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:

February 2022 Reads

Hunt the Stars (Starlight’s Shadow #1) by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars was one of my most anticipated reads for the first half of the year and I dove into it as soon as it was published. I’m so happy to say it lived up to my expectations. If you’re looking for a great slowburn, enemies-to-lovers with forced proximity and bounty hunters in space, look no further than this book!

Check out my full review of Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik.

Since the Surrender (Pennyroyal Green #3) & I Kissed an Earl (Pennyroyal Green #4) by Julie Anne Long

Since the Surrender by Julie Anne Long
I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

My read-through of the Pennyroyal Green series continued this month I dove into books three and four! I have not had a chance to review these yet, but I enjoyed both of them, though I think I Kissed An Earl is slightly ahead of Since the Surrender. I’ll say with Since the Surrender, I did not expect puppets to play such a big role in the book and with I Kissed An Earl, I did not expect peeling potatoes could be fraught with so much sexual tension.

Check out my reviews of Since the Surrender and I Kissed An Earl.

An Impossible Impostor (Veronica Speedwell #7) by Deanna Raybourn

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn

This was a reread as I will fully admit when I first read this in November, I did it in a haze of excitement so my brain did not compute everything that was happening. This book had a lot of big reveals in it about Veronica’s past and I cannot wait to see how it impacts the story moving forward. It’s not my favorite book in the series, but it’s still a great addition and I still absolutely adore this series with all my heart.

Check out my review of An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) and House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

These two books are beasts as they both clock in at 800+ pages. House of Earth and Blood was a reread for me in preparation for book two in the Crescent City series. I absolutely adore the first book in the series as it’s a beautiful exploration of friendship, love and grief. The last 20% of that book destroys me emotionally as I full-on sob during it.

Now, House of Sky and Breath was a different story. I was really excited to dive into book two and see where Sarah J. Maas would take this series, but I ended up being very let down and disappointed by the sequel. I definitely feel like I’m in the minority, but I overall found House of Sky and Breath to be a bit boring and convoluted as there were too many storylines happening. And I’m also not the biggest fan of the ending.

For my full thoughts, check out my spoiler-free review of House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas.

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m not a big audiobook reader, but I finally finished up my first read of the Lord of the Rings series. This one took me way longer to get through than I anticipated, even though it wasn’t that long compared to some of the other books in the series. I enjoyed it even if there were a lot of miscellaneous stories at the end of it. Overall, I’m super glad I finally read this series as I’ve only ever seen the films and listened to the abridged version as a kid.

Now I need to tackle The Hobbit next…

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

I know It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey is incredibly popular on bookstagram and BookTok. However, I really did not like one. When it comes to Tessa Bailey, I’m incredibly hit or miss, and this one was a big old miss. The characters weren’t likeable, the romance was underdeveloped and there were some incredibly questionable plot choices.

Check out my full thoughts of It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey.

February 2022 Reviews

This was a tough month for reviews. Work and life got in the way a lot so I didn’t write as many as I liked. I have a huge backlog I’m hoping to work my way through.

But given the current situation with Russia and Ukraine, I likely won’t be working through them as fast as I would like. And I’m telling myself that’s okay.

Anyways, here are the six reviews that were posted in February:

Hope you had a good reading month in February! Any favorites?

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