Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January Blog Wrap-Up & February New Release Giveaway!

Hello guys and welcome to the monthly wrap-up for January! It was a pretty eventful month and even though I didn't really manage to cross off any books from the challenges I said I was going to be participating in, I did read eight books which is definitely more than I had hoped for. With that being said, I'm a bit behind on my reviews and I might start combining Genres, which basically means posting reviews for more than one book at a time. I feel like that will be more effective and less time consuming, since exams aren't over yet and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed

Life has been pretty boring lately but, I've found many things to keep me occupied. Nothing major is going on but, I definitely need to stop buying and requesting books. I'm still going to sign up for events that truly interest me but, no more NetGalley requests until I manage to read the ones that I have already been sent!

Keep reading if you're interested in the books I read and reviewed during January and make sure to enter the Giveaways that are still open! I'm also participating in the February New Release Giveaway at the end of this post, hosted by It Starts at Midnight, to thank you guys for your support and give you the chance to win one of the books coming out during February! You can go check them out in the posts I'll have linked below but, if absolutely none of them interests you - because not all February releases are included - you can choose your own! 
*Pretty Dead Girls By Monica Murphy
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

This one had its flaws but, if you're a fan of Mystery/Thrillers, you'll probably enjoy this one! It was really engaging and even though some parts felt a bit rushed, the development of the story was quite unpredictable and it kept me on edge throughout it! The main character wasn't really my favorite because I did not agree with her way of thinking but, Monica Murphy managed to make me like her by the end of the book!

*Vanishing Girls {Detective Josie Quinn #1} By Lisa Regan
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

Definitely! As soon as I started reading this one, I could not put it down, guys! It was amazing! Full of suspense and absolutely unpredictable, it really made me hungry for more! It cannot wait for the sequel and if you guys have any Mystery/Crime/Thriller recommendations, make sure to leave them in the comments!

*Robin Hood's Dawn {The Robin Hood Trilogy #1} By Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

If you're a fan of Historical Fiction and enjoy re-tellings, I cannot recommend this one enough! I'm a huge fan of Robin Hood and this one took me by surprise! It transported me to a different era with its writing and the character development was more than impressive!

*Children of Blood and Bone {Legacy of Orisha #1} By Tomi Adeyemi
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

I cannot begin to tell you guys, how much I loved this book! It was truly revolutionary and probably the best book I've read in years! I could not believe that it was actually a debut and I actually requested it on a whim! I've never been more grateful for being sent a review copy! I'm going to review this closer to its release date but, just know that I loved it!
*The Art of Us By Hilaria Alexander
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

The pace of this one was a bit slow for my liking and it took me a while to get into it but, overall, I liked it. I couldn't really relate to the main character but, I enjoyed the love interest and how things progressed. The plot itself had more depth than I originally thought and the character development was definitely there. If you enjoy romance driven novels, you'll end up enjoying The Art of Us!

*Our Chemical Hearts By Krystal Sutherland
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

I knew I would love this one even before I started reading it and, if you're a fan of Young Adult Contemporaries, you'll definitely love it too! I don't think I've ever read one told from a boy's perspective, which was a refreshing experience and the writing itself was wonderful! Review of this one will be posted sometime in the next couple of weeks!

*Love in the Afternoon {The Hathaways #5} By Lisa Klaypas
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

Yes! I really enjoy Historical Romance and before picking up this one, it'd been a while since I had read any! It was very entertaining and easy to read, which is always a plus! I've been wanting to read one of the authors novels for a while so, crossing her off my list of never-read-before-authors and definitely picking up more of her books in the future!

*Maybe Never By Sadie Allen
Rating: 🍁🍁🍁
Would I recommend it?

I do! This is more of a 3.5 star rating and I might change it when I write my review because I haven't made up my mind on it yet. But, it was a really heartbreaking and fast paced read, I loved its characters and definitely enjoyed the unexpectedness of it!
*His Outback Nanny {Prickle Creek #3} By Annie Seaton
*Clutch By C.M. West
*The Perfect Duchess {The Macalisters #2} By Erica Taylor
*The Art of Us By Hilaria Alexander
*Robin Hood's Dawn {The Robin Hood Trilogy #1} By Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer
*Vanishing Girls {Detective Josie Quinn #1} By Lisa Regan
*Pretty Dead Girls By Monica Murphy

Open Giveaway!
{A Paperback Copy of Robin Hood's Dawn - US/CAN only}

🍁A copy of one of the titles featured in February's Most Anticipated Book Releases! {If none of them interest you, you can choose your most anticipated February 2018 book release!}
🍁You must be 18+ or have parents' permission to provide me with your mailing address.
🍁You have to make sure that, The Book Depository ships to your country! It's the only way for me to provide you with a copy, since shipping rates are too expensive from Greece to the rest of the world!

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66 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a pretty great reading month. Hope you have a fantastic February.

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    1. It was better than I expected! Wishing you an amazing new month!

