Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February 2016 Recap


Books read in previous months but reviewed in February:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (Read in March, review coming soon)
  2. The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood (Read in December, review will be posted in May)
  3. Saga Volume 1 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  4. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan (Read in January, review coming soon)
  5. Naked in Death - J.D. Robb (Read in January, review coming soon)
  6. Truthwitch - Susan Dennard (Read in January, review coming soon)
  7. One Silent Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon (Read in January, review coming soon)
  8. Burned - Karen Marie Moning (Read in January, review coming soon)
  9. Night Study - Maria V Snyder (Read in January, review coming soon)
  10. Magic of the Gargoyles - Rebecca Chastain (Novella) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  11. Blank Canvas - Kit Rocha (Short Story) (Read in January, review coming soon)
  12. Their Fractured Light - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Read in January, review coming soon)
  13. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard (Read in January, review coming soon)
  14. The Story of Son - J.R. Ward (Novella) (Read in January, review coming soon)
    Books read in February:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Red Rising - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    2. Fair Game - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    3. Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    4. Golden Son - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    5. Ice Planet Barbarians - Ruby Dixon (Review coming soon)
    6. Morning Star - Pierce Brown (Review coming soon)
    7. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book before posting my review)
    8. The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman
    9. Simon Drew's Inappropriate Address Book - Simon Drew (Coffee Table Book)
    10. Hidden Threat - Sherri Hayes
    11. Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
    12. Night Broken - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    13. Shifting Shadows - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    14. Emergency Engagement - Samanthe Beck
    15. Mind Games - Jana Oliver
    16. Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs (Review coming soon)
    17. Men & Cats - Marie-Eva Gatuingt & Alice Chaygneaud (Coffee Table Book)
    18. A Christmas Proposal - Sherri Hayes (Short Story)
    19. The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
    20. Beyond Ruin - Kit Rocha
    21. The Demon King - Cinda Williams Chima (Review coming soon)
    22. Midnight Marked - Chloe Neill (Review coming soon)
    23. Girl From Above: Trust - Pippa DaCosta (Review coming soon)
    24. Four to Score - Janet Evanovich (Review coming soon)
    25. One Hell of a Ride - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Review coming soon)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in February:


    Night Study by Maria V. Snyder (read my review here)
    Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (read my review here)

    My top NA read in February:

    I didn't actually read any NA books in Februray

    My top adult reads in February:


    Golden Son by Pierce Brown (read my review here)
    Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (read my review here)

    I reread both Red Rising & Golden Son before Pierce Brown's newest release Morning Star & all three books are outstanding 5* reads, I'll be posting my review of MS very soon but I'd be VERY surprised if that isn't my top book of the whole year!
    I also finished my reread of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series, she is another of my all time favourite authors so I'd highly recommend reading all of her books.

    February Events:

    I've been pretty hopeless at writing up events recently so I've decided to start mentioning them in my monthly wrap up posts so they at least get a little attention!

    This month I was lucky enough to attend 2 events, the first of which was a blogger event at the Faber & Faber offices where we got to find out about some of their upcoming titles and meet fabulous authors Alwyn Hamilton and Laure Eve. I absolutely LOVE Alwyn's debut novel Rebel of the Sands (it's one of my books of the month!) so it was fantastic to meet her and to get my copy of the book signed and Laure was talking about her upcoming novel The Graces which sounds brilliant and has gone straight to the top of my wish list. Faber have a lot of exciting novels coming out this year but apart from the two already mentioned the one I'm most looking forward to is Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley which we were very excitingly given a proof of so I'm hoping to read it soon.

    Here are just a couple of pictures I took on the day:

    Alwyn Hamilton & Laure Eve
    Some of the bloggers I had the chance to catch up with & 
    the delicious cupcakes and nibbles we were given!

    The second event was the Howler Party that Hodder held at their offices to celebrate the release of Morning Star by Pierce Brown, this is the third book in his Red Rising Trilogy and the party was part of Pierce's first ever official visit to the UK. It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fangirl of this series so getting invited to this party was something I was incredibly excited about and Pierce was just as funny (& gorgeous!) in real life as he is over the internet. I had such a brilliant time at the event and I had a huge stack of books with me for poor Pierce to sign (don't worry they're not all mine, I'll be sending a couple to America to friends who are also crazy fans of the series like me!).

    Me with Pierce Brown & again with my huge stack of books for signing!

     
    Some of the fabulous posters Hodder had on display (I may have brought a few of those home with me!) along with one of the delicious (if slightly disturbing) cupcakes we got to munch on!

    I'd like to say a massive thank you to both Faber and Hodder for inviting me to these events, it was absolutely fantastic to meet all of these authors and I feel very grateful for the opportunities I've had since I started blogging :o)

    My Challenge Updates:

    These are the challenges I've signed up for in 2016:

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