January Reviews, Part 1

I’ve finished my first 5 book reviews for January (and the year). Let’s dive into the details.


Age Category: 3 YA, 2 A

These are my typical two age categories to pull ahead of the crowd, so no surprised here.

Genres: 1 Contemporary, 1 Fantasy, 1 Graphic Novel, 1 Mystery/Thriller, 1 Historical Fiction

Technically, that contemporary should be a nonfiction (in my opinion). That graphic novel was also a classic adaptation. However, look at that spread of genres! I read everything. 

Indie Authors: 3 N, 2 Y

Close as you can get to 50/50 with an odd number of books.

Total Pages Read: 1,493

Average Pages per Book: 298

First reviews of the year means this is the bar I’m setting for average right now. 

Ratings: 3, 3, 3, 4, 4

Decent crop of books!

Book Notes That Didn’t Make the Video

Dear Nobody

  • I purchased this ebook awhile back with a gift card. It’s been just waiting for the opportunity to read it! Thank you, shield challenge. 
  • The images can be temperamental on an electronic device, just be aware. I was able to get them to load but it was a struggle at first. My advice? Wait for the book to fully download before opening (normally with Kindle you can open when it’s started) to make sure you get those images. 
  • Get yourself a copy here.


  • This was an ebook I was sent by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
  • There are a few grammatical errors or missing words in this one. Nothing that changes the meaning or gets in the way, but worth mentioning. 
  • Support indie authors and get yourself a copy here. You can also get the first book in this series here

The Great Gatsby (Adaptation)

  • This was a paperback ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The ARC actually comes in black-and-white, although the final copy will be in full color. To help reviewers understand what the final will look like, there is a separate book in full color of only chapter 1. In my opinion, the lack of color didn’t really hurt anything. Although the color is lovely. 
  • I am NOT a big fan of The Great Gatsby. That being said, this is well done. I think her intention was to highlight some of the beauty she sees in the classic in new ways. I feel like I like it a little more now, which I’m sure the author would be proud of. 
  • Get yourself a copy here.

An Audience of Corpses

  • I was working from an ebook copy the author sent me in exchange for an honest review. 
  • You know that moment in a book when you find the title used? This one was really cool. It was in a sort of unexpected way that will definitely grab your attention. 
  • Support indie authors and get yourself a copy of this one here

The Four Winds

  • This was an ARC from the publisher. Thank you St Martin’s Press!
  • I have previously enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s other historical fiction. She continues to rely on real events and characters that read like they are real people. 
  • Preorder your copy of this one here

The Video

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