January Reading Wrap Up

january YA books reading wrap up

Vikki at Cuteek.com posted a picture of her Yoshi amiibo guarding her TBR pile and it was super cute, so here is mine taking care of the books I read last month! Also if you’re not following her, what are you even doing?

January has come and gone and that is really kinda crazy to me right now. Time flies when you’re buried in homework and panicking over what the hell you’re going to do with your life when you graduate in April.

Anyways…entering February means it is time to take a looksie and my readerly conquests of January. And I am excited to say I actually had a really good reading month considering school was also happening. I read four books total, and successfully managed to squeeze in one that fit one of the requirements for my 2016 Reading Challenge just before the month ended!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Five Stars

Truthwitch was the first book I read last month and it was the best way I could have possibly started off my reading year. Like whoa this book is amazing. I have basically been throwing it at every person looking for recommendations in the Teen Fantasy section at work.

The book follow Safiya- a rare Truthwtich who possess the ability to always know truth from lie- and her threadsister Iseault- a Threadwitch who can see the threads (kind of like auras) of those around her. After a plan gone wrong they end up on the run from a Bloodwitch (and a few other folks), and at the mercy of Prince Merik, a Windwitch desperate to save his starving kingdom, whose ship the girls find themselves on after narrowly escaping their home city. The three quickly realize, however, that they have unwittingly stepped into the center of something much bigger than themselves or their kingdoms.

Easily one of the best fantasies I’ve read recently, and probably in my top 5 fantasy faves of all time. (And spoiler alert: I read ALOT of fantasy). The magic is unique, the characters are fabulous, and for a book with no sex there are a few seriously fan-yourself worthy scenes. You can read my full review here!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Five Stars

What happens if you’re not the chosen one in the world of a YA fantasy? This book tells the story of Mikey and his group of friends, who are just trying to graduate and figure out their lives before the indie kids blow up their high school. Again. Because, as it turns out, you can be both ordinary and extraordinary all at the same time.

This books is downright charming. I was expecting it to be a sort of tongue-in-cheek satire on the typical YA fantasy tropes, and it is, and it does it so well. Obviously I love those kinds of books, so it is not bashing the genre or anything like that, but the commentary is on point and really kind of hilarious. But it also turned out to be a really emotional read for me. I related to Mikey in ways I was not prepared for and it resulted in a few tears while I was reading. The characters are really well crafted and they all just gave me lots of feelings. You can read my full review of the book here!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Four Stars

Mare is a Red in a world ruled by Silvers, the elite members of society separated by their silver blood and the special abilities their blood grants them. When Mare accidentally discovers she also has an ability of her own- in front of the King, Queen, and just about every major silver House nonetheless- she is forced to give up her life with her Red family and pretend to be a long lost Silver princess. She desperately wants to help her people fight against the Silvers, but a single misstep could lead straight to her execution.

I know I am super late to the party here, but hey I got there. And I did really enjoy it. This is a solid read for anyone who is a fan of YA fantasy. Honestly the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because I got tipped off to a really major event ahead of time, which really took away from what was supposed to be the big moment in the book, so it wasn’t as exciting for me as it should have been. Not at all the book’s fault, just victim to me happening to watch an unfortunate but supposedly spoiler free youtube video talking about it. Read my entire review here!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Four Stars

This book counted towards the “read a book you’ve owned for ages, but haven’t read yet” requirement for my 2016 Reading Challenge!

Meira is one of the 25 refugees who escaped Spring’s conquest of Winter 16 years ago. She has spent her entire life training and fighting to reclaim the home she was too young to even remember. All she has ever wanted is to matter, to Sir, the man who rescued her when she was a baby, to Mather, her best friend and future King, and to the kingdom she knows only through other people’s stories. But when her time to help the cause finally comes she finds herself caught between being true to herself and to her lost home in Winter.

La-la-la-loved it! If you know me at all you know I am a sucker for a story about people coming together to fight against something/ for something because those stories just give me all the feels, and that is exactly what Snow Like Ashes is. But it is also bigger than that. It is about both the refugees desperately trying to free their people and win back their home, and Meira trying to figure out exactly who she is and what her place in the world is, and it is all around just very well done. You can read my full review here!

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If you’re a fan of YA looking for something new to read, I would absolutely recommend any of the books I read last month. I really enjoyed all of them, so there is really no bad option. The number one slot definitely has to go to Truthwitch, though, so if you are only going to read one of them, make it that one.

What books did you read last month? Any I should check out? I always love getting recommendations! Also, I am thinking I will move away from posting full book reviews here and stick to writing full reviews on Goodreads and just doing wrap up posts here. Thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments, yo! And if you want to keep up with what I’m reading this month be sure to follow me on Instagram and Goodreads!

XOXO

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  • Kay

    I really, really want to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. It sounds like something I would enjoy so much!

  • Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Lots of good reads! I haven’t read The Rest of Us Just Live Here but I’ve heard great things.