What with the recent deaths in the family (how dare my loved ones leave me and disrupt my reading plans!) my year has had a bit of a false start … understandably so, I think, under the circumstances. Sadly, I only read 2 books in January which is a bit disappointing, but I’m giving myself a break. Reading is usually my escape from the real world, but I’ve been finding it hard to focus and concentrate on a storyline … I’ve been watching a LOT of YouTube, and to be honest I’m not sure what I would’ve done without it!
Anyway, on to the point of this blog post, and a quick (very quick!) roundup of the 2 books I read in January.
The first book of the year for me was Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I needed something to take me away from the real world but that wasn’t too complicated or difficult to follow, and this fit the bill perfectly. The story was engaging and intriguing with believable characters (even if the situation did touch on the unbelievable at some points …) Overall, Stillhouse Lake did what I needed it to do, and I sped through this quickly. A good start to a series, it ends on quite the cliffhanger; I will definitely read the next instalment. 4 stars
After the drama of Stillhouse Lake, I then turned to the beautiful fantasy world of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow. I’m not a huge fantasy reader, but I do love a well written portal story, and this one didn’t disappoint. I adored this book. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, every sentence poetically crafted and the worlds beautifully imagined. I was swept along on the journey with January and honestly didn’t want this book to end. This is a marvellous debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what Alix E Harrow comes up with next! And hello gorgeous cover! I think this is one of the most beautiful book covers I have ever seen – truly stunning, and I’m really pleased I have the hardback of this (I’m usually a paperback girl just because I’m lazy and hardback are too heavy for me to hold!). Anyway, I gave this 4 stars. The story has stayed with me and I still find myself thinking about it.