What I’m reading – February 2018 Wrap-Up

February has been a great reading month. I’ve read seven books, including a couple rereads, some graphic novevls and a new favorite. If you want to know about it, just keep reading ⤵.


Girlhood – Cat Clarke

Publisher: Collection R

Number of pages: 360

Genre: Contemporary – Young Adult

Synopsis: Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows no one else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

Rating and review: 4/5 – I’ve had a great time reading Girlhood. Indeed, this might not be a favourite but it was a beautiful story nonetheless. Plus, it was very different from what I usually read.

➼ My full review for Girlhood


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number of pages: 541

Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult  

Synopsis: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Rating and review: 5/5 – The Cassandra Clare reread continues with this third book in the Mortal Instruments series. This is by far my favourite book in the original trilogy. It’s the first one that really got me invested in Clace. Plus it has all the feels. It made me laugh and cry and it was glorious.


Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Publisher: Knopf Books

Number of pages: 663

Genre: Science Fiction – Young Adult

Synopsis: Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Rating and review: 6/5 – Last month, I reread Illuminae and loved it. So this month I reread Gemina. And, surprise, surprise… It was AMAZING. I cannot wait to finally be able to read the conclusion to this series, which is one of my favourite.


Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 – Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate (Illustrations)

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Number of pages: 238

Genre: Science Fiction – Graphic Novel – Young Adult

Synopsis: When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series.

Rating and review: 3.5/5 – I’ve had a hard time getting into this new format because it was my first time reading a graphic novel. Also, the pacing felt very slow. But I still enjoyed this spin-off of The Lunar Chronicles and the conclusion was promising for the second volume.


Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: “Gone Rogue” – Marissa Meyer, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations), Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Number of pages: 324

Genre: Science Fiction – Graphic Novel – Young Adult

Synopsis: Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

Rating and review: 4.5/5 – I loved this second opus, which I flew through in no time. Once I got used to the format, I had a great time with Iko and the gang. Moreover, the story was entertaining, gripping and super funny. The only regret I have is knowing that now I have to say goodbye to The Lunar Chronicles.


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Number of pages: 481

Genre:  Urban Fantasy – Steampunk – Young Adult

Synopsis: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Rating and review: 5/5 – One of the main reasons why I wanted to reread Cassandra Clare’s book was this series. Ever since I first read it, it has become one of my favourites. So a reread was long overdue. I was so happy to dive back into this world, and I can’t wait to keep going.


The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Number of pages: 464

Genre: Contemporain – Young Adult

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Rating and review: 6/5 – Oh my God, this book ! It was a true eye opener. It’s more than a simple novel, it’s a dive into the life of an african american family. It’s a raw and honest look at all the clichés, discriminations and violence that people of color suffer from in the US. And yet, it is also a funny, light and moving novel. It’s all that and so much more. Full review to come, really soon


So, what have you been reading this past month ?

Happy Reading,

Gaëlle

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