Aly’s Monthly Wrap Up: January 2016

Posted February 3, 2016 by Aly in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 10 Comments

As part of my “must blog more” resolution, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly wrap-up so you lovely minions people will get at least one post a month from me without fail.

So without further ado, I present the (drum-roll please) January wrap-up!

I read more books than I expected this month, considering my reading quota has dropped to almost nonexistent, but with the quiet months ahead, I plan on catching up.

Books:

  • The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever and Shadowfever.  ★★★★
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.  ★★★★

Ebooks:

  • Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning. ★★★★
  • The Score by Elle Kennedy. ★★★★★

ARCs: (0)

So much for trying to read more ARCs, huh? Although I failed in that aspect, I’m happy I read a total of 8 books this month! The Fever series was a reread in preparation for the newest instalment, Feverborn, even though I hadn’t realised it was coming out so early in the year. The Score, the latest book in the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy, was an out-of-this-world BR with Inge that ended up in a lot of squealing, laughing until our sides hurt and some very unexpected feelings that sort of, maybe killed us a little.

It’s also been a good month because all the books I read were great. Action-packed, funny and rather swoony, with characters to root for and intricate plots that keep you on your toes. Apart from The Score, but Elle Kennedy’s specialty is light, fluffy and to the point, so I loved it anyway.

And now watch me praise the glory that is Truthwitch. As my first ever Susan Dennard book, I’d preordered Truthwitch and had been dying to read it ever since it was first announced. Strong, badass female friendships? YES. Swoon-worthy love interest? YES. An unexpectedly new favourite villain to root for? Uh-oh, MAJOR YES PLEASE. Not only is Truthwitch innovative because of the huge lack of insta-love and the huge loving for sisterhood and friendships, but it’s also pretty awesome with its setting and plot. There are different kinds of “witchery” with your elemental magic (fire, water, wind, earth etc.) but also other ones that are scary and cool, like bloodwitchery which means one can sense, smell and take control of other people’s blood, threadwitchery where one can see the threads that bind people, and truthwitchery where the witch can sense if someone is telling the truth or not, but also see if the person they are dealing with is honest and/or ‘good.’

I ripped through this book in a couple of days, and the last 100 or so pages had me clutching the book to my chest, heart pounding, eyes wide and fearful. It’s definitely the sort of book you want to start on a quiet day when you have nothing to do because I can guarantee you will not want to put it down.

And look! I received some bookish swag because of my preorder, and it’s pretty damn awesome:

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That’s it for this month! How many books did you read this month? Were they good/terrible? Let me know in the comments!

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10 responses to “Aly’s Monthly Wrap Up: January 2016

  1. Great choices, I have Truthwitch on my Kindle, but haven’t read it yet. I’ve read at least 35 books in January, but didn’t count them. I will definitely check out The Score. I hope February will be a good book month for you as well, there are so many great releases it will probably be hard to choose…

    • Aly

      I hope you get to read it soon! It’s definitely worth reading on a day when you have nothing to do, because it sucks you right in. Thank you! I hope February is a good reading month for you too!

    • Aly

      I seriously need to catch up on ARCs. I used to dedicate a week a month to reading them, but now all I want to do is read books I own. Less stress, maybe? Hahaha. Thank you! Truthwitch was amazing. 🙂

    • Aly

      OMG THAT ENDING. The Score gave me all the feels, and all the funnies. I love how Elle Kennedy portrays friendships and how the guys all compliment each other and help each other out.

      Also, they’re incredibly swoon-worthy. *swooooooon*

  2. I’M SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED FOR TRUTHWITCH!! *flails* I have it in my shopping cart ready to buy. Maybe. xD hehe, What’s really got me though is the promises of female friendships! Like I honestly never read that in books?!? Which is weird and I need more awesome epic badass female friendships. SO HUZZAH FOR THIS BOOK CLEARLY. ;D

    I read 20 books last month? Shh, that is actually not very much for me. XD But not very many good ones, which was sucky. But I DID finish Harry Potter <3 and adored The Girl From Everywhere!!

    • Aly

      You will LOVE Truthwitch, Cait! Honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year (sharing a spot with Rebel of the Sands that I just finished and loved more than life itself), and the female friendships are everything and more. Another thing I loved about it is the guys! Merik is a total badass cutie, and I adored him, which is weird because it’s the first time I like a nice guy in YA, hahaha. I hope you get to read it soon!

      20?! How do you do it? Between work and napping, 8 books is as much as I can deal with. I think I bought more books than I read. Oops! I have The Girl From Everywhere, so I’m excited to read it 😀 Although I really fancy reading something with pirates, to be honest. Fantasy + pirates = happy me.

  3. I’m excited for Truthwitch! I also bought The Deal (at least if that’s the first book in the series you were talking about I’m too lazy to look it up), because you’ve all been squealing on Goodreads and some quotes were really funny (plus it was like 99 cents, so even if I don’t like it there’s really very little that could go wrong). I just remembered I totally forgot to include it in my STS. Ah well. I’ll try to read it soon-ish! I think I read about 7 books in January? Four of them were Harry Potter audiobooks though. I finally read Scarlet and I liked it and an ARC called Sweet Girl that was quite good.

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