February Wrap Up | Readathin

Good evening everyone. I told you I’d be getting this post up today! I’m just really glad I was able to. I told myself that I couldn’t start reading my first March read until I wrote this post. So I’m doing it now!

I ended up reading 7 books, one more than last time. Since I did reviews for all of these on my Instagram, I will link to all of them for you all to check out. I won’t get into what I thought about these books here besides my ratings. For further thoughts, check out those reviews.

I hope you all enjoy!

Time so some stats because who doesn’t love some good stats.

Yearly (So Far)

Books Read: 13
Pages Read: 3,430
Average Rating: 3.7
Format: 2 Audio, 7 eBook, 4 Physical
Audience: 7 Adult, 1 New Adult, 5 Young Adult

February

Books Read: 7
Pages Read: 1,996
Average Rating: 3.9
Genres: 3 Fantasy, 3 Romance, 1 Graphic Novel
Format: 2 Audio, 2 eBook, 3 Physical
Audience: 2 Adult, 1 New Adult, 4 Young Adult

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

When Lyleia Naiad was head-hunted by Brimstone, Inc., for her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire demigod, she was given one directive—do NOT fall in love with Castor Dioskouri. Doesn’t matter if he’s the son of Zeus and can electrify a room with a single glance. As an ex-nymph, she possesses a unique ability—a gift from the goddesses to protect nymphs from the randy gods—to resist her boss’s charms.

Or so she thought.

He insists she accompany him to an alpha wolf shifter mating ceremony, an event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes…and inhibitions.

Goddesses save her, because Castor has stolen into Lyleia’s heart, and she’s not so sure she can hold out much longer…

*This novella was previously self published but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan.

After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year—or die trying. =

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend’s sister, Jessa – the one girl he can’t have.

But Kit’s not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa’s falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer’s over and it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa’s finally following her dreams and Kit’s discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

Jessa’s prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they’re forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall, I had a really good reading month. According to GoodReads, I’m 3 books behind schedule, though. That’s where some manga, easy romances, and audiobooks are going to come in handy!

I think all of these star ratings fit very well with my thoughts on these books. Just remember that 3 stars is not necessarily a bad rating. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. That’s the point. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

But most of these reads were really good, except a couple that let me down a bit.

Check out my reviews of each for better thoughts.

In case you’re wondering, 4-5 of these books counted for Readathin. I am saying 4-5 because I technically had The Shadows Between Us before February, but I got it in January and I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s that reading books I got the previous month are ones that I want to focus on for Readathin. But it technically is another book off my TBR so…

That being said, thanks so much for joining me and I hope you all have a wonderful night. I’ll see you all in the next one! Bye!

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