January 2024 Wrap Up

The first month of 2024 was not a great reading month for me. I only had one 5 star read–which barely counts because it was a reread– and two 3 star reads. I spent almost a whole month trying to read one book, and it wasn’t for lack of time. But, I finally finished that book and now I’m ready to read some good books in February!

Stats:

  • Read: 3 books
  • Two 3 star reads, one 5 star
  • Favorite book of January: _______???? (none)

The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic

4 years later and this series still hits the same. The conclusion to the All for the Game trilogy was raw, traumatizing, heartwarming, and the culmination of quite a few complex character arcs. Neil finally chose his happiness and the Foxes over running from the mafia and it was amazing. I loved each and every one the characters.  Neil and Andrew’s relationship also took off to dramatic and romantic heights. Revenge and justice were served, and the story concluded so satisfyingly. I need more found family sports books in my life. Rating: 5 stars

Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross

Divine Rivals was one of my favorite books of 2023, but this was a disappointment. I loved Divine Rivals for its romance first and foremost, and the fantastical aspects were secondary. In this book, I felt that the romance could have been much more compelling and angsty. It felt like a repeat of the first book but without any of the witty banter and academic rivals vibe. It was romantic but boring, if that’s even a thing. Another thing that was supremely boring was the plot. It felt very slow up until the end, and even the climax was underwhelming. The otherworldliness and magic that I felt from the gods in the first book was gone, as they were written like regular humans in this book. Overall, not the best conclusion to a duology. Rating: 3 stars 

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

This took me almost all of January to read. My main issue is that the plot was all over the place, with about five different subplots that only occasionally came together. Also, the entire book was a huge bore up until the last 30 pages. Another problem I’m finding with these series is the lack of emotion and characterization. The characters are written robotically and I cannot cannot connect with them or even be slightly attached to them. They also have emotionless relationships with each other, for the most part. There is a slight attempt made by Shusterman to develop love and affection between his characters, but it is too subtle and almost nonexistent. I would like this series a lot more if I could actually care about the characters and their relationships with one another. Rating: 3 stars

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