Monthly Wrap Up | February 2020

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February might be the shortest month of the year, but it was my busiest in quite some time! I’m still on track with all of my reading goals and I also made a major dent in my backlist this month, finally finishing the second longest book I had in there, just in time for March, which has nearly half a dozen of my most anticipated books for the year! Two days until Chain of Gold!!
My 2020 TBR page is now updated through April, and will continue to be updated as I finish reading and reviewing those books.

Books I Read in February 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Of Curses and Kisses (St Rosetta’s Academy #1) – Sandhya Menon – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
We Unleash the Merciless Storm (We Set the Dark on Fire #2)
– Tehlor Kay Mejia – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3) – Laura Sebastian (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Vanishing Deep – Astrid Scholte – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Cloak of Night (Circle of Shadows #2) – Evelyn Skye (🌟🌟🌟)
All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta (Ram Chandra #3) – Amish Tripathi (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2) – Lisa Maxwell – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) – Leigh Bardugo (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) – Leigh Bardugo (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) – Sarah J. Maas (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (Five Find-Outers #1) – Enid Blyton (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince (Five Find-Outers #9) – Enid Blyton (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Other posts & reviews this month

Monthly Wrap Up | January 2020
Diamond City (Diamond City #1) – Francesca Flores – ARC
WWW Wednesday | February 05, 2020
Mini Reviews #9 (We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Blood Countess, Scavenge the Stars)
WWW Wednesday | February 12, 2020
WWW Wednesday | February 19, 2020
Book Tag: I Should Read That Book!
WWW Wednesday | February 26, 2020

Reading Challenge Updates

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge: READ A BOOK THAT SUBVERTS A TROPE
Chosen Book: Ember Queen – Laura Sebastian
Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.
Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.
The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.
This was a hard one to find options for! I had a pretty packed reading schedule this month and there was no way I could fit it one of the more obvious ones like Six of Crows, so I’m picking Ember Queen instead. Throughout this series, I’ve always liked that Theo’s character remains realistic and despite being the driving force behind the rebellion to take back Astrea, she really has to work towards it – something even more visible in this final installment. With her new powers that she gained from her time in the Fire Mine, there was an easy opening to use these powers as a deus ex machina in an all out war of some kind against the Kalovaxians, but instead, the story continues to take a more political direction and successfully avoids this. Read my full review here.

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE: Read a book with a love triangle or other multi-sided shape
Chosen book: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
I’d already planned on rereading the Grisha trilogy this month, and also fit in perfectly for this month’s prompt. Love triangles are a trope I typically dislike, and I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve liked the way it is presented, and indeed, the way it works out. This is definitely one of those though! Read my full review here!

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 17
Number of Pages: 7,087
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 32/100

Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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