The Books I read in February

Here is an extremely late list of all of the books I read in February 2021 and what I thought of them!

I managed to read 6 books in February. I read 5 physical books, and 1 ebook in total. See below for quick-links to each review. 🙂

  1. We Were Lairs by E. Lockhart
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass
  4. Ghost hunters: Bones in the Wall by Susan McCauley
  5. Ghost Hunters: Pirate’s Curse by Susan McCauley
  6. The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

1. We Were Lairs by E. Lockhart

Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Pages: 242

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: 13/05/2014

Synopsis:

#A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. 

My rating: 4/5

My quick review: We Were Liars was a wonderful read. It’s fast pacing, and interesting character development sucks you into the story. There wasn’t a moment in this book where I was bored or wanting the story to progress quicker. The development of Cadence Sinclair was beautiful, and emotional. I found myself strongly empathizing with her throughout the novel. The plot twist was fantastic, and I honestly did not see it coming at all. Overall, this was a quick paced, enjoyable read. Interested? See my full review here.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

Category: New Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 419

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: 05/05/2015

Synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. 

My rating: 4/5

My quick review: I had been holding off from reading the ACOTAR series, simply because I was nervous that the books had been over hyped on BookTok. Part of me still thinks that’s slightly true after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I did enjoy many elements of this book, such as the mystery and world building, and who doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers romance? However, that being said…I found certain elements lacking, that just didn’t live up to a 5 star read for me. I’m genuinely excited to carry on with this series, and am hoping that the rest of the books will finally live up to the expectations set by BookTok! Interested? See my full review here.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass

Category: New Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 626

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: 03/05/2016

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My rating: 5/5

My quick review: The second novel in the ACOTAR series really stepped up the game. I found that a lot of the issues that I had with the first book were resolved in A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely loved the new characters of Azriel, Cassian, Mor, and Amren and the depth these characters added to the story. The romance between Feyre and Rhysand was everything you’d want in an enemies to lovers trope, and the witty banter and humour was hilarious. I absolutely loved this book, and think it may already be my favourite in the series, it’ll be interesting to see if the next one is even better! Interested? See my full review here.

4. Ghost hunters: Bones in the Wall by Susan McCauley

Category: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Pages: 240

Series: Ghost Hunters #1

Publisher: Celtic Sea Publishing

Release Date: 09/02/2020

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts. Now he must figure out how to put an evil spirit to rest–or die trying.

Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a malevolent spirit begins haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his best friend, his paranormal investigator cousin, and two friendly spirits to solve the mystery of the bones in the wall and put the vicious ghost to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate. 

My rating: 4.5/5

Me quick review: Ghost Hunters: Bones in the wall is a fantastic first novel in this new series. It is fun, engaging, and quickly paced. The characters are relatable and fun, and the concept of ghost’s being common world knowledge is a fresh take on a haunted tale that I’ve never seen before. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down once I had started it! Interested? See my full review here.

5. Ghost Hunters: Pirate’s Curse by Susan McCauley

Category: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Pages: 217

Series: Ghost Hunters #2

Publisher: Celtic Sea Publishing

Release Date: 03/03/2021

Synopsis:

In this ghostly and fast-paced adventure, twelve-year-old Alex must use his psychic gifts to speak with a pirate ghost to solve the curse of an old pirate hangout—if he fails, his best friends could be trapped there forever.

Ghosts are commonplace in this dark and exciting world, and the psychics who deal with “The Problem” are rare. Apprentice Psychic Investigator Alex and his two friends take on their first solo case to discover who’s haunting an old New Orleans pub. They battle ferocious winds, driving rain, and raging spirits to put the pirates’ curse to rest.

My rating: 4/5

My quick review: This was an excellent second novel in the Ghost Hunter series by Susan McCauley. Again, the writing was fast paced and witty, the characters well written, and the story captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed the addition of a ghost cat called “Onyx”, and found my self desperately wanting one myself! It is a spooky and enjoyable coming-of-age story that I would highly recommend for middle grade readers. Interested? See my full review here.

6. The Magic cottage by James Herbert

Category: Horror

Pages: 404

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Release Date: 1986

Synopsis:

A cottage was found in the heart of the forest. It was charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful – a magical haven for creativity and love. But the cottage had an alternative side – the bad magic. What happened there was horrendous beyond belief.

My rating: 3.5/5

My quick review: This was a well written and atmospheric book. A loving couple move into a run down cottage in the middle of nowhere to escape the manic rush of London’s lifestyle. The cottage was described beautifully, especially all of the nature and animals outside. I enjoyed the couple dynamic and the eeriness of the surrounding woodland. The pacing was slightly slow at times and I found that the middle section of the book dragged ever so slightly. But overall this was a spooky fun read that I would definitely recommend for those who are fans of slowly paced haunted house stories!

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