Lila’s Monthly Review | February 2018

Hey, y’all! Lila here to wish you a happy March! February flew by, but then again it is the shortest month of the year, so I guess I shouldn’t expect anything else! Personally, my February was pretty good. Reading wise, I think February could’ve been better, though–but, hey, it’s no biggie, sometimes you get more done, sometimes you don’t! Anyhow, let’s take a closer look at how the month went…

Blogging Business

Nothing new to see here–blog’s still going strong!


Reading Wrap-Up + Mini Reviews


I really liked The Hazel Wood, but I also think I’m the odd one out when it comes to this book. Magical, mystical, and mysterious, The Hazel Wood read like a mixture of grunge-y, modern thrilled and ethereal fairytale. I do wish we got a bit more from the relationships in the book, but the story was pretty solid in and of itself. I’m glad to see that there will be a follow-up novel (though there’s still no word on whether it’s a direct sequel or a companion) and that we’re getting a short story bind up of Tales from the Hinterland. I think this world and these characters hold a lot of promise, so I’m excited to see what’s next!

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Holy cow! Talk about a great YA fantasy! The Queen’s Rising took all of the YA fantasy tropes you expect to get from it and bent them into something new and wonderful. Feminist, fantastical, and flat out fun, this book was one heck of a good time! Though the story seemed to wrap up in this one, Ross has announced she’s currently writing a direct sequel and boy oh boy am I hyped for it!

Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed ⭐⭐⭐

I was pretty disappointed with Nejma, largely because it felt like Waheed took an opportunity to grow and develop and decided to play it safe instead. It felt nearly indistinguishable from Salt and incredibly repetitive. The poetry would have been lovely, if I hadn’t felt like I’d seen it before.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐

Sadly, I was also disappointed with The Princess Saves Herself in This One. For a massively hyped collection, this one felt like it lacked a lot of sophistication and refinement. It felt like a first draft to me and because of that I also ended up feeling like it lacked full emotional “oomph.” I do think Lovelace has promise as a poet, but this one definitely read like a debut to me.

Book Haul







Movies/TV Favorites

Tbh, I didn’t watch any TV in February and the only movie I saw was The Death Cure, which I hated because as a scientist I picked out several MASSIVE plot holes that the movies left in from the books, lol. That being said, I think March is gonna be a great month for movies/TV since I plan on seeing Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time and I am hype for it!

Music Favorites

Around The Booknet


  • Tahereh Mafi announced that she is writing a new YA fiction book which is inspired by her own life!
  • It was announced that Melissa Albert will be writing a follow up to The Hazel Wood in addition to writing Tales from the Hinterland
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews (a.k.a. our very own Cait of the [in]famous book blog, Paper Fury) got a cover!
  • The cover for The Muse of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor was revealed
  • The cover was revealed for Ibi Zoboi’s sophomore book, Pride, which is a Pride And Prejudice “remix”
  • V.E. Schwab announced a prequel comic for her Shades of Magic series (entitled Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince) and EW gave us an exclusive sneak peak of the art!
  • Angie Thomas’s sophomore novel, On The Come Up, also had a cover reveal!

Life Events

crop3So apparently on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning we’d have six more weeks of winter? HA! HAHAHA! In traditional rule-breaker fashion, Washinton, D.C. has apparently decided to ignore this age old tradition cause February ushered in spring-like weather around here! Like, y’all. The flowers are starting to sprout. Here’s hoping (knock on wood) it’ll stay this way. Anyhoo, weather aside, February was a pretty decent month for me. Nothing major happened, but life was good, so I can’t complain.


How was your February? Do anything incredibly fun? Read any good books? Anything exciting on the horizon for March?

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

15 thoughts on “Lila’s Monthly Review | February 2018

  1. I have to say that, although I recognized that The Queen’s Rising would likely be popular for YA audiences, I thought the execution of the premise fell flat. None of it makes sense to me! But I saw that she set up the end for a sequel and I wish the author the best.

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  2. Awesome wrap-up + ^_^ Thank you so much for featuring my Literary Listens post, I really appreciate you checking it out!~ + I recently got The Queens Rising from my library & I definitely want to read it, but I’ve been hesitant to start it just yet, but your review has totally convinced me~

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  3. Lovely wrap-up, and thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ❤
    I recently read and loved The Belles, I hope you'll enjoy it as well 🙂 I can't WAIT to read Children of Blood and Bone! 🙂
    Have a lovely March!! x

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  4. Okay I’m definitely going to need to check out The Queen’s Rising! You made it sound so good, haha. Thank you so much for linking to my post! 🙂

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  5. Just got my copy of The Hazel Wood, so I’m curious to see how I like it. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews. I couldn’t really get into The Belles, but I hope you love it as much as most readers seem to!

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  6. It seems like you had a great time in the month of February. Was it because it was very short so there was no to little disappointments? It seems like you had a good time reading as you got to read The Queen’s Rising and so many other fantastical reads. Have fun in March!

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