February has come and gone and I didn’t even notice. I’m writing this introduction in a moving car on my way to work. I haven’t had a chance to read since I started working for a research company last week and I will have even less time in March which is a bummer.
One of my reading goals for 2018 was to read more books from my current TBR, out of the 8 books I read this month only two books were already on my GoodReads shelf, the other was a reread but still.
Here are the books I read in the order in which I read them:
Sparrow by Sarah Moon
Sparrow wakes up in the pysch ward after she’s found on the roof of her school. The hospital and her mother think it was a suicide attempt but Sparrow swears it wasn’t. She winds up having weekly visits with Dr. Katz who figures out Sparrow’s unhealthy coping mechanism and guides her to better through their mutual love of punk rock.
Sparrow is a phenomenal book for young black girls dealing with mental issues in a world where mental illnesses are something considered for something that only happens to white people. I wish I’d read something as validating as this book when I was 14 and struggling. It would have made me feel less alone.
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Antisocial begins with Anna, a student at your typical American high school, reeling from a bad breakup with her popular boyfriend and has now been demoted to being friends with the people she left behind when she ran off into the sunset with her popular basketball playing boyfriend. Her friends are, naturally, not happy to have her back except for this one guy Jethro who’s been in love with her since forever. A hack occurs at the school that leaks damaging information about the popular students and the search begins to find out who it is before more damage is done.
Where do I even begin? Anna suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder; something I feel was badly depicted by the author. Jillian Blake’s personal brand of SAD disappeared at the plot’s beck and call. Anna’s friends were completely horrible to her and I’m not quite sure why. Anna’s relationship with Jethro: they’ve been friends since forever, the first thing Anna does after her boyfriend breaks up with her is googling “How to not rebound with your best friend” which is exactly what she proceeds to do. The entire book is messy and not worth the read.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Alice and her mother have always been on the run from bad luck until her grandmother dies and a feeling of safety finally makes them stop. A few months later, Alice’s mother, Ella is taken and Alice with the help of her friend Ellery Finch travels to the Hazel Wood, her grandmother’s dark house, to find her. The Hazel Wood is a different world, a dark fairytale land that she didn’t expect.
The Hazel Wood is like a fairy tale retelling but not really. It’s a book about dark fairytales seeping into the normal world. Melissa Albert writes flowery writing, I think they call it prose, I love flowery writing. The main character, Alice is amazing, a changeling who doesn’t fit into this world but blends in perfectly. I stayed up until the words started being nonsense and I had to close the book and sleep. That’s how good it is.
How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
Salem Witch Trials but the roles are reversed and it’s set in the modern day. Samantha is descendant from Cotton Mather (fun fact: Adriana Mather is also a descendant of Cotton Mather) starts school at Salem and is marked an enemy by the reigning popular kids the ancestors of the Salem witches known as the Descendants. People start dying the minute Samantha arrives and soon enough, the entire town is on the hunt for her.
This book has been on my TBR shelf for a while, I enjoyed it but not enough to continue with the series.
Hero by Perry Moore
Hero is a novel about Thorn, a teenager training to be a superhero. After being kicked off the basketball team, Thorn joins a superhero training program filled with heroes with unusual powers like being able to make people sick and overheating. This book was too “busy” for me. They were a lot of action scenes and confusing dialogues which made me lose my place a lot and as a result, I didn’t enjoy the book.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
This is the strangest book I’ve read in a long time. I was so confused half the time, the timeline messed with me a lot. At some points, I didn’t know what was going on.
Jule is the unhinged main character who thinks life is a movie and goes around killing people and getting away with it. Although Jule is the narrator, we don’t know anything about her because she’s quite possibly a pathological liar. I like the fact that she loves makeup; you don’t see a lot of fictional girls portrayed as strong, badass characters that love and wear makeup.
Shadow Girl by Liana Liu
This was a gripping, paranormal YA novel about a haunted house on a secluded Island. Mei is an academic tutor hired to tutor the quiet and artistic daughter of the Morrisons at their beach house on Arrow Island. She’s leaving behind the one-bedroom flat she shares with her mother and brother for two months. Mei starts to have strange dreams and Ella convinces her that the house is haunted.
Mei is Chinese-American (own-voices) who wants to study at a university further from home but is afraid of leaving her mother with her precarious older brother who doesn’t seem to have it together.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I loved this book, the genuine friendships, the Shakespeareness, the space prince a thousand miles from home. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills is s YA novel set from the perspective of Claudia during rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, although she is a reluctant participant. I loved the GENUINE friendships that the characters had; real and human, especially the friendship between Gideon and Harry, a lot of books hardly ever show make characters as people who have friends. The SIBLING that was actually there and not casually mentioned every few chapters for no reason. This book had all the things I miss from other YA books. Siblings are hardly ever there but in this one, Claudia’s brother (whose name I’m struggling to remember) was an actual character. this is a great book, One that everyone should read at least once, if not twice.
I read a total of 8 books. I really thought I read more.
Book of the month: Sparrow by Sarah Moon, the book 14 year-old-me needed and finally found ten years later.
Bookish posts: I wrote 1 book post last month (it’s 3am and I keep forgetting we’re already in March), it was a post about books that I read when I feel down here.
Current read: Contour by Meg Harding; give me anything with youtube and makeup in the blurb and I’ll be yours forever.
Hopefully, I’ll be writing more book posts. I’ll be doing reviews of old books that I loved just to find my stride in online book reviewing as well.
What books did you read in February? Anything that you’ll reread in the future?