January Wrap Up

It’s my first wrap up on this blog! Woohoo!

January was such a weird reading month for me. I didn’t get to everything I wanted to, but I also had no idea what I wanted to read. Not the best way to kick off the year. Oh well…I’m moving on!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★
I started off 2019 with a reread. I needed to refresh my memory before the sequel. I completely forgot just how cruel this book is. It’s full of twists and turns. Like the suspense is real. Super excited for the The Wicked King!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★★★
Since it is my first time reading this trilogy, I think I’m going to do a mini mash up review once I finish the other books. So I’m not going to say much now. Just know that I LOVED this book, but oh my gosh it was brutal.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★
I went back and forth with my rating. I liked it, just not as much as City of Bones.

There were a few cliffhangers that had me REALLY excited about picking up the next book.

I probably would have bumped it to 4 stars if it wasn’t for the whole Jace/Clary thing. It was just so weird. We didn’t get a for sure answer, but I could still see the hints that maybe they weren’t actually brother and sister. But y’all, they thought they were related & they (especially Jace) were okay with having a romantic relationship. Like Jace even said they could keep it a secret. What on earth?? No.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★★
I feel like this was a huge improvement from the previous book. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was action packed and FULL of twists. It was fun to try and guess what was going to happen…I was usually wrong, but it was still fun. Everything was explained. It all made sense. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars is Clary/Jace. I just don’t like them together whatsoever.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Rating: ★★★★
This book didn’t just break my heart, it shattered into tiny pieces. The Way I Used to Be follows Eden, who at the beginning is fourteen. One night her brother’s best friend comes into her room and rapes her. She ends up burying the truth from everyone. The story is broken into four parts. Eden’s freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year of high school. Each year shows Eden facing the aftermath of sexual assault.

I’ve tried so many times to put my thoughts into words, but I don’t feel like anything I say will give this book the justice it deserves. It’s powerful and so needed. Amber Smith does a fantastic job at describing the lasting effects of trauma. I highly recommend picking it up. It will be hard to get through but worth it.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★★
Like I said, be on the lookout for a mash up review soon! I have feelings about this one.


What was your favorite read from January?

2 thoughts on “January Wrap Up

  1. I’m currently listening to Catching Fire, and I’m anxious to hear what you’ll say in your mashup review! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books, but I think the movies are even better?! Like I’m seriously so excited to rewatch them after rereading them all. I did with The Hunger Games, and then watched the movie, and I was thinking that I enjoyed it even more. Crazy!


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