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  2. Wow! 8 books! That's pretty impressive! I hope you have a great reading month in February!

    Here’s my Monthly Wrap Up!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  3. Sounds like a great reading month. Thank you so much for the giveaway <3
    Megan S.

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  4. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27414411-pitch-dark this is the book I want to read that is released in feb :)

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  5. I don't know yet which book I would choose if I won!

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    1. Feeling overwhelm is completely natural when so many books are coming out during February! Good luck!

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  6. Sounds like you had a pretty good reading month with 8 books! Keeping up with reviews is so hard sometimes.

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    1. It's so much harder than I thought it'd be!

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  7. I loved Our Chemical Hearts! Happy you liked it too. I am trying to control myself more with requesting DRCs, but I really want to read all the books. I am doing a 50/50 split with ARCs and my/library books, and so far, I have resisted requesting any more for my "full" months.

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    1. It's so hard not to request because there are so many books I'm dying to read but, I have to keep myself in check for the next couple of weeks at least! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  8. Nice January wrap up! There are so many books coming out in Feb--and it is a short month!

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    1. I'm extremely overwhelmed by all the books coming out during February!

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  9. Looks like you had a good month. There are so many good releases coming out in February, and I can't wait to read them. Hope you have a fantastic February!

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  10. I can soooo relate with the ARCs problem :D hey, you should join my monthly meme State of the ARC, where we draw attention to our ARC numbers and try to get them down! It DOES help.

    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

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    1. That's so interesting! I'm definitely going to check it out and hope for the best!

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  11. I'm actually TRYING keyword TRYING to keep myself away from Netgalley. I almost caved today but I didn't. *pats self on the back*. I've seen Children of Bone and Blood around a lot lately so I may have to check it out when it is released.

    I hope you have a wonderful February!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. YOU NEED TO READ CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE!I absolutely loved it! I don't how I'll copy with waiting for the sequel though! :D And staying away from NetGalley is so much harder than I expected! Well done for managing to stay away, I'm so close to giving in!

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  12. I love that there is such a great variety of new books this month.
    Dianna

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  13. I love these giveaway hops on new releases. I find so many new books and new authors.

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    1. I'm pretty sure you're as overwhelmed as I am! :D I don't even know where to start from!

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  14. So many great reads! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. It's really nice to discover your blog! :) So cool you're from Greece! I loooove fantasy books and there look like some really interesting ones in February! I hope your exams go well! :) xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I love Fantasy as well and there are so many amazing books coming out throughout the year!

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  16. Looks like you had a great month of reading. Thanks for the giveaway

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  17. Looks like I'm not the only one who closed January strong

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    1. Hopefully, we'll keep going strong for the rest of the year since it started out that great!

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  18. I read 8 books in January, too. It looks like you read some good ones. I hope you’re having a great February!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Starting off the year strong! You too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I am looking forward to read The Belles and American Panda. :)

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    1. I've heard so many amazing things about the Belles! I have to do some research on American Panda though since I haven't heard of it!

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  20. So many of your choices are on my list too! I really want to read The Toymakers, Prettty Dead Girls, Vanishing Girls, My Name is Venus Black, and a few more :)

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    1. I loved Vanishing Girls and I cannot recommend it enough! My Name is Venus Black is definitely at the very top of my most anticipated reads reads and I'm pretty desperate to get my hands on it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Ahhh you've already read Children of Blood and Bone.. Sooo jealous! One of my most anticipated releases, so happy that you loved it. :)
    Thank you for a generous giveaway!!

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    1. I cannot stress my love for Children of Blood and Bone enough! Highly highly recommend! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  22. I had the same response to Pretty Dead Girls which was disappointing. My book had a different cover - a bit more dramatic with black ballet shoes on top of dead leaves.

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    1. I was so disappointed when I realized that it was 90% Romance and just 10% Mystery. Definitely a bummer!

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  23. Looks like you read a pretty broad range of books! :) Awesome! :)

    #WrapUpRoundUp

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  24. There are so many great books releasing in February. Thanks.

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  25. I hope February is even better then January, book-wise.

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  26. I'm excited for this month, so many great books come out :-) :-)

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    1. I'm desperate to get my hands on all of them!

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  27. WOw February has a ton of great books to choose from, I've been wanting to get the new tradepack editions of beartown and lincoln in bardo.

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    1. I've actually never heard of them before! Have to look them up!

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  28. Oh alot of these books and authors are new to me...I found many I have to add to my TBR list!!!

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  29. Some new books to add to my TBR!

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  30. Sounds like you had a great reading month in January. I enjoy a good mystery/thriller, so will have to check out the ones you mentioned above.

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    1. That's so good to hear! January was actually so much better than I expected!

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  31. I am really looking forward to reading Children of Blood and Bone as well as Our Chemical Hearts which I missed last year.

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    1. They're both amazing reads! Highly recommend them!

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