More Romantic Fantasy | January Reading Wrap-up

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The first month of 2021 is over, so it’s time for the January reading wrap-up.

But before we dive in, I wanted to let you know that there will be changes to the blog. January is a great time to reflect and make changes. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this blog, and I have decided to switch up my content. 

I found that I didn’t like my posts’ quality and wanted to create various articles about books, reading, and more. So, you won’t be seeing many book reviews anymore. This year, I’ve decided to stop my quarterly wrap-ups and switch to monthly reading wrap-up posts, including mini-reviews, which I enjoy writing more.

I hope that you enjoy what I have in store.

Now, let’s get onto the books. There are so many books coming out this year that I can’t wait to dig into. But, for January, I wanted to read some titles from previous years. I’ve gotten into romantic fantasy more and leaned into it this month.

court of thorns and roses book cover

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

This was a fun Beauty and the Beast type of story – it was based on Tam Lin, which are Scottish Ballads. I liked how the characters were introduced and they developed well together. I found the pacing nice, considering the length of this novel. Overall it was a fun fantasy read that had a good buildup into the climax.

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court of mist and fury book cover

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

I had mixes feelings about this, but overall enjoyed the story. My main issues had to deal with the love interests. Without creating spoilers, let’s just say that I could understand the character development. However, if I didn’t think too hard about it, this was a nice story. We got to see more of the world and side characters. The main character also began to change and grow. I’m also questioning whether this series should be classified as young adult. Some of the content seems to be pushing into more adult themes.

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the pearl book cover

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Pearl by Tiffany Reisz (The Godwicks, #3)

Erotica

I found this book to be ok. It hit on the main components of erotica novels, but I was expecting more in the story. The connection between our main characters needed more development. I also thought the ending was quite abrupt. There was mild kink in the book and I wanted to see more of the dom/sub relationship as advertised. Also, there were odd supernatural occurrences that didn’t fit and spoiled the mood.

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court of wings and ruin book cover

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

To be honest, I found this one long and a bit boring. The story was long and seemed to just go back and forth. Even if the scenery changed, I felt like I was reading the same scenes over and over. I also found the main characters very frustrating and lacked growth. I’m also not a fan of how everything concluded. There seemed to be no risk or consequence.

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The Blacksmith Queen book cover

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken (The Scarred Earth Saga, #1)

Fantasy, Romance

I really enjoyed this novel. It had fantasy and humor with a little bit of romance mixed in. The characters were strong and dimensional. As the first book in a series, I thought this novel did a great job setting everything up. There were movement and explanation within the plot. This was a fresh story to read and built up the world and characters. I can’t wait to see how it continues.

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Have you read any titles from the January reading wrap-up? Feel free to share what you’ve been reading in the comments below.

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