January Wrap Up & February Challenge

Goodbye January, hello February!

January was quite a bad reading month for me as I only managed to finish 3 books. I just couldn’t make myself sit down with a book long enough to finish it. Because of this, and my ever growing TBR, I want to start setting myself monthly reading goals. Whether that’s reading a book that’s been on my shelf the longest, reading one that has a blue cover, or something else… as long as it encourages me to read more, then I’m happy haha!

My challenge for February is mythology. 

I’ve been doing a bit of work on mythology at Uni recently, so I thought why not make that my challenge for the month! I’ve got quite a few books to choose from so here’s hoping that I manage to read at least one.


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye


Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

I loved the concept of this book; a magic competition set in Russia sounded amazing, and I really wanted to like it.But something was missing for me in this book. It wasn’t so much a competition, but more of a show off session – if that makes sense? They just had to use their magic and try to impress the Tsar, which I didn’t really enjoy. I wanted more danger and backstabbing haha.

There was also a lot of insta-love and a love triangle, which again, I didn’t enjoy. I feel like this aspect weakened the book a lot, because the magical aspect became more of a way for the two enchanters to show off to one another. Despite that, the writing was insanely beautiful and it’s what kept me reading.

I’m a little unsure whether I want to continue on with this series – if you’ve read on, please let me know what you thought of the rest of the books!

3.75 Stars

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok


Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself. 

I’ve gushed about this book a lot recently so I won’t say anything except I loved it! Check out my full review here!

4.5 Stars

Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans


Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

This book was bonkers and so much fun to read – I laughed so much whilst reading it! It reminded me a lot of the Percy Jackson books as it’s inspired by Greek mythology, includes a quest, and an out of control Greek villain. However, it’s set in the UK, and there’s an entirely different interpretation of the Greek Gods, and so much humour. 

4.5 Stars

If you have any reading challenge suggestions, please let me know in the comments! I would appreciate it soooooo much.

What are some books that you read in January?


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