February Reading Wrap Up

Hey there, everyone! I can’t believe that it is already March. I hope everyone had a wonderful February month. My life has been a little chaotic lately; been working more hours at the bookstore, but you know what, I’m also making sure to make more time with my husband and kids, as well as making more time with my friends. But I’m also making some more time for my reading and writing.

A Vow So Bold and Deadly

The concluding novel in the Cursebreakers Trilogy was really an improvement from the previous novel. The one thing that annoyed me so much from book 2 was the fact that Harper had lost her voice and her ferocity. Here, she was given it back. She is as fierce a character as she was in the first book, and it was so nice to see that again. Overall, though, it was a decent book; Lia Mara is still my least favorite character.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

Very slow, the first 130 pages, but once they rescue Tinbu, the story picks up! The pacing is amazing, the storytelling is amazing, and Amina is a force to be reckoned with. I love the cast of characters; Dalila was amazing, and Amina’s ex-husband of a “demon” was hilarious. The magic in the story, the way everything built up together, was amazing. I loved the story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Children of Ragnarok

The first book by Chima that I have had the pleasure of reading. It is a slow-burn/slow-built novel. It focuses a lot on Norse Mythology, following Ragnarok and how that has affected the land of man. It was a really interesting take on the story. I wanted a quicker pace and quicker character development, but overall, it was a good read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hotel Magnifique

A book of the month winner here on Cyn’s Workshop, Hotel Magnifique, was interesting. I liked the romance aspect of it, weirdly enough. I think my friend Gina is rubbing off on me. Anyway, I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. Jani was just a little too annoying for me. I’ll get into more detail in my review (stay tuned!), but you know, it was a good read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This Woven Kingdom

What a delight! I absolutely loved the characters here and the world-building. The fact that Alizeh is a Jinn Princess, the heir to the lost throne, a Jinn with ice in her blood! That was amazing. Jinn was forged in fire, so to see a being forged in the fire with ice in her blood was such an amazing twist to the mythology surrounding them. The cast of characters brought in some humor, while Alizeh brought a gentle strength to the story, and Kamran brought forth a stoic stubbornness to the plot. It all balanced out very well.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Small Town, Big Magic

I swear I’m still the same person. Small Town Big Magic is a romance if you can believe it. And it was a witchy read. Is it any surprise why I picked up the novel? See, I’m not aversed to romance. It is the level of spiciness that turns me off. I don’t like smut. I don’t like stories that lack a plot. Small Town Big Magic was quite a delight, following Emerson Wilde, who discovers that she is a powerful witch with all her memories warped and magic hidden away. Now, something dark is coming, and she has to find the strength to form her own coven with her longtime friends, bring in her exiled sister, and face the feelings she has always had for longtime friend Jacob…who might just be in love with her. Yeah, I liked everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Davenports

Look, I know I’m on a whole romance trend here, but give me a break; I’m allowed to break out of my shell. The Davenports take readers to 1910 Chicago, following the Davenports, “one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States, their fortune made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago.” Readers are seeing an overlooked part of history while also seeing four girls embark on different paths while dealing with love and broken hearts. It was swoon-worthy, and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, Vol. 1

I love Sailor Moon. I grew up watching Sailor Moon, and I love Sailor Moon Crystal. I am SOOOOO SUPER EXCITED about the new movie Sailor Moon Cosmos. So, of course, I had to read Sailor Moon. Man, I want a sequel series, kind of like Yashahime, following Chibi-usa and the Amazon Quartet. I just need to see the Quartet in action, please! Anyway…this was such a great volume; the quality of the paper, the designs, and all the added information, in the end, was fun to read. I loved Usagi, and I like that Momaru and Rei weren’t so mean!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We Could be Villains

I really wanted more from this story that I got. Rosemary and Sam were a bit annoying as far as characters went. I loved Ver and Ironfall, but everyone else just fell flat. The romance between Ironfall and Rosemary, there was potential, but her internal narrative and constant whining were so annoying. The story was fun, but I both needed and wanted so much more than I got.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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