These are all the new physical books I got in February! It’s not as epic as my January book haul, but it’s still pretty awesome. This is the end of my crazy book-buying spree though so I know March won’t be anywhere near this big. 😛
I also got two eARCs from publishers:
Books read in February
I read 14 books in February! I’m quite proud of that! Two I didn’t finish though. 🙁
The book covers link to Goodreads or my review.
I want to quickly talk about the two books I didn’t finish:
Sky in the Deep
Published by: Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she's been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.
A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.
I stopped reading Sky in the Deep at 49%. I’m SO bummed! I knew several people who read ARCs and absolutely adored Sky in the Deep. I was so confident I would too, but then it never sucked me in. Almost straight away I could feel myself not connecting with the book.
1) I thought the writing was mostly telling instead of showing.
Particularly in the beginning it was written very much like, “He swung his axe at me. Then I ducked. Then I ran. Then he stabbed me again. Then this happened. Then that happened.” It just felt so… procedural? Like it was all written out but there was no emotion.
2) I didn’t find myself caring about ANYONE.
I was just so indifferent and because of that I couldn’t get invested. If I didn’t care about any of the characters I didn’t care about the story… thus I didn’t really care about the book.
3) I got to 49% and not much had happened. There’d been two battles then a whole lot of chores and grumbling.
Clearly Sky in the Deep does have something going for it because so many people seem to have loved it. I’m really disappointed I wasn’t one of them. I guess I just couldn’t click with the way it was written and that completely threw me off.
I would encourage you to read an excerpt if you can find one, and if it excites you then absolutely give this book a shot.
The Smoke Thieves
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Published by: Viking Juvenile on May 1, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A brave soldier turned traitor. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief with no clue about his true identity. Their lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves, a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.
I might still try to give The Smoke Thieves another chance – I haven’t quite decided yet. I read two chapters. The first one was from the point of view of the “streetwise demon smoke hunter” from the synopsis (Tash). I just felt SO DETACHED from that whole character/chapter. Like, zero fucks given. I was reading words on a page, but that was it.
Then I also read some of “shrewd princess” (Catherine’s chapter). That was a little better, but I still wasn’t really clicking with it.
I won’t say it’s a bad book because there was nothing I objectively didn’t like. It was just a feeling I had and lack of connection on my part. Maybe Sally Green’s writing just isn’t my style?
Maybe I’ll try reading a few more chapters just to be sure, but I’m HUGELY disappointed! On paper this book sounds wonderful.
We got a kitten!
The most exciting thing that happened in February is that we got a kitten! Her name is Mocha and she’s almost 5 months old now. She’s adorable, a total snuggler, loves to have her belly rubbed, and she drools all over us.