February, the runt of the months.
I read a mixed bag of books this month, some were great, some were shit and others were ok. I watched some tv and headed to the movies for Valentines Day. Lets look at the books.
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart – I didn’t love it. My ‘starts as a review, but turned into a rant’ is up, if you want more info click the link. 2 stars
Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole – I haven’t ventured into military fantasy before, but this was great. There was plenty of action, the magic was great and the characters and dialogue felt real. For my full review click the link. 3.5 stars
Book of Souls by Nadine Nightingale – Paranormal romance with an Egyptian twist. This was fun, it was pretty typical of the genre, but I enjoyed it. It doesn’t sugar coat any of the violence, and the romance was sweet. Blaze was a great character. I liked that Nisha and Blake met at the police station, one in cuffs, the other accused of causing a death. 3 stars
Romanov by Samaire Provost – This vampire tale was a dnf for me. I received it from NetGalley, so I feel like an asshole for not finishing it, but damn the writing did nothing for me and the plot was…. Not my thing.
Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore – A character driven fantasy, with magic, daemons. It was my first R.A. Salvatore read. I wasn’t 100% sold on it, I thought it was a tad long-winded and it didn’t build up to any climax. 3 stars
Alien Captain by Ariel Jade – This was such a pleasant surprise. Its a wonderful novella to introduce you to the world and characters. It’s a fun romance with a little smut thrown in for fun. 4 stars
Age Of Assassins by RJ Barker – The absolute highlight of my month. This fantasy stands out from the crowd, the pacing is perfect, the characters are memorable and the story is a great spin on a murder mystery. It’s a coming of age story with swords, magic and assassins. Book 2 is now on my birthday wish list (Note to any family reading this.. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.) All the stars
Black Panther – An entertaining, fun way to spend a couple of hours. That was my initial thought, then after sleeping on it, I’ve decided my initial thoughts still stand. But that’s not all. Black Panther doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions or taking a stand, it doesn’t rely on action or witty banter to entertain the masses although it still has plenty of those. It is a smart, well written, thought-provoking movie, with so many incredibly solid performances that its hard to pick a stand out.
Netflix is such a wonderful creation. As someone who doesn’t watch a lot of tv, this works perfectly. I can binge entire series whenever I want. Also, while I don’t normally watch a lot of tv, I was kid free this weekend and spent most of my time on the couch eating chocolate hotcross buns.
Bright – This was entertaining and works best if you don’t think to hard about it. I thought the story had so much potential, but it was really rushed. This would have worked really well as a series, so the story and characters could be fleshed out. I think it was so busy trying to show us all these different races, that the story got lost, the history of the world was skimmed over. The acting was really good, I don’t think they had a lot to work with though. The humour was cringe-worthy and over done, it didn’t flow properly, and there were a few times where I looked at my husband and asked if I had missed a section or something because all of a sudden we were at a different location and I didn’t know why. See, I said you shouldn’t over think it and while writing this I’ve definitely over thought it. It all seems so negative, so let me give you some of the positives; I loved the soundtrack and the cinematography (Is that the term I’m looking for?) It looked really good. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton did the best with what they had and holy shit, Jakoby’s ear wiggle was bloody cute. Noomi Rapace was wasted, she didn’t have any decent dialogue to work with. Ok I’ve headed into negative territory again. I’m going to stop now because I’ll talk myself into hating it. In summary, it is entertaining and it looks good… Just don’t think about it.
Black Mirror – Whoa.. WTF??? I’ve heard about this here and there, but it didn’t make me click play. It turns out Chad had watched the first episode and he turned the second one on and even though I was planning on getting up to read, I ended up watching several episodes and then another the next day. Mind blown. It is a weird twisted science fiction anthology with the most random examples of what technology could lead to. We watched 4 or 5 episodes and my favourite by far was ‘The Entire History of You’. It was messed up in an extremely realistic way. The acting in every single episode was top-notch.
Queer Eye – I loved this show back in the day and I wasn’t overly impressed that it got a reboot, I’m sick of reboots. But I gave it a shot and it was sweet, funny and endearing. Even if you don’t binge watch the entirety of season 1 like I did, you need to just watch the first episode. Tom was the most lovely, sweet guy who didn’t think to much of himself and to see his transformation was wonderful. Yes I cried, it was great.
Black Lightening – This is fun, I have really enjoyed bingeing this one so far. I was totally bummed when I realised that it hadn’t all been released at once. What is the point of Netflix if I can’t binge. Anyways its about a superhero who comes out of retirement after nine years when his daughters are kidnapped. I like that this discusses the way the superhero life affects those around you, your family and community. I’m assuming this is based on a comic, but I’ve never read a comic, so have no idea if it’s a good representation.
I also have a confession, I started watching Project Runway. I feel like such a reality tv junkie now. I only watched a few episodes and I’ll probably never finish it, but holy shit those guys are talented. And that’s my month. Next month is going to include a lot of romance. I’ve been feeling the need to get into the genre, so I may have requested too many from NetGalley again. They need to tell me no. I’ve also got a couple of fantasy books that I’m excited to read and review as well as a contemporary. So March should be a big month.
What was your favourite read in February? Do you have a Netflix recommendation?