I’ve been thinking about how I could wrap up the month and still talk about the books I read in a little more detail without making this a super long post. In the end, I decided to separate the actual wrap-up part from the book haul and make it into two different posts. That means the posts will be a bit shorter, but then I can also give short reviews for the books I’ve read. Because I realised that writing separate, long reviews is just not the way for me. So here we are, with the official February wrap-up! Beware: There might be minor spoilers for the previous books in a series.
I’m also going to talk about something called a CAWPILE rating, which is a rating system that I got from G at Book Roast. In this video, she explains what it is and how it works, and you can use this handy spreadsheet to start using the rating system if you want to!
First Time Reads
Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This was my first ever Sanderson book, and boy I think I chose right! I loved Spensa as a character, I loved the setting and I especially loved the reveal near the end. So I will definitely be picking up the sequel, though I have no idea when because I am terrible at finishing series, apparently. But yeah, if you love the Illuminae Files and/or Star Wars, I definitely recommend this book!
CAWPILE: 8 | 8 | 8 | 7.5 | 7 | 8 | 7.5 (Avg: 7.71)
The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson
The Vanishing Stair is the sequel to Truly Devious, which I reread this month as well. I loved how through this book we learned a lot more about the mystery that took place when the school first opened. Honestly, I have to admit that the three books kind of blended together in my mind, because I read them back to back, but I have to say that I did not feel like this book suffered from ‘middle book syndrome’.
CAWPILE: 7.5 | 8 | 8 | 7 | 7 | 8 | 8 (Avg: 7.64)
The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) by Maureen Johnson
And then I read the conclusion to this series, which was, of course, the one that tied all the events together. The Hand on the Wall was incredibly fast-paced, and I was kind of surprised by the conclusion. This book made me want to reread the books all over again, but physically this time, to see if I could discover any hints about both mysteries. I do highly recommend the audiobooks (I believe all three are available on Scribd).
CAWPILE: 7 | 7 | 8 | 6.5 | 7 | 7 | 7 (Avg: 7.07)
The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co #5) by Jonathan Stroud
The Empty Grave is the last book in the Lockwood & Co series and oh my god I was so anxious while reading this. Have you ever picked up a book that made you so anxious that you kept putting it down every five minutes because you just COULD NOT HANDLE IT?! Well, that was me with this book. There were so many stakes and so much could go wrong in this book. But in the end, I think the Empty Grave was a perfect ending to this series, even if it had a liiiiiiitle bit of an open ending (I am honestly this close to try and find fanfiction…). Yeah, amazing series is amazing – I highly recommend if you love paranormal books!
CAWPILE: 9 | 10 | 9 | 9 | 10 | 9 | 10 (Avg: 9.43)
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This book was honestly a bit odd. Not much was explained and though I loved the spooky setting, I was a bit bored halfway through. The writing was really nice, though, and I did love Hetty as a character. However, I was not satisfied with the ending and I kind of wish there had been more.
CAWPILE: 8 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 6 | 7 | 7 (Avg: 7.00)
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
Boy, I wish I read this book sooner! I had tried to read this book twice before, once as an ebook, once physically (I literally started it the moment I got on the train after meeting Victoria). But somehow I just did not get past the first chapter. However, when I picked it for my TBR wheel I knew I had to read it. And it was a rollercoaster ride! I loved Kell, I loved Lila, I loved the setting and the writing, ahh I just loved everything! I will definitely be picking up the next book asap. You can hold me responsible if I don’t, honestly!
CAWPILE: 9 | 8.5 | 9 | 8 | 8 | 9 | 10 (Avg: 8.79)
The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Lately, there has been a huge hype surrounding the Witcher books. Netflix made a series, there have been games and honestly, everyone’s been raving about the Witcher for the past year or so. I never played the games and I have yet to watch the series, but I did decide to pick up this book when it got the most votes for G’s Patreon book club. I loved the first couple of stories, especially when I realised they were based on fairytales I knew (Beauty and the Beast, Snow White). But halfway through the book, I started to get a little bit bored. I think it was the fourth story that made me kind of reluctant to read on and after that, I kind of just skimmed the rest of the book. I loved Dandilion as a character, but that was kind of the best thing about the latter part of the book. Not sure if I’m going to continue reading the series, but I think I will definitely check out the Netflix show!
CAWPILE: 7 | 6 | 6.5 | 7 | 7 | 6 | 6 (Avg: 6.50)
Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson
When I first read this book, I was pissed it ended with such a cliffhanger. I had hoped the mystery would be solved by the end of the first book and the sequel would be about a completely different mystery. Unfortunately, I realised when finishing this book that the entire series would be about this one mystery. Still, I loved the book and I loved finding out details about both events along with Stevie.
CAWPILE: 7 | 8 | 8 | 7.5 | 8 | 7 | 8 (Avg: 7.64)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
A couple of friends of mine and I decided we would reread the entire Hunger Games series in anticipation for the prequel coming out in May. I had already read this book multiple times, and I think my opinion on this book will not change. However, I do think that this book is the least of the three? I think, I’m not sure I think I’ll have to finish rereading the series, but I think my favourite is Mockingjay.
CAWPILE: 9 | 10 | 9 | 9 | 8.5 | 9 | 9 (Avg: 9.07)
Diamond and Pearl Adventure, vol. 3 by Shigekatso Ihara
Hmm, I don’t know what it is about this series but I just don’t like them too much. I love seeing the Pokémon of course, but I think it’s just a repeat of every other Pokémon storyline. Kid gets a Pokémon, kid meets Team Rocket (or w/e they’re called in this series) and kid has seriously OP Pokémon (really, Piplup being that strong? H o w). Also, there was absolutely no Totodile so I am definitely disappointed.
CAWPILE: 5 | 6 | 5 | 6 | 6 | 6 | 7 (Avg: 5.86)
Twilight Princess, vol. 6 by Akira Himekawa
What can I say, I am Zelda trash. I loved this volume, though I was sad to find out it was shorter than all the other volumes, by about 20/30 pages. And also Link is a bit of a dumbo in this book. I have no idea how this book holds up to the game, as I never finished playing it (and have gotten rid of my WII since, so I can’t ever finish playing it. Maybe I’ll try and find some gameplay videos on Youtube one day). Anyway, I am super excited to be continuing this series, though I wish I knew how many volumes are still going to come… (Also where’s my Skyward Sword manga adaptation? *taps foot*)
CAWPILE: 9 | 10 | 8 | 8 | 9 | 8 | 10 (Avg: 8.86)
And that concludes my Wrap-up for February. I’m not sure what to think of this format, but I think I might keep it for March at least (and maybe write the reviews for each book I finish when I finish them, so the books are still fresh in my mind). How many books have you read this month?