Wrap-Up: January

Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3Love, Life, and the List

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3)

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)The Endless Beach

Novels: 5
Novellas/short stories: 0
Graphic novels: 3
Non-fiction: 0
Total: 8
Page count: 2 599
Completed series: 1
Started series: 2

3 Favourite Covers:

  • The Cruel Prince
  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue
  • Love, Life, and the List

3 Favourite Books:

  • The Cruel Prince
  • Love, Life, and the List
  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Jude (The Folk of the Air)
  • Cardan (The Folk of the Air)
  • Iko (Wires and Nerve)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Jude & Cardan (The Folk of the Air)
  • Cooper & Abby (Love, Life, and the List)
  • Flora & Joel (The Endless Beach)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • Flora & her brothers (The Endless Beach)
  • Jude & her sisters (The Folk of the Air)
  • Iko & co (Wires and Nerve)
To Be Brief…

Soulless: The Manga (Vol. 2 and Vol. 3): I’ve really had fun experiencing the Parasol Protectorate series in this format, so it’s unfortunate they’ll never adapt the last two books. That’s life, though, I guess. 4/5 stars

“Wasn’t me…”

Love, Life, and the List: Since I wasn’t a huge fan of the last book I read by Kasie West, I picked this up with some hesitation, but I’m happy to inform you that I really enjoyed it. It was cute and funny, and I really felt for the main character (at one point I wanted to kick some ass on her behalf!). The relationship between Abby and Cooper felt genuine, and I rooted for them throughout the entire book. If it were up to me, I’d have changed a few things about the writing, but other than that I don’t have much to complain about. It’s pretty much your typical stay-up-reading-because-it’s-so-darn-cute contemporary. 4/5 stars

“Nobody else’s opinions about your art are going to matter until yours does.”

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1): Twisty, dark, and violent, but it’s Holly Black, so what did you expect? This one’s full of untrustworthy, but interesting characters, beautiful, but dangerous faeries, and some good ol’ I-hate-you-but-also-kind-of-want-to-jump-you tension (*intense eyebrow wiggling*). I very much enjoyed it, and the ending sure left me craving more. 4.5/5 stars

“Our lives are the only real thing we have, our only coin. We get to buy what we want with them.”

Tithe & Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales #1 and #3): Needing more faeries in my life, I decided to pick up this series as well. In my opinion, it was pretty okay and somewhat entertaining, but you can definitely tell that Holly Black has improved as an author since 2002. However, despite not exactly loving this series, I’m still glad I picked it up. Why? Well, you see, I actually tried reading Tithe about 10 years ago (when I was 11!), but obviously didn’t get far. So yes, finally finishing it now felt pretty darn satisfying. Oh, and I’m aware that there is a book in between these two. I’m usually not in the habit of skipping books, but I knew #2 would follow a different set of characters, and I just wasn’t that interested. 3/5 & 3.25/5 stars

“You can break a thing, but you cannot always guide it afterward into the shape you want.”

Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue: No matter what, these characters always get me in a good mood. If you liked the first volume, you will most likely enjoy this one as well. 4/5 stars

“When you make a joke that’s funny, I’ll consider laughing at it.”

The Endless Beach (The Summer Seaside Kitchen #2): I had no idea Jenny Colgan was writing a sequel to Flora’s story until I happened upon it at the train station a few days ago, but I’m very pleased she did! While reading about Mure and its tight-knit group of inhabitants, one can almost not help but wish all books took place on small, Scottish islands. Perfect if you’re looking for a cozy and atmospheric read, full of food and romance. You can technically read this without having picked up the first one, but I honestly don’t recommend doing it that way. 4/5 stars

“Rich, handsome lawyers have problems too.”

2 thoughts on “Wrap-Up: January

  1. I liked Love, Life and the List way more than her last book too! Something about the will they won’t they vibe got to my contemporary hardened heart. Also, YES WIRE AND NERVES VOL 2 LOOKS SO GOOD OMG tell me it gives us more Iko and Kinney ;)

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