I'm actually writing this halfway through the month in an attempt to get it up on time at the end of the month. When I finish a book I'm just adding it in down below and hopefully that should help me still have the book fresh in my mind.
Anyway, as I'm pre-writing this I don't really know how this reading month is going to turn out, but so far it's been really slow and I haven't really read much, but I'm hoping that'll change soon.
If you're not sure how my wrap-ups work, they are in order from my least favourite books of the month to my favourite books of the month and in between that they are also split up into three different sections: finished reading, read and started reading.
Let's get into the wrap-up!
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - 204 Pages
I started reading this in January and got around 132 pages in, so I read the rest at the start of this month. This was a re-read for me in preparation for the release of The Sleeping Prince, the sequel and I gave my re-read a similar rating to the original rating.
When re-reading this I did still notice the same issues that I had last time with this book, pacing and a slow beginning, but that doesn't stop my love for this book.
I'm now really excited to jump into The Sleeping Prince!
Rate - 3.75-4/5
Original Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-the-sin-eaters-daughter-by-melinda-salisbury
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sin-Eater-s-Daughter/9781407147635
Should I do a review for my re-read or just stick with my original?
The Lost Hero of Cape Cod by Vincent Miles - 30 Pages
I was stuck on what section to put this in - read or started reading - because I actually didn't finish this book and I probably won't anytime soon. I didn't DNF it because it's bad because it really isn't but it just isn't for me.
I did get sent this for review from the very kind author, thank you! I have still written a short review for this, which will be coming soon as I felt bad that I just couldn't get through it.
The book for what it is is brilliant, but I just didn't understand it, found it confusing and overall just couldn't get myself to carry on. Because of these reasons, I actually didn't want to read and could feel myself slipping into a reading slump (part of the reason why the first half of this reading month has been really slow), but I did try to get a bit further however I just couldn't carry on.
This book is a historical biography of Captain Asa Eldridge, an important (but not mentioned nearly enough) figure from the Maritime trade in America. I found the premise to be interesting and that's why I accepted it for review. I would still recommend this as I know I didn't like it because of me.
As I didn't finish the book, I didn't think it was fair of me to rate it and hopefully you'll understand that.
Rate - NO RATING
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28001621-the-lost-hero-of-cape-cod?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Lost-Hero-of-Cape-Cod/9780962506888
IA Initiate by John Darryl Winston - 219 Pages
I was actually sent a signed copy (along with two bookmarks) from John in trade for a review, thank you so much! What I didn't mention though is that I got sent this back in September/October and I have only just read it...
Anyway, haha. I've been meaning to read it for so long and this month I finally picked it up in order to remove some of my guilt.
The book follows a young boy who goes by the name of 'Naz'. He lives with his sister Meri in foster care due to their very troubled past. Naz sees himself as an ordinary teenager, but he isn't really that as he sleepwalks every night and hears voices along with other things. His goal in life is to protect his little sister and get her out of the Exclave, a bad area in which they live, as soon as possible and give her a good future.
This becomes hard for Naz as he has become a target of a group of dangerous people and he experiences a series of vicious attacks. Through this journey as well, he discovers things about him and his past that he never knew existed.
This is a first in a trilogy (I think?) and I really enjoyed it and also as a bonus, I was able to finish this really quickly. I will definitely be continuing with the series and can't wait to see where the next book goes.
My review will be coming very soon! (When I actually write it...)
Rate - 4.25/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21471358-ia?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - NOT AVALIABLE
Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - 238 Pages
This is one of the books that wasn't on my February TBR at the start of the month, but I do have a reason for reading it.
I had always wanted to read this and it's been on my wishlist since I got properly back into reading last year, though I had never got round to actually buying it. However, the other day I was browsing through Netflix as you do and I saw that the movie for this was on there and I had an urge to watch it, but I knew I had to read the book first. However, I also knew that I wasn't going book shopping any time soon and that it would take a while for it to come if I ordered it online, so I decided to see whether my local library would have it in stock.
I don't know if this is the case with most library services, but our county (it also shows out of county, though you have to pay more for books to come from there) library service shows you what books each library has in the area. You search a book and it will come up with a list of libraries that have that book in stock. This allows you to reserve it at that library or request it to be sent to your library. Luckily Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List was available in my county so I didn't have to pay a couple of pounds for it and also I'm under 16 so I don't have to pay the 50p normal in county fee.
