I’m back with another top books of the month post! Here are the books that I especially enjoyed during the month of February.
Salt to the Sea (Sepetys): This story follows several children whose paths converge as they travel to and finally board Wilhelm Gustloff , a ship carrying refuges out of danger of the final conflict between the Soviet Union and Germany. The promised safety quickly evaporates when the Wilhelm Gustloff is torpedoed. Sepetys beautifully sketches sympathetic characters and conveys a powerful, hopeful story in the midst of a dark part of history. I almost never cry over books, but this one had me tearing up. If you want some compelling historical fiction, pick this up as soon as you can.
Six of Crows (Bardugo): Kaz is a legend in the criminal underworld, where he has built up a monstrous legend for himself. When he gets the opportunity to smuggle a man with a powerful secret out of a secure fortress for a fortune, Kaz gathers a crew and sets out. However, skills and loyalties will be tested, and the cost may be greater than the reward. This is an action-packed heist fantasy story with an intriguing setting and well-drawn characters.
Low, V.2 (Remender): Stehl finds herself struggling to continue on her quest to reach the surface and learn what the probe has discovered about the world above. Meanwhile, the Minister of Thought moves to bury the information in order to prevent the citizens from being destroyed by false hope. Once again, I was floored by the brilliant illustrations that bring this compelling and unique world to life. I also enjoyed watching Stehl deal with her tragedies as well as getting the opportunity to see more of the world and conflicts. I am looking forward to seeing how this series unfolds.
Story of my Tits (Hayden): Jennifer Hayden takes the reader through her youthful insecurity to love to her experience with breast cancer all while maintaining a reflective, upbeat tone. Hayden is particularly strong in portraying the relationships in her life. This is a sweet, slice of life story that you will not want to miss.
The Country of Ice Cream Star (Newman): In Ice Cream’s Star World, children die before they hit twenty-one, felled by a mysterious disease. In this harsh world, Ice Cream leads her fierce band of Sengels while making deals and fighting with nearby tribes. When her brother Driver falls ill and her world becomes threatened by an outside force, Ice Cream sets out to find a cure and save her people. Newman succeeds in developing a unique language and voice for Ice Cream, which further pulled me into the compelling world she had created–where children both face incredible struggles while still behaving in very childlike ways. This is a unique post-apocalyptic story that should not be missed.
That’s it for now! Tune in again at the beginning of next month!