My Goodreads challenge is laughing at me right now. Can you hear it?
For someone who set kind of a crazy high (for me) reading goal for the year, I was a bit shit for the first month. *Hangs head in shame*
But hey, it is what it is and this dumpster fire of a year is still young. So let’s take a look at what I did read this month on the few occassions I managed to pry myself away from news of the world burning around me.
A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Grey
If you don’t know, A Million Worlds with You is the third and final book in the Firebird series, which follows Marguerite Caine’s attempts to save the multiverse using her parents’ invention, the Firebird, to jump into the bodies of her alternate selves.
I gotta be honest, this one was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t bad, per say, but it wasn’t as good as the first 2 books in the series either. I was invested and interested in knowing how the story ended, but I never had the driving need to say up past my bedtime to keep reading. And the ending was a little to rom-com for my tastes.
All that said, I still loved getting to jump through the multiverse. And I really liked that we got a peak into the lives of some of the Marguerite’s living in the alternate universes we saw in the first two books. Solid 3 star read for me.
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
I’ve been counting down the days to this release for a year, so it should come as no surprise that even on a terrible reading month I simply had to dive into Windwitch.
Windwitch has an entirely different feel to it compared to Truthwitch. The character dynamics shifted quite a bit because almost everyone in this book is forced to team up with someone they had previously considered an enemy, and that made it really interesting to watch everything unfold. The world building is also expanded upon quite a bit from Truthwitch, in some cases leaving us with more questions than answers. Needless to say, I’m already counting the days until I can get my hands on Bloodwitch. Aeduan is one of my favorite characters, so I am super excited to learn more about him in the next book.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I really enjoyed this book. Its a pretty quick read with a slow-burn f/f romance, and I always prefer a good slow-burn to love at first sight. The story is fairly simple—it could definitely have used more world building and while the main story has a satisfying ending I was still left with some questions. I will also say that some of the side-characters are unrealistically incompetent at times which made me kind of role my eyes. But all in all I really enjoyed it. As long as you don’t go into this book expecting to explore a huge, complex fantasy world it is a pretty solid read. Of Fire and Stars is also Coulthurt’s first novel, so I’m excited to see how she grows as a writer in future books.
What were the best books you read last month? Tell me about them in the comments! Hopefully I’ll have a more productive reading month to share with you at the end of February!