Monthly Wrap Up

February 2020 Monthly Wrap Up

Wow this month has gone so fast! Especially compared to January which lasted forever! I have had a really busy month which has impacted how much I was able to read and I ended up slumping so I am in the middle of 7 books at the moment but I can’t seem to be able to finish any of them.

This month I managed to read 6 books which is a lot less than usual but I did enjoy them so I guess that’s better than reading lots of books I didn’t like.

So here is what I read this month:

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1 Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – This book is dark and brutal and I really loved it!

Rating: 4/5

2 That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy – This was a reread because I just love this book so much! I will definitely be reading it again! My review will be up soon!

Rating: 5/5

3 Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn – I loved this book and the characters so much! Plus that ending with that plot twist…I need to know what will happen next! My review will be up soon.

Rating: 4/5

4 The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant – Ruthless, brutal and dark. This book had me hooked from the beginning and omg I just need the next book already! My review will be up soon.

Rating: 4.5/5

5 What We’re Told Not to Talk About by Nimko Ali – Everyone needs to read this book! It is filled with so many stories from women all over the world and show how different we all are and discuss topics which are considered taboo.

Rating: 4.5/5

6 Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez – Everyone go read this amazing book but be warned…you will end up raging.

Rating: 5/5

7 Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley – A fictionalised version of how Katherine Howard became Henry 8ths wife told from the PoV of her cousin. It was such an interesting read especially as we hear Katherine’s story rather than Henry’s.

Rating: 4/5

8 Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I ended up dnfing this about 30 chapters in which makes me so sad as I really wanted to love this book. I just couldn’t get into it and even 30 chapters in I didn’t feel attached to any character so I didn’t really care what was happening to them enough to continue. I may come back to it later in the year though as I have been told that it will be worth continuing.

So that’s what I have read this month!

I also posted reviews for these books:

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I also shared these blog posts this month:

My favourite post that I have written is about Why Alizayd from The City of Brass means so much to me. I have literally poured my heart and soul into this post. Do let me know what you think!

I also shared this fun post where I shared book covers with Pakistani outfits I matched with them and you can read it here. Do tell me which is your favourite!

So that’s everything for this month! What did you read this month? What was your favourite read?

Fiction Books, YA Books

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – ARC Review

Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the first book especially as it wasn’t your typical retelling but had a much larger story arc but I was really disappointed by the sequel.

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Rating: 2/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

*This review contains very mild spoilers*

I was really looking forward to seeing where the story would go next especially with the way Curse ended but I was left feeling really unsatisfied by this book. I was expecting lots of action and political tension with contrasting views between Rhen and Grey but we don’t get any of that.

Instead we get a whole lot of nothing really, during this whole book absolutely nothing of consequence happens. I found myself completely bored and not wanting to pick the book up for days at a time. We only see Grey’s and Lia’s point of view so we don’t even know what is happening outside of their small view as they spend most of the time on the run and in seclusion or trapped in a castle far from Emberfall.

While I do love Grey and I did end up really liking Lia I wish more had actually happened. I wanted to see more interaction between Rhen and Grey I wanted to see more of Harper. I also was not a fan of Rhen’s character development, or the lack thereof, he went backwards and I ended up not liking him at all in this book. He also very obviously has PTSD but this is used to make him a ruthless villain who even tortures a child at one point. I was so confused by this as Brigid did a great job showing Harper’s disability positively. I just wish the conversation was more nuanced.

I do love Grey and how much he cares for others and how kind and fair he is and we can see that he would become a great King, one that would actually help it’s people and I really liked seeing Lia interact with him. She was another character that while I did like did also annoy me at times. Though I did like how she has beaten down to the point that she doesn’t always trust her own judgement and ability because she would actually be a great Queen but not one that her mother wants her to be as she won’t be completely obedient to Karis. I enjoyed watching her learn to trust herself more and how Grey and Lia helped each other grow.

This is a very long book which had very little substance to it and felt like we didn’t really need much of the plot at all. It felt like a lot of filler information whereas the direction the story we were hinted at in Curse was one of brothers who become rivals with real consequences whereas we only see them have one conversation about the future of Emberfall in the very last chapter!