I know, I know… February Reads and here it is almost mid March…. The fact is, I fell into a reading slump, that and the last book I read took far longer than I anticipated it would.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – This story is one of fantasy, action, and romance. The story starts out with Feyre, a young woman who kills a wolf that turns out to be a faerie. When the King of that land where this faerie was sent discovers that she was the one who killed him, he sets out to either kill her or bring her back to his court to live forever. Feyre goes into this arrangement with utter disgust, because she has been told to fear and hate faeries, and cannot understand how she could live with one for the rest of her life. She spends time looking for a way to break the agreement and escape. With time she learns to admire Tamlin, the High Faerie, and it is her relationship with him that determines his fate. So with that….Where do I even start with this one?! I loved everything about this book! The description of the story is one that I would not necessarily gravitate towards on my own, I don’t typically really a lot of fantasy-fairy type genres, so this was one I wasn’t not anticipating enjoying as much as I did. I’m not going to lie, I did think the story was almost two separate stories. It starts off sweet and almost Beauty and the Beast-like, and then transforms into almost a Hunger Games-esk ending. But I loved it… I loved reading about Feyre and Tamlin, their relationship blossoming and the lengths Feyre would go to for him. After finishing this book I immediately ordered the next one! I know I’m late to this series, but if you haven’t read it I highly recommend! I gave this story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – This story is a dark romantic/comedy that centers primarily around the main character Pat and his mental wellbeing. Pat had been in a mental hospital for quiet some time and when he was finally able to come home he does not accept the reality he is in. He is told he cannot have contact with his wife, but he doesn’t understand why and because of that he spent his time trying to become the man he thinks she would want him to be (kinder, more physically fit, well read). His beloved Philadelphia Eagles are no longer playing in the stadium he once knew, his best friend has a child that Pat could have sworn was just born but is now a toddler. The premise of the story was Pat trying to win his wife back, knowing that once he is what she wants him to be she will call their timeout off. He speaks of a silver lining, and that his life is like a movie that will have a happy ending (he even stops watching movies just because he is living his own movie). What he learns is that the world never stopped moving forward, that what he wanted he cannot have, and that what he wanted may not be what he needs or even wants going forward. I will say I have never seen the movie, so I went into reading this having no idea what it was about or what to expect. In the first few chapters I was a little turned off by the speech and manner in which the book was written, but I also didn’t even recognize that the book was being voiced through the main character Pat. The further I got into the book the more it just kind of spoke to me, the pain and frustration in which he wishes he could just have this perfect life. The story was so dark, but it was so beautiful and real! What I loved most about it was that Pat was fixated on this movie quality life, that everything was leading up to this big perfect moment where everything would fall into place and that as long as he lived up to his end of the deal he would get what he wanted, but he doesn’t get what he thought he wanted. Instead he gets almost a fresh start to do things over with someone who understands what he is going through. We don’t always get the happy endings that we hope for or want, but that doesn’t mean happy endings aren’t possible. I highly recommend! I gave this story ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
The Cinderella Rules by Donna Kauffman – This story was a romantic/comedy about a woman named Darby who is an outcast DC socialite, who is talked into returning home by her little sister to help her in a moment of need by escorting around one of their fathers business partners. Much to Darby’s dismay, she agrees to not only returning home and playing host to some business partner of her estranged fathers, but to also attend a Cinderella bootcamp that will get her into shape for the task at hand. While embarking on this Cinderella bootcamp, Darby meets the ever-charming Shane who is the only refreezing part of this whole process. Naturally, they take a liking to one another and attempt to spend as much time together as they can get. Thrown into this story is a gem heist/spy mission that creates a dramatic backdrop for this budding romance. This was a book I wasn’t sure I would finish because I felt the story to be hard to get into. This was definitely a romance/love story, but the whole CIA/FBI type twist that was thrown in was kind of odd. I liked the story line between Shane and Darby, and I found myself wanting to read more about them then about the rest of the story. The storyline was okay, the love/romance aspect was cute but totally unrealistic. I gave this story ⭐⭐.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Another Paige from Creating & Co book club recommendation. This story is a fantasy/magical one, centering on two students Marco and Celia, who are bound to each other through a competition. The story spans several years and covers many illusions that these two magician/illusionists perform and the characters that are intertwined within their competition, all cumulating through a Circus that just shows up. Within this circus there is magic at every turn, illusions, charms, and magic. Marco and Celia are students of great illusionists that bound these two together for a competition to see who can win. Neither of them know who the other is, nor do they know or understand what the competition entails. Throughout the years, after discovering each other, a love blossoms that they know they must figure out a way to protect. This book took me longer to read that I anticipated, but I really enjoyed it! I was not a fan of the constant change of narrative, it was a little hard to follow and it would span from future occurrences to past. But I loved the story, I loved how descriptive the story was and how you could almost taste the popcorn and smell the caramel. The story was so beautifully descriptive, I highly recommend! I just caution, it is a slow build. I gave this story a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
Those are my reads for February, it took me longer than I anticipated to get through The Night Circus, but hopefully I can break out of my reading slump and get back on track for March.
Until next time!