How was your reading month? Did you discover any new favourites in February? I sure did! Here’s a brief synopsis and my thoughts on each of the books I read this month.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Two college students discover the formula for giving themselves super powers. Fast forward ten years and one of them is in prison while the other has become a murderous vigilante.
How do I even begin to describe how much I loved it?! The writing, the characters, the story… all were just flawless. Vicious just blew me away with it’s perfection. It was dark, yet funny and the characters were so morally grey, yet so completely loveable. As far as I’m concerned, Schwab can do no wrong.
Rating: it’s an easy 5/5 from me.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Eli and Victor are back at it again, but this time there’s a new player in town and she’s got a terrifying ability that may bring the city to its knees.
Not quite as good as Vicious, but still a new favourite, for me. The first book ended so perfectly that I don’t think a sequel was truly necessary, yet I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Vengeful so that I could read more about Victor and Eli. However, I would have liked for Victor to get more page time. The new characters were great, but he was the reason I wanted to read the book.
After by Anna Todd
Innocent college girl falls for bad boy with charming British accent. Girl subsequently spends the rest of the book crying. It’s kinda like 50 Shades of Grey, but with slightly less sex, and the guy is even more emotionally abusive.
I’m gonna be honest here… this is quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. It’s top five (or should I say bottom five?) at the very least. Almost every character in the book is a terrible person, but the most heinous of them all is our romantic lead, Hardin. *INCOMING SPOILER* He literally keeps the condom AND the dirty sheets from the first time he has sex with the protagonist, Tessa, so that he can show them to his friends to prove that he slept with her. *END SPOILER* Yet he has such a legion of fans that the book is being made into a movie?! I could write an entire blog post on why Tessa and Hardin are literature’s worst couple… in fact, that’s something I may do, it sounds kind of fun.
HOWEVER, I will say one positive thing about After. It was extremely addictive, I couldn’t stop reading. Yes, it was kind of like staring at a train wreck, but wow, I could not put the book down.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Girl wakes up hungover in a bathtub to find that all her friends have been murdered by vampires, except her ex-boyfriend, who has been infected with the virus. The pair go on a road trip and pick up a few friends along the way.
Since reading The Folk of the Air, I’ve been determined to read my way through Holly Black’s back catalogue. I started with White Cat, which I did enjoy, but I didn’t love it like I did The Cruel Prince, or The Wicked King. Thankfully, I did love The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I feel like it really captured the emo vibe of the mid 2000’s (all the guys were sporting floppy fringes and lip rings, while the girls were all black hair and combat boots) and it had a unique and fun take on vampirism. No, there weren’t any characters that I adored the way I do Cardan and Jude, but it did give me something to read while I continue the long wait for Queen of Nothing.