I managed to keep up an impressive clip in my reading challenge in February, reading seven books. That puts us at a healthy 15 books read towards 52, in only 9 weeks. I tried to keep up the diversity in my reading, but I unconsciously shifted back into Young Adult fiction this month, and part of that was due to a re-read of my favorite series, The Raven Cycle. I’ll devote a whole post to this re-read and to the newly released Opal story. I might even talk about the upcoming TV adaptation and the highly anticipated Dreamer Trilogy… stay tuned.
This month I read:
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: This book had been on my TBR for a while, and I just picked up a copy after Christmas. I finally sat down to it and I literally could not put it down. I was so absorbed by Kate and the monsters that I finished this one in less than 48 hours (on a work weekend!). 10/10
- Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab: I picked this one up at the library immediately after I finished TSS. I devoured this one too, much in the Malchi fashion. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first one, but I loved picking out the threads that lead to Vicious (which I read about a year or two ago and loved). I’m so bummed about the ending, but glad Schwab refuses to pull punches. 8/10
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: I started my re-read to prepare for the release of The Raven King paperback and Opal story which I ordered from Fountain Books (signed and with an adorable Opal tarot card!). This series just gets me. 10/10
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: This had always been my least favorite of the series, which I think has a lot to do with Kavinsky (that snake), but I found myself enjoying it more than I remembered. 8/10
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: Another in the new YA fairy mode, I was very excited about this novel. The premise sounded great, and Bookstagram seemed to enjoy it, but I have to admit that I just didn’t care for it. It felt juvenile sometimes and amateur at other times and I just didn’t care for the characters like I should have. I will admit that the solution to the Big Plot was interesting, but it took so long for me to care… 3/10
- Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Okay so I don’t usually care for contemporary teen romance. I’ve read one John Green my whole life and I didn’t really like it, but SIMON. I loved this book. I devoured it, laughing and smiling like some kind of dummy the whole time. I read it in anticipation for the film and enjoyed both immensely. I got the whole theater to myself when I went to see the film, and I laughed out loud, cheered, and shamelessly cried because it was perfect. 10/10
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: This one was always a favorite for me. I love the progression of character, the introduction of new characters, and general advancement of the magic in the story. I had never really been a fan of Adam, but with each re-reading I seem to like him a little more… By the time I finished I was securely on the Pynch train. 10/10
Lots of adventure this month in reading. Like I said, I did relapse into YA fantasy which is my jam, but sometimes I just can help myself! My readathon didn’t keep up as well as I wanted, as my copy of The Raven King arrived long before I finished Blue Lily. Update on that readathon in the next post.
Did you see Love, Simon or read the book? What did you think?