What Annie read this month… | February wrap-up and reviews

Happy February! I had a great reading month: I rated all the books I read in Feb either 4 or 5 stars. Here’s what I read (and loved)…

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
When I read this book, I could tell that it was the kind of story that causes movement. Jade, the protagonist and narrator, is honest and brave in describing her life as a black student at an expensive prep school. She tries to strike a balance between her commitments and pieces together a persona that is vivid, vibrant, and unique. I’d never heard of this book before I was asking to read it for my YA literature class (I know, that class is a dream), and I can’t put it high enough on your reading list.
My rating: 5/5 stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This was a re-read for me and I honestly couldn’t love this book more. I haven’t updated it in a while, but I’m pretty sure this book is in my Top 10 (which I’m now going to update). The subtle feeling of discomfort and the way all the puzzle pieces fit together create the most wonderful sense of rightness and familiarity. If you need me, I’ll be lying on the floor and babbling about how much I love. this. book.
My rating: 5/5 stars

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Anyone know how I can apply to be Frankie Landau-Banks’s best friend? Asking for a friend. I loved this narrative and how many different layers of interpretation there were. As I read, pieces of the story kept unfolding as if I were solving a riddle. This book was rich and provided a unique commentary on gender roles and the Old Boy’s Club.
My rating: 5/5 stars

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I fell hard and fast for Caraval, the first novel in Stephanie Garber’s series, and the love affair definitely continued with Legendary. Garber has an uncanny knack for rich description that I swear I can taste. The story appeals to the senses and has the swirling, swept-up feeling that the mysterious Caraval festival provides. I enjoyed seeing how the Scarlett and Tella’s world continued to develop. I successfully predicted the surprise ending, which made me feel like a baby detective but was also disappointing. I wanted to be wrong, but alas. Still a great read.
My rating: 4/5 stars

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
If you know my reading tastes, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for literary fiction for a young adult audience. The Serpent King was no exception! I read this book for my YA literature class so I know my opinion here isn’t a popular one, but I struggled to come up with a critique. The characters are honest, raw, and painfully genuine. Combined with a unique but relatable plot, this book has become an instant favorite.
My rating: 5/5 stars

What did you read in February? What’s on your March TBR?

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14 thoughts on “What Annie read this month… | February wrap-up and reviews

  1. Hey Annie, I’ve just read one of your posts for the first time and it’s incredibly amazing
    Loved the recommendations for books and here’s a question for you,
    Do you like poetry?

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        I sent u a link, if you click on it, it will tame you to my blog which has the comp on it….