FEBRUARY WRAP UP: NEW FANTASY AND ROMANCE FAVOURITES

Hello bookworms! I hope you’re all well and taking care of yourselves during this period of self-isolation and uncertainty. Today I wanted to look at all the books I read and loved in February to cheer myself up. I hope you’ll join me and talk about some of the books you read and loved in February too!

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Most of the books and graphic novels I put down this month were because I wasn’t clicking with any of them. Except for an An Unkindness of Ghosts, I tried tackling this book twice, and as it turns out, I’m not really an intellect. Or at least, not enough for this book.

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THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORNE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Oh my heart, why did I wait so long to read this book? This has soared to the top of my favourite enemies to lovers romance books. It’s the kind of book I stayed indoors all day reading and was like a warm blanket on my soul.

🎧 LAIR OF DREAMS BY LIBBA BRAY 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The driving force of my love for this book comes from a vested interest in this merry band of ghost hunting diviners, and making sure all 8 of them make it out of this series alive, well and healthy. Also, the ship of my soul Evie and Sam, had the best fauxmance I’ve ever read. They’re my endgame. January LaVoy continues to be the best audiobook narrator ever. She does so many voices, beyond the main characters as well, and puts so much personality into each voice that it’s easily distinguishable from the next.

🎧 KING OF SCARS BY LEIGH BARDUGO 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Zoya Nazyalenksy is the heart and soul of this book and I’m so glad she’s finally getting the characterization she deserves. Read my review here on the blog.

‘All I want to do is kiss you until I fall asleep. I want to slide in between your sheets, and find out what goes on inside your head, and underneath your clothes. I want to make a fool of myself over you.’
– Sally Thorne, The Hating Game

THE ABYSS SUROUNDS US BY EMILY SKRUTSKIE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book is a hidden gem in YA Fantasy and I found in unputdownable! Monsters, pirate mayhem and some F/F enemies to lovers romance is the perfect trifecta. Seriously, if you like fiction like Jurassic Park, or books like Into the Drowning Deep, you are sleeping on this book, because you’re its target audience. Read my review here on the blog.

THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hello, Holly Black. I’m glad we’re finally acquainted. The hype around this book is overrun with blasphemous claims that the romance is the best thing about it. When obviously Jude’s desire for knighthood, to assimilate and win her place amongst the fae despite her mortality, and her growing desire for power, is easily the most intriguing thing about this book. (Okay, I like the romance too, there just wasn’t enough of it for me.) Read my review here on the blog.

THE ONE BY JOHN MARRS 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This science fiction mystery was completely unsuspecting, in that it was not at all what I thought it would be. I loved following 5 completely different characters, trying to find their DNA match, and watching everything slowly go awry for them. (Did I love that one of the 5 MC’s was a serial killer? Why yes, I did.) The slice of life narrative style worked extremely well for the story the author was trying to tell and it made this book compulsively readable.

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.
– Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

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LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI BY ABIGAIL HING WEN 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book is one of the best coming of age stories I’ve ever read. For that reason, I love this story so much. Also, I’m very jealous that the camp in this story literally exists and I loved all the fun shenanigans these teens get up too. Although this book has a revenge porn sub-plot and love triangle that stressed me out a lot. But I did find this book equal parts fun and stressful, and it was easy to ship the main character with both love interests.

WELL MET BY JEN DELUCA 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is one of the most unique romcoms I’ve ever read. I loved reading about these characters in character at a Ren Faire, flirting with one another and then being at each others throats out of character. This was seriously wholesome and an amazing debut.

A WORTHY OPPONENT BY KATEE ROBERTS 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Katee Roberts never disappoints. I think this book might be one of my favourites in her disney villains series. If you want romance that’s all about the smut, with amazing plus size rep, this book is it.

VIOLENT DELIGHTS BY JESSICA HAWKINS 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is my first Jessica Hawkins book and honestly I’m mad at myself for sleeping on her because I loved the elegancy of her writing. Although the romance was underplayed for my liking. I wasn’t hugely interested in this for the politics of cartels, and the narrative definitely focuses on that a lot. The ending really bought up my enjoyment, because it got me excited about the sequel and potential this romance has.

NEIGHBORLY BY KATRINA JACKSON 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was just fun smut about two black couples exploring polyamory. It’s a romance that’s all about the smut with amazing plus size rep.

‘I feel all the parts of myself coming together: glad that a part of me is Chinese, a part of me American, and all of me is simply me.’
– Abigail Hing Wen, Loveboat Taipei

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FLUFF BY JENIKA SNOW 🌟🌟

I love that Jenika Snow is writing plus size heroines in romance, but unfortunately her stories aren’t my cup of tea. They’re novella length and just don’t quite hit the spot for me. They’re all about stolen moments and smut, which just feels a bit too shallow for me.

PROMISE OF DARKNESS BY BEC MCMASTER 🌟🌟

This Persephone and Hades retelling was very well written, with a distinct mythology that made this story feel unique. It’s plot orientated and centres around the political events of the faerie courts, which bored me unfortunately.Β And for readers like myself who like romance, I was just a bit let down by how little romance there was. This also felt more juvenile, like a YA novel, as opposed to an adult book as it’s been categorised.


Was February a good reading month for you? I’d love to hear your favourite read from last month!

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