Book Review, Road Trip Wednesday

The one with my favorite books (read in February)

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This Week’s Topic

What was the best book you read in February?

I am going to cheat a little on this month’s Road Trip Wednesday. I read a lot of books in February (a grand total of 11 novels) and I cannot only pick one. While I am choosing more than 1, I am still narrowing it down and it’s a tough exercise 🙂

The one where we believe in hope as magic

 The Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: “Laini Taylor has a way with words, she makes magic with them and spreads hope while touching your heart (…) The story of Karou and Akiva is not just another star-crossed love story. It takes your heart, breaks it and tries to mend it as it goes. ” (for my full review, you can click here)

 The one with the roller coaster of emotions

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene  which I read for Tracey’s wonderful YA Book Club: “this book is not a “sad book”. John Green did not show us mopey, he introduced us to fun, loving, funny, quirky, witty, strong, weak, flawed, lovable, smart characters. He introduced us to “people”. And that is where the magic of this book is. (…) It is a book full of emotions. It´s a roller coaster. It´s life and it´s beautiful.” (for my full review, you can click here)

The one where we realize growing up is hard to do but worth it

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour which I picked up thanks to Katy’s recommendation. It´s the type of book which is at times hard to read because it pinpoints so well that difficult/exciting/scary part between staying and leaving, how to move on without losing oneself and the ones we love. I found myself really falling into the book at times while trying to pull myself away from it because it was so powerful. Hmm not sure if I make sense 🙂

The one which gave me butterflies

Forget you by Jennifer Echols which I picked up thanks to Jessica : Hot, hot and can I say: hot?  This book definitely holds steamy scenes, the kind that makes you read them again because Jennifer does not write them in an obviously graphic manner but in a suggestive tone. She does that very very well! 😀  Ok now that the gushing of those scenes is out of the way, I need to tell you about how I enjoyed the characters.  They´re not perfect. None of them are. Zoey does what many girls do when they want to keep control of something (I´ve done it as well) or at least give themselves the illusion of controlling: they pretend. They pretend they´re happy, they pretend they´re in love and loved in return…because sometimes it appears easier that way.  Zoey does not necessarily realizes that she´s doing this even though she can be manipulative on other fronts. She grows throughout the novel and that´s what made me root for her. Plus, there is Doug and he´s quite the guy 😀

So, tell me which book was your favorite “February read”?


21 thoughts on “The one with my favorite books (read in February)”

  1. I read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE this month too and also luuuurved it. I’m really not a paranormal fan and went for it because of the Prague-art connection, but the writing totally drew me in.

  2. With regard to your comment on YA Highway, yes, this is the time of the month my wallet hides in fear! You may be shocked to learn that TFiOS is still sat on my desk waiting to be read. I have so many books to get through, I just haven’t got to it yet. At least I’ve read a John Green novel–it’s taken me this long to read a Neil Gaiman novel! Anyway, perhaps next month. 🙂

  3. I haven’t read any of these, although I’ve had my eye on Jennifer’s for some time. I need to finally pick it up, as well as the others. Your reviews make them sound great. I’m especially intrigued with The Fault in Our Stars. Thanks! 🙂

  4. DoSaB was on my list last month, or for the year rather. Was initially thrown by how different the 2nd half is from the 1st, but once I went with it I loved the two halves equally.

  5. Oh I agree about it being hard to pick just one book. So I keep hearing about Smoke and Bone I’ll have to check it out for sure. The others sounds very interesting, must be added to my list.

  6. After reading your review of The Fault in Our Stars I know I would end up crying if I read the book. I still want to read it though. 🙂 But I’ll know to stock up on the tissues.

  7. Love this! Two books I hadn’t heard of yet! I definitely have to get my hands on The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    I know what you mean about powerful books. One that did that to me was The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue. (not the poem by Yeats, but I think it was inspired by it.)

  8. Well, I’m definitely adding “Forget You” to my reading list! 🙂

    My favorite book for February would have to be “Fallen in Love” by Lauren Kate. I love the Fallen series and it was nice to revisit the characters while waiting (what seems like a really looooong time) for the next book to come out.

  9. I want to read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone. My writing friend said she’d lend it to me but I think it is time to just buy it on my own. Love The Fault in Our Stars.

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