February 2019 Wrap-Up | Nerding Out With Nicky

I feel like February slipped right on by me without me even knowing. But that’s probably because I read so many fun, awesome books!

Would you believe I read 15 books for the month of February? I swear, in 2018 I wasn’t sure I’d even squeak by with my goal of 50 books for the whole year. I’ve already passed half of that 2 months in.

Anyway, that’s boring. Whatever. Let’s get to the nitty gritty and start spilling the tea. Books I read in February… and which ones I loved, which ones I didn’t love, and which ones were somewhere in between.

Admittedly, this month will be rather heavy on the Romance genre because I semi-participated in a Readathon hosted by romancebooks.blog.

1.Part Time Lover by Lauren Blakely: I rather liked this book. I thought it was well done and I especially liked the cultural aspects of the story. Very fun read! 5 stars.

2.Deal With the Devil by Meghan March: This was a “part 1” that ended on a cliffhanger. I gave it 4 stars. I liked that it was more adult than new adult by a long shot with the adult themes, the danger, and the main characters were written well. But I also felt like it had some hangups I had a hard time looking past.

3.A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: I gave this book 5 stars because it was awesome. Very well-done reimagining of my all-time favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Very fun characters, lots of action, adventure, magic, and I loved the CP representation with the heroine of the story. Very cool.

4.The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: Another 5 star read on this one. Very fun characters, enemies to lovers trope which is one of my all-time faves. Loved the audiobook as well.

5.Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely: Surely by now you’ve realized I am a huge Lauren Blakely fan. 4 stars for this super fun audiobook with a full cast of characters with different people voicing each of them in the audiobook. The story was fun, not terribly angsty. I tend to like my romance a little more angsty than this one, so that’s why 4 stars and not 5.

6.Muffin Top by Avery Flynn: I gave this book 5 stars. I loved the plus size female representation in this one, and I loved how much of a powerhouse she was, at that. The story was good and steamy, showing some of the insecurities without letting them hold our heroine back. And I definitely swooned for Frankie Hartigan, the tall, flirtatious fireman.

7.The Genius (Men of the North #6) by Elin Peer: I love this series so much. It’s just too, too good. I’d be one of those lunatic women standing at the border wall with my picket sign, waiting to marry me an Nman. So much to love about this series, and the audiobooks are fantastic.

8. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely: This was a short story audiobook that had just enough to bring everything out into the open and tie it up in a perfect little bow. Very cute story. I loved the meddling, match-making granny. Fun, flirtatious, and quick. Four stars.

9. Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt: This was one I listened to on the fly on audio after I finished my planned reading list. Mostly because book 1 ended on a cliffie and I kind of needed to know what happened next! Well, this one ended on a double-whammy once again, so now I need to jump into Book 3. The madness doesn’t stop!!! But these are good and binge-worthy, at least.

10. One Second (The Seven Series #7) by Dannika Dark: Five great big stars on this one. Lots of action, lots of conflict, stakes were massively high, characters were awesome, full cast of characters that bring this story to life. It’s so good. All these books are just awesome.

11. Deathtrap (Crossbreed Series #3) by Dannika Dark: Also five stars, also great characters, also a full cast of characters that bring this story to life. This time, instead of a family of shifters, this book focuses on a crossbreed vampire/mage and her vampire partner. The dynamic between these two is just so much fun, and the way this book ended had me bursting at the seems, super happy with the turn it finally took. There’s still a ways to go, but it was a big step in the direction I’ve been waiting for them to go!!

12. Providence by Caroline Kepnes: I did not love this book. I’d have DNF’ed it had I not needed to read it for my local book club. I read it, none of us cared for it, end of story.

13. Roomies by Christina Lauren: If I need to say anything more than this book had a super swoony Irish Hero, well, what more do I need to say? I freaking love Irish Heroes. This book was very fun to read. It did get quite angsty there toward the end, and I felt like there could have been some kind of epilogue to give us a little more of that HEA life they were to end up living, but overall, very fun read. 4 stars.

14. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: also known as my new favorite book of all time. I already want to re-read this book, it was so damn good. The writing was very poetic and really had that classic flare that kept it true to the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland work. The world, the characters, so familiar like visiting a dear, old friend. And while I knew this book couldn’t end well, it was so much worse and yet so much better than I ever could have dreamed. I was shook. Devastated to my core. And quite frankly, I’m completely in love with Jest, the court Joker that Lady Catherine falls in love with despite the King of Hearts hoping for her hand in marriage. Stupid, simpled brained King of Hearts. Ugh.

15.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I actually finished this book on March 1, but I started and read most of it during the month of February, so that’s where it’s going. This was another Beauty and the Beast re-imagining, and I actually liked it even better than A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Very good story, very dark at times, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about certain characters at the end that I started out not liking at all. Very much looking forward to reading Book 2!

Stay tuned to see what I have in store for March! I’ve already got a strong start and excited to see what my TBR has in store.

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