Welcome to my very first wrap up post! I'm quite excited for this one, since I had a pretty good reading month in February. I read 9 books total which is amazing for me. So let's get into it!
Started off with Fifteeth Summer by Michelle Dalton. This was a super cute, light and fluffy read. Chelsea is enjoying her fifteenth summer with her family at her grandma's cabin by the lake. This summer is a bit different, though, as her grandma recently passed away that year. She meets Josh at the local bookstore and instantly hit it off. Their romance is insanely precious! I loved how this story including the reality of summer flings -- sometimes, they don't always work. Or will it...? ;) I read this book in less than 24 hrs and it definitely deserves a 4 star rating. Highly recommend for anyone who wants something light for this summer! It's pretty short, too, (272 pages) so it's a perfect read for anyone who's going through a slump.
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. This is a case of it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year and I finally pick it up and binged the shit out of it. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is a novel that takes place over a 24 hour period. Hadley misses her flight on her way to London for her father's second wedding. Meets cute British guy, Oliver, in the airport and he just so happens to be on the same plane. In the seat right next to her. (Cliche, I know, but SO. CUTE.) I absolutely loved Smith's writing. Actually discovered one of my favorite quotes from this novel. "He's like a song she can't get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn't think she could ever get tired of hearing it." So beautiful, right?! Obviously, this is 5 stars and Smith is now an auto-buy for me.
I was a lame kid and never read A Series of Unfortunate Event book. It just didn't interest me with how dark and sad it was. I was more of a Babysitters Club kind of kid. I felt like I needed to at least give this a shot, so I picked up The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Super quick read. It was so depressing, so I feel kind of shitty if I say I enjoyed reading a book about kids being abused pretty much, but I enjoyed it? I loved how strong the kids are as a family and how they'll try anything to make their lives better. It was a 4 star read for me.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher was....interesting, for lack of better word. It was slow, repetitive, disturbing, boring, but yet I wanted to know how it ended. the ending was not how I imagined it would go. This is the story of 16 year old Gemma who is kidnapped by her stalker, Ty, at an airport and taken out into the desert in middle-of-nowhere Australia. It has a huge Stockholm Syndrome trait to it, so if you're not into that, I'd stay away. The writing is in the form of a letter that Gemma is writing to Ty, describing the time she spent with him. I just.... eh. 2 stars.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover was another meh read. This was the 3rd book that I've read by Hoover and I stayed up till 4am every book and read it straight through. I don't know how, but she just reels you and hooks you in and you can't get out, even if you don't exactly like what's going on in the book. This novel is about Tate, who moves in with her pilot brother, and meets Miles, her brother's friend and neighbor. They start off with a strictly just sex relationship, but we all know how those work out in the end. The wishy-washy back and forth of the characters aggravated me. It's like they would have the same argument, but different days and it got old. I really did enjoy Miles POV in his flashback chapters. The writing style wasn't my cup of tea, but the characters from his past really reeled me in. 3 stars.
Last book of the month goes to The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. This story was so unique and amazing. This book took me about a week to read because it was just so weird. I had to read it slowly and make sure I grasp every word so I could understand exactly what was going on. I really enjoyed the world that Black created, and the main characters were just amazing. I've never read a book about Fae before, nor have I read any book from Holly Black. 4 stars.
Not a shabby reading month, eh? Comment below and tell me if you've read any of these books and your opinions. Also, what was your favorite book you read this month? Mine has to be Cress. I love Cress and Thorne so much. See ya'll next time!