February 2023 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Now that the month of March is almost over, perhaps it is time that I finally wrap up my reading from February πŸ˜‚ March has been A Month and my focus has been shot because of it. I meant to get to this post ages ago but, hey, at least I’m here now, right? Right! February was a decent reading month, though I didn’t read as much as I did in January. Still, I read a lot of books that I thoroughly enjoyed and even had a five star read!

But enough of my rambling. Let me tell you all about the books I read in Feburary!

Books Reads

  • Sacrifice by Vicky Walklate: This was my first read for the currently running blog tours for all of BBNYA’s 2022 finalists! I say this every time I read one of these books, but I can see why this made it to the final round. This was such a quick read that had me immersed in the world the author created. I loved the characters and the worldbuilding. This book certainly made me excited to pick up the next in the series! You can read my full review here. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: Here begins my binging of the Finlay Donovan series, haha. I wanted to join in on the Literally Dead Book Club discussion of the third book in the series, the pick for February, so I had to catch up! This first book was definitely my favorite in the series so far. It was fun, quirky, and charming in a way that had me completely invested in Finlay and her shenanigans. I have to give props to the audiobook narrator, Angela Dawe, because she really made the story come to life! This was a great first installment to a cozy mystery series. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano: I immediately jumped into the sequel because, ya know, I was on a timeline, lol. I enjoyed this one as well, but not as much as the first book. It was still fun and charming, but the shenanigans started to really stretch my suspension of disbelief. I think this is a concept that can only continue to get more and more unbelievable and I know it’s eventually gonna lose me because I can’t πŸ˜‚ Still, this was fast-paced, engaging and I still love Finlay and Vero to pieces. Steven can die in a fire, but those two are great! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske: I’ve wanted to read this book since receiving a gorgeous copy in an Illumicrate box. (Seriously, it’s so pretty 😍) I’m glad I finally picked this up because it blew me away! I loved the writing, the setting, the magic. My favorite aspect, though, is definitely the characters. Edwin and Robin own my whole heart, I can’t with those two 😭❀️ I loved the slow burn of their romance and the mystery woven throughout this story. I’m eager to pick up the next book in this series and continue the adventure. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Twelfth Grade Night by Molly Horton Booth: I spotted this graphic novel at my local library and loved the art on the cover so much that I had to pick it up! This was a cute, fun read that had a bit of magic, as well. I loved that this school has literal faeries and characters from Shakespearean plays roaming the halls! I can’t imagine attending high school with a character like Puck, lol. The story was cute, quick and I had a good time reading it. And the art was absolutely on point! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Spy x Family Vol 8 by Tatsuya Endo: I finally found the eighth volume of Spy x Family at my library, so I snatched it up! This was a wonderful addition to the manga series, which mainly focuses on the mom of our found family, Yor. I love Yor so much, she’s so precious in a very deadly way, lol. I liked that we got to spend most of the volume with her, in her head, and see her work. I will admit that I tend to like volumes that focus on the Forgers as a family, so I definitely missed their dynamics. But we got a little bit of it since Loid and Ana were off having adventures while Yor was kicking ass. All in all, this was a good time. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Haven by Ceril N. Domace: This was my second read for the BBNYA finalists blog tours. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can see why it made it all the way to the finals! This was a fantastic fantasy read that hit me in the feels in a hard way. Like… literal sobs 😭 I loved the worldbuilding, the characters, and how the plot unraveled. You can read my full review here. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke: This was my 12 friends, 12 recommendations challenge read for the month of February! I’m not a big YA contemporary romance girlie but I thought this was incredible! Perhaps I just need my YA contemporary romances to be more diverse for me to truly relate to them? Because I instantly connected with the main characters in this story and was rooting for them from jump. I loved the cultural references peppered throughout this story, the way it takes a hard look at some tough topics, and how it ends on such a hopeful note. I had a great time with this story and I hope to read more from this author in the future. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley: Lucy Foley is such a hit-or-miss thriller author for a lot of people, it seems. The same holds true for me, haha. I really enjoyed The Paris Apartment, which I read near the end of last year. I thought it was engaging and atmospheric and I loved the twists. This book? The atmosphere was definitely on point, the plot had me hooked, but the twists? The ending? Made me want to toss the book out of a window. It was just so convenient and it felt like a cop-out! Still, the experience up until the end was intriguing. I’m not opposed to giving the author another go and hope for another hit. β˜…β˜…β˜…

Book of the Month

Well, this is a pretty obvious choice since I only had one five star read in the month of February πŸ˜‚ There were a few that came close (the first Finlay Donovan book almost made it!) but this book was absolutely the stand-out. It was vivid and unique, with an interesting magic system and two main characters I couldn’t help but love. The Book of the Month for February is…

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Challenge Update

Popsugar Reading Challenge:

  • A book where the main character’s name is in the title (Finlay Donovan Is Killing It)
  • A book your friend recommended (A Marvellous Light)
  • A book about an athlete/sport (Love Times Infinity)

12 Friends, 12 Recommendations Challenge:

  • Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke (Thanks for the recommendation, @jenjenreviews!)

Disney Reading Challenge:

  • A book set on a boat (Spy x Family Vol 8)
  • A book read in one sitting (Twelfth Grade Night)
  • A book with magic it in/on it (Sacrifice)
  • A book that includes a marriage (The Guest List)
  • A book with an athletic male protagonist (A Marvellous Light)
  • A book that features a police officer (Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead)
  • An emotional read (Love Times Infinity)

Project Backlist Reading Challenge:

  • Committed Reader – I read two books off my physical owned TBR… so one better than last month! Doing great πŸ˜‚
  • Cold Turkey – I legit went to a whole bookstore and left with nothing. Please clap for me.
  • ARCrastinator – I super failed at this in February. I read not one ARC. March isn’t looking that great for ARCs, either…

Year in Aeldia Magical Readathon Challenge:

This is a year long reading challenge that G @ Book Roast created as part of the Magical Readathon. Check out her video for all the details!

For the path that I’m on, in February I either had to Go To The Forest (trees on the cover) or Go Towards A Lake (water on the cover). I chose to tromp through the woods and the book that fulfilled that prompt was Haven by Ceril N. Domace. Which technically also has a lake on the cover, but I’m choosing the woods!

How was your reading in February? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges?Β Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


6 thoughts on “February 2023 Wrap Up

  1. I’m so glad you love Finlay! I have an interview and series overview coming Fri/Sat.

    It is such a fantastic series. Have you read Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice For Murderers? I think you would love it. I reviewed it on my site.

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  2. Better late than never, right? πŸ˜‚ It looks like you had an awesome reading month in February! I’m sorry to hear that March has been a month thoughβ€”I hope April is going to be better for you. πŸ’œ I’m currently reading A Marvellous Light and I’m really enjoying it. For some reason, this had a rough start for me (I don’t know why the writing kept tripping me up!) but now I’m fully loving itβ€”Edwin and Robin really are everything!


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