January was a FANTASTIC reading month for me….so naturally February was kind of blah. I didn’t read as much as I had hoped to, with the semester kicking into full gear and my pile of ungraded papers growing larger and larger. I also didn’t really like much of what I read. I even had one DNF this month which never happens for me. All but one of my reads was just OK this month which probably played a role in my overall slower reading pace. On the bright side this means March will be fantastic right?
Listed from the worst to the best here are my books from February, 2017.
#5: 50 Shades Darker by E.L. James
This book was terrible. Absolutely terrible. I understand why people like these books. They read at an incredibly fast pace (it’s over 500 pages and I breezed through it in one weekend) and they are definitely steamy. But for every thing the book does right, there are five flaws. Christian Gray is the worst love interest I’ve come across, Ana is so annoying, and the writing feels juvenile even though it’s a very adult book. I think I’m officially giving up on this series.
#4: My Not So Perfect Life
This story fell flat for me and dragged on. I felt like it was full of cliches – the small town girl moving to the big city, the evil boss who secretly means well, farm people who make their own jam. None of the characters were interesting. However, I probably still would have given this story 3 stars if it wasn’t for the romance. The romantic story line in this book is awful. It’s insta-love at its absolute worst.
#3: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
There was nothing really wrong with this book. I enjoyed it. It would definitely would make a great beach read with it’s light and fluffy story line. I could only give it 3 stars though because it wasn’t very memorable. It’s one of those books I probably won’t remember at all by the end of the year.
#2: A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
It was interesting but the mystery/ big reveal felt sort of anti-climatic.
#1: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
4.5 / 5 stars
This wasn’t on my February TBR but I needed something dark and gritty to cleanse my pallette after all the chick lit. I loved this book. It was creepy, dark, and twisted. It reminded me of Megan Abbott’s and Gillian Flynn’s books, especially Dark Places. I’d definitely recommend this to fans of domestic thrillers.
DNF: Gilded Cage by Vic James
This story is set in a dystopian England where there is an elite upper class, and everyone else must spend ten years of their life as a slave. I’m generally not the biggest fan of dystopian novels in less they’re done well. I feel like, for the most part, the genre is sort of played out. However, I read reviews that said this book gave them serious Downtown Abbey vibes and I was intrigued. Unfortunately, the pace was slow and the plot wasn’t grabbing me. I made it through four chapters before realizing I had no investment in the plot or any of the characters and it was time to move on.
I finished a total of five books this month and only really loved one of them. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.