Wrapping Up February ’18 – Time Flies

Well, March really did creep up on me. It’s supposed to be spring time and yet we were just hit with the most snow we’ve seen in the UK in years and I’ve had to work from home for the last three days (not as fun as it sounds when you can’t leave the house at all). The start of the month hasn’t been too great as I am once again ill and haven’t read a book in a couple of days now.

February came and went within the blink of an eye, but it was a busy month so I’m not really surprised. Hard to believe we’ll be over a quarter of the way through the year before we know it and in just over three weeks it’ll be my birthday. That means more book buying (and books being given as gifts).

I have some exciting news about my current WIP…it’s almost finished. I’m currently at 97,000 words (seems like a lot now) and I only have two chapters left to write. TWO! This book is everything to me and I love the characters so much. There is a lot of work to do, some plot holes to fill in, dialogue to flesh out, but I am so excited. I even bought a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose to celebrate tomorrow night (because I will finish it tomorrow, I just know it). The last time I finished writing a book was a long time ago, maybe 2011/2012. I’m not sure, so it is an amazing feeling to have again. Let’s hope I can get an agent.

Books I Read…

Keeper of the Watch by Kristen L. Jackson

keeper of the watch

The first book I finished in the month was a bit of a disappointment to me. I went into it knowing I didn’t really enjoy the sci-fi genre and I hoped this could change my mind. It didn’t. However, as with everything, there were some good points to it. It had a fast pace, was light hearted and there was some good banter between the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this book and that is why I gave it 3 stars. You can read my review here.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

the hazel wood

I think I expected something a little different when I read the blurb for The Hazel Wood. I expected it to have more parts dedicated to the dark and creepy fairy tales. I wanted more of an atmosphere, but a large part of the plot took place in New York, giving it an urban fantasy feel. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t connect with the characters or the story they were telling. Overall, this was a 3 star read for me and you can check out all my thoughts here.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

reign of the fallen

I’ve gone on about this book a few times since I read it, but if you didn’t know already, I loved it. Everything about this book was perfect to me and it had everything I love in a dark, YA Fantasy novel. There was action, love, death, and it covered the tough topic of how to deal with grief and the ways in which it can manifest. I was hooked, sinking deeper into the world and I didn’t want to story to end. All in all, this book was more than deserving of 4.5 stars, and you can read my review here.

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

between the blade and the heart

The final book I read in February was kind of mediocre in terms of writing, but I still found it enjoyable and fun. This book didn’t take itself too seriously and was set within an urban fantasy world with Norse mythology woven into it. Definitely a unique idea that I’m not used to and actually liked. The characters were okay, there was a bit of romance and quite a lot of action. I know there is a second book, and as I gave the first 3 stars, I want to find out how it will end. Check out my full review here.

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While I mainly stuck to the TBR list I set myself at the beginning of the month, I did deviate a little and there was a couple of books I didn’t get to. 4 in total isn’t too bad, especially as I’ve been ill twice in a month (so not fun) and I’ve been diving into my writing. Plus, February is a shorter month anyway so fingers crossed March allows me to read more amazing books.

What was the best book that you read in February?

14 thoughts on “Wrapping Up February ’18 – Time Flies

  1. I have seen a few people who were a little disappointed by The Hazel Wood! I did not realize that a large part of the book is set in New York- that is definitely not the vibe that you get from the blurb on the back. I still kind of want to read it but its not a priority! Gorgeous cover though!

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  2. I would have to say that the best book I read in February was Warcross! It was really enjoyable and gripping!

    Also, congrats on the writing! I finished my first rough draft of a novel two weeks ago! It wasn’t nearly as long though— it was for a class and we went NaNoWriMo style so it’s only 50,000 words. But yes, totally celebrate and revel in the fact of your big accomplishment! Can’t wait to hear more about your writing in the future! 🙂

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    1. I still need to read Warcross, heard so many good things 🙂 well done to you too! It’s not the easiest of things to do. This is actually the fourth novel I’ve written but it’s the first that I want to start revising and editing 🙂

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  3. Hope you are keeping warm, I also had to work from home due to the snow storm we got in Bristol. My dog is loving it though! 🐶
    For me, Heartless and The Smoke Thieves really stood out in February.
    Hope you feel better soon, being ill unable to read sucks! 😔🍀

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    1. All the dogs seem to be fascinated by the white stuff haha, although after a few days of it I am now wanting it to go 🙂 I really want to read The Smoke Thieves so I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you, I’m a lot better today

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  4. I really enjoyed The Hazel Wood but I also hadn’t read anything about it before reading it – so I went in without expectations! I think that often helps haha. I read so many terrible books in February but Roar by Cora Carmack was definitely a highlight xx

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