So, I kind of slacked on reading in February which means that I didn’t read as many backlist books as I would have Liked. I did manage to read two backlist books so I guess thats all that matters. Hopefully in March I’ll be able to read more than two!
So which two backlist books did I read?
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Thoughts: This was incredible. I read this in one day. It’s such a dark story like all of Mindy McGinnis’s books but I couldn’t put it down. You just know going into it that it’s not going to end well. I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives and being able to see how each character handle the situations. 10/10 would recommend.
A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
This was incredible. I read this in one day. It’s such a dark story like all of Mindy McGinnis’s books but I couldn’t put it down. You just know going into it that it’s not going to end well. I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives and being able to see how each character handle the situations. 10/10 would recommend.
All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett (BOOK #2)
Publication date: December 4, 2018
Thoughts: Ugh, I loved this duology so much. It’s an adventure story with witches, magic, folklore, dragons and an amazingly strong female character. River was by far my favourite character, how could you not like him!? If you like adventure stories I highly recommend picking up the first book Even the Darkest Stars.
After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.
If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.
Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?