January Round-Up!

I didn’t get much reading done in January. I started two new college classes, English comp 2 and Entrepreneurship, and there is a lot of reading and writing in both of these classes. So I’ve mostly been reading textbooks and short stories. I also had a family emergency so I was at the hospital for about a week with my dad – he’s ok now though! Now onto the books!

First up I read two volumes of Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe. Lore Olympus is a retelling of Greek mythology. It centers around Hades and Persephone but most of the Greek Pantheon is represented in some way. I really enjoyed reading these stories although be sure to check the trigger warnings on this before you start to read, there are some things in here that could be upsetting.

Next up we have Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys and Andrew Weiner. I thought that this was just going to be some stupid graphic novel by a celebrity but I actually really enjoyed it! Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Lolo Wright always thought she was just a regular fourteen-year-old dealing with regular family drama: her brother, James, is struggling with his studies; her dad’s business constantly teeters on the edge of trouble; and her mother… she left long ago. But then Lolo’s world explodes when a cop pulls a gun on James in a dangerous case of mistaken identities. Staring down the barrel, with no one else to help, Lolo discovers powers she never knew she had. Using only her mind, she literally throws the cop out of the way.

Problem is that secrets like Lolo’s don’t stay a secret for long. Skin, a dangerous dealer with designs on taking over the neighborhood, hears of Lolo’s telekinetic abilities and decides that he needs her in his crew. Skin might not have Lolo’s powers, but he’s got nothing to lose and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And what he wants is Lolo.

Lolo’s not willing to let Skin use her to hurt the people—and neighborhood—that she loves. But it’s going to take a whole different kind of bravery to stand-up for what’s right, especially after Lolo’s mom returns suddenly and turns Lolo’s whole world upside-down. For too long, it’s true, Lolo’s had her head in the clouds, but this time, it’s on her … and she’s not backing down.

I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The art style was great and the plot was good. The only thing that I didn’t like was that sometimes the words were really small in the speech bubbles and that made it hard to read at times. I really hope that Alicia Keys does some more with this character. I liked her and I think that she could have a nice run.

The next graphic novel that I read was Lost Legends of Nothing by Alejandra Green and Fanny Rodriguez. This is the second book in the world of Nothing. In this book we pick up right where the last book left off, with Nathan and his friends separated after the fight with Strryx. Once they are reunited, they must continue their journey to the Edge. If Nathan and his band of friends weren’t already feeling the pressure, they must prevent two realms from tearing Nothing apart, defeat Stryx, and not die in the process (no biggie). Otherwise, volken, faes, and all magic could vanish from Nothing . . . forever.

This was a really great follow up to the first book and I really enjoyed it! I don’t know if there will be another book in this world but I sure hope there is! I would love to visit all these characters again.

Up next is Cursed Princess Club volume 1 by LambCat. I didn’t think that I was going to like this very much. But boy was I surprised, this was so great! Here’s the description from Goodreads:

Meet Gwendolyn – living proof that princesses don’t always have it all. See, although she lives in a castle and her father is the King, Gwendolyn isn’t like a movie princess, or even a fairly-tale princess. She’s got a big heart, but isn’t particularly attractive and doesn’t have a Disney-quality singing voice. But one night, she accidentally stumbles upon the twisted world of the Cursed Princess Club, and her life will never be the same. Hexed and cast out, the ladies of the club are just the people Gwendolyn needs to show her that just because she doesn’t “fit the mold” does not mean she’s any less of a princess.

I loved this!! I can’t wait to read the next volume. I love how the girls’ dad treats them all equally and doesn’t favor the two girls that are more traditionally pretty. I thought that’s how the story was going to go so I was a little hesitant before I started reading it. But I was really pleasantly surprised by how they were all treated. I also loved all the other princesses in the club – they were all so great! I can’t wait to get more backstory for each of them.

So I had already read this book back in 2017 and I FORGOT ABOUT THE WHOLE THING I didn’t remember any of the plot the characters NOTHING. I went to put it on my Goodreads shelf and it was already on there! This was fine but you could see the plot twist a mile away. I mostly just included this one because it was funny to me that I’d already read it and forgot about it.

That’s it for this month! I can’t believe the first month of the year is already over. My classes are going good and so is work. I’m not reading as much because of my classes but I’m hoping to still read at least 10 or so a month. Anyway, I hope that you had a nice January! Happy reading!


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