Well, January is officially over. How crazy is it that we’re already one month into 2018? I feel like time is just going by way too fast. But, with another month done, comes a monthly wrap up. This is something new to my blog that I plan on doing this year.

While I post my book reviews once I’ve finished reading a book, I figured a monthly wrap-up would help to give the general ideas of what I thought about a book and can help me to stay on track of what books I read in what month! So, without further rambling, here are the books I read in January!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 389

This book was a really great festive read and a great end to the Christmas season for me. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters and there were a number of twists and turns that I did not expect, that made the book unpredictable and overall very enjoyable!

Rating: ★★★★☆

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

Publisher: Delacorte Press | Pages: 290

I was lucky enough to participate in the Blog Tour for this book with Penguin Teen Canada and Penguin Random House (read my review here). This book was super suspenseful and although it was a little bit slow, I enjoyed it overall. There also was a super crazy twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and I’m curious to see if the book series continues!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury | Pages: 404

This book was great! It’s taken a long time for me to pick up a Sarah J. Maas book and not for any other reason but the fact that it just kept taking a back seat to other books and series I had on the go.

The beginning of it was a little slow for me, and I found that I was not totally invested in the characters. But I totally got swept up into the world and I can’t wait to continue the series this year. Hopefully I can catch up before the last book comes out this year!

Rating: ★★★★☆

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Teen Books | Pages: 321

This book was such a disappointment for me. I really really really wanted to like it. I love all things Sherlock Holmes and a modern rendition with a female Sherlock seemed like a great fit for me. But it just fell flat entirely for me.

I wasn’t invested. Not in the characters, not in the plot and not with what would happen. I don’t know if it was the writing or if the story just wasn’t a good hook for me. Maybe someday I’ll try it again but for now, this series is a no go for me.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 444

Overall, it was a solid sequel to Red Queen. I enjoyed it but sometimes felt a bit underwhelmed. That being said, I was still surprised at times, and still thoroughly enjoyed Aveyard’s writing and world building. I’m looking forward to seeing the continuation in King’s Cage and then the finale in War Storm this year!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury | Pages: 416

This book totally made me a Sarah J. Maas convert! I adore her writing and her perfect storylines. The hype surrounding this book series is just so right. I absolutely loved it. I loved the characters, the story arc and it made me not want to hesitate to pick up the second book! Spoiler alert: I loved it even more!

Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury | Pages: 626

If I thought that the first book was great, the second book totally exceeded all of my expectations. This book was absolutely incredible and is definitely one to be considered as an all-time favourite now. This book took the story to a whole new level and my love for certain characters just grew and deepened the whole time. I cannot wait to finish the series and read the companion A Court of Frost and Starlight when it comes out this year!

Rating: ★★★★★

Well! Seven books in one month. I think that’s a record for me. Especially for a month that isn’t the summer! Now that I’m back in school full time and teaching I’m not sure how many books I’ll fit into my schedule in February. But I am definitely excited to continue reading.

What are some of the books you read in January? Which one was your favourite?!


Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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