Kickin' In: February 2017Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Kickin’ It is a feature at The Bucket List where I round-up the whole month in one post, bringing you reviews you may have missed, other awesome bookish things, and even what I’m currently obsessed with in other media besides books. This year seems to passing me by; it is finishing each month so quickly. It's hard to believe that February is at its end. And the groundhog saw his shadow which means we have six more weeks of winter (nooo!!!!). Weather besides, it was a fantastic reading month. Here's my wrap up:
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken: In total, I read 11 books this month. And King's Cage was one of them! I know I claimed that King's Cage was probably my best book of this entire year so far in my review but that was before I read Wayfarer which blew me away.
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (4 stars): Love and Gelato is a fun summer read. Welch gives it a fresh perspective, twisting drama into a basic summer romance plot. Despite being predictable, readers will still fall in love with the many characters—including the relatable character, Lina—and escape to Italy to find out what Lina’s mother was trying to tell her.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (5 stars): Glass Sword is a good addition to Victoria Aveyard’s series. It doesn’t top Red Queen but it certainly pulls at readers’ heartstrings. Despite its repetitive plot, Aveyard moves the story forward with beautiful character development and hard-to-put-down writing. The ending will not only leave you wanting more, but it will leave you shattered.
King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard (5 stars): King’s Cage surpassed Glass Sword in many ways. Its gorgeous writing, nonstop action and in depth characters are more than enough to quickly make this the best book of the entire year. Victoria Aveyard knows how to structure a fantastic storyline. You will be gasping for breath by the end, awaiting the next book in the series.
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (9/6/16): I read Kurtagich's debut novel, The Dead House, and was actually scared out of my mind. It was incredibly mind blowing. I'm hoping for a similar reaction to this new one of hers.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (1/31/17): I finished Winter and Stars Above a few months ago and have been feeling the withdrawal from Meyer's world. So when I heard she was writing a graphic novel, I couldn't have been more thrilled. And it's about Iko, who was my favorite character in Cinder.
By Your Side by Kasie West (1/31/17): I just purchased this one last week and I can't wait to start it. Kasie West has quickly become one of my favorite contemp romance authors and I absolutely love everything she has written so far, my favorite being The Distance Between Us. I've been hearing some mixed reviews on this one though so I'm pretty stoked to begin and see what the deal is. However, it's about a girl who gets locked in a library with the bad boy. It sounds like my type of read!
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins (3/9/17): Lily Collins has been a favorite actress of mine for a while so when I heard she was writing a book, I knew I had to add it to my TBR immediately. I've been hearing real good things about it too, how it tells things how they are-- not sugar coating much. I'm looking forward to reading it.
I watched two awesome movies this month: Split and The Space Between Us. I am dying to see Hidden Figures because everyone is saying how great it is but I just haven't had the time. Despite not watching that, Split was definitely a favorite of mine this month. It was pure entertainment and I think it really showed how broad James McAvoy's range is. He is such a magnificent actor. As for The Space Between Us, I really loved the premise but thought the ending was a bit rushed.