MONTHLY WRAP UP – JANUARY 2021

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

A Crown of Talons by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Tales From The Hinterland by Melissa Albert — see Hollis’ review here
You Have a Match by Emma Lord — see Hollis’ review here
This Is Not The End by Sidney Bell — see Hollis’ review here
Cry Wolf by Charlie Adhara — see Hollis’ review here
Graceling by Kristin Cashore — see Hollis & Micky’s reviews here
Fire by Kristin Cashore — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore — see Hollis’ review here (!)
Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker — see Hollis’ review here (!)
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon — see Hollis’ review here
Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite — see Hollis’ review here
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender — see Hollis’ review here
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore — see Micky’s review here (!)

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner — see Hollis’ review here
Secrets of the Starcrossed by Clara O’Connor — see Micky’s review here
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer — see Micky’s review here
Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker — see Micky’s review here (!)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore — see Micky’s review here (!)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson — see Hollis’ review here
Evergreen by Cari Z. — see Hollis’ review here
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ star reads

The Push by Ashley Audrain — see Micky’s review here
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore — see Hollis’ review here (!)

star reads

u n r a t e d

DNF


additional reads not reviewed for blog : two
total reads by Micky : fourteen
favourite read of the month : A Crown of Talons and everything Graceling
least favourite read of the month : The ‘freakin’ Push
most read genre : fantasy

total reviews by Hollis : sixteen.
favourite read of the month : Memento and the Graceling Realm reread.
least favourite read of the month : ironically, the new book for the Graceling Realm series.
most read genre : fantasy.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – JANUARY 26, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a contemporary romance featuring dueling radio co-hosts on a segment about exes. We are prepared for some excellent tension and banter in this one!

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer is the final book in the Cursebreaker series. Have you been keeping up with this one or are you planning a full series binge?


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – JANUARY 19, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Cry Wolf by Charlie Adhara was purported (though I can’t remember by who..) to be a finale but if this is the end of this series we at the blog have some strong words for someone. Probably Adhara. Ahem. This was so good. If you want a new urban fantasy series to get into, particularly a queer on, give this a go. This last (?) installment was released yesterday January 18, 2021.

We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal is the follow up to We Hunt the Flame. Anyone else highly anticipating this sequel?

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore is the long awaited (and yet not because hello surprise!) fourth book in the Graceling Realm series which had us at the blog inspired to go on a nostalgia tour and reread the first three books, all of which we’ve reviewed, so check those out! Spoiler : we loved the rereads.

Secrets Of The Starcrossed by Clara O’Connor is a book that is definitely worth giving a try to see if you gel with the culture and world, especially if you like Celtic and British cultures and history colliding. If that intrigues you, look out for a review this week!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – JANUARY 12, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


This Is Not The End by Sidney Bell actually released yesterday, January 11, 2021, and is a polyamourous contemporary romance that blew us away. Check out Hollis’ review here.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas needs no introduction but we’ll do the bare minimum : The Hate U Give. Prequel. Enough said?

Across The Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire is the newest installment in the Wayward Children series, which are a collection of interwoven novellas about portal fantasy and has the occasional character recognizable from fairytales.

You Have a Match is the sophomore release by Emma Lord and she is definitely making a name for herself in the comedic YA contemporary genre. Lord is definitely going to be an auto-read author for us here at the blog.

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert is a collection of stories from the author’s Hazel Wood series that is said to be gorgeous illustrated. As we read an ARC, we are very excited to see said illustrations now that it’s out!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – JANUARY 5, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Lore by Alexandra Bracken tells the story of how, “nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.” This sounds so excellent.

First Day Of My Life by Lisa Williamson is not out until January 7, 2021, however we’re including it in this week’s releases. This is a contemporary YA story with push and pull between friends.

The Push by Ashley Audrain is a thriller and it’s going to be a polarising book as it explores difficult themes around motherhood, abuse and nature versus nurture.

A Crown of Talons by Katherine & Elizabeth Corr is also out on January 7, 2021. It’s a much anticipated sequel for Micky in this YA Fantasy set around a world with humans who are part birds of flight.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!