How is it that this February had an extra day…and I still could not find enough time to do half of the things I wanted. For example, I wanted to be able to get this monthly review recap up in time to actually be posted on a day in February….
Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson — 3 out of 5 stars
The story of when Morrighan of the Remnant tribe met and fell in love with Jafir the Scavenger. This relationship goes on to create the Kingdom of Morrighan we know from the series.
I didn’t hate this novella. It didn’t give me what I thought I wanted though… I want more about the Ancients, the Before, and Venda; the pieces of history scattered throughout the series have always interested me the most
Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot — 2 out of 5 stars
Project Princess by Meg Cabot — 1 out of 5 stars
LOL why? The most interesting part was Grandmere swooping in, randomly, like a deus ex machina, to save their hygiene habits. You don’t need to read this, guys.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty — 3 out of 5 star
This middle-grade book is about Serafina and the early days of the Biltmore Estate. Although told by her pa to always hide within the basement, when a man in a black cloak is spotted taking another child, this twelve year old decides to solve the mystery.
The mystery of this story was rather predictable. Thus, the most interesting part of the story became Serafina as she learns where she came from and tries to piece the new information together with who she is and what her place in the world is. The story about her birth and the further discovery she made at the end were enough to kindle my interest in the next book in the series. I want to learn more about what Sera is capable of, and I hope the next mystery is a bit more compelling.
Princess in Training by Meg Cabot — 3 out of 5 stars
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine — 4 out of 5 stars
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson — 4 out of 5 stars
First graphic novel: Check!
And I really liked this one! The illustrations were gorgeous, the story held my attention, it made me laugh; in the end I was starving for more. I don’t know if there will be another installment, but here I am, putting forth my request for more Lord Ballister Blackheart and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, especially if it is about their “childhood years” at the Institution (the time frame for the additional mini-comic at the end of the book, if you are in the know) because I ship it.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — 3 out of 5 stars
Truthwitch was a solid fantasy read. But it could have been a lot better — for me — if the magic of the world was better explained; throughout my reading, and even at the end, I was filled with many questions about how and why things worked out the way they did.
Going forward I think this series should pick up. The threads left hanging at the end of the first installment are enough to peak my interest in the Puppeteer, the Raider King, the kingdoms of the Witchlands and the end of the truce. Give me more of Iseult and Aeduan, please, because they were the more interesting characters, with more to discover about themselves and the roles they will go on to play.
Party Princess by Meg Cabot — 2 out of 5 stars