A (Mostly) Fantasy Filled February Reading Recap

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February was a pretty good month of reading. I felt like there was so much more I wanted to read but ended up just not reading as much. I also am super bad at sticking to my TBR, primarily because I read by borrowing from my library so sometimes books I am hoping to read soon end up having longer wait times than expected.

But for the most part, I can’t complain. So let’s dive in.

What I Read:

  • Powerless by Lauren Robert’s
  • Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena

What I DNF’d:

  • Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross
  • Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

Currently Reading:

  • The Ever Queen by LJ Andrew’s
  • Feathers So Black by Lyra Selene

What I Read

Powerless by Lauren Roberts

Amazon / Goodreads / Storygraph

This book was very highly anticipated for me and I cannot say that it did not fully disappoint.

There were so many things I liked about this book and the majority of them revolved around the characters.

There were also quite a lot of things I did not enjoy. At some points, this book felt like a weird version of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

This book was a vibe and I had quite an interesting time reading it. I’ve made a reading vlog for this book and feel like I spent the second half of January and the first half of February talking about this book.

If you wanna hear more of my thoughts –

Book Review (on the blog)Reading Vlog (with spoilers)Book Review (on YouTube)

Powerless gets 4 stars out of 5 stars from me.

Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater

Amazon / Goodreads / Storygraph

This book filled my cup in a way I absolutely cannot explain. Half A Soul is a Regency-era fantasy romance novel filled with magic, enemies to lovers, and some really enjoyable banter.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book but found myself so sad when the audiobook ended.

The plot is pretty strong and the book picks it up right away. The characters were interesting enough to hold me. I found that I loved the Bridgerton-esque feel this book came with.

It was cozy while also keeping me intrigued and invested in what would happen next.

This book is a 5-star out of 5-star read for me!

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Amazon / Goodreads / Storygraph

I’m not entirely sure what compelled me to read this book. Perhaps my love for the movies piqued my curiosity.

Because the book is always better than the movie…right? Right????

In this case, I am still not sure which I enjoyed more. Both the book and the movie have such strong moments that I loved.

But focusing on the book, I found that the romance subplot pretty much didn’t exist and you had to do a lot of reading between the lines when it came to Sophie and Howl.

The ending felt a little rushed and all over the place, but I found I liked the storylines around Sophie’s sisters, Calcifer, and the prince.

Can we just have a book/movie only about Calcifer? I’d love that far too much.

I’d say a solid 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena

Amazon / Goodreads / Storygraph

I felt that familiar itch to dive right into a domestic thriller. And I’m not quite sure that this fully scratched my itch.

This book was my first introduction to Shari Lapena. While at times very dull, I found myself invested in finding out what would happen next.

The problem with this book was the characters. They all lacked any sort of substance.

And the big reveal with the truth ends up being a big, giant flop.

My biggest gripe, however, is that the main character needed to be older. No 9-year-old sounds like the one written in this book.

This one gets 2 stars out of 5 stars from me because even though I was interested in the plot, literally all of the characters sucked.

February’s DNF’s

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

Goodreads / Storygraph

I’m sorry but I just can’t get into this book. The paragraphs of just information overload and I’m sorry but the writing felt so incredibly clunky.

There was so much confusion that by the time I got to about 15% into the book, my head was pounding.

This seems to be a common theme with the Crescent City series. SJM just info-dumping the first half of the book and then it gets semi-interesting in the second half.

I loved the ACOTAR series, but I think ACOTAR will be my only SJM series. I don’t want to continue to fan the overhyped flames that surround SJM.

Please don’t come for me, this series just isn’t my thing. 🥲

Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross

Goodreads / Storygraph

I have not been reading a lot of enjoyable sequels over the last few months. And while I completely adored Divine Rivals, I just couldn’t get into Ruthless Vows.

Once it dawned on me that this book was about the Gods, not Iris and Roman, I removed myself from this story so fast.

Especially considering Dacre’s POV was insufferable at best.

And then apparently the ending STILL sucked?

No, sorry. I’m going to go deulu and pretend Divine Rivals is a standalone and Iris and Roman ride off into a post-war sunset.

Currently Reading

The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews

Goodreads / Storygraph

Okay, so I just finished this one last night and LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT!

LJ Andrews is a Queen for spoiling us with this sequel. As someone who has been reading a lot of less-than-stellar sequels lately, this one was a complete breath of fresh air.

I cannot wait to rant and rave about this book, as well as a post about this becoming my newest favorite duology…like EVER.

No pun intended but 5 million stars for Erik and Livia. 💖

A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene

Goodreads / Storygraph

This one is another arc copy I was lucky enough to receive and I can’t wait to dive in!

Early reviews are a little mixed but most people seemed to enjoy this book.

A full review will be posted towards the end of March but early thoughts, pre-publication (March 12th) can be found either on my Netgalley or Goodreads profile.

My Goodreads

(I have no idea how to share my Netgalley profile, is that a thing?)

When The Moon Hatched by Sarah A. Parker

Goodreads /Storygraph

I almost put this book as a DNF because I put it down to finish devouring The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews but then realized I do intend to finish it.

So I am very excited to jump back into this world! I am a bit nervous though because I am about 10-ish% in and our main character just met (I’m assuming) the love interest and it felt a bit like Insta-love.

So even though I am wary because I hate insta-love, I am still very excited to read this one and hopefully finish it this month!


Have you read any of the books on this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 💭


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