The first two books captivated me and the third was enjoyable. Book one and two are some of the only books of their length I’ve read in a single day. Book three took a few days more, but the fact that it is the longest of the series might have something to do with this. Continue reading
I read significantly less in February than I have in the last few months, but I’m okay with that. February was a much busier month for me, and I still managed to read some great books. I also managed to go to a book signing where I met Melissa Landers, Carey Corp, and Lorie Langdon. I rarely get a chance to go to book signings, so that was exciting.
Short Synopsis: An anthology of short stories set in the Unwind universe.
Thoughts: Some of these stories were really good, but others I didn’t really care for. For this reason, I’m not going to give it a rating, but left me wanting more books set in this world.
Short Synopsis: Final book in the red rising trilogy.
Thoughts: Of the books I read in February this was my favorite. See my full review here.
Short Synopsis: Final book in Brandon Sanderson’s YA trilogy about superheros.
Thoughts: This was the series that introduced me to Brandon Sanderson’s work, and I am very grateful for that. All the same, I think the second book in this series was the best. The pacing at the end of this book felt very rushed though as a whole this was still a good, fun read.
Short Synopsis: Second book in a series about traveling between parallel world versions of London.
Thoughts: This was quite addictive, and I read it in an extremely short period of time. The character development was also great.
That said, I felt like the plot didn’t develop much in this book. I was hoping to learn a lot more about a certain parallel world than I got to. Hopefully more will be explained in the sequel.
Short Synopsis: A group of rabbits struggle to survive surrounded by enemies who take the form of everything from foxes, to humans, to rabbits themselves.
Thoughts: Listened to this one in audio book format. My favorite part was the world building surrounding the rabbit’s culture, but I also felt like the world building sometimes went to far and took away from the story. This book probably could have been much shorter, but it was still very interesting to read from rabbits’ point of views.
I didn’t blog much in February as what little free time I had went to reading new releases, but I did post two reviews.
I finally started writing again in February. It went pretty slowly, but I did manage to make it past the 25,000 word mark in the story I’m rewriting. This month I’m participating in the twitter challenge #MarWritingChallenge. The official website for which is writingchallenge.org. The goal of which is to write at least 500 words every day in March. I apologize to my twitter followers about the sudden increase in writing tweets, but it’s been really motivating.
I’m anticipating far more books than will make it on this list, but these are the ten I am most looking forward to. This list is in order of my very most anticipated of the ten to least anticipated of the ten. Though if the book has made this list at all it still means that I really want to read it.
Before I begin I would like to give an honorable mention to book three in the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. If this book is somehow released this year than it is absolutely my most anticipated.
1. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
Release Date: Febuary 9, 2016
2. The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6/Alloy Era #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Few who follow this blog are likely to be surprised in my choice of a Brandon Sanderson novel. Even if Stormlight #3 does not release this year I’ll still be satisfied by a combination of this book and Calamity.
3. Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
This is the spin-off series of Seven Realms taking place a number of years later. I really enjoyed the world of Seven Realms, and the way the series ended left a few left ends in terms of this fictional world as a whole so I am curious to see what has changed in the time between the two series.
4. The Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 22, 2016
I really enjoyed the first book in Six of Crows, and I’m curious about the direction the second book will take.
5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Release Date: February 23, 2016
The first book was addictive and fun. I’m curious to see which direction the second book takes.
6. Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: Fall 2016
I really enjoyed the first book, and hope that it means more YA novels set in space will gain popularity in the future as I would like to read more of them. I’m also very curious to see the direction the second book takes.
7. Beyond The Red by Ava Jae
Release Date: March 1, 2016
I follow this author’s blog, and find the writing advice she gives to be very useful. The setting of an alien planet in a YA novel also interests me greatly.
8. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27, 2016
I really enjoy this author’s writing style, and suspect that this will have continued to grow in her newest series. This book sounds like it has the potential to be very good.
9. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Release Date: February 16, 2016
The summary of this book sounds very interesting to me. Time travel interests me, and I figured this list needed more novels from debut authors.
10. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Rick Riordan’s books always have a tendency to put me in a very good mood. It was hard to choose the final book in this list, but in the end I chose this one for that reason.