February 2022 Reading Recap

Got to be honest, I feel really weird posting regular content right now given the state of the world. Russia’s invasion and attack on Ukraine is hitting me hard. You might have noticed a bit of a lull in content recently, and it’s because I just have not had the brain space to devote to reading or reviews.

The last week has been incredibly hard for me mentally so I’ve been giving myself the space to rest and refresh, even if that means putting things I enjoy on the backburner.

I’m not going away, but posts might be a little bit sporadic. I’m hoping to get at least one review up this week, but make no promises.

Anyways, let’s get to my February recap. I definitely slowed down on my reading in the last week of the month, but I still had a pretty successful month reading 8 books. Quite impressive considering I read two 800+ page books.

Here’s the books I read:

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ARC Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes
Evan Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Series or Standalone: Last Chance Scoundrels #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been trying to sort out my feelings on The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes for about a month. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it and liked the story, but I also found it not all that memorable in the long run. I feel like it was missing that special something to make it stand out. All that to say is I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I loved it. 

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Spoiler-Free Review: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
House of Sky and Breath
Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Crescent City #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2.5 Stars

MY REVIEW *NO SPOILERS*

This review will be a little different as I had zero intentions of reviewing this book as I wanted to read it for fun. 

First off, I want to say I am a Sarah J. Maas fan. I have been since I got to read an ARC of Throne of Glass way back in 2012. I’m not a die-hard stan, but I overall really enjoy her stories. Second, I adored the first book in the Crescent City series. I have not reviewed House of Earth and Blood, but it’s one of my favorite Sarah J. Maas books. Yes, it does take a second for the world-building to click, but I love its exploration of friendship, love and grief. That book really shines in those areas, and it packs a heavy emotional punch. I cry every time I read the last 20% of the book, given the sacrifices people make for those they love.

If you’re a hard-core Sarah J. Maas fan, I think you’re going to love House of Sky and Breath book. However, if Crescent City is the only series you’ve read of hers or you’ve been on the fence about this series, I’m not sure this book will be for you. 

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Review: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Hunt the Stars
Jessie Mihalik
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Series or Standalone: Starlight’s Shadow #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

When I saw the announcement for Jessie Mihalik’s new series last summer, I immediately had to add it to my TBR as I was a huge fan of her Consortium Rebellion series. And then I saw it was a bounty hunter, slow burn, enemies-to-lovers novel and it made its way to the list of most anticipated reads of 2022. This book DELIVERED! There are seriously not enough space opera romances and I crave more books like Hunt the Stars.

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Review: Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long
Like No Other Lover
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I had to wait weeks for my library hold of Like No Other Lover to come in, and let me tell you, I dropped everything else I was reading to dive into book two of the Pennyroyal Green series. While I enjoyed The Perils of Pleasure, I absolutely adored this one! 

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ARC Review: An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn
An Impossible Impostor
Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #7
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Starting a new Veronica Speedwell book is like being welcomed with a warm hug from an old friend or family member. It’s so comforting and soothing to be spending time with Veronica and Stoker again and getting wrapped up in their latest unexpected mystery and adventure. 

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Review: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long
The Perils of Pleasure
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Explosions; sexual assault

I’ve been meaning to dive into the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long for ages now, and after enjoying Long’s Palace of Rogues series, I knew I had to bump it up on my list. Funnily enough, I totally forgot I had read this book in 2016. I only remember vague bits in pieces of it, so reading it felt like I was discovering everything for the first time. I enjoyed this book’s introduction to the Everseas and Redmonds and their centuries-long bitter feud. 

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