January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Hello, friends! Here is my first monthly wrap up of the year. I managed to read all the books on my TBR and then some. I hope you enjoy!

Thank you to all the publishers / NetGalley for the ARCs that I read this month.

Stats:

Completed: 10 – 8 novels, 1 novella, and 1 graphic novel.

Started: 2

A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman: 59 pages

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown: 159 pages

Page count: 3,042

Genres:

  • Thrillers – 2
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult Science Fiction
  • WWI Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary Fiction – 1 novel / 1 graphic novel
  • Adult Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • WWII Historical Fiction

Acquired from:

5 library books

5 of my own books | 1 kindle, 4 physical

NetGalley ARCs: 4

Favorite read: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Least favorite read: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters


Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

1/1/20-1/6/20

457 pages

Reviews |

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire – ARC

Rating: 3 out of 5.

1/7/20-1/9/20

206 pages

Reviews |

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

1/6/20-1/10/20

336 pages

Reviews |

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Rating: 5 out of 5.

1/10/20-1/14/20

240 pages

Reviews |

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

1/14/20-1/18/20

346 pages

Reviews |

Giant Days vol. 9 by John Allison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

1/18/20-1/18/20

112 pages

Reviews | N/A

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – ARC

Rating: 3 out of 5.

1/18/20-1/19/20

336 pages

Reviews |

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner – ARC

Rating: 4 out of 5.

1/19/20-1/21/20

304 pages

RTC!

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters – ARC

Rating: 2 out of 5.

1/21/20-1/23/20

336 pages

Reviews |

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Rating: 5 out of 5.

1/24/20-1/26/20

153 pages

Reviews |


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Book Review: Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson

461 pages

ISBN: 9780399555817

Published: 11/26/19 by Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating: 2 out of 5.

B&N | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

All her life, Spensa’s dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true—he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure that there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars—and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself—and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

Review:

A hero does not choose her trials.”

Characters |

There are so many new characters introduced, and so many types of aliens (e.g. dione, figment, delvers, etc).

The most interesting to me was Morriumur, who is considered a dione (draft), which means he’s technically not born yet. It’s such an interesting / weird concept. I didn’t really understand it. His parents could decide whether or not they wanted him to be the type of person he was starting to become.

Vapor was also an interesting character. She was quite literally just a smell. Her scent changed depending on her mood. Her kind is called a figment, and a lot of them died during the human wars. They can pilot ships by infusing the electronics, and they can interrupt signals from the controls.

Spensa finally learns to tone her impulses down. She learns that she’s not invincible. Spensa struggles with not getting attached to other characters. Helping everyone is probably her biggest flaw. Even on an enemy planet, she helps other pilots that are there.

“Perspective. When you’re young, you can assume that everyone older than you has life figured out. Once you get commend yourself, you realize we’re all just the same kids wearing older bodies.”

Doomslug is still around and just as cute as can be. I know that’s what y’all came here for!

One part that made me sad—M-Bot wanting to be human and have human emotions. It reminds me a little bit of Murderbot in the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.

Story |

I enjoyed the adventure in this one more than the first book, Skyward. It drags a little here and there, but I had loads of fun the rest of the time.

You learn about Starsight, ran by Winzik, who is the head of the Department of Protective Services. He is tasked to resolve any issues and threats involving the Superiority. Humans are the biggest threat, and the Superiority is recruiting many life forms from different planets.

Alanik of the UrDail is the one that Spensa finds out about. She’s a cytonic like Spensa, and the Superiority wants her to be a pilot for their army. If her people send more pilots, then they could be offered primary citizenship.

Spensa finds Alanik’s ship already damaged, and the girl is about to slip into a coma when she tells Spensa about Starsight. This could be Spensa’s chance to steal a hyperdrive from the aliens. It’s extremely risky though. Spensa isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, and when she brings it up to Jorgen, he agrees to let her go.

She uses holograms to camouflage her and M-Bot to look like Alanik and her ship. The Superiority has no clue what she is supposed to look like, so getting into Starsight shouldn’t be too large of a task. When she gets in and starts training, she learns much more than she could’ve ever imagined.

There were a ton of twists and turns involved. I cannot wait to see where the universe takes Spensa and her pals—doomslug and M-Bot.

Writing |

I liked that the writing didn’t feel like I was reading a young adult novel, but it was still super fun. It’s very similar to Skyward, so if you enjoyed the way that one is written, then no worries about this one.

Overall |

If you have read and enjoyed Skyward, then I would totally recommend this one. I like when there are more politics and world-building. There is a lot of action in this one, too! Was it my new favorite science fiction novel? No, but I still had so much fun reading it. It was over 400 pages, and it only took me about four days to read it—without an audiobook! That’s a record for me. Just go pick it up.


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