January Wrap Up 2022

Hello readers! Today’s post is about the books I read in January. I didn’t read much in January because of everything happening around me, but I did get to a few. I’m hoping for books to stick better in February!

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Reckless Girls follows a group of people on a deserted island and on a boat. I got this one from Netgalley and I think it’ll be my last one for a while. I realized recently that I don’t give high ratings to ARCS most of the time.

I did like the book I read by Hawkins in December, but this one just wasn’t as appealing for me.

I really enjoy the setup for this book. I thought all the characters were interesting, but sometimes hard to tell apart when it came to their POVs. I enjoyed Lux as a character the most. That scene with the shark piqued my interest in the whole story. All these characters were shady and unreliable and I loved it. Also, this setting was amazing. I haven’t read many books that take place on boats or on islands. Those suspenseful scenes, like the shark one, kept me on the edge of my seat.
The ending was not my favorite thing, but most everything else I liked. This cover is really pretty and vibrant, but I don’t think it says thriller, at least not to me. This is my 2nd book by the author and I can’t wait to read more from her in 2022.

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This one is a graphic novel about Freddy. She is writing to an advice column about her girlfriend Laura Dean, who keeps breaking up with her.

I really loved Freddy’s character, but this poor girl was getting gaslit and manipulated through this whole book and all I can say is Laura Dean is a horrible person.

I’m hoping to read a book by this author again in February and I hope I like that one, too.

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The Kindred is Alechia Dow’s sophomore novel. This one follows Felix, a nobleman, and Joy, a commoner. In this universe, people are connected at birth, one upper class, and one lower class, with these telepathic powers. This is due to the lower class people feeling unheard.

Felix is accused of murdering an entire royal family, so he and Joy get on a ship and are on the run.

This book was a fun ride! I liked seeing Felix and Joy’s journeys together. I don’t think this book is quite as good as her previous book, but I’m still looking forward to reading more by her in the future.

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I went to the library and grabbed a bunch of graphic novels at random including this one.

This was in the YA section, but I think it’s more for adults. It’s about a girl who is terrified of sharks. She would dream about them killing her and her family on almost a constant basis. This book does have a few graphic pages of shark bites, but doesn’t have much of a plot.

I understand she is scared of them, but no steps are ever taken to help her, leaving me wanting more by the end.

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Little Fish is a graphic novel about a small-town girl moving to a big city for college. She learns a lot during her college journey with her new friends and cultures.

I did enjoy this one, BUT it fell a bit short for me. I feel like I was reading the first book in a series, but another book was never published. Just when we are about to wrap up all the plots, THE BOOK ENDS. I just hope this author writes another book one day, so I can see the rest of the story.

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Long Way Down is about Will. In this town, there is this sort of chain where someone will murder another person. THEN, a relative will murder that person who killer their relative. It happens again and again for decades. Will’s father, uncle, and brother all die in this same way. When his brother is murdered, he is taking an elevator to the apartment of the murderer and a few ghosts visit him. He has to choose to either kill this guy, or break the cycle.

I really loved this book until the ending! This seems like a common theme this January. The version I read of this book was a graphic novel, but it is the exact same as the original, but with pictures. This is such a wonderful story and I recommend anyone read it if they are interested, despite that ending.


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