February 2018 Recap

Hello everyone, and welcome to my recap for the month of February! I’ll be looking back at what I’ve done this month and forward to what’s up in March.

Sadly, the interesting links section is going to have to say goodbye. I’m not adverse to bringing it back in the future, but I just haven’t had enough time to read online articles and such. Life’s been busy! Between school, work, and internship searches, I’ve barely been able to keep up with blogging. Speaking of that, I’m going to take March 18th through 24th off from reviewing. I need some time to catch up with things.

As for DNFs, this month there’s only one: Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins.


I read maybe 60% of Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins. It wasn’t bad, it just left me cold. I kept hoping I’d get more into it… but I never did. And I’m having a hard time figuring out what about it threw me off! It was super heteronormative, which I wasn’t into, but I also think I didn’t care much for the characters. The only  one of the sisters I really cared about was Ash. And it overall just felt sort of familiar, Game of Thrones influenced fantasy, but with a Norse setting. Oh, and it’s very slow moving. Even when I quit at 60%, it didn’t have much of a feel of urgency too it. When I found myself watching TV instead of reading, I knew it was time to let this one go.

But onto what I’m reading in March! My rather busy life means that I don’t have all that much scheduled, but here’s what I’ve got written and ready to go for March:

  • A review of The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
  • A review of Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

I’m also still working on a number of reviews, and I hope to get them written and posted within the month:

  • The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
  • Regeneration by Stacey Berg
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

As for what I’ll be reading in March, I’ve got a good two weeks off for Spring Break! I’m not totally free (moving, internship search, and getting ahead with schoolwork for instance), but I do plan on getting in some reading time. Maybe I’ll get around to finishing the Sun Sword series by Michelle West. Other than that, I don’t have anything specific in mind.

Reviews from February

4 stars

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones

3 1/2 stars

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Odd & True by Cat Winters

3 stars

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Old Worlds, New Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean 

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren

2 1/2 stars

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

And I’ve got the usual, non-review posts as well. Short stories have all but disappeared lately (again, things have been hectic!), but maybe I’ll be able to manage a round up or two later this semester.

As for what I posted in February:

Over on HerCampus, I wrote a 101 type post about aromantic identities. 

That’s about it from me. What will you be up to this March?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Her Body and Other Parties, but just haven’t found time. I’m looking forward to your review, I’ve seen mixed reactions so I’m curious!

    1. I liked it! It’s pretty dark, but I like her style.

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    You’ve had a busy month. Hope you enjoy your spring break.
    Lynn 😀

  3. I recently finished Daughters of the Storm. I enjoyed it well enough, since I made it all the way through, but I also kinda get what you mean. Something felt missing, like…an actual conflict, maybe? I mean, within the first few dozen pages we already got all the answers to what was happening to the king and who was all involved, so the rest of the book was like biding time. I did enjoy reading all the family drama though, that was pretty much what kept me going.

    1. That’s really good analysis. We know all the pieces, so we’re mostly left waiting for things to happen. I also thought the family drama was the best part of the book.

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