This has been a weird but amazing reading month. It took me two weeks to finish the first book, but then I read three in the second half on the month. I loved all these books this month, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to pick a favourite.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I picked this book up in a charity shop for 70p, and it was great bargain.
Set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
I loved this book, it was different from what I expected: a typical dystopian future with a heroine to save the day. Nope this is different, a good different though. It took me a while to get through it because it was not as fast paced as I liked. The plot follows a couple of people and its not until the nearer the end that you realise how they are loosely relate together as they survive in a harsh new world.
My favourite quote which was at the beginning, and left me thinking WTF:
The bartender was the one who survived the longest.
Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
This is the Perustopia Book Club book this month and was a really good pick. Its run by two you tubers and there will be a live show on Friday (4th March). It will be fun to talk about the book with other book lovers.
Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.
When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters.
I loved the mythology elements of this book well written. I enjoyed the fact that it is set in this time, and the Greek Gods exist. I didn’t think the action scenes were tense or full enough, they were just too short to create the kind of drama it was aiming for. Though I did love the protagonist: Hope, she was strong, independent and she didn’t just fall for the guy and suddenly trust him. Great book, just a couple of flaws that annoyed me a bit. If you love mythology then you should read this book.
Discern by Andrea Pearson
Not only did I join a book club, but I also signed up the BookBub (you get a email everyday about free/discounted ebooks in the genres you like). It cost me 99p for all the books in this series, which is such a great bargin, and I love books about magic.
Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.
That doesn’t stop magic from finding her.
This book is a great idea, it has magic (and a reason why only certain people are magically) and the history is really interesting. Nicole is strong, determined but there’s something about her that annoys me slightly (I don’t know what and it’s really bothering me). This isn’t a big problem as the plot for the book is fast paced and kept me interested the whole way through, and there are other interesting characters (the teacher). I especially liked the fact that although this is definitely a build up book for the rest of the series, it also had a stand alone plot. I am going to read the next books in the series soon because I really want to find out more about Nicole’s magic.
Fae: The Wild Hunt by Graham Austin-King
I also got this book for free and it took me quite a long time to read. I actually stopped half-way through to read Discern because I got a bit bored.
Faeries… The fae… The stuff of bedtime stories and fables.
But sometimes the faerie tales are true. Sometimes they are a warning…
This tagline hooked me in and I thought it would more action packed. The book follows several characters over about 15 years. Its really unclear where the story is going, which is why I left it for a while, as there is hardly any mention of fae. Overall its slow, but I do enjoy thinking about this book now I’ve finished it.
Currently reading (75%) : A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Just included this one, because if I had a proper month (31 days and not 29 days) I would have finished it in time. So this just has an honorary position this month.
My favourite this month would have to be Station Eleven. It was intricate and required you to pay attention to find all the string that connect together. I so much fun reading this month, and March can only get better. I have also severely misjudged my goal for goodreads, since I am half-way there already.
What was your favourite book in February (link to your post if you want)?
Also, are you in Perustopia book club, I would love to discuss your thoughts on the Curse of the Sphinx?
P.S. Friend me on Goodreads to find out what I’m reading in March: here