As I said in the first part of the January Bookshelf post, in this second installment, I’ll be commenting on each individual book I’ve read in January.
In general, I’ve been going through a set of Fairy-tale retellings. Most of the books are a Beauty and the Beast story retold.
I liked most of the books, and of course I already told you I adored the finale of the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter.
- The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison. This one was interesting. A girl who’s brought to break a curse on a Beast, except… Well, to avoid any spoilers, things are not nearly as you’d expect them to be. It was a short read, and I only rated it 3/5 stars. But all in all, I liked it. I guess it just felt like it needed…more.
- Beautiful Beast by Cindy C. Bennet. Another short read, and a Beauty and the beast story, this book was a more realistic twist to the story. It was more about the curses we cast on ourselves through guilt, and fear. An enjoyable read, but also only a 3/5 stars book.
- The Cold King by Amber Jaeger. I gave this book a 5/5. It wasn’t the most powerful read, or the most original retelling of Beauty and the beast, but it kept me turning the pages to the very last moment, and that, to me, is a 5 star book. Love, and forgiveness, and how both and only both can break our curses.
- The Fire King by Amber Jaeger. A part of the same series as the Cold King, this was another interesting read. Though not as grabbing for me as the first one, I liked it just fine. A mix between love that can change us, and finding ourselves in a hard changing world, this is a retelling of Snow White that was very different. I gave it 3/5 stars rating and I wouldn’t say it was the most action fast-paced book on my reading list, but it was ‘Cute’.
- Beast by Judith Ivory, Judy Cueva. This one is a bit of a silly book, and silly we sometimes need. Another Beauty and the beast real-life twist retelling, it was about a love story of two very vain and a bit stupid and naive couple. One scarred, the other too young and both searching for who they are, truly are, on the inside, despite knowing what the world wants them to be. Another 3/5 stars rating, It was another cute read that made me smile at the ridiculousness of the very relatable if underdeveloped characters.
- Winter by Marissa Meyer. The highlight of January, the finale to my beloved Lunar Chronicles. It was everything expected of it, and more. A bit on the long side, it was all a fairy tale, sci-fi, and action loving book-addict such as myself would want. As usual the author’s writing style was charming, though there were parts of description I skipped, mainly because I was too impatient for them and just wanted to know what happens next. Based on snow white, I gave it, of course, 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it and the remainder of the series to any fairy tale fanatic out there.
All in all January held some quality gems, and a bit of under-fulfilments. For February I’m hoping to finish my currently reading list: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey.
I’ll let you know how both, and more, will turn out.
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See you later,