January Book Wrap Up | 2018

January Book Wrap Up

And thus, the longest month ever HAS FINALLY ENDED.

I managed to read 9 books last month, which is more than in the entire first half of 2017 I’m sure!

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Books I finished in January

I’m going to do a little summary of thoughts for each of the books I read. Those I’ve already reviewed – I’ll link up. The others will come eventually!

January Book Wrap Up | 2018These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


These Broken Stars has been on my TBR for a while – one of the main reasons being that it looks SO PRETTY. Anyway I finally got around to reading it – well listening to it – this month. I got it on audible and it got me out of my audio book slump! It was addictive and enticing. I really enjoyed the love story – it was a will they, won’t they with a bit of a twist.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
on March 8 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 337
Goodreads
five-stars

Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has...


I’ve The Exact Opposite of Okay for so long and I don’t know why I waited until now to read it! OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I was in tears by the end. The writing style was so unique – written in diary-esque blog posts – and about a topic that really gets to me. I’ll be reviewing this very soon – I can’t wait to go to the book launch in March!


January Book Wrap Up | 2018Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 1st 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Goodreads
five-stars

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.


I got denied Brightly Burning on Netgalley but I was DESPERATE to read it – so I hunted down the contact details and managed to get an eARC! IT WAS SO SO GOOD. It’s a retelling of Jane Eyre – IN SPACE. SO goooood. Admittedly I didn’t really remember much of Jane Eyre so it was all kinda new to me, but she definitely approached this retelling really well.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
Published by Doubleday on January 26th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 304
Goodreads
five-stars

A startling and evocative novel, harkening to both One Day and Gravity, a man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left.

After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.

As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read.


Hold Back the Stars has been on my TBR a while, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was about. OH. MY. GOSH. I cried – so hard. I had no idea what was going to happen, and I kept getting shocked and I just – I’m still reeling if I’m honest.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018Colliding Skies Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 350
Goodreads
four-stars

Since Skye Reilly can remember, she has been looking up to the stars. With high school graduation upon her, her telescope in one hand and her college acceptance letter in the other, she has life as meticulously mapped out as her star chart. That is, until the Celeians arrive and she meets Ethan, an alluring alien. Ethan collides into her like an asteroid, causing a gravitational shift in Skye’s trajectory and hurling her life into a cataclysmic collision course of interplanetary proportions.

The Celeians promise many things. An end to disease, global warming, and famine. The knowledge to help humankind. Despite the suspicions surrounding the intriguing aliens and rising anti-alien protests, Skye gives Ethan her trust, and eventually her heart. The very heart he could stop with a lethal electrifying touch of his hand.
When the Magistrate, a council of alien leaders, threatens to put an end to their interspecies relationship, following her heart could cost Skye her life and the lives of everyone she loves.
Not even light can escape the pull of a black hole.


Colliding Skies comes out in March – I got sent a copy for review by Oftomes. I really enjoyed this book! I will admit I was really drawn in by the cover – just look at it, who wouldn’t be?! It reminded me a bit of Twilight – but in a good way!


January Book Wrap Up | 2018One Way by S.J. Morden
Published by Gollancz on February 15th 2018
Pages: 304
Goodreads
three-stars

ONE WAY opens at the dawn of a new era – one in which we’re ready to colonise Mars. But the contract to build the first ever Martian base has been won by the lowest bidder, so they need to cut a lot of corners. The first thing to go is the automatic construction… the next thing they’ll have to deal with is the eight astronauts they’ll sent up to build it, when there aren’t supposed to be any at all.

Frank – father, architect, murderer – is recruited for the mission with the promise of a better life, along with seven of his most notorious fellow inmates. As his crew sets to work, the accidents mount up, and Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all. As the list of suspects grows shorter, it’s up to Frank to uncover the terrible truth before it’s too late.


I enjoyed reading One Way by S.J. Morden – despite the lowish star rating. It was the ending that let me down – I was so unsatisfied I just. WHAT WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS TO ME. Full review here.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018Deception by Teri Terry
Series: Dark Matter #2
Published by Orchard Books on February 8th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 448
Goodreads
four-stars

An epidemic is sweeping the country.You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. The 5% of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army.

As the epidemic spreads, survivors are being hunted like witches, for the authorities fear their strange new powers.

Kai is desperate to trace Shay, who tricked him and disappeared. Meanwhile, Shay is searching for the truth behind the origins of the epidemic ... but danger finds them wherever they go. Can they outrun the fire?

From the author of the international sensation Slated comes the second book in a powerful new story of survival and transformation; love and power.


I’ve been waiting for this book for OVER A YEAR?! Deception by Teri Terry was SO GOOD. A different take on the virus narrative, more physics than biology. You need to read Contagion first then Deception – DO IT. Full review here.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
on February 22nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.


Okay I don’t normally read books that have things like Valkyrie’s in. I don’t know why and I definitely will be reading them more often as I LOVED Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking.


January Book Wrap Up | 2018A Conspiracy of Stars (Untitled Duology #1) by Olivia A. Cole
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 432
Goodreads
four-stars

Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.


A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole was such a great read! It was my first read of 2018 and was a great YA Sci-fi, with definite Avatar vibes.


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And breathe. A pretty heavy sci-fi in space/fantasy month… XD

I kept my thoughts on each short and sweet to stop this being a huge post. I have a backlog of reviews that’ll be coming over the next few weeks, so I look forward to share them with you!

Did you see I launched #CroneBloggers last week, and announced our first #CroneBookClub! Which officially starts on the 18th of Feb, so I’d love it if you checked it out. I’m so proud of starting this little club, so please join us <3

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four-stars

30 thoughts on “January Book Wrap Up | 2018

  1. Wow Jenn, it seems like you had a wonderful reading month in January! 🙂

    I’ve got a backlog of reviews too. I was hoping in 2018 to have everything that I’d read in any given month reviewed before the end of the month wrap-up but, alas, that is not happening since I have about 4 things still to write full reviews for – eek!

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Between the Blade and the Heart – that one has been on my radar for a while but I haven’t actually decided whether or not to go for it, so I’d be intrigued to see a review of your further thoughts sometime.

    1. I did indeed!
      Haha same here! I haven’t even counted how many I’ve got to review… not sure I want to lol!
      I’m going to be writing up my Between the Blade review soon! It was really fun 😁

  2. Ooh, I was hoping A Conspiracy of Stars would have some Avatar vibes – so I’m happy to have that confirmed! Jane Eyre in space sounds fantastic, I’ll have to get my hands on that one. The audiobook for the next book in the Starbound trilogy is amazing, honestly one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to 🙂

  3. Oooh yay! I’m happy you managed to get a copy to review of Brightly Burning! I’m too lazy to contact them & my arc tbr is so high that i’ll probably just wait until it’s published XD I’m glad you enjoyed a lot of the books you read this month, though!

    1. Thanks hun! I worry sometimes that I’m just generous with my ratings, then I remember that I DNF books I don’t like and I don’t review them so I guess it skews it haha

  4. I loved the psychological element of These Broken Stars! Not knowing where the voices were coming from–the dead…the planet… an alien species… their minds… This added such a creepy, thrilling element to the survival, love story. Really enjoyed this book!

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