I am here with a late Febuary 2018 Wrap Up! Still not really reaching the whole consistent blogging but fingers crossed I can get more organised this month and do the things.😂 Maybe by the end of the year you’ll get regular blog posts for me.
I didn’t have the best reading month in February but I still managed to read a total of 4 books and 1101 pages. The genres I read this month were historical fiction, short story collection and fantasy. I read 2 standalone books, 1 first books in a series and 1 sequel.
Onto the ratings!
The Good People by Hannah Kent
I adored Hannah Kent’s first book Burial Rites and loved The Good People just as much. Kent has the way of bringing to life these women who live in a different time for us. She shows us that even though they lacked the technology we have today, people haven’t that much changed. I adore seeing the folklore of 1800s Ireland and how it infused with their strict catholic beliefs. It was heart wrenching to see how the villagers treated people with physical and mental differences. I loved seeing how where science lacked to explain things folklore and myth took over. I adore these women, Mary, Nora and Nance, they are unforgiving and unapologetic. These characters will be with me for a long time. Highly recommend for any interested in the changeling lore, historical fiction or well rounded characters.
Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling #0.5 #4.5 #9.5 #10.5) by Nalini Singh
I was feeling a little slumpy at the start of this month as was struggling with wanting to read so I decided to pick this up as it’s the last Psy-Changeling book I’d yet to read, which the exception of the ones that haven’t come out yet. And this was exactly want I needed. I adore this world and I flew through this book. Wild Invitation is a collection of 4 novellas what focuses on the side couples we see throughout the series. My favourite of this collection would have to be Beat of Temptation as we get to see the rocking start to Tamsyn and Nathan relationship.
Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus #1) by Saha Summers
I really enjoyed this story and loved seeing the myth told from Medusa’s perspective. I had a few issues with the timeline,I had trouble keeping track of just how much time has past. We’re told at the start of the first chapter takes place a year before the prologue but it simultaneously felt like a few months and seven years ago. Also as the story swap perspectives from Medusa to The Gods to Ariston with some scenes were repeated with no additional insight into what’s going on. However I am a sucker for a myth retelling and I am interested to see what the sequel is like, especially seeing how it’s a Hades and Persephone retelling.
Lizzie Borden by Angela Carter
This little collection was published as part of Penguin’s 60th anniversary and features two short stories about the famous axe-murder, Lizzie Borden. The first one Lizzie’s Tiger focuses on Lizzie as child one a trip to the circus, the second The Fall River Axe Murders tells the story of the day of the murders. I do adore Angela Carter’s writing style but there was something about these stories that I didn’t love, which is a shame because I was really hoping too. In the first story there’s this weird almost assault moment, which comes out of no where and disappears afterwards which I don’t think added anything to the story and not sure why it was there. The second story I enjoyed, we get a glimpse of the family history and these this sense of darkness, that something’s not as it seems. Overall if you’re a fan of either Lizzie Borden or Angela Carter this one might be worth tracking down.
That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read of February was.
Until next time, happy reading!