Wrap Up: February 2017

My February wrap up is coming a little bit late this month because I’ve been in a huge reading and blogging slump recently. Even though I’m still ahead on my Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve definitely read much fewer books in the past two months than I usually do. But I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon!

1. Good Boy – Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy  

I’ve been really enjoying Sarina Bowen’s books lately and Good Boy was another great new adult romance story. The main characters were side characters in the Him Us duology and I really enjoyed learning more about them and seeing their relationship develop.

2. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman  

I love the Shadowhunter books. I could never get sick of this world and I highly enjoyed this short story collection. What I loved about it was that it was more than just a collection of short stories. They were all tied together by Simon Lewis’s experiences at the Academy and I liked this overarching storyline. I also really loved being about to read about some of the other beloved characters from this world. Highly recommend!

3. Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told – Deirdre Riordan Hall  

It’s been a while since I’ve read any women’s lit and I thought Love, Hate and Other Lies We Told was a really great read for Valentine’s Day. It had a really cute and interesting premise and I thought the characters were really relatable.

4. How Not to Fall in Love – Deirdre Riordan Hall  

This is a companion novella to Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told. It was short and sweet and I really loved the romance in this book. The main characters had great chemistry and I enjoyed reading about them separately as well as together as a couple. Plus, the male lead bakes chocolate chip cookies so what’s not to love?

5. Wires and Nerve – Marissa Meyer & Douglas Holgate  

I love love loved this graphic novel soooo much! It’s a brilliant continuation to The Lunar Chronicles quartet and I was just so happy to be reunited with all my favourite characters. The book is mostly about Iko but it featured a lot of Cress and Thorne, as well as Cinder. I’m super excited for the second volume to come out next year!

6. The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr  

This was a contemporary that I was really, really looking forward to but I was left feeling quite disappointed with it. While I appreciated the coming of age story, there weren’t very many elements that I actually enjoyed. I found the main character to be frustrating and the premise of the book, while interesting to me at the start, left me feeling cold.

7. Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact – Alison Goodman  

This is the sequel to Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club and I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. While it was a bit slow-paced, I loved how the story developed and all the action that was in the book. There was also a lot of great character development and I’m excited to see how it all ends.

8. Love, Ghosts & Nose Hair – Steven Herrick  

This is an Aussie book that is written in verse and I found it to be charming and emotional. It’s a story about grief and follows sixteen-year-old Jack and his family. I loved the format of the book and how the story was so profound even though the book was quite short. And I also really loved the characters and how they all dealt with the loss in different ways.


What was your favourite book that you read in February? I need recommendations to get me out of this reading slump!

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10 thoughts on “Wrap Up: February 2017

  1. Angel @Angel Reads says:

    Yes to Good Boy! I read all three books in Feb as well and gosh did I love them. I’ve got an e-arc of Sarnia’s new book and I cannot wait to starts it – it’s a m/m as well.
    I could never get sick of the shadowhunter world as well. I like how she does these short stories. It’s just enough insight into how everyone is going and gives us a bridge between series that’s just enough.
    Thanks for the post.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      YAAASS, I’ve been slowly making my way through Sarina Bowen’s books since October and they’ve all been great so far! I finished reading Hard Hitter today and can’t wait for more from that series. I am soooo excited for Lord of Shadows to be released. May cannot come soon enough!

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  2. Marie says:

    I’m so happy you loved Wires and Nerves, Jenna! I finished reading it a couple days ago and I loved it, I thought that indeed it is a brilliant addition to the series. It felt so great to get back into that world 😀

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  3. Valerie says:

    Sad to hear about Flora Banks, as I’ve been looking forward to that a bit. But I’m glad you loved Wires and Nerves! I haven’t finished the Lunar Chronicles yet, but once I do, I will pick that up 🙂

    Hmmm recommendations. I really loved Goodbye Days! That’s pretty much it from this year though haha.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe you’ll definitely be wanting more of The Lunar Chronicles world after you finish the quartet! You should definitely have Stars Above and Wires and Nerve on hand!!!

      I’ve heard so many great things about Goodbye Days! I haven’t read The Serpent King yet but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for Goodbye Days when I’m at the bookstore.

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  4. Lynn says:

    The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series ever! I got Wires and Nerve last month, but I haven’t been able to read it yet. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love Cress and Thorne and Iko definitely deserves her own story!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I hope you’ve had a chance to get to Wires and Nerve! It’s soooo good and Iko definitely deserves her own story. I’m so excited to see how things play out in the second volume and I’m devastated that I’ll have to wait a whole year. But at least we get a new Marissa Meyer book at the end of this year!

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