Success! Another month, another blog post, which means you get to read up on the books I read in February. Spoiler: They were awesome.
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was for the second book in the Witchlands series, and it did not disappoint. While I read and love a lot of YA fantasy, no one keeps me saying "just one more chapter" like Susan Dennard. Out of the Safi/Iseult friendship, Iseult's for sure my favorite, and her growth arc in this book was wonderful. I kept wanting to get back to her scenes (even though I loved the others!). I also very much enjoyed the dynamic of Merrick and Vivia (though I won't say more, because spoilers), and the Vivia/Stix friendship.
|Here's a gratuitous picture of me (with uncharacteristically poofy hair) and Susan (with a halo).|
What amazes me about this series is that the characters and relationships are so very rich, but the world/plot/magic doesn't suffer at all for it. If you love YA fantasy, pick up this series.
Next up: Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson. You guys: This book. I didn't really know what I was getting into, but I'm so glad I got into it. This story is so, so raw. From the main character, Mary, to each girl in the group home she's been put in, to the adults in her life. And the relationship Mary has with her mother? I get it. God, do I get it. I don't want to give too much away about this book, but I will say it's not for the faint of heart. If you're looking for an intense, emotional read, pick up this book.
I picked up this book at the recommendation of Tracey Neithercott and Rebekah Faubion, and I'm so glad I did. The Hating Game is a step outside of the typical YA that I read. It's not that I don't enjoy adult fiction, it's just that I really enjoy the pace and voice in YA. Well, this book definitely delivered on both. It was smart, funny, and sexy. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a fun read that will make you laugh out and loud while also checking to make sure no one is looking over you shoulder, then this is the book for you.
Yes, I do still have a lot of older books on my TBR, but now that I work for me, I'm finally starting to have time to read them. And this book? If you like beautiful writing with magic-as-life, then you need to do what I did and finally read this book. Of course, I'm also a sucker for sibling stories. While I'm not a twin and wasn't super close to my brothers growing up, my sister and I are only 18 months apart, so I totally get into the dynamics of what it means to be a sibling. Also, I'll Give You the Sun has ghosts, and you know how much I love ghosts.