February 2020 Wrap Up

Oooof what a month!!! I am so ready for it to feel like springtime… three storms in a row, Covid 19 spreading worldwide, some emotional turmoil, family bereavement, ill health… I repeat. WHAT A MONTH!!!!

But we made it through you guys!!! And I managed to read a few books and post on my blog at least once a day so POSITIVITY!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love that kitten gif so much!!!

Okay! Down to business…


I read ten books in total this month which I am actually surprised about because it felt like a lot less!!! So yay, go me!

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

First up was A Heart So Fierce and Broken which is the sequel to A Curse so Dark and Lonely and lol no….


SUCKED SO HARD!!!!!!!!!!!

Ughhhh do I want to rant about it again????


Book 1 had amazing disability rep but for some BAFFLING reason in book 2 the points of view were changed from the awesome Harper and Rhen to new girl Lia Mara and Grey…. Grey lost all his sass and became like a cliched emo teenager and Lia Mara just felt like Harper 2.0 BUT WITH DISABILITY ERASURE

I’ll spare you guys the rest of the drama but just trust me when I say it is an incredibly poor sequel and I was not impressed. My full review can be read HERE.

Possession by A.S Byatt

This book may have taken me a week to read BUT WOW IT WAS AMAZING. It was everything I didn’t know I ever wanted from a book. It was simply intoxicating and I am in love! (Full review HERE)

Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger

This was an eARC that I was invited to read AND WOW AM I HAPPY I READ IT!!! Glorious prose, compelling characters… a total success!! Full review HERE.

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

I requested this book from NetGalley because the MC shares my first name! But I certainly did not expect to love it as I did. It was a brilliant reimagining of an ancient Irish myth that was set in the 1970s with incredible characters and a compelling twist on the original myth… highly recommended. Full review HERE.

Prince Charming (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hello ambivalence central… (Full review HERE)

Moving swiftly on….

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

And welcome to the biggest disappointment of the month…(I mean you’d think after a heart so fierce and broken things could not get worse… well lol at that idea!!!)

But yes… Ughh THIS BOOK JUST NO!!!!

A book about giving agency to female characters from Dracula. Sounds great right???


This book lacked any sort of emotion.

The characters felt like stereotypes.

There was a token romance that felt shoehorned in for *emotional conflict*.

There was a cute kid and a bear also shoehorned in for *emotional manipulation*.

The book was not about the three brides of Dracula but in fact only two as the third was only mentioned in the epilogue and it’s like huh??? Isn’t this book supposed to give voice to forgotten women and then it forgets a woman itself?????????????


Also there was a whole lot of unnecessary animal cruelty depicted on the page and a very uncomfortable scene where the girls are examined for *purity*… this book needed SERIOUS content warnings.

And lastly it just was written so poorly… so so poorly. I can’t believe that Hargrave is the same author who wrote The Mercies which I loved so much last year when I read it as an eARC!!

Anyway if you want more ranting there is a full review HERE.

I’m just gonna try shake off the memory of that utter mess…

Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman

This was such an engaging read. So honest and funny, and at times so heartbreaking. I was so delighted that I requested this from NetGalley.

A lot of the times in YA we complain that the characters don’t act or sound like teenagers. Well in this book Phoebe the MC is 100% a teenager. She’s 15 years old and is the most glorious medley of personality traits that all blend together to make her feel entirely authentic. A truly enjoyable read which surprised me greatly. Full review HERE.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

This was another eARC from NetGalley. This one started out slowly but when it got going I was 100% invested. It was really thought provoking with how it discussed how literary circles compare the writing of male and female authors. This book really turned out to be quite the happy surprise. Definitely recommended. Full review HERE.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Another eARC but this one wasn’t so successful in its execution. An interesting premise that one can only describe as The Martian meets The Handmaid’s Tale but ultimately the book did not quite live up to its potential. Still an enjoyable read though. Full review HERE.

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

I was looking for a gentle middle grade book to round out my month and in the past I had loved this author’s writing… sadly this one wasn’t for me… Full review HERE.

These are the stats according to Goodreads for those of you that are interested in such things:

  • Average rating for the year to date: 3.5
  • Pages read for the year to date 9,020

So a bit of a mixed bag this month… but yet my abiding memory is disappointment… However I think that is a lot to do with what was going on in my personal life though. Fingers crossed for a March filled with new favourites!

15 thoughts on “February 2020 Wrap Up

  1. that kitten gif🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 its too precious!!

    oh nooo!!! i’m so sad to hear that ‘a heart so fierce and broken’ sucked for youu 😭😭 i’m still so scared to pick it up bc i loved the first book so much and i felt like it would have been better as a standalone but oh well. maybe i’ll put it off a little bit longer. ‘Beach read’ sounds really interesting, i can’t wait to read it and see how that goes.

    it looks like you had a great reading month and i hope march is even better ❤️

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  2. February was a helluva month wasn’t it? It looks like you had a pretty good mix of wins in the reading department though, although sorry to hear the disappointments have stuck out more in your memory 😦 Hope March is a better month of life + reading too! Big hugs ❤

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  3. Sounds like you had an interesting reading month, Emer! I’m sorry The Deathless Girls ended up being such a disappointment for you – I was intrigued by this one, but I think I’ve seen enough meh reviews that I probably won’t pick it up. I really need to cross Possession off my TBR!

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