January 31, 2016

Recent Reads: January 2016

I set a personal goal of reading 70 books this year and surprisingly, January turned out to be a pretty good reading month for me. I read a total of 7 books this month, although 3 of them were super-short novellas and mostly ebooks (because I'm too broke to buy books + I'm on a book-buying ban).

2016 Reading Progress = 7/70 books. *wink*

(I'll be posting detailed reviews of all the books soon.)



CARRY ON
Rating: 3/5

Carry On is a YA fantasy spin-off to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The protagonist, Simon Snow, is magician who goes to a magic school, and is expected to defeat a big bad evil villain aka the Insidious Humdrum before he destroys the whole world. Why? Because a certain prophecy says Simon Snow is the "Chosen One". This book is all kinds of wonderful and hilarious and a-dork-"gay"-ble (if you know what I mean). Sadly, I was really disappointed because Carry On was a total rip-off of Harry Potter. But, it's still a pretty fun read.

MAGONIA (MAGONIA #1)
Rating:
5/5

Magonia is a YA fantasy book by Maria Dahvana Headley. It's about a girl named Aza Ray who has a rare lung disease and is dying. One day, Aza spots a flying ship in the sky but nobody believes her except her bestfriend, Jason. Skipping some major spoilers, Aza gets sucked into this parallel world called Magonia, and now, she must save it before it gets destroyed. This was such an incredibly beautiful book. And I loved the fantasy setting - there are flying cities and pirates and bird-like humans and flying whales and music which has magical powers. #MeLovedIt

NEVER NEVER: PART THREE (NEVER NEVER #3)
Rating:
4.5/5

Without giving away major spoilers, the Never Never trilogy is about 2 teenagers, Silas and Charlie, who keep losing their memories and so ofcourse, have absolutely no idea about who they are and what happened to them. Together they try to uncover the mystery before they lose their memory again. It's a wonderful trilogy, and I think Colleen + Tarryn wrapped it up beautifully. The revelation behind the "forgetting" was a bit bleh, but the book was wonderful as always. It was hilarious and intense but also really really fun!

carry on, magonia, never never part three, rainbow rowell, maria dahvana headley, colleen hoover, young adult books, fantasy books

FAIREST (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #3.5)
Rating:
5/5

Fairest is a spin-off prequel-ish book to The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (it's a YA fantasy / dystopian / fairytale-retelling series). Fairest is written from Queen Levana's POV. We learn about her family, her sister, her childhood and how she came to the throne. I have to confess though, as much as I hate Levana with all my heart, I felt bad for her in Fairest. That, ofcourse, in no way justifies all the horrible cruel things she did as a queen. But Fairest gives a pretty good insight into Levana's life.

GLITCHES (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #0.5)
Rating:
4/5

The novella is a prequel to Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) and is infact written from Cinder's POV. Baby Cinder is brought to her new (adoptive) family and we see her struggling with her cyborg-ness. We meet baby Peony (and Penny), Iko, Garan and Adri (who is obviously against having a cyborg at home). It's a very short novella (30-ish pages) but it was so good to finally learn about Cinder's early days.

THE LITTLE ANDROID (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #0.6)
Rating:
3/5

The novella (which is a retelling of The Little Mermaid) is about an android called Mech6.0 who almost dies saving an engineer named Dataran. She replaces her destroyed body with a human-like one (a mute escort-droid), so she can be around Dataran again. Unfortunately, he is in love with another girl. But Mech6.0 won't back away until she makes him realize that it was she who saved his life. I really liked how Marissa Meyer retold the original story in a sci-fi setting.

THE QUEEN'S ARMY (THE LUNAR CHRONICLES #1.5)
Rating:
5/5

The Queen's Army is definitely is definitely my favourite of all the novellas. It's a prequel to Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) and is told from Wolf aka Ze'ev Kesley's POV. We meet baby Ze'ev who gets conscripted to Levana's army, and how he undergoes all the terrible wolf-hybrid surgeries and eventually rises to the top. Wolf may not be my favourite character, but I loved his backstory. It was fast-paced, intense and so so good!

young adult books, fantasy books, YA fantasy, the lunar chronicles, marissa meyer, fairest, glitches, the little android, the queen's army

Magonia was undoubtedly my favourite book of the month. (FYI, I've been fangirling on and on about it on Instagram.) I honestly do hope February will be an equally exciting reading month.

Have you read any of these books? What good books did you read this month?


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