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January Wrap-Up

My January reading didn’t go as expected. I only read five books. I DNF’d two books and I didn’t get to two of the books I had on my TBR. Let’s start with the books I did read.

1. Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan (5 Stars)

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (3 Stars)

3. Murder on Cape Cod  by Maddie Day (4Stars)

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azabakan by J. K. Rowling (4Stars)

5. Delusions by Amy Crandall (4Stars)

Let’s talk about the books I didn’t get to read.

1. Kill The Beast by Michele Israel Harper-I didnt get to finish it, on February TBR now.

2. The Lies We Told by Camille Way-had to return to library.

3. Unsinkable by Nicole Bradshaw-traded this reread for Harry Potter.

Books I DNF’D

1. Dusk or Dark or Dawn by Seanan McGuire- this book made no sense at all.

2. Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jake’s Roberts-reminded of her first book and plus I wasn’t in the mood for it.

So overall I read five books with a total 1819 total pages. I gave one 3star, three 4star and one 5 star.

How did you do for January? What books did you read and which ones did you DNF? Share in the comments.

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Authors & Readers Book Corner’s January Wrap Up

Wow, isn’t the title of this post a mouth full to say. I tell yaw!

Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on the books I read for my first wrap up for the new year. I read a variety and hit some books in series that I’m trying to finish.

This are the books I read in January:

On Pointe by Shelly Ellis (3 Stars)

This was a wonderful set up to this new series set in a dance academy school ran by siblings and their mother. It was exciting meeting the first sister, Bina who has recently had a breakup but determined to get on with her life. Bina’s transformation in the story made it worth reading but I share more in my review.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson (5 Stars)

Ex-Ray had me on the edge of my seat and wanting so much more. These characters had me mesmerized from the first chapter with their betrayal, secrets and personal issues. It has everything a juicy drama needs and I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait till book three comes out later this year. I talked about it more in my review here.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (5 Stars) 

No words can express the kick ass main character in this series, Mercy Thompson. Even though she puts herself in danger more times than she should, the plots, descriptions and locations make you feel like your in the story with her.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (3 Stars)

I’m sure this book is just a set up for more action and better character development because at this point I’m not invested in this series at all. I dont want to give up on it just yet. I do believe Celeana has the potential to be a great. I also like that she is not fully following the King’s wishes even though I believe it’s going to backfire at some point.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (3 Stars)

I will be honest the only reason I purchased this book is because I loved her father. The plot of this book seemed intriguing and I’m always up for a suspense, thrillers and mysteries. However, it was boring as heck for me. The twists were flat and the ended was rushed. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters but I will give her next work a try if there is one.

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (3 Stars)

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers especially those with serial killers, which I hoped this would be a great one. It didn’t excite me like I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it starts off great and the author created characters tgat yoy really get to know.  The suspense is even there but It seemed he got long winded in some areas that could have been shorten and maybe the story wouldn’t have stalled for me.

The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin (3 Stars)

I’m not a big fan of science fiction/Fantasy books but I love the movies. This particular book caught my attention. I was able to pick up on Emory going to a boarding school when she is asked to join an organization but then she is asked to play both sides, good vs bad. Emory has to decide who to believe and figure out who she can trust. This book kept my attention even though it felt rushed and some of the characters actions were not believable. I still enjoyed it and will probably buy the rest of the books in the series.

Saturday’s at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley (5 Stars)

I love a good mystery and this book did it for me. After reading this, I so ordered the rest of the books in this series. I love the Sweeney family with all of their flaws and secrets. This is book five and I believe the last book and it starts off with the family’s business burning down. Who started it? everyone wants to know. You have to read it to find out.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs ( 5 Stars)

In Iron Kissed the stakes are pretty high and Mercy made me so mad at her in this one. There is also a little love triangle that has you picking sides before you get to the end.

As you can see in my January Wrap Up there were books I loved and some books that didn’t work for me. I always give an author a second chance, so I will try another one of their books.

What books did you read for January? If you have read any of the titles above, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about them.