This January I was fully devoted to stepping up my blog game. Posting twice a week, monday and friday, and armed with a bunch of ARCs, Indies and Bestsellers! I enjoyed everything I read this month, so it was a good reading month.
- Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush book #3)
The Hush, Hush Series is a paranormal romance book about Nora Grey a regular girl until she starts having to avoid attempts on her life, and around every corners seems to be the arrogant, Patch. Despite her best efforts to avoid him and her uncertainty of whether he can be trusted, Nora starts to fall for Patch and his weird charm. Patch is a fallen angel and as Nora starts being pulled into a centuries old battle between the fallen and the Nephilim she has to wonder: Can she really trust him? Silence is the third book in the series.
I originally read the first two books in the series in high school a little bit after they came out. Being a big fan of supernatural romances, it was one of my favorite series, especially on of my favorites about fallen angels. I had lost track of the series before getting to finish it. I remember seeing the advertisement for the final book on a bus station by my high school but I was busy finishing my senior year and then had to almost abandon pleasure reading in college. I had originally thought it was only the 4th book and finale I hadn’t finished and decided to reread the whole series so that I could finally finish it. Upon finishing Silence, I don’t think I ever read the 3rd book in the series, The first 2 seemed familiar to me but I couldn’t recall experiencing the 3rd book and the end of it caught me by surprise.
It is often compared to Twilight and the Fallen series but while I was also a fan of both of those series, I think this one is a lot better. Still, you can tell it wouldn’t measure up to a lot of series that come out the last 5 years, because the theme has shifted in YA from YA fantasy books having a more contemporary feel to them being set in their own worlds, or versions of our worlds with bigger dramas and plots revolving around entire worlds or species needing saving.
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this series and the 3rd book makes me even more excited to get to the finale. The series took a turn I wasn’t expecting, giving Nora more power and responsibility and I hate it but also I love it. All I want is for my protagonists to live happy and all of these delicious challenged keep getting in their way!
2. Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge (The Spellwork Syndicate book #1)
Deadly Sweet is about Anise Wise who is a witch and also a self-taught baker. All she wants is to go to pastry school and one day own a bakery but none of the colleges are willing to accept a magic-user. Out of options, Anise tracks down a distant relative who owns the only magical bakery in the United States begging for a chance to prove herself. Anise is shocked to have her wish granted but upon moving to the town of Taos to work in Great Aunt Agatha’s bakery, she learns there has been a series of kidnaps and all of the shop owners’ heirs in the town are worried about being next. Anise didn’t plan on having a moody bodyguard but when she narrowly survives a couple attempts on her life, she is happy for the protection. That won’t stop her from putting her life at risk to figure out who the killer is, though.
I originally received this book from Netgalley to review after the pretty cake caught my interest. I love reading about witches and sweets so It was a no-brainer! This book was actually very good and I wish I didn’t have to wait almost a year for the next book in the series! One of those series that makes you love the characters and just want to live in the town with them. You can read my full review HERE
3. Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake (Library Jumpers book #3)
The Library Jumpers series is about Warriors called Sentinels, who can jump between the libraries of the world and guard secret doorways that keep the magical world from entering the human world. The books follow Gia Kearns as she finds out she is a Sentinel and that she is supposedly part of this old prophecy that predicts she will have something to do with the release of a terrible creature and the end of the worlds. Assassin of Truths is the third and final book in the series.
I received this book from Netgalley but was a big fan of the series previously and was already anticipating the release of this book. It comes out February 6th and you can read my full review of the book HERE.
Empress of a Thousand Skies is a Sci-fi fantasy following Rhee, the last heir to the Kalusian Dynasty. After training for the last 9 years to take over the throne waiting for her since the assassination attempt that killed her parents and older sister, Rhee is about to travel back to her planet to take the throne. Before she can board the plane, she is attacked and narrowly escapes with the help of a stranger who was supposedly sent to save her at the perfect time. The story also follows Alyosha, a Refugee now part of the Kalusian Army, who gets blamed for the death of the princess. As Aly rushes off to find a way to clear his name, Rhee is trying to weed out her enemies and claim her place on the throne. The book follows both of their narratives as they orbit around the same plot just narrowly missing each other.
I was sent the sequel, coming out next month, to review so I got the ebook of the first book to read so I can review them both. You can read my full review of the first book HERE. And Look for my review of the second book sometime this month!
5. Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Wicked Charm is a romance thriller that follow Willow who recently moved into her grandmother’s house in the swamps of georgia with her parents. Instantly, she is warned away from the charming next door neighbor Beau who is famous for breaking hearts. Instead she decides to make up her own mind about him and give him a chance. It seems she made the right choice until girls her age keep showing up dead in their swamp and all of them connected to Beau. Willow has to decide whether Beau can still be trusted and who is killing girls in their swamp, before she becomes one of them.
I received this book from Netgalley and it surprised me how much I liked it. While it was more romance than thriller it still kept me interested despite not being a YA contemporary fan myself. I thought the romance was refreshingly healthy for a YA book and I liked Willow Character. You can read my full review of the book HERE.
6. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (Unbelievables book #1)
The Girl who Ignored Ghosts is about Kat Preston who after a traumatic event with an angry ghost, has done her best to pretend they don’t exist and block them out for years. It worked until a summer research assignment forces her to believe in the unbelievable, ghosts, curses and magic. Not only are the ghosts back but Kat accidentally travels back in time to witness a centuries old murder that had remained unsolved, and hopefully stop a curse from taking it’s latest victim.
I received this and the second book from NetGalley for review. I am glad I requested it because it was really good and underrated in my opinion. You can read my full review of the book HERE.
7. The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (Unbelievables book #2)
This is the sequel to the first book in the Unbelievables series. It continues to follow Kat, now armed with more knowledge of her gift and her responsibilities. After ignoring ghosts for so long, it is exhausting and weird having to let them in again. Especially since the ghosts all seem to believe her death is not to far off and are rushing her for help on their reckonings. But Kat has a bigger mystery to solve, like who is this “Dark One” that is plotting her death. With a target on her head she heads to the one safe spot, an isolated estate maintained by family she has never met, to train with them and learn about what her legacy actually entails.
With even more magic and time travel, the sequel was just as good as the first book. I am excited for the next book to come out because this series is really good. I received this book as well from Netgalley and You can read my review HERE when it comes out tomorrow.
That is all seven of the books I read this January. I am hoping to read even more this month, maybe even a couple romance books? So subscribe to stay updated!
What were some of your favorite reads of January? Let me know down below!
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