Hello 2022! While the year might have not started out how I expected thanks to the Omicron wave, it ended up being a great reading month since there was nowhere to go.
Once again, I set a yearly reading goal of 100 books and I’m starting the year off on solid footing to meet that by reading 11 books in January!
Let’s dive into what those books were:
January 2022 Reads
Untouchable by Kresley Cole
I kicked off the year by continuing with my read of Immortals After Dark! This is a very fitting book for winter give our female lead Danii is an ice-fae. This book wraps up the Wroth brother’s books, and unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite. Murdoch just didn’t do it for me.
Check out my review for Untouchable by Kresley Cole.
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
I totally forgot that I didn’t read The Warlord Wants Forever at the start of my read of Immortals After Dark, so after finishing up Untouchable, I decided to go back and finally read this one. Despite being very problematic in how it handles consent, I somehow still liked this one. Myst really saved it for me while I was a bit meh on Nikolai.
Check out my full review of The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long
My library hold finally came in for book two of the Pennyroyal Green series and boy, did this one not disappoint! I freaking loved this one so much. The chemistry between Cynthia and Miles was one fire and I’m sucker for all the tropes in this one. It’s just one kiss in exchange for information on potential suitors, right?
I haven’t had a chance to review this one yet, but keep an eye out for it next month!
The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
For the first time in ages, I’ve read some audiobooks! I have been going through a Lord of the Rings phase recently which has resulted in me finally picking up these books. When I was younger, I had done an abridged version of this same audio recording, but finally decided to dive into the full books. I’m not planning to review this as I listen to them just for fun, but my biggest takeaway was there were way more songs in these than I was expecting. Like a lot more. So many. Overall, I enjoyed both of them, but found The Fellowship of the Ring to take a long time to pick up and thought The Two Towers was more enjoyable. I’m just starting The Return of the King and cannot wait to finish that!
Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
So I read a lot of Immortals After Dark this month as this was my third (and not my last!). Unfortunately, I really did not enjoy this one. I really struggled with this one as it took a long time for the plot to pick up. While reading this, I also realized that I’m not a fan of Lykae males as romantic leads at all.
Keep an eye out for my full review on this next month!
Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
Told you I was reading a lot of Immortals After Dark! With Demon From the Dark we start ending some of the darker parts of the series featuring Torture Island. I liked this book more than Pleasure of a Dark Prince, but I don’t think it was the best one I read this month. I do think this was a good sort of Beauty and the Beast retelling and found the relationship between Malkom and Carrow progressed at a nice pace.
Check out my review for this next month.
Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne
Made in Manhattan was the first book in ages I’ve read in one sitting. I’m a major Lauren Layne fan so I’m not surprised that I absolutely loved this one! It was such a fun, fresh retelling of My Fair Lady and one I know I’ll be going back to reread at some point!
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of Eva Leigh’s newest book The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes, out February 22! I was super excited to dive into this one which is why I read it in January. Overall, I did enjoy this, but something was missing to make me love it. I’ll have a review up closer to the publication date, but I’d still recommend grabbing this one when it publishes. I loved the journey both the main characters go one and how accepting they both were of each other since everyone else around them wants them to be someone else.
Check out my full review for this in February!
Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
Wow. This book blew me away and is probably up there with my favorite Immortals After Dark books. This book is DARK and this was not at all the love story I thought Regin would get. And yet, it somehow worked. This was a very ambitious undertaking by Kresley Cole to pair up Regin with her torturer, but somehow she managed to redeem him and make it work.
I’ll have my review up for this hopefully next month, but just know I loved this one, even though I know it might not be for everyone.
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
I finished Lothaire just last night and still am sorting out my feelings on this one. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Enemy of Old’s story since we first met him way back in A Hunger Like No Other. This one was definitely a wild ride and had a crazy sex scene that actually made me laugh with how absurd it was. If you’ve read it, you probably know which scene I’m talking about.
Hoping to get my full review up for this next month, so keep an eye out for it!
January 2022 Reviews
While I was super productive with reading, I fell a bit behind on reviews as work was hectic. However, I did managed to get 7 reviews posted.
If you missed any of the reviews, here’s a quick rundown of all of them:
- A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflower #4.5) by Lisa Kleypas
- A Swift and Savage Tide (Captain Kit Brightling #2) by Chloe Neill
- Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #5) by Kresley Cole
- Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole
- Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne
- The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #0.5) by Kresley Cole
- Untouchable (Immortals After Dark #7) by Kresley Cole
What was your favorite book you read in January? Any bookish goals for 2022?