Recently Read #22 | February & March

Recently Read #22 | February & March

February was a terrible reading month for me; i only managed to finish one book but i did manage to buy a few new ones - i swear my TBR pile will never be finished. Thankfully, March was a little more successful and i made my way through 5 books.

A lot of the books I've read this month have been quite short and I actually finished a lot of them on the same day i started reading them - which isn't something that happens often. I've not written these in the order that i read them like i normally would because i didn't want to bombard this post with loads of individual photos of my kindle.

Recently Read #22 | February & March

A Throne For Sisters by Morgan Rice
I somehow got the wrong end of the stick with the plot of this story, so it wasn't anything like what i had expected. I'm not 100% sure how to summarise the plot but it follows two sisters Sophia and Kate; both orphans, who escape their dreary lives at a cruel orphanage. Sophia dreams of being noble, Kate dreams of being a hunter so they go their separate ways in the hopes of becoming who they want to be. It was easy enough to read but i just feel like the story wasn't executed quite as well as it could have been and it just didn't captivate my attention quite like i was hoping it would. Considering i've already forgotten what happens at the end of this book and don't think I'll be continuing with the rest of the series.
Rating: 2/5

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I mostly wanted to read this because i like Carrie Hope Fletcher and i was curious to learn more about her. This isn't quite an autobiography it's described as being 'part memoir, part advice' and i can see why this would be useful to someone who it much younger than me. She does talk about some things that are worth be wary of and i definitely think had i read this when i was still in school, it would have been really helpful. However, at my age now i found it a little patronising and rather repetitive. I understand what Carrie was trying to do with this book and i have no doubt that someone would find this very helpful, but it just wasn't the book for me.
Rating: 2/5

Recently Read #22 | February & March

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
I read this book in one sitting; it's about the aftermath of a school shooting that happened five months previous and it follows Valerie, whose boyfriend was the shooter. Valerie was shot trying to stop him, saving other students in the process but she's implicated in the shooting due to a list she helped to create. I found this book really interesting to read, you follow Valerie's journey as she tried to re-adjust back to school life, the way people are treating her and her coming to terms with what her boyfriend did. People are undecided on her level of involvement with the shooting due to the list so it's quite interesting to see how people are reacting to her. I really liked reading this and even though it's fiction, it was an interesting topic matter to be covered - i also liked how the author focused more on Valerie than the life of the shooter. I would have given this a much higher rating but i just felt like it was lacking a little something but i just can't quite put my finger on what - it's still well worth a read though
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #22 | February & March

I Killed Sleeping Beauty: When Vengeance Wins by Mummies Anonymous
This is a dark twist on a classic fairytale and it was really good. Cara is a fairy in love with Prince Stefan; under the assumption they'll soon be wed, she spends the night with him but when he rejects her in the morning, the darkness takes over. No one believes her when the prophecy shows that young Aurora will be corrupted and Cara must decide whether to kill or be killed, destroy or die. I don't feel like I've explained this that well but i really enjoyed it, it was such a different take on the usual sleeping beauty and this also had more adult elements to it. I'm really hoping they've done some other retellings' of other fairytales because this was such an easy and enjoyable read.
Rating: 3/5

Ink by Alice Broadway
I mostly bought this because i was drawn to the cover - i know you shouldn't judge a book by it's over but how beautiful is this? Every action, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. So when Leora's father dies she's determined to see that he's remembered forever and his skin book stands as a record of his good life. When she discovered that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she starts to question who her father really was? I found the concept of this book really fascinating; it was a really easy read and it really captured my attention. The storyline was really good but i felt like it took a very long time to build up the actually story so by the time it actually got to the juicier parts of the story, it was right near the end of the book so it was all a bit rushed. It was a still a good book and I'm definitely interested in reading the second one as i'd like to see what happens to Leora but they didn't need to build it up quite so much.
Rating: 3/5

Recently Read #22 | February & March

Thread and Spool by Holly Hook
This is a twist on the Fairy Tale Rumpelstiltskin and it follows Brie who was cursed with the ability to weave thread into gold; used by her parents and her boyfriend for her ability she trusts no-one. Chased by the dark knights, she finds herself being rescued by Stilt and in the magic realm of Fable - where she discovers shes is whats known as a legend and a character in a fairytale. I enjoyed this book a lot; it was such an unusual take on Rumpelstiltskin. I've not read a lot of retellings but I'm really enjoying reading them at the moment, It's such a  nice way to relive all the fairytales i loved when i was younger but with different and alternative plots. Holly Hook has actually written a whole series of retellings so i definitely want to carry on with the series and see what other ones she's done.
Rating: 3/5

What have you read recently?
Natalie xx

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