Hey guys I am excited to share with you the books I read in January. I feel I ended up reading a lot of books that gave me mixed feelings. My ratings were kind of all over the place for this month. One of the books I ended up reading was a huge disappoint. I also ended up reading a book that I absolutely loved. I was a bit bummed about this but hope February ends up being a better reading month. So let’s dive in and see what I read.
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel Comic, Science Fiction
Pages: 184 pages
Publication Date: July 22nd 2008
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Plot: In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”
These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.
Collecting: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite 1-6, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and Gerard Way
My Thoughts: So I probably found out a couple years ago Gerard Way wrote a comic. Then once I found out that Netflix turned it into a tv show, I knew I had to read it. So I asked for the comic for Christmas. I enjoyed the first comic. It was very interesting and featured a bunch of strange characters. I really would like to continue on with the series so I can eventually watch the show. I know they’re going to be a second season which makes me happy.
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: Washington Square Press
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Plot: In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.
On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.
Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.
That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.
Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?
Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.
My Thoughts: Taylor Jenkins Reid does it again. She has become one of my favorite writers. I just love how she writes. I was sucked into this book right away. I did not want to put it down. I originally picked this up to read the first chapter. I wanted to continue it but at the time I was about to do some traveling. So I waited and picked it up in January. Honestly my heart could not handle this book. It broke me apart and gave me all the feels and I loved every second of it. I do want to do a book review on this so I hope to have that out if not this week hopefully next. It was such a great book. I need to pick up more of her oldies.
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Pages: 304 pages
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Plot: Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
My Thoughts: I was so excited to read the next book in this series. I thought it was such a fun read. I don’t usually read middle grade but I really enjoy Victoria Schwab’s writing. I like that each book is in a new place. It seems like trouble follows Cassidy wherever she goes. This time she’s dealing with a poltergeist. It’s crazy how powerful this poltergeist can get with it being just a kid. So Cassidy is trying to figure out whatever she can to get rid of it so you know chaos ensues. I really can not wait for the third book. It takes place in New Orleans. I love New Orleans so much so I am so ready for that.
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 400 pages
Publication Date: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Plot: Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.
Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.
To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.
Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.
With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.
My Thoughts: Well I recently reviewed this book and I was not a fan of this book at all. I feel me giving it a 2 star was pretty generous. I feel it was falsely advertised. I felt like it was more a drama than a mystery/thriller. I don’t want to go too much into detail since I did a whole review/rant on it. I do feel bad because I met the authors last year and they were so sweet. This book just wasn’t what I was excepting. To find my review you can go HERE.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Comic
Pages: 256 pages
Publication Date: October 22nd 2019
Publisher: Oni Press
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Plot: A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.
One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.
Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
My Thoughts: So I honestly went into this not knowing much about it. I really thought it had to do with baking since there was a picture of food on the back of the book. It was a small part of the story. Overall I thought it was a fun read. I really liked the artwork. Some of it reminded me of the Tea Dragon Society. I did love that the main character and her grandmas were witches. I love witch stories. I also liked that there was deaf representation. I don’t really see deaf characters too often in the stories I read. The only thing I was a little iffy about was the romance. I know they use to like each other in the past but a part of me thought it might take some time to rekindle that since it’s been so many years since the characters have seen each other. Other than that it was a fun and very witchy read.
Have you guys read any of these books? If so what did you think?
What books did you guys end up reading January? I would love to hear from you!
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Glad to hear that Jenkins Reid’s earlier work is just as wonderful. I have had Mooncakes on my radar for a while now. I need to get it from the library.
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Omg Luna, this book was so emotional. The first line just sucked me right in. The whole time I kept wondering what would I end up doing in that situation. I highly recommend. Mooncakes was really enjoyable too. I think you’d like it.
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Good to know, thanks Reg!
I thought that first book sounded like a comic. Haha. It does sound pretty interesting, too. Pregnancies out of nowhere is intriguing enough. Those women definitely would not be believed. Haha. I can only imagine. Great post!
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The first one actually is a comic. Netflix actually ended up turning it into a tv show. I’m trying to read a couple of the volumes before watching the show.
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