:

While this is the 5th book in the series, each book can be read as a standalone. Which is great for me as this is the first book in this series that I picked up. After Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, Kate can’t help but feel relieved. Eighteen months later, she’s finally willing to try dating again but she still doesn’t trust her own judgement. Enter Toujour, a dating company that’s meant to help Kate find her perfect man. Her first date is with Taylor, the fireman that saved her life, and doesn’t go the way she wanted it to at all.

The Last Necromancer:

Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has been living as a boy on the streets of London for the past 5 years. The night her mother died she found out that she had necromancy magic, her father throwing her out because of it. When people start looking for her, Charlie tries her hardest to stay on the run. Lincoln Fitzroy manages to capture willful Charlie, thinking he’ll be able to lead him to Charlotte and not knowing that they’re one and the same. When the truth comes out, Charlie has to decide if she’ll be willing to work with the organization and people who were keeping her against her will.

In Plane Sight:

Two strangers meet on a plane to New Orleans and decide to make the best of it by hooking up. Two people who are strictly against workplace romances, only to find out that they now work together. When the new hire and her boss meet the next day in the office, they find out that things don’t always go according to plan.

Love & Chocolate:

This might very well be my favourite romance read. Sarah throws herself into her work at The Three Chocolatiers, determined not to let another guy break her heart. But when her cousin signs her up for an online dating site, Sarah finds herself thrust into an online flirtation with a stranger. Throw in an adorably sexy business associate and Sarah isn’t sure she’ll be tough enough to keep him away.

The Celestial Assignment:

Will might have been the ultimate playboy in life, but after his death he gets assigned to the sweetest soul imaginable in Celeste. Will he be able to come to terms with his past and change his ways, or will Will continue down the road he’d walked while alive?

When Stars are Bright:

An adorable retelling of Thumbelina, Lina finds herself snatched from her own backyard and forced to perform on stage at a Vaudeville show. With fairy magic in her blood, her song turns into a dangerously addictive drug and the owner of the troupe isn’t willing to let Lina slip through her fingers. If Lina ever wants to return home, she needs to figure out who she can trust or be forced to perform on stage forever.

The Wrongful Death:

The thrilling third book in the series, Philip finds himself once again in the Afterlife. Only this time, he’s accidentally caused himself to be responsible for the untimely death of the school bully, Sam. Yet it’s not a simple search and rescue mission as trouble is stirring in Lucifer’s kingdom. When his mission takes him through ancient underworlds and Paradise itself, Philip must face things not even he can imagine.

Flashback:

Sophie’s already having a hard time knowing what and whom to believe when the Neverseen prove that she’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined. With this realization, Sophie decides it’s time to change the rules up. No more being the predictable little girl they assume her to be. But will she and her friends be ready when they face the Neverseen again?

 


 

Okay, I’m certainly happy with the amount of reading I got done this month. I’m even more thrilled with the fact that most of the reads I got my hands on were fantastic! I even discovered a love of the Steampunk genre within the Finishing School series. In fact, I hope to be able to pick up some more Steampunk reads in the near future because I’m definitely hooked!

I hope that you’re as happy with your reading this month as I was with mine. Maybe you found a new favourite author or series, or maybe you read some old favourites. Maybe you didn’t get to as many books as you’d hoped, or maybe you read more than you expected. Either way, I hope you had a fantastic reading month and that March is even better for you.

And now for the question of the month: Who’s your favourite author, and how did you stumble across their works?

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