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Wrap Up: January 2018

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already a month into the new year.  Time just goes by so fast.  I just want to apologize for not having a post up on the 28th of January.  My grandmother passed away, and although we weren’t close I still needed some time to just process it. She had actually passed away before the 21st but I already had a blog post scheduled.  I won’t be including comics in this, they’ll be in a master post I’ll update throughout the year – and I’ll include the comics I read last year in it (you can find it through the ‘Wrap Up’ page).  Okay, so let’s get into this; I was actually really proud of how many books I’ve read so far this year.  Given my slump and general growth in what I’m wanting to read (less YA Fantasy and more Adult Romance) I was expecting maybe three of four books.  But was pleasantly surprised with nine.

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Heart on Fire (#3  Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet – ★★ – New Adult Fantasy Romance

I liked it, I hated it, it made me feel things, it frustrated me. Overall I’m just mostly pissed at the lack of epilogue. Closure. I suppose it leaves room for spin-offs or what not. But the writing and characters were all different in this installment and I don’t think I’d bother with reading any spin-offs given how rushed this felt. The emotional journey would have been better off spread over two books (it felt all too overwhelming and packed in for one book) and there been more social interactions instead of isolated situations with Cat and Griffin. But yeah, the biggest annoyance is a lack of epilogue. Disappointing given how much I loved the first book and enjoyed the sequel.  Also I 100% skimmed through a lot of the main battle scene and the scenes in the following setting. They simply did not interest me not matter how much I tried to invest in the ‘lesson’ Cat needed to learn. I basically just skipped to when she returned.  I loved book one and really liked book two but book three was just a disappointment.

Rock Chick (#1 Rock Chick) by Kristen Ashley – ★★★ – Adult Romantic Comedy Suspense/Chick Lit

This was a re-read for me.  I’m not sure why I wanted to pick it up, but I think the characters all have such loud personalities, it makes for a fun entertaining read.

Cross the Line (#2 Boston Love) by Julie Johnson – ★★★★ – New Adult Contemporary Romance 

Finding Sky (#1 Benedict-Savant) by Joss Stirling – ★★ – Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Challenging Zed (#1.5 Benedict-Savant) by Joss Stirling – ★★★ – Young Adult Paranormal Romance Short Story

Capture (#1 Seaside Pictures) by Rachel Van Dyken – ★★★★ – YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Keep (#2 Seaside Pictures) by Rachel Van Dyken – ★★ – New Adult Contemporary Romance

Okay.. Skim read, but whatever. I’m still in a slump I’ll take whatever I can get.

The Upside to Being Single by Emma Hart – ★★★★ – Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy

I would’ve liked to see more after they made their relationship official. But given this appears to be a companion series I’m sure we’ll see more of Mellie and Jake together. I loved the characters and how Mellie was when she was around Jake. I loved their banter. And I just love a good hot mess. 😉 I think I highlighted more scenes and snippets in this book than ever before. I think I’m going to go back and re-read Mixed-Up, Being Brooke, Catching Carly, Miss Fix-It and Miss Mechanic and go highlight crazy. Like I did with The Upside to Being Single.  I think I’m going to work my way around getting a review for each of those books done as well.

Mixed-Up by Emma Hart – ★★★★★ – Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy

This was a re-read, and I actually didn’t know that Casanova was, I guess in short terms, the first book in this series?  It’s not really a series but (so far) two standalones with interconnected characters.  Like a companion series.  So I actually read Casanova after reading Mixed-Up for the second time. But yeah, also this book makes me want to drink alcohol and mix drinks.  Even though I’d be crap at it (not the drinking part, the mixing).

 

What books did you read in January?

 

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