Wrap-Up: December

The Handmaid's TaleRoomiesA Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy, #2)The Hate U Give

An Enchantment of RavensDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

Novels: 8
Novellas/short stories: 0
Graphic novels: 0
Non-fiction: 0
Total: 8
Page count: 3 087 pages
Completed series: 1
Started series: 2

3 Favourite Covers:

  • A Conjuring of Light
  • The Girl in the Tower
  • The Hate U Give

3 Favourite Books:

  • The Bear and the Nightingale
  • The Hate U Give
  • A Conjuring of Light

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Lila Bard (A Conjuring of Light)
  • Alucard Emery (A Conjuring of Light)
  • Vasya Petrovna (The Winternight Trilogy)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Vasya Petrovna & Morozko (The Winternight Trilogy)
  • Lila Bard & Kell Maresh (A Conjuring of Light)
  • Alosa & Riden (Daughter of the Pirate King)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • Vasya Petrovna & Solovey (The Winternight Trilogy)
  • Lila Bard & Alucard Emery (A Conjuring of Light)
  • Starr & her family (The Hate U Give)
To Be Brief…

The Handmaid’s Tale: Believe it or not, but until this month, I was unaware of the greatness of The Handmaid’s Tale TV-series. I know, I’m super late to the party, but let me assure you that I more than made up for it by watching the entire first season in one sitting. Afterwards, I firmly decided not to read the book, but as you can see, I ended up doing it anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did, but as predicted, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It’s difficult for me to say what I would have thought about the book under different circumstances, but I can tell you that no matter what format, it’s a very thought-provoking and horrifying story that you should check out. Trigger warning for rape, though 3.75/5 stars

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

Roomies: A fun adult contemporary romance about two people getting married for the sake of a green card. For me, the book got off to a pretty rocky start, and I seriously considered DNFing it for a second. Something about the writing just rubbed me the wrong way, I guess, but I powered through, and about a quarter in I was hooked. It ended up being quite an enjoyable read, and if you — like me — are a sucker for the whole fake dating/marriage trope, then you might like this book. It’s not the most realistic book I’ve ever encountered, though. 3.5/5 stars

“You married a man you met on the subway? Does your mother know?”

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3): It took me about 10 months to get past the first 100 pages of this book, which usually isn’t a particularly good sign. I managed to get myself together and finish it before the end of the year, though, and actually ended up very much enjoying it. A great ending to the trilogy! 4.25/5 stars

“Lila smiled at that, one of those smiles that made Kell profoundly nervous. The kind of smile usually followed by a weapon.”

The Bear and the Nightingale & The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #1-2): A lovely and atmospheric story full of Russian folklore and flawed yet lovable characters. It’s very winter-appropriate, and I highly recommend cuddling up with it in January if you haven’t picked it up already. Fans of Uprooted will probably like this trilogy as well. PS. It has talking horses and cross-dressing! 4.5/5 & 4.25/5 stars

“Sleep is cousin to death, Vasya,” he murmured over her head. “And both are mine.”

The Hate U Give: I’m very glad that I got to this one before the end of the year. It definitely deserves all the hype, and I highly recommend it! 4.5/5 stars

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

An Enchantment of Ravens: When picking this up, I was looking for something more romance driven, and this definitely was. However, the book is only 300 pages long, and I think it suffered for it. I liked the concept, but the story and world just wasn’t fleshed out enough, and even though the relationship between the two main characters developed over the course of several weeks, it felt like insta love because of how it was executed. In the end, I just wasn’t particularly impressed. 2.75/5 stars

“If you must stare at something for hours on end, I’d prefer it to be me alone.”

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1): This was such a fun and entertaining book! It may not be perfect and some parts bothered me a bit, but honestly, who can resist pirates? 4/5 stars

“Don’t mind me,” he says through quickened breaths. “I’m only bleeding to death.”

And that was the last wrap-up of the year! I must say that I’m very pleased with my reading in December, and it feels good to end 2017 this way. :) If it’s any indication of how 2018 will be, then I’ll be happy.

 

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