Has it really been two months already? February is often taken over by valentine’s day, and as a single pringle, I love some romance. But, romance is not high on the list for my February 2023 books. Continuing on Sarah J Maas’s universe, and starting the many books on my TBR pile, February has been short and sweet. keep up with me in real-time on my socials -add me on Goodreads!
Books read: 5
Pages Turned: 3,515
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February 2023 in Books
Published: August 2020
Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.
Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?
They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.
For a short book, this was long. The relationships are super complex. This is a good thing as the slow unraveling of everything is great, I just could not get involved in the book. There are some really strong themes and contrasts throughout that may not be suitable for everyone. I can see the potential of this book is phenomenal, so if you like short mysteries and psychological thrillers, this is a must-read.
Published: June 2022
The five witches of the New Orleans Coven each have an elemental affinity, a commission from the city to keep supernatural events in check, and a lot of perfectly reasonable reasons for being alone. But as each witch meets her perfect match, these enchanting women discover love in the most unexpected places.
From quirky French Quarter hat shops and elegant Garden District masquerade balls to the fog-shrouded End of the World, love comes in the form of best friends, occult enemies, and complete strangers.
A short palette cleansing book. I liked how each section is a short romance, but I also feel it could be more. The principle behind it is good, if not a little overdone. A nice short read for an hour’s journey or a short wait.
Published: August 2022
Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. A competitive figure skater since she was five years old, a full college scholarship thanks to her place on the Maple Hills skating team, and a schedule that would make even the most driven person weep, Stassie comes to win.
Nathan Hawkins has never had a problem he couldn’t solve. As captain of the Maple Hills Titans, he knows the responsibility of keeping the hockey team on the ice rests on his shoulders. When a misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink, and Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights and one scary coach for an even scarier one. The pair find themselves stuck together in more ways than one, but it’s fine because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right? (from Goodreads)
I had so much hope for this book. It’s spicy, it’s topical, and it even is a bit cliché. I like the character development in the book, alongside how this book goes 1 to 100 and back again. It did go on a bit too long. Too many oh but this happened so this means the relationship is doomed moments.
The ending annoyed me.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
Sarah J Maas
Published: August 2018
Feyre, Rhysand, and their friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly altered world beyond, recovering from the war that changed everything. But Winter Solstice is finally approaching, and with it, the joy of a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, her concern for those dearest to her deepens. They have more wounds than she anticipated-scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
Definitely, a filler book to add a bit of world-building and relationship development. It is a feel-good shorter novella, definitely to make you less stressed about reading this series.
Sarah J Maas
Published: February 2021
Feyre is back. She has returned home to the Spring court, but not all is as it seems. She has undergone more trials than one human woman can carry in her heart. Though she’s now been granted the powers and lifespan of the High Fae, she is haunted by her time Under the Mountain and the terrible deeds she performed to save the lives of Tamlin and his people.
Her wedding to Tamlin approaches, but there are reservations. She finds herself split into two different people: one who upholds her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court, and one who lives out her life in the Spring Court with Tamlin.
Hello Book two. So much better than the first book. Now the world is set and the premise can be expanded upon, this is a treat. The new characters, the small details. Wow. Rhysand and Feyre are a beautiful couple.
Not a huge review as I do not want to give spoilers.