When the book arrives the library then phone you and luckily for me the book arrived within a day so I was able to pick it up and read it.
While reading this I wasn't actually sure whether I was enjoying it or not, but by the end I knew that I did enjoy it but just not as much as I originally thought I would. When I started reading I became worried as it seemed the main part of the book had began in the first 10 pages and I was worried that it was going to be slow and just ugh, but luckily it wasn't like that and there was actually a point to the book. I will admit there was some slow parts towards the middle. Another problem I had was with the perspective changes of the book. Don't get me wrong, I love a range of different perspectives (POVs) in a book as long as the author (s) does a great job of it. Unfortunately, the authors didn't do a good job of it and there were some really pointless POVs that didn't add anything to the story.
However, there were still some good points and therefore I still gave it an okay rating.
Rate - 3.5/5
I don't know whether to do a review for this or not so if you would like to see a review (or maybe a mini-review) then comment down below!
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23230.Naomi_and_Ely_s_No_Kiss_List?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Naomi-and-Ely-s-No-Kiss-List/9780375844416
Zoom Boom the Scarecrow and Friends (Zoom Boom #1) by Joel Brown and illustrated by Garrett Myers - 28 Pages
I was sent this for review from the author, thank you Joel!
This is the first book in a picture book series starring a scarecrow "hero" named Zoom-Boom who's always keeping his friends safe from trouble/danger.
I thought this idea was pretty cool as I've only seen scarecrows in stories/films to be stupid, creepy etc. Meanwhile, Zoom Boom is quite the opposite - he's smart, funny and cares for all of his friends.
As it is a picture book, I was able to read this in like 10 minutes, but I actually really enjoyed the story and especially the illustrations. Garrett Myers did an excellent job with the illustrations - they were bright, bold and fun.
I don't want to talk too much more about this as I do have a review coming soon and also a Q&A with Joel.
Rate - 4/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895035-zoom-boom-the-scarecrow-and-friends?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Zoom-Boom-the-Scarecrow-and-Friends/9780996608312
Be Tidy or Not? (Zoom Boom #2) by Joel Brown and illustrated by Garrett Myers - 28 Pages
Along with Zoom Boom the Scarecrow and Friends, Joel also sent me two other books and Be Tidy or Not? is one of them.
This one is also part of the Zoom Boom series though it didn't have Zoom Boom in at all (from what I can remember anyway) but instead featured two of his friends, Dirty Bird and Charm.
From the title and names of the two characters you probably know which character is tidy and which one isn't, but you're probably wrong. Dirty Bird isn't dirty at all meanwhile Charm is extremely untidy. I liked the fact that the author did this as it should help children understand and remember the 'don't judge a book by its cover' phrase.
Though these characters are completely different in their tidiness and also other things, they are best friends and towards the end of the book the author explains the importance of friendship, but also that just because you may be different doesn't mean you can't be friends. I think this is an important message not just for young children but for the majority of people and in my opinion the author used that in a superb way an done that will stick in a young person's mind
Also, just like the book before the illustrations in this one were brilliant and some of them were quite humorous as well.
I will talk about this book more in my review so make sure you watch out for that.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895036-be-tidy-or-not?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Tidy--or-Not-/9780996608329
Be Careful (Zoom Boom #3) by Joel Brown and illustrated by Garrett Myers - 28 Pages
This is the final book that Joel sent me for review (thank you!) and it's about road safety and how you should always look for warning signs and listen to what you're told.
I agree with the fact that it is an important subject and especially to children at a young age and I think that Joel wrote about it in a way that a young child would definitely remember and think about it more often.
Despite this, I found this book to be my least favourite out of the three and therefore I did give it a lower rating than the other two.
Just like with the other two books, I will have a review (or maybe a mini-review) up for this soon so make sure to watch out for that.
Rate - 3/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895037-be-careful?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Careful-Joel-Brown-Garrett-Myers/9780996608336?ref=grid-view
Dark Escape by Eileen Sheehan - 63 Pages
M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman - 22 Pages
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne - 50 Pages
What was your favourite book that you read in February?
Total Pages - 910 Pages